Showing posts with label Apsara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apsara. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Pururavas In Hindu Mythology?

 


A renowned king of a royal family tracing their ancestors to the moon in Hindu mythology.

Pururavas is a good king who conducts one hundred horse sacrifices (ashvamedha) and gains immense power as a result of them.

He is most famous for his relationship with Urvashi, a heavenly nymph (apsara) with whom he had multiple offspring.

Despite being separated for sixty years due to a curse, the two are joyfully reunited in the end.


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Hinduism - Who Is Menaka In Hindu Mythology?

 

Menaka is a lovely heavenly girl/nymph/celestial maiden (apsara) who is a minion of Indra, the ruler of the gods, in Hindu mythology.

Menaka's main job is to seduce sages who are threatening to dethrone Indra as king of the heavens.

Semen is seen as the concentrated essence of a man's vital energy in traditional Indian culture, and celibacy is viewed as a way to maintain and keep these energies.

Menaka's attracting abilities are employed to seduce these ascetics, reducing their spiritual force.

The sage Vishvamitra, who is twice charmed by her charms, is her most noteworthy companion.

Their first encounter leads in the birth of the maiden Shakuntala, which is honored in the poet Kalidasa's play Abhijnanashakuntala.

Vishvamitra spends 10 years with Menaka during their second liaison before abandoning her for renunciant existence in the bush.


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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - Who Is An Apsara?

 


A class of heavenly nymphs known for their beauty, elegance, and irresistible appeal in Hindu mythology. 


  • When ascetics and sages grow too strong, one of their primary mythological roles is to seduce them. 

  • Because ascetics practice celibacy, which is thought to increase spiritual strength, effective ascetics may become competitors to the gods

    • Sexual activity can rapidly deplete the ascetic's strength, but it can also offer other advantages to the world, like as the birth of offspring, which is always the consequence of such close interactions. 


  • Indra, the ruler of heaven, sends the apsaras on their missions because any ascetic who acquires too much strength would be able to seize Indra's heavenly throne.

    • Menaka, for example, is a well-known apsara whose seduction of the sage Vishvamitra leads to the birth of Shakuntala. 
    • Urvashi, for example, is known for her affair with King Pururavas.




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