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ANASUYA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] ' Charity.'

Wife of the Rishi Atri. In the Ramayana she appears living with her husband in a hermitage in the forest south of Chitrakuta.

She was very pious and given to austere devotion, through which she had obtained miraculous powers.

When Sita visited her and her husband, she was very attentive and kind, and gave Sita an ointment, which was to keep her beautiful forever.

She was mother of the irascible sage Durvasas. A friend of Sakuntala.


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