Apsaras

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MAHABHARATA NOUN

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Mbh.1.18.1346 The gods, the Apsaras and the Kinnaras visit the place.
Mbh.1.63.3069 And when king Vasu took his seat in that crystal car, with the gift of Indra, and coursed through the sky, he was approached by Gandharvas and Apsaras the celestial singers and dancers.
Mbh.1.64.3237 And she beheld the divine Brahman, the Creator of the worlds who knoweth no deterioration, surrounded by the gods, Brahmanas, and great Rishis, of exceeding good fortune, and adored by delighted Gandharvas and Apsaras always engaged in the service of the celestials.
Mbh.1.64.3245 And the Creator of all, summoning also all the tribes of the Gandharvas and the Apsaras, spake unto them these words of deep import, Go ye and be born amongst men according to your respective parts in forms that ye like'
Mbh.1.65.3256 Janamejaya said, I desire to hear from the beginning of the births of the gods, the Danavas, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, men, Yakshas and Rakshasas.
Mbh.1.65.3301 And it is also known that this Pradha of great fortune, through the celestial Rishi Kasyapa, her husband, brought forth the sacred of the Apsaras, Alamvusha, Misrakesi, Vidyutparna, Tilottama, Aruna, Rakshita, Rambha, Manorama, Kesini, Suvahu, Surata, Suraja, and Supria were the daughters, and Ativahu and the celebrated Haha and Huhu, and Tumvuru were the sons, the best of Gandharvas, of Pradha and Amrita.
Mbh.1.65.3302 The Brahmanas, kine, Gandharvas, and Apsaras, were born of Kapila as stated in the Purana.
Mbh.1.65.3303 Thus hath been recited to thee by me the birth of all creatures duly, of Gandharvas and Apsaras, of Snakes, Suparnas, Rudras, and Maruts; of kine and of Brahmanas blessed with great good fortune, and of sacred deeds.
Mbh.1.67.3581 And, O king, the portions of the tribe of Apsaras which I have mentioned already, also became incarnate on earth according to Indra's commands, And sixteen thousand portions of those goddesses became, O king, in this world of men, the wives of Vasudeva.
Mbh.1.67.3590 Thus, O king, have I recited to thee all about the incarnation, according to their respective portions, of the gods, the Asuras, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, and of the Rakshasas.
Mbh.1.68.3594 SECTION LXVIII Sambhava Parva continued Janamejaya said, O Brahmana, I have, indeed, heard from thee this account of the incarnation, according to their portions, of the gods, the Danavas, the Rakshasas, and also of the Gandharvas and the Apsaras.
Mbh.1.70.3669 And it was the resort of bands of Siddhas, of the Charanas, of tribes of Gandharvas, and Apsaras, of monkeys and Kinnaras drunk with delight.
Mbh.1.71.3751 Indra, thus alarmed, summoned Menaka and told her, Thou, O Menaka, art the first of celestial Apsaras.
Mbh.1.74.3991 Urvasi, Purvachitti, Sahajanya, Menaka, Viswachi and Ghritachi, these are the six foremost of Apsaras.
Mbh.1.74.4004 However, Menaka is the first of Apsaras, and thy father also is the first of Rishis.
Mbh.1.89.4923 Capable of assuming any form at will, I lived for a million years in the gardens of Nandana sporting with the Apsaras and beholding numberless beautiful trees clad in flowery vesture and sending forth delicious perfume all round.
Mbh.1.97.5457 The monarch then in soft words addressed her and said, O slender-waisted one, be thou a goddess or the daughter of a Danava, be thou of the race of the Gandharvas, or Apsaras, be thou of the Yakshas or the Nagas, or be thou of human origin, O thou of celestial beauty, I solicit thee to be my wife
Mbh.1.100.5685 Immediately after, the Apsaras and the gods with diverse tribes of Rishis began to rain down flowers from the firmament upon the head of Devavrata and exclaimed, This one is Bhishma the terrible'
Mbh.1.102.5709 At this time he heard that the three daughters of the king of Kasi, all equal in beauty to the Apsaras themselves, would be married on the same occasion, selecting their husbands at a self-choice ceremony.
Mbh.1.120.6428 Accompanied by his two wives, when he was on the point of following the Rishis in the northerly direction from the mountain of hundred peaks, those ascetics addressed him saying, In our northward march, while gradually ascending the king of mountains, we have seen on its delightful breast many regions inaccessible to ordinary mortals; retreats also of the gods, and Gandharvas and Apsaras, with palatial mansions by hundreds clustering thick around and resounding with the sweet notes of celestial music, the gardens of Kuvera laid out on even and uneven grounds, banks of mighty rivers, and deep caverns.
Mbh.1.123.6649 And Marichi, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Daksha the lord of creation, the Gandharvas, and Apsaras, came there also.
