Shakuntala

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GenderFeminine
Scriptsशकुन्तला Sanskrit शकुंतला HindiMarathi

Meaning & History

Derived from Sanskrit शकुन्त (shakunta) meaning "bird". This is the name of a character in Hindu legend, her story adapted by Kalidasa for the 5th-century play 'Abhijnanashakuntalam'. It tells how Shakuntala, who was raised in the forest by birds, meets and marries the king Dushyanta. After a curse is laid upon them Dushyanta loses his memory and they are separated, but eventually the curse is broken after the king sees the signet ring he gave her.

Images

Shakuntala looking back to glimpse Dushyanta by Raja Ravi Varma (1898)Shakuntala looking back to glimpse Dushyanta by Raja Ravi Varma (1898)

Categories

animals, birds, queens
Entry updated December 8, 2017