Shakuntala
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Given Name SHAKUNTALA
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: शकुन्तला (Sanskrit), शकुंतला (Hindi, Marathi)
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.