Mbh.1.123.6650 The various tribes of Apsaras, decked with celestial garlands and every ornament, and attired in fine robes, came there and danced in joy, chanting the praises of Vibhatsu Arjuna.
Mbh.1.123.6655 Many illustrious Apsaras also of large eyes, decked with every ornament came there to dance and sing.
Mbh.1.173.8852 There was no woman amongst the celestials, the Asuras, the Yakshas, the Rakshasas, the Apsaras, and the Gandharvas, who was equal to her in beauty.
Mbh.1.188.9431 And there came also the Daityas and the Suparnas, the great Nagas and the celestial Rishis, the Guhyakas and the Charanas and Viswavasu and Narada and Parvata, and the principal Gandharvas with Apsaras.
Mbh.1.218.10677 Those Apsaras then, O king, all looked as before.
Mbh.1.218.10678 Freeing those sacred waters from the danger for which they had been notorious, and giving the Apsaras leave to go where they chose, Arjuna became desirous of once more beholding Chitrangada.
Mbh.2.4.123 And that friend of Dhananjaya, Tumvuru, and the Gandharva Chittasena with his ministers, any many other Gandharvas and Apsaras, well-skilled in vocal and instrumental music and in cadence and Kinnaras also well-versed in musical measures and motions singing celestial tunes in proper and charming voices, waited upon and gladdened the sons of Pandu and the Rishis who sat in that Sabha.
Mbh.2.7.330 And, O King, many Apsaras and Gandharvas, by various kinds of dances and music both instrumental and vocal, and by the practice of auspicious rites, and by the exhibition of many feats of skill, gratify the lord of the celestials, Satakratu, the illustrious slayer of Vala and Vritra.
Mbh.2.8.357 Many illustrious Gandharvas, and many Apsaras fill every part of that mansion with music; both instrumental and vocal and with sounds of laughter and dance.
Mbh.2.9.378 And various tribes of Gandharvas and Apsaras, devoted to music, both vocal and instrumental, wait upon Varuna, singing eulogistic hymns unto him.
Mbh.2.10.394 There the deities with the Gandharvas surrounded by various tribes of Apsaras, sing in chorus, O king, notes of celestial sweetness.
Mbh.2.10.395 Misrakesi and Rambha, and Chitrasena, and Suchismita; and Charunetra, and Gritachi and Menaka, and Punjikasthala; and Viswachi Sahajanya, and Pramlocha and Urvasi and Ira, and Varga and Sauraveyi, and Samichi, and Vududa, and Lata, these and a thousand other Apsaras and Gandharvas, all well-skilled in music and dance, attend upon Kuvera, the lord of treasures.
Mbh.2.10.396 And that mansion, always filled with the notes of instrumental and vocal music, as also with the sounds of dance of various tribes of Gandharvas, and Apsaras hath become extremely charming and delicious.
Mbh.2.11.438 The twenty tribes of the Gandharvas and Apsaras, as also their seven other tribes, and all the Lokapalas chief protectors of several regions, and Sukra, and Vrihaspati, and Vudha, and Angaraka Mangala, Sani, Rahu, and the other planets; the Mantras of the Sama Veda, the special Mantras of the same Veda; the rites of Harimat and Vasumat, the Adityas with Indra, the two Agnis mentioned by name viz Agnisoma and Indragni, the Marutas, Viswakarman, and the Vasus, O Bharata; the Pitris, and all kinds of sacrificial libations, the four Vedas.
Mbh.2.11.453 And, O king of men, the Grandsire of all created beings, the Soul of the universe, the Self create Brahma of immeasurable intelligence and glory, equally kind unto all creatures, honoureth as they deserve, and gratifieth with sweet speech and gift of wealth and other enjoyable articles, the gods, the Daityas, the Nagas, the Brahmanas, the Yakshas, the Birds, the Kaleyas, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, and all other exalted beings that came to him as his guests.
Mbh.2.12.460 And so the Yakshas, the Guhyakas, the Rakshasas, the Gandharvas and Apsaras and the Deity Yama having the bull for his vehicle, are to be found in the Sabha of the lord of treasures.
Mbh.3.24.1156 And O bull of the Bharata race, thou hast always waited with reverence upon Brahmanas including Dwaipayana and others, and Narada of great ascetic merit, who with senses under control, ever goeth to the gates of all the world from the world of the gods unto that of Brahma, including that of the Gandharvas and Apsaras!
Mbh.3.42.2253 And Sankara himself, surrounded by the celestials and Rishis and Gandharvas and Apsaras, waiteth to behold thee.
Mbh.3.42.2272 O mountain, as a child sleepeth happily on the lap of his father, so have I, O king of mountains, O excellent one, sported on thy breast, echoing with the notes of Apsaras and the chanting of the Vedas.
