Rishi Viśvāmitra cursed Apsara Menaka to part from him forever and she parted ways never to return. He initiated his penance for achieving the goal of becoming a Maharishi and Indra was nervous again.
This unknown story of love, rejection and insult leads to an exchange of curse and counter curse , resulting in the creation of a pilgrimage attached to the failed amorous concoction to the two.
The origin of The Mahabharata is associated with Apsara Adrika, an essential link in the initiation of the Epic. Apsara Adrika, a celestial nymph liberated herself from a curse and became instrumental in the birth of Matsyagandha.
Shalini Mahapatra tells us the story behind Apsara Kunda- involving Shiva, Parvati and the beautiful Apsara Tilottama.
Apsara Alambuṣā has an important role in Hindu scriptures for laying the foundation of the Kingdom of Vishala and also in the birth of Kubera- the God of Wealth.
Apsara Vargā was one such celestial beauty who had been cursed to live like a crocodile until she and her companions were released from it after a century.
Raja Dasharatha was born to Aja and Indumati, the mortal incarnate of Apsara Harini
Apsaras are cosmic beings who have the blessings of the Gods and the affection of the Devatas. These cosmic creations are free-flowing spirits, skillfully versed in sixty-four ways to please the senses. The mysticism and mystery around these Divine nymphs makes them all the more entertaining, effusive and fulfilling.
Apsaras have been a consistent part of Hinduism, having an insightful presence in Vedic literature. The commonality lies in the fact that these beautiful creations were females with captivating powers and immense dedication to their creators.