Dowson's Classical Dictionary
of Hindu Mythology] A girl
whom the sage Agastya formed form the most graceful parts of different
animals and secretly introduced into the palace of the king of Vidarbha,
where the child was believed to be the daughter of the king. Agastya
had made this girl with the object of having a wife after his own heart,
and when she was marriageable he demanded her hand. The king was loath
to consent, but was obliged to yield, and she became the wife of Agastya.
Her name is explained as signifying that the animals suffered loss (lopa)
by her engrossing their distinctive beauties (mudra), as the
eyes of the deer, etc.
She is also called Kaushitaki and Varaprada. A hymn in the Rigveda is attributed
Languages MLLL-4993. Indian Epics. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D.
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