Mbh.3.42.2280 And there were also Gandharvas, of bodies blazing like the sun, by thousands upon thousands, as also Guhyakas and Rishis and numerous tribes of Apsaras.
Mbh.3.43.2290 And he beheld also celestial gardens called Nandana, the favourite resort of Apsaras.
Mbh.3.43.2299 And fanned by pleasant breezes charged with the perfumes of flowers, the son of Pandu was praised by Apsaras and Gandharvas.
Mbh.3.45.2338 SECTION XLV Vaisampayana said, One day, knowing that Arjuna's glances were cast upon Urvasi, Vasava, calling Chitrasena to himself, addressed him in private saying, O king of Gandharvas, I am pleased; go thou as my messenger to that foremost of Apsaras, Urvasi, and let her wait upon that tiger among men, Phalguna.
Mbh.3.45.2340 Thus addressed by Indra, the chief of the Gandharvas in obedience to that command of Vasava, soon went to Urvasi that foremost of Apsaras.
Mbh.3.46.2370 And Arjuna said, O thou foremost of the Apsaras, I reverence thee by bending my head down.
Mbh.3.46.2380 And, O perpetuator of the Kuru race, the principal Apsaras also commenced to dance.
Mbh.3.46.2383 And the principal Apsaras also went away to their abodes, and others also, O slayer of foes, commanded by thy father and obtaining his leave.
Mbh.3.46.2402 Hearing these words of Arjuna, Urvasi answered, saying, O son of The chief of the celestials, we Apsaras are free and unconfined in our choice.
Mbh.3.82.3985 The Adityas, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Sadhyas, the Maruts, the Gandharvas, and the Apsaras are ever present, O exalted one, in Pushkara.
Mbh.3.82.4074 The Rishis, the Pitris, the gods, the Gandharvas, several tribes of Apsaras, the Guhyakas, the Kinnaras, the Yakshas, the Siddhas, the Vidhyadharas, the Rakshasas, Daityas, Rudras, and Brahma himself, O king, having with subdued senses, accepted a course of austerities for a thousand years in order to move Vishnu to grace, cooked rice in milk and butter and gratified Kesava with oblations, each offered with seven Riks.
Mbh.3.83.4117 There, O lord of earth, the gods with Brahma at their head, the Rishis, the Siddhas, the Charanas, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakshas and the Nagas, often repair, O Bharata, to the highly sacred Brahmakshetra.
Mbh.3.85.4622 One should next proceed to the river Kaveri, frequented by Apsaras.
Mbh.3.85.4680 Then, O king, should one proceed to Prayaga, whose praises have been sung by Rishis and where dwell the gods with Brahma at their head, the Directions with their presiding deities, the Lokapalas, the Siddhas, the Pitris adored by the worlds, the great Rishis-Sanatkumara and others, stainless Brahmarshis, Angiras and others, the Nagas, the Suparnas, the Siddhas, the Snakes, the Rivers, the Seas, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, and the Lord Hari with Prajapati.
Mbh.3.90.4883 O Yudhishthira, the spot where Ganga rusheth past, cleaving the foremost of mountains which is frequented by Gandharvas and Yakshas and Rakshasas and Apsaras, and inhabited by hunters, and Kinnaras, is called Gangadwara.
Mbh.3.96.5091 And Lopamudra, devoted to truth, surpassing the Apsaras even in beauty, gratified her father and relatives by means of her conduct.
Mbh.3.134.6814 Vandin said, Five is the number of fires; five are the feet of the metre called Punki; five are the sacrifices; five locks, it is said in the Vedas, are on the heads of the Apsaras; and five sacred rivers are known in the world
Mbh.3.142.7257 Thus those high-souled ones entered the mountain inhabited by the sages, the Siddhas and the celestials, and frequented by the Kinnaras and the Apsaras.
Mbh.3.145.7379 And there were excellent peacocks dancing to the jingling of the bangles of the Apsaras.
Mbh.3.147.7537 Ever since, here Apsaras and Gandharvas delight me, singing for aye the deeds of that hero, O sinless one.
Mbh.3.152.7729 And it was held in high regard by the Gandharvas the Apsaras and the celestials.
Mbh.3.153.7747 And, O Pandava, the Gandharvas and the Apsaras also divert themselves in this lake.
Mbh.3.157.7993 And, O represser of foes, see this mountain having minerals, rivulets, and beautiful woods and beasts, and snakes of diverse shapes and a hundred heads and Kinnaras, Gandharvas and Apsaras
Mbh.3.158.8021 And on the summits of the mountain are seen amorous Kimpurushas with their paramours, mutually attached unto each other; as also, O Partha, many Gandharvas and Apsaras clad in white silk vestments; and lovely-looking Vidyadharas, wearing garlands; and mighty Nagas, and Suparnas, and Uragas, and others.
