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APARNA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] According to the Harivansa, the eldest daughter of Himavat and Meni.

She and her two sisters, Ekaparna and Ekapatala, gave themselves up to austerity and practised extraordinary abstinence; but while her sisters lived, as their names denote, upon one leaf or on one patala (Bignonia) respectively, Aparna managed to subsist upon nothing, and even lived without a leaf (aparna).

This so distressed her mother that she cried out in deprecation, `Uma,' `Oh, don't.' Aparna thus became the beautiful Uma, the wife of Siva.


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