In the Assembly of Indra, the Lord of Gods, amongst a number of beautiful nymphs, one was named Purtjiksthala. She was very restive and intemperate by nature. Once she disturbed a sage in his meditation. The sage got annoyed and cursed her, “You have done an evil deed and because of this act, you shall be born in the form of a she-monkey in your next birth.” Punjaksthala was shocked. She fell at the feet of the sage and cried, “O sage ! I beg your pardon. I have not offended you knowingly. I did not mean to disturb your meditation or to insult you. Please show pity on me and take back the curse.”
The sage cooled down at the entreaties of Punjiksthala and taking pity on her, he said, “Alright ! The curse cannot be undone. I can only reduce it to the extent that you shall be able to change your form to that of a human being at your will.” In due course of time, Punjiksthala was born to Kunjar who was one of the chiefs of monkeys. She was named Anjana.
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