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The son of Iḷā, and so the first king of the Lunar Dynasty. The story of his love for the celestial nymph, Urvaśī, their separation, and eventual reunion, was first suggested in the Ṛg Veda (10.95); it was subsequently expanded in the Brāhmaṇas, the Purāṇas, and the Mahābhārata, and became the subject of Kālidāsa's play, Vikramorvaśīya (‘Urvaśī Won by Valour’). In some Vedic texts the couple's names are given to personifications of the two fire sticks (araṇi).

Subjects: Hinduism.

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