Mbh.3.158.8030 There, O child, during the Parvas, he that goeth about on the shoulders of men, even Vaisravana is seen in pomp and grandeur surrounded by the Apsaras.
Mbh.3.160.8145 And thousands of Yakshas and Rakshasas, some having huge frames and some ears resembling pegs, and hundreds of Gandharvas and hosts of Apsaras sat in the presence of that one seated, even as the celestials sit surrounding him of a hundred sacrifices and wearing a beautiful golden garland on his head and holding in his hands his noose and sword and bow, Bhima stood, gazing at the lord of wealth.
Mbh.3.165.8292 And from all sides in cars resplendent as the sun, hosts of Gandharvas and Apsaras began to follow that represser of foes, the lord of the celestials.
Mbh.3.167.8389 And before the lord of the celestial hosts of Apsaras and Gandharvas chanted various songs.
Mbh.3.167.8432 And I saw the regions, moving anywhere at will, and the splendour also of the highly energetic Gandharvas, Apsaras, and the celestial sages.
Mbh.3.167.8450 And, O monarch, I happily lived in Sakra's abode, well cared for having all my desires gratified, learning weapons, listening to the notes of songs, and the clear sounds of musical instruments, and beholding the foremost of Apsaras dance.
Mbh.3.174.8713 And sent by the celestials, the Gandharvas chanted various ballads; and, O monarch, hosts of the Apsaras danced there.
Mbh.3.177.8785 And then he beheld some lovely spots in the Himalayan mountains, frequented by Devarshis and Siddhas and inhabited by hosts of Apsaras, resounded here and there with the warbling of birds, the chakora, the chakrabaka, the jibajibaka and the cuckoo and the Bhringaraja, and abounding with shady trees, soft with the touch of snow and pleasing to the eye and mind, and bearing perennial fruits and flowers.
Mbh.3.185.9210 Pious men, distinctively worshipped by virtuous well-adorned golden-complexioned Apsaras, dwell in contentment on the shores of those lakes.
Mbh.3.187.9416 O tiger among men, having entered his stomach, as I wandered around, I also beheld the whole tribe of the gods with their chief Sakra, the Sadhyas, the Rudras, the Adityas, the Guhyakas, the Pitris, the Snakes and the Nagas, the feathery tribes, the Vasus, the Aswins, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakshas, the Rishis, the hordes of the Daityas and the Danavas, and the Nagas also.
Mbh.3.200.10301 Thou knowest also, O Muni, many delightful stories about men, Snakes and Rakshasas; about gods, Gandharvas, and Yakshas, and about Kinnaras and Apsaras!
Mbh.3.228.11483 And surrounded by all the well-dressed Apsaras, and many other gay and happy-looking Pisachas and hosts of gods, that anointed by gods son of Pavaka disported himself in all his grandeur.
Mbh.3.229.11554 The mother of the Apsaras removes the foetus from the womb, and for this reason such conceptions are said to be stationary by the learned.
Mbh.3.230.11601 And the rumbling of clouds serving the purpose of musical instruments sounded like the murmur of an agitated sea, and celestial Gandharvas and Apsaras began to dance.
Mbh.3.230.11618 And rivers and lakes and seas, Apsaras, Rishis, Celestials, Gandharvas and serpents, stars, planets, and the children of gods, as also many women, followed him in his train.
Mbh.3.238.12001 And the king of the Gandharvas had also been accompanied by the several tribes of Apsaras, as also by the sons of the celestials And intent upon sport, he had come to that place for merriment, and occupying it, had closed it against all comers.
Mbh.3.244.12179 Thus addressed by the intelligent son of Pandu, the Gandharvas became well-pleased and went away with the Apsaras.
Mbh.3.259.12683 There, O Mudgala, are established separately myriads of beautiful, shining, and resplendent worlds bestowing every object of desire, owned by those celestial beings, the gods, the Sadhyas, and the Vaiswas, the great sages, Yamas, and the Dharmas, and the Gandharvas and the Apsaras.
Mbh.3.279.13650 In my drinking hall, O excellent lady of beautiful thighs, Gandharvas and Apsaras wait on me as they do on my brother!
Mbh.4.58.2290 And Maghavat, together with those Gandharvas and Apsaras that have come there, applauded the fleetness of Partha's hand.
Mbh.5.44.2489 It is by this that the Gandharvas and the Apsaras acquired such personal beauty, and it is through Brahmacharya that Surya riseth to make the day.
Mbh.5.49.2789 The Maruts also with Indra, the Vasus with Agni, the Adityas, the Sadhyas, the seven celestial Rishis, the Gandharvas, Viswavasu, and the beautiful tribes of the Apsaras, all approached the ancient Grandsire.
