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EKAPARNA, EKAPATALA. [Source: Dowson's Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology] These, with their sister Aparna, were, according to the Harivansa, daughters of Himavat and Mena. They performed austerities surpassing the powers of gods and Danavas, and alarmed both worlds. Ekaparna took only one leaf for food, and Ekapatala only one patala (Bignonia). Aparna took no sustenance at all and lived aparna, `without a leaf.' Her mother being distressed at her abstinence exclaimed in her anxiety, "Uma" - "O don't." Through this she became manifest as the lovely goddess Uma, the wife of Siva.

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