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Tilottama – Story of Apsara Tilottama



Tilottama is an apsara or celestial woman mentioned in various Hindu scriptures. Her story is found in the Mahabharata and Puranas. As per Mahabharat, Lord Brahma once asked Divine architect Vishwakarma to create a maiden using various kinds of gems. The woman who was created bit by bit from gems was called Tilottama.

Her beauty was the talk of heaven and earth. Both Devas and Asuras yearned for her. Great warriors from both the camps wanted to marry her.

Her beauty caused the downfall of two demon brothers – Sundaand Upasunda. They could not be defeated as long as they were together. But Tilottama easily caused divide among the brothers. They were then defeated by the Devas.

Legend has it that the divine beauty was created by Brahma with the sole purpose of defeating Asuras Sunda and Upasunda.

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