Mbh.5.111.5093 It is here that the ten Apsaras known by the name of Vidyutprabha had their origin.
Mbh.5.121.5375 And all the kings there, as also the Siddhas and the Apsaras, laughed at seeing Yayati losing his hold, and on the point of falling down.
Mbh.5.178.7951 Many Rishis, learned in the Vedas, and many Gandharvas and Apsaras also dwell there.
Mbh.6.6.338 There, on that mountain, O king, the celestials, the Gandharvas, the Asuras, and the Rakshasas, accompanied by the tribes of Apsaras, always sport.
Mbh.6.6.357 The men are all of a golden complexion, and the women are like Apsaras.
Mbh.6.6.360 On the summits of Gandhamadana, Kuvera the lord of the Guhyakas, with many Rakshasas and accompanied by tribes of Apsaras, passeth his time in joy.
Mbh.6.7.412 There twins of opposite sexes are born and the women resemble Apsaras in beauty.
Mbh.6.66.3647 And the gods and the Gandharvas, and the Munis and the Apsaras also, having listened to those words spoken by Brahman, were filled with delight and repaired to heaven.
Mbh.7.67.2877 Once on a time, the tall trees of the forest, the mountains, the gods, the Asuras, men, the snakes, the seven Rishis, the Apsaras, and the Pitris, all came to Prithu, seated at his ease, and addressing him, said, Thou art our Emperor.
Mbh.7.67.2905 The Gandharvas and the Apsaras milked all fragrant perfumes in a vessel made of a lotus-leaf.
Mbh.7.78.3453 And then he beheld that prince of mountains called Vrishadansa, and the great Mandara, abounding in Apsaras, and graced with the presence of the Kinnaras.
Mbh.7.153.8216 The Siddhas and Gandharvas and Pisachas, and Nagas, and birds, and Pitris and ravens and large numbers of cannibals and ghosts, and Apsaras and celestials, all combined in highly applauding the son of Drona
Mbh.7.160.8679 The gods and Rishis, Gandharvas and celestial Rishis, and the diverse tribes of Vidyadharas and Apsaras, and Nagas and Yakshas and Uragas and Kinnaras, stationed on the welkin also joyfully took up blazing lamps.
Mbh.7.160.8705 Awakened by that light which reached the skies, the gods, the Gandharvas, the Yakshas, the Rishis and other crowned with ascetic success, and the Apsaras, all came there.
Mbh.7.160.8706 Crowded then with gods and Gandharvas, and Yakshas, and Rishis crowned with ascetic success, and Apsaras, and the spirits of slain warriors about to enter the celestial regions, the field of battle looked like a second heaven.
Mbh.7.186.10235 Filled with those as also with Apsaras and Yakshas and Rakshasas, it once more seemed that the welkin was darkened by gathering clouds.
Mbh.7.199.11504 The Rishis, the gods, the Gandharvas, and Apsaras, always worship his Phallic emblem which is supposed to stand upright.
Mbh.8.34.1701 Then the great Rishis, the Gandharvas, those throngs of gods and those diverse tribes of Apsaras began to praise that Lord of the gods while he was about to ascend that car.
Mbh.8.34.1702 Adored by the regenerate Rishis, and praised by the eulogists and diverse tribes of dancing Apsaras well-versed in the art of dancing, that boon-giving lord, armed with scimitar and arrow and bow, looked very beautiful.
Mbh.8.34.1737 The great Rishis, the Gandharvas, the throngs of gods, and the diverse tribes of Apsaras, then praised that Lord of the gods after he had ascended the car.
Mbh.8.49.2791 And people heard noises as loud in the sky as on the surface of the Earth, in consequence of the sound of music and song proceeding from large bands of Apsaras on their celestial cars, with which those bands of heavenly choristers continually greeted the newly-arrived heroes slain in hundreds and thousands by brave enemies on Earth, and with which, placing them on celestial cars, they repaired on those vehicles towards the region of Indra.
Mbh.8.57.3313 Upon the commencement of that passage-at-arms, various superior beings, with the gods, came there accompanied by the Apsaras, for beholding those foremost of men.
Mbh.8.57.3314 Filled with joy, the Apsaras began to cover those foremost of men devoted to the duties of their order, with celestial garlands, with diverse kinds of celestial perfumes, and with diverse species of gems.
Mbh.8.69.4032 A celestial car also, exceedingly delightful and resounding with the songs of Apsaras and the music of their instruments, came from heaven for taking away that hunter of animals.
Mbh.8.90.5627 Both of them were then fanned with excellent and waving fans made of young palm leaves and sprinkled with fragrant sandal-water by many Apsaras staying in the welkin.
Mbh.9.5.352 The diverse tribes of Apsaras, without doubt, joyfully gaze at such heroes when engaged in battle.
