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URVASI. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] A celestial nymph, mentioned first in the Rigveda.

The sight of her beauty is said to have caused the generation, in a peculiar way, of the sages Agastya and Vasishtha by Mitra and Varuna. A verse says, "And thou, O Vasishtha, art a son of Mitra and Varuna."

She roused the anger of these two deities and incurred their curse, through which she came to live upon the earth, and became the wife or mistress of Pururavas. The story of her amour with Pururavas is first told in the Satapatha Brahmana.

The loves of Pururavas, the Vikrama or hero, and of Urvasi, the nymph, are the subject of Kalidasa's drama called Vikramorvasi.

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