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MENA, MENAKA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology]

1. In the Rigveda, a daughter of Vrishanaswa. A Brahmana tells a strange story of Indra having assumed the form of Mena and then fallen in love with her. In the Puranas, wife of Himavat and mother of Uma and Ganga, and of a son named Mainaka.

2. An Apsaras sent to seduce the sage Vishvamitra from his devotions, and succeeding in this object, she became the mother of the nymph Sakuntala.

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