Mbh.9.5.353 Without doubt, the Pitris behold them worshipped in the assembly of the gods and rejoicing in heaven, in the company of Apsaras.
Mbh.9.35.2581 There many fair-complexioned Apsaras, of beautiful faces, are always engaged in sports of a pure character without any intermission.
Mbh.9.35.2583 The Gandharvas and diverse tribes of Apsaras are to be seen there, O king, assembled together and passing the time as happily as they like.
Mbh.9.35.2585 And because, O king, that spot is the beautiful sporting ground of those Apsaras, therefore is that tirtha on the excellent bank of the Sarasvati called Subhumika.
Mbh.9.36.2666 The Gandharvas sang and the diverse tribes of Apsaras danced.
Mbh.9.40.2951 The gods, the Gandharvas, and the Apsaras, beholding the Sarasvati reduced to that plight, became filled with great sorrow.
Mbh.9.43.3095 The diverse gods, Indra and Vishnu, both of great energy, and Surya and Candramas, and Dhatri, and Vidhatri, and Vayu, and Agni, and Pushan, and Bhaga, and Aryaman, and Ansa, and Vivaswat, and Rudra of great intelligence, and Mitra, and the eleven Rudras, the eight Vasus, the twelve Adityas, the twin Ashvinis, the Viswedevas, the Maruts, the Saddhyas, the Pitris, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakshas, the Rakshasas, the Pannagas, innumerable celestial Rishis, the Vaikhanasas, the Valakhilyas, those others among Rishis that subsist only on air and those that subsist on the rays of the Sun, the descendants of Bhrigu and Angiras, many high-souled Yatis, all the Vidyadharas, all those that were crowned with ascetic success, the Grandsire, Pulastya, Pulaha of great ascetic merits, Angiras, Kasyapa, Atri, Marichi, Bhrigu, Kratu, Hara, Prachetas, Manu, Daksha, the Seasons, the Planets, and all the luminaries; O monarch, all the rivers in their embodied forms, the eternal Vedas, the Seas, the diverse tirthas, the Earth, the Sky, the Cardinal and Subsidiary points of the compass, and all the Trees, O king, Aditi the mother of the gods, Hri, Sri, Swaha, Sarasvati, Uma, Sachi, Sinivali, Anumati, Kuhu, the Day of the new moon, the Day of the full Moon, the wives of the denizens of heaven, Himavat, Vindhya, Meru of many summits, Airavat with all his followers, the Divisions of time called Kala, Kashtha, Fortnight, the Seasons, Night, and Day, O king, the prince of steeds, Ucchaisravas, Vasuki the king of the Snakes, Aruna, Garuda, the Trees, the deciduous herbs, and the adorable god Dharma, all came there together.
Mbh.9.47.3512 There, in that tirtha situated on the bank of that river, all the gods with Vasava at their head, the Viswedevas, the Maruts, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Island-born Vyasa, Suka, Krishna the slayer of Madhu, the Yakshas, the Rakshasas, and the Pisachas, O king, and diverse others, numbering by thousands, all crowned with ascetic success, always reside.
Mbh.9.55.4013 A loud uproar was then heard in the welkin, made by the denizens of heaven and the Apsaras.
Mbh.9.59.4304 The Apsaras in a chorus sang the glory of king Duryodhana.
Mbh.12.33.1784 The lord of Sachi is adored in the heavens by the Apsaras.
Mbh.12.51.2785 Celestial instruments of every kind played in the welkin and the tribes of Apsaras began to sing.
Mbh.12.97.5470 Foremost of Apsaras, numbering by thousands, go out with great speed for receiving the spirit of the slain hero coveting him for their lord.
Mbh.12.165.9825 From them sprang all the creatures of the universe, including the gods, Pitris, Gandharvas, Apsaras, diverse kinds of Rakshasas, birds and animals and fishes, monkeys, great snakes, and diverse species of fowl that range the air or sport on the water, and vegetables, and all beings that are oviparous or viviparous or born of filth.
Mbh.12.199.12105 Bands of Apsaras danced all around.
Mbh.12.220.13378 To their homes come, with Brahman himself, the gods and the Apsaras.
Mbh.12.227.14004 The object they saw was none other than Sree herself, attended by many Apsaras endued with splendid beauty.
Mbh.12.242.14951 Female relatives of the paternal line have lordship in respect of the regions of the Apsaras, and kinsmen by blood, in respect of the region of the Viswedevas.
Mbh.12.271.16716 Behold the celestial Apsaras and the beautiful vehicles of the high-souled Gandharvas'
Mbh.12.280.17249 All the celestials with Grandsire at their head, and all the highly-blessed Rishis, came to witness the battle, on their foremost of cars; and the Siddhas also, O bull of Bharata's race, and the Gandharvas, with the Apsaras, on their own beautiful and foremost of cars, came there for the same purpose.
