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Story of Origin of Apsaras

Apsaras are stunningly beautiful celestial damsels. They are the dancers and singers of heaven. The story of the origin of Apsaras is mentioned in the Puranas and they appeared during the Samudra Manthana – Churning of Ocean.

Urvashi, Rambha, Tilottama, Kratusthala, Punjikasthala, Menaka, Sahajanya, Pramlocha, Anumlocha, Chritachi, Vishvachi, and Purvachiti are among the prominent Apsaras.

Churning of the Kshira Sagara, the celestial Milky Ocean, was performed by Devas and Demons to acquire Amrita (Nectar of immortality). Devas and Asuras faced numerous difficulties and they were solved by Vishnu and Shiva.

Finally, churning proved successful and one after the other numerous things appeared. Apsaras were the seventh to appear from the churning. They then became the dancers and singers in the court of Devas.


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