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RAMBHA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] An Apsaras or nymph produced at the churning of the ocean, and popularly the type of female beauty.

She was sent by Indra to seduce Vishvamitra, but was cursed by that sage to become a stone, and remain so for a thousand years.

According to the Ramayana, she was seen by Ravana when he went to Kailasa, and he was so smitten by her charms that he ravished her, although she told him that she was the wife of Nalakuvara, son of his brother Kuvera.


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