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By Swami Harshananda

Damayantī is one of the five ideal ladies extolled for her wifely virtues along with Sītā and Sāvitrī. As per the story given in the Vanaparva[1] of the Mahābhārata, she was the daughter of the king Bhīmabhupala (of Vidarbha) and the wife of the king Nala (of Niṣadha).


  1. Mahābhārata, chapter 52 onwards, called Nalopākhyāna
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore