Urvasi curses Arjuna

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Srila Prabhupada: In one sense, Indra is the real father of Arjuna, and therefore indirectly he wanted to entertain Arjuna with the famous society girl of heaven, Urvaśī, the celebrated beauty. The society girls of heaven are lusty, and Urvaśī was very eager to contact Arjuna, the strongest human being. She met him in his room and expressed her desires but Arjuna sustained his unimpeachable character by closing his eyes before Urvaśī, addressing her as mother of the Kuru dynasty and placing her in the category of his mothers Kuntī, Mādrī and Śacīdevī, wife of Indradeva. Disappointed, Urvaśī cursed Arjuna and left.

(From purport, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.12.21)

 

#Urvasi had once been married to Arjuna’s ancestor King Pururava, and so he refused her advances. Urvasi cursed Arjuna to become a eunuch, which proved useful during the year of their exile when the Pandavas had to remain inognito, allowing Arjuna to become the dance teacher Brihannala.

 

 

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