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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 famous stories can be following: Menaka was sent to woo Rishi Vishwamitra such that he does not do penance and become Bramharishi. Rishi Vishwamitra was trapped ...


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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 beauty and sexual attraction which help them while alluring males of all sorts for whatever purpose it may be. Then, isn't having children, being married to one ...


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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 four faces. 17 तिलं तिलं समानीय रत्नानां यद विनिर्मिता तिलॊत्तमेत्य अतस तस्या नाम चक्रे पितामहः 18 [पितामह] गच्छ सुन्दॊपसुन्दाभ्याम असुरा...


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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 Shanti Parva of Mahabharat. So anyone who gets the post after so much hard work is naturally wary of others who might be trying to replace him. Sending a beautiful ...


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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 sun, known as Bhuvarloka is inhabited by many different kind of celestial races like Siddhas, Gandharvas, etc. This region is described as: The region that ...


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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 elixir obtained on absolute churning of the waters of Milk Ocean, oh, best one among men, Rama, thereby that genera of females became Apsara-s. " षष्टिः को...


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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 counterparts of gandharvas. However unlike devas , their number is not constant. Human beings with suitable penace can become gandharvas or apsaras. For example : ...


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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 big sharp eyes, slender body, long hair, big hips and they walk in a manner so as to seduce others. ŚB 8.8.7 says: Next there appeared the Apsarās [who are ...


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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 with him as his wife (BhAryA). Therefore, Indra's favor or intervention will not be needed. One such Tantric scripture is the Bhuta DAmara Tantram. The 10th ...


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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 not the correct texts (sources) where we can find out about their exploits. So, basically the scriptures will not go into the details. Scriptures are Sattvik and ...


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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 gandharvas and 24 younger sisters named apsaras.The following are remembered as Laukiki(Earthly) Apsaras Earthly(Laukiki) Apsaras Hamsa, Sarasvati, Suta, ...


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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 given beautifully by this shloka naitat samacarej jatu manasapi hy anisvarah vinasyaty acaran maudhyad yatha 'rudro 'bdhijam visam isvaranam vacah ...


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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 the Grandsire, when the celestial and other Rishis, approaching Brahman with sorrowful hearts, represented unto him all the acts of Sunda and Upasunda. And they ...


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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”. Sometimes his interference works, and the penance is disturbed. Sometimes, his obstacles fail, Indra succumbs, and the sage gets what he wants. In order to ...


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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 composed of the quality of rajas, was produced hunger, of whom anger was born: and the god put forth in darkness beings emaciate with hunger, of hideous aspects, and ...


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(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 Aditya (sun), then to the world of Indra, then to the world of Prajapati, then to the world of Brahma. In this world of Brahma, verily, is the lake Ara, points ...


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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 ravished by him [Ravana] despite thy unwillingness he shall never be able to get by an unwilling damsel. Whenever he shall, stricken by lust, ravish a reluctant ...


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Are there yajnas in the Vedas to prevent seduction by Gandharvas and Apsaras? Yes, from the Atharva Veda: Where your gold and silver swings are, where cymbals and lutes chime together, pass away there Apsaras, since you have been recognised. ... Of the crested Gandharva, the husband of the Apsaras, who comes dancing here, I crush the two mushkas and cut ...


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