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Story of Yawning in Hindu Puranas

The story of as to how living beings began to yawn is mentioned in the 6th Skanda of Devi Bhagavad Purana. Legend has it that after getting boons from Brahma, Vritasura defeated Indra, the king of Devas, and swallowed him.

Devas were now filled with fear and they approached Brihaspati, the Guru of Devas, to find a solution. Brihaspati asked Devas to make Vritasura gape. So that Indra can come out of the stomach o the demon.

Devas succeeded in making Vritasura sleepy by giving him food and sweets. They then opened the mouth of Vritasura and Indra jumped out through the mouth.

From that day onwards, people started yawning when they felt sleepy.

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