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How did Apsaras come to exist?

Not sure but I think apsaras had came in from the Samudra-Manthan. During that time as division was going on so Devas got the apsaras. Some famous apsaras are Rambha, Menka, Urvashi. Some of their ...
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Why does the Apsara Menaka keep abandoning her children?

What business an Apsara will have with a settled married life which is dedicated to rearing up children? What is the basic purpose of their existence? They are endowed with unmatched physical ...
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What are the verses of the Mahabharata on the apsara Tilottama?

The first instance is mentioned in Mahabharata, Adi Parva, SECTION CCXIII of English version and Chapter 203 of Sanskrit version where Sage Narada is describing the birth of Tilottama and Lord Shiva's ...
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Why are Apsaras always sent to distract sages?

Well Indra is the title of the leader of the gods and it is not easy to get there. One has to do an intense tapasya or a hundred Aswamedhs to attain the position as mentioned in Section XXXIII of ...
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How much Tapas should one do for Indra to send down an Apsara for him?

There is something called Apsara Sadhana in Hinduism particularly in the DAmara Tantras. By which one can gain control over the Apsaras. Apsaras will come fulfill the aspirant's wishes and also stay ...
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In which lokas are the Apsaras born and which other lokas do they go on to inhabit?

The Original Loka of the Apsaras Apsaras are originally residents of a sub Loka named Apsara Loka, of the bigger Bhuvarloka. (Refer: How many lokas are there?) The region above the earth and below the ...
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How do Apsaras look? What are their physical characteristics and physical appearance?

Well from what we have read and heard Apsaras are mostly used to entice/lure others mainly for entertainment or to accomplish some hidden motives. From what I have read Apsaras are very beautiful with ...
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Are Apsaras promiscuous women for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven?

Are there any other scriptural verses that talk about the sexual services provided by the Apsaras? Although the Apsaras basically do that all the time (as that is their job) but scriptures are ...
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What are the verses of the Mahabharata on the apsara Tilottama?

The Apsara Tilottama is, as you say, mentioned in two places in the Mahabharata. First, in this chapter and the next chapter of the Adi Parva of the Mahabharata: All those Rishis were sitting with ...
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How did Apsaras come to exist?

Srimad Ramayana has a reference to Apsarasas in Bala Kanda. अप्सु निर्मथनात् एव रसात् तस्मात् वर स्त्रियः। उत्पेतुः मनुज श्रेष्ठ तस्मात् अप्सरसो अभवन्॥ १-४५-३३ "Choicest females have come out an ...
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How did Apsaras come to exist?

Apsaras are born from Rishi Kashyapa and his one of wife called Muni as per Bhagavata Purana Just like other celestial beings like devas , they live for a manvatara. They are typically seen women ...
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How did Apsaras come to exist?

I have got more information this time . So adding as a separate Answe.r This information is taken from brahmanda purana. Gandharvas and Apsaras were the children of muni. From Muni there are 16 deva ...
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What is the reason for metaphors relating to liquor being so frequently used in Hindu holy books?

Due to influence of abrahmics some Hindus have forgotten true spirit of Hinduism. Hinduism is not a prophetic religion, where we are supposed to follow each and every action of a prophet. This is ...
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What is the story of Kubera's sons?

The first story can be found in Valmiki Ramayana: Uttara Kand: Sarga 31. After that incident, Kubera's son Nalakuvera cursed Ravana: [Nalakuvera said:] O fair one [Rambha], since thou hast been ...
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In which lokas are the Apsaras born and which other lokas do they go on to inhabit?

(Kausitaki Upanishad 1.3) : He going by the path by which the immortal gods travel reaches the world of Agni (fire), then to the world of Vayu (air), then to the world of Varuna, then to the world of ...
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Are Apsaras promiscuous women for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven?

Yes, Apsaras are promiscuous women for the enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven, in other words, prostitutes. Rickross (Most upvoted answer) quoted Devi Bhagavatam 1.6 to say that the Apsara's ...
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What is the difference between Yakshas & Gandharvas?

What is the difference between Yakshas & Gandharvas? The primary difference is their origin. Puranas describes the origin story of Yakshas: Vishnu Purana - Next from lord Brahma, in a form ...
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Why are Apsaras always sent to distract sages?

There are several reasons why severe penances are performed, and Indra does not always knows them. He does however, almost always suspects the intentions of being “hurled from his high seat in heaven”....

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