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Hinduism - Who Is Damayanti?

In Hindu mythology, she is the wife of Ruler Nala and the daughter of the Vidarbha king. 

The Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics, has a narrative about Nala and Damayanti. 

During a twelve-year exile in the jungle, it is told to the five Pandava brothers, the epic's protagonists, as a method to keep their spirits up by explaining how others have overcome adversity. 

When Damayanti reaches the age of marriage, her father sends invitations to the earth's monarchs, announcing her svayamvara, a ritual in which Damayanti will pick her own spouse. 

The gods (devas) and the monarchs of the earth come to the svayamvara to seek her hand. 

Damayanti, on the other hand, has already made up her mind, with the assistance of a swan who has extolled King Nala to her. 

The gods attempt to thwart this by assuming physical bodies that are similar to Nala's, so Damayanti won't be able to tell them apart. 

Damayanti finally resorts to a truth deed, a ceremonial action whose potency is predicated on the force of truth itself. 

Damayanti announces in her act of truth that she has never loved anyone except Nala, and commands the gods to revert to their actual forms to establish her point. 

The gods are forced by the power of truth to do what she demands right away. 

Damayanti and Nala are married, and the gods thank Nala for her loyalty by bestowing many celestial blessings upon her. 

When two of the spurned suitors learn of the marriage, they curse Nala to lose his kingdom, which, like many curses in Indian mythology, comes true. 

Because of the curse, Nala and Damayanti are separated and must endure many hardships, including Nala's body being magically altered so that no one can identify him. 

Damayanti recognizes him in the end because of his heavenly abilities, which could not be hidden, and the lovers are reunited blissfully. 

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