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celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas,

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Can a sadhak who has completed Apsara sadhna take her as a lover and hence (possibly) have intercourse with the said Apsara?

I heard this from a YouTube channel that makes videos on the ways to perform a Sadhna,along with some narrations of interaction between sadhaks and the invoked being. https://youtu.be/ZeAN7Eb1aUk From ...
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In which lokas are the Apsaras born and which other lokas do they go on to inhabit?

Which are the exact lokas inhabited by the Apsaras according to different sampradayas? Edit: Which lokas are the ones where Apsaras are born in the first place?
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What is the difference between Yakshas & Gandharvas?

I have read that Gandharvas are related to music and Yakshas are related to nature. Other than these specializations I can't understand the difference. Are Gandharvas heavenly while Yakshas are ...
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What is the story of Kubera's sons?

While scrolling through the Wikipedia page of Lord Kubera, I saw that it was written Kubera's son's wife was Rambha who was raped by Ravana. So, what is this story? Also, His sons were cursed into two ...
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How did Apsaras come to exist?

What is the earliest account of apsaras/nymphs? How were they born? How did they get the duty to dance in Indrasabha? What all famous stories we have related to them?
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Are there yajnas in the Vedas to prevent seduction by Gandharvas and Apsaras?

There are many stories in Hindu scriptures of Apsaras seducing men. Are there any incantations and rituals one can do to prevent these beings from seducing humans?
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Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā

I've compared these two wives of Kaśyapa, Ariṣṭhā and Pradhā, and it seems like they're both said to have given birth to the Apsaras Alambuṣā, Miśrakeśī, Vidyutparṇā, etc. Are these different sets of ...
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On chastity of gods [closed]

Tilottama was born to kill the twin brothers Sunda-Upasunda and when Shiva first sees her, he's captivated by her beauty and develops many heads on each side so he can keep looking at her. Why do ...
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How do Apsaras look? What are their physical characteristics and physical appearance?

Apsaras are said to be so beautiful that they enchant and mesmerize even Rishis. How do Apsaras look? What are their physical characteristics and physical appearance?
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How much Tapas should one do for Indra to send down an Apsara for him?

Indra frequently sends down Apsaras for men who try to do lots of Tapas to distract them. Suppose one wants to intentionally get an Apsara. How much Tapas should one do for Indra to send down an ...
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Are Apsaras promiscuous women for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven?

This answer cites a verse from the Devi Bhagavatam: Then those prostitutes of the Devas, dressed with their heavenly ornaments and the heavenly flowers, appeared before the Munis and bowed down ...
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Why does the Apsara Menaka keep abandoning her children?

It is well known that Menaka had a daughter with Vishvamitra by the name of Shakuntala, whom she abandoned during infancy because she didn't intend to have the child. This daughter was later adopted ...
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Why are Apsaras always sent to distract sages?

Why are Apsaras frequently sent to distract a sage from his ascetic practices? This theme seems to appear over and over again in many Puranic stories. Is there any significance attached to this theme ...
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What is the reason for metaphors relating to liquor being so frequently used in Hindu holy books? [closed]

All the Dharma shastras place ban on intoxicating products, similarly all the spiritual discourses/geetas promote satvic food. Then why is the mohini the avatar of Vishnu depicted to be dancing in ...
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What are the verses of the Mahabharata on the apsara Tilottama?

The Mahabharata mentions twice the apsara Tillotama. Once, in the Adi Parva and the other time in the Anusasana Parva. What do these verses say about the apsara Tilottama?