Mbh.12.281.17343 The Grandsire of all the worlds then summoned the Apsaras and gratifying them with sweet words, O Bharata, said, This foremost of ladies, viz, Brahmanicide, has come out of Indra's person.
Mbh.12.281.17345 The Apsaras said, O Lord of all the gods, at thy command we are fully willing to take a portion of this sin.
Mbh.12.281.17349 Bhishma continued, Thus addressed by the Grandsire, O bull of Bharata's race, the diverse tribes of the Apsaras, with cheerful souls, repaired to their respective places and began to sport in delight.
Mbh.12.282.17387 And the great sage Usanas, and the foremost of Rishis having Sanatkumara for their first, and the other celestial Rishis headed by Angiras, and the Gandharva Viswavasu, and Narada and Parvata, and the diverse tribes of Apsaras, all came there to wait upon the Master of the universe.
Mbh.12.283.17460 Overgrown with trees and creepers of diverse kinds that spot abounded with Gandharvas and Apsaras.
Mbh.12.283.17462 The gods, the Danavas, the Gandharvas, the Pisachas, the Snakes, the Rakshasas, the two Gandharvas named Haha and Huhu, Tumvuru and Narada, Viswavasu, Viswasena, the Gandharvas and the Apsaras, the Adityas, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Sadhyas, the Maruts, all came there with Indra for sharing in the Sacrifice.
Mbh.12.321.20477 As Apsaras and great Rishis attain to fruits of great felicity, after the same manner, men of righteous deeds, as the fruits of their respective righteous acts, obtain in the other world cars of transcendent brightness that move everywhere at the will of the riders.
Mbh.12.323.20596 Thither all the regenerate Rishis and royal sages and the Regents of the world and the Sadhyas along with the Vasus, and the Adityas, the Rudras, and Surya and Chandramas, and the Maruts, and the Oceans, and the Rivers and the Aswins, the Deities, the Gandharvas, and Narada and Parvata and the Gandharva Viswavasu, and the Siddhas, and the Apsaras.
Mbh.12.324.20627 The Gandharvas sang repeatedly and the diverse tribes of Apsaras danced; and celestial kettledrums of loud sound began to beat.
Mbh.12.325.20694 Always opening their lips with smiles, they were equal to the very Apsaras in beauty.
Mbh.12.327.20787 These mountains abounded with diverse tribes of Apsaras and echoed with many lofty sounds.
Mbh.12.332.21241 Beholding him, all the tribes of Apsaras and Gandharvas became filled with wonder.
Mbh.12.332.21247 Beholding him coming in that way, all the tribes of the Apsaras, struck with awe, O king, became filled with amazement.
Mbh.12.333.21296 In these waters many beautiful Apsaras were sporting.
Mbh.12.333.21310 The Apsaras were sporting on the banks of the celestial stream Mandakini, seeing the Rishi seated there, became all agitated with grave shame and lost heart.
Mbh.12.342.22425 Impelled by the desire of causing him to swerve from his vows, Indra despatched to him many beautiful Apsaras.
Mbh.12.342.22433 Hearing him say so, the Apsaras rejoined, We are celestial nymphs called Apsaras.
Mbh.12.350.23476 Thy own foremost abode is free from the pains of hunger and thirst, and inhabited by both deities and Asuras, by Rishis of immeasurable splendour, as also by Gandharvas and Apsaras.
Mbh.13.14.1154 And he was waited upon by many Apsaras, and many Gandharvas sang his praise.
Mbh.13.14.1459 Behold, O Krishna, before thy eyes, these Siddhas residing here and these Rishis and Vidyadharas and Yakshas and Gandharvas and Apsaras.
Mbh.13.14.1515 The Mountains, the Oceans, and the Points of the compass also did the same, the Gandharvas and the Apsaras highly skilled in music, in celestial strains, sang and hymned the praises of Bhava who is full of wonder.
Mbh.13.17.2450 Thou art he who is adored with reverence by the diverse tribes of Apsaras.
Mbh.13.19.2971 After all of them had taken their seats, the Lord of Treasures said these words, Understanding what thy pleasure is, the diverse tribes of Apsaras will commence their dance.
Mbh.13.19.2974 Then Urvara and Misrakesi, and Rambha and Urvasi, and Alumvusha and Ghritachi, and Chitra and Chitrangada and Ruchi, and Manohara and Sukesi and Sumukhi and Hasini and Prabha, and Vidyuta, and Prasami and Danta and Vidyota and Rati, these and many other beautiful Apsaras began to dance.
