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LOPAMUDRA. [Source: 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 to her.

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