King Pururavas had fallen in love with a divine nymph named Urvashi. After writing her earthly suitor a love letter on a birch leaf, Urvashi returned to the heavens to perform in a divine play. However, she was so besotted by Pururavas that she missed her cue and pronounced her lover's name during the performance. As a penalty for wrecking the play, Urvashi was banished from heaven, but was cursed to return the moment her human lover laid eyes on the child that she would bear him. After a series of misfortunes, including Urvashi's transitory transformation into a vine, the curse was ultimately lifted. The lovers were allowed to remain together on Earth reunited.
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