Mbh.13.25.3442 Bathing in Vaimanika and Kinkinika, one acquires the power of repairing everywhere at will and becomes an object of great respect in the celestial region of the Apsaras
Mbh.13.25.3447 Bathing in the waterfalls at Sarastamva and Kusastambha and Dronasarmapada, one is sure to attain to the region of the Apsaras where one is waited upon with dutiful services by those superhuman beings.
Mbh.13.25.3466 Bathing in Punaravarta-nanda as also Mahananda, a man of restrained senses and universal compassion repairs to the celestial gardens called Nandana of Indra and is waited upon there by Apsaras of diverse tribes.
Mbh.13.32.4014 The deities and Gandharvas and Apsaras in large bands began to sing and dance around him even as they sing and dance around the Grandsire Brahma.
Mbh.13.38.4259 Bhishma continued, Hearing these words of the celestial Rishi, that foremost of Apsaras replied unto him, saying, I am unable, being myself a woman, to speak ill of women.
Mbh.13.54.5476 Here and there he beheld bevies of rejoicing Apsaras and conclaves of happy Gandharvas, O monarch.
Mbh.13.54.5493 In a moment that delightful wood, those bevies of Apsaras, those bands of Gandharvas, those beautiful trees, all disappeared.
Mbh.13.62.6068 A century of Apsaras, adorned with celestial garlands, approach, O chief of the deities, the giver of earth as he ascends to the region of Brahman.
Mbh.13.64.6203 By making a gift, under the constellation Chitra, of a bull and of good perfumes, one sports in bliss in regions of Apsaras like the deities sporting in the woods of Nandana.
Mbh.13.64.6218 By making gifts, under the constellation Satabhisha, of perfumes with Aquilaria Agallocha and sandalwood, one attains in the next world to the companionship of Apsaras as also eternal perfumes of diverse kinds.
Mbh.13.79.7149 By giving away a bull of blue complexion, that is full-grown in respect of years and adorned with every ornament, the giver attains to the regions of the Gandharvas and the Apsaras.
Mbh.13.80.7172 They who make gifts of a thousand kine, departing from this world, proceed to the regions of the Gandharvas and the Apsaras where there are many palatial mansions made of gold and where the celestial Ganga, called the current of Vasu, runs.
Mbh.13.81.7259 Auspicious deed, bands of Apsaras always amuse them there, with music and dance.
Mbh.13.93.8269 There, O king, they dwell in the company of Apsaras and Gandharvas.
Mbh.13.96.8730 O foremost one of Bharata's race, he who gives away a white umbrella with a hundred ribs to a Brahmana, attains to eternal felicity after death and resides in the region of Indra, respected by Brahmanas, Apsaras, and Devas.
Mbh.13.102.9093 There Gandharvas and Yakshas and Apsaras live gladdening all the denizens with enchanting dances and music.
Mbh.13.102.9102 Gautama said, If thou proceedest to the woods owned by Narada and held dear by him, that are adorned with flowers and that echo with the melodious songs of the prince of Kinnaras, and that are the eternal abode of Gandharvas and Apsaras, I shall follow thee thither and force thee to yield up this elephant to me'
Mbh.13.106.9678 Endued with merit and freed from every kind of stain, he attains to the region of the Apsaras that echo with the sound of songs and dance, and passes his days in the company of a thousand damsels of great beauty.
Mbh.13.106.9704 A hundred Apsaras of the most beautiful features wait upon and sport with him.
Mbh.13.107.9739 Riding on a car of the complexion of white clouds that is drawn by swans, he lives, for millions and million of years, in the company of Apsaras.
Mbh.13.107.9745 Proceeding to the region of the seven celestial Rishis, he takes up his residence there, surrounded by Apsaras of great beauty.
Mbh.13.107.9756 He sleeps on the lap of Apsaras and is awakened every morning by the melodious tinkle of Nupuras and Kanchis.
Mbh.13.107.9815 The region to which he attains is inhabited by diverse tribes, of Apsaras and resounds with the melodious voice of Gandharvas.
Mbh.13.107.9820 While performing his journeys on his own car, he is followed by a large train of cars ridden by Gandharvas and Apsaras decked with celestial garlands and unguents.
Mbh.13.107.9826 Capable of going every where at will and always roving at will, he is worshipped by diverse tribes of Apsaras.
Mbh.13.107.9833 That man who having fasted for five and twenty days eats only one meal on the twenty-sixth day, and bears himself thus for a full year in the observance of such a regulation in respect of diet, keeping his senses under control, freed from attachment to worldly objects, and pouring libations every day on his sacred fire, that blessed man, worshipped by the Apsaras, attains to the regions of the seven Maruts and of the Vasus.
Mbh.13.107.9834 When performing his journeys he is followed by a large train of cars made of excellent crystal and adorned with all kinds of gems, and ridden by Gandharvas and Apsaras who show him every honour.
Mbh.13.107.9844 The car he obtains is endued with the effