The Story Of Vana-Parva In Mahabharata

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DAMAYANTI
Introduction
The story of Nala-Damayanti has been narrated in Vana-Parva in Mahabharata by Rishi Vrihadswa. Damayanti was the daughter King Bhima who ruled Vidharbha Kingdom. Damayanti had earned a reputation of being the most beautiful Princess of Universe at that time. She was described as lovely-waisted Damayanti. As per Nala-Damayanti Katha, Damayanti was famous for
'for her incandescent beauty, grace, virtue and excellence' she was faultless-featured; 'with her ornaments she dazzled like lightening in the sky. A lady of impossible beauty! Like large-eyed Sri-Lakshmi! None among the gods or yakshas could equal her. None among humans or others ever possessed such beauty: She soothed the eyes, she was lovelier than a goddess.' (III.53.10-14, Nala-Damayanti Katha)
Her beauty was so irresistible and graceful that even Gods could not stop admiring her. One day, a golden swan, messenger of King Nala, who was one of the two sons of King Nishadh of Ayodhya, flew to Damayanti and narrated about bravery and kindness of King Nala to Damayanti. Damayanti, after hearing of virtues and accomplishments of Nala, fell in love with him. One day she told her father that she was ready for her swayamvara. Her father organised swayamvara which was attended by kings, princess and gods who came in hope of marrying her. Several gods were on their way
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A swayamvara was announced. On listening to praise about her beauty, King Rituparna too wanted to attend the swayamvara. Nala came along with the King Rituparna. Damayanti recognised him when Nala arrived at her swayamvara and at the same time he regained his real form. Damayanti forgave Nala for abandoning her in the forest. Nala regained everything he had lost with the help of knowledge of gambling he has gained from King Rituparna. The two lovers lived happily ever

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