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Menaka was one of the most beautiful of the Apsaras in Indra's court. She was often bidden by her king Indra to disrupt the penances of some sage or the other with her charm and divine beauty. Due to one such episode, where she seduced the sage Vishwamitra, she begot a daugter named Shakuntala, who married King Dushyanta of the Chandra dynasty. Shakuntala gave birth to Bharata from who India derives its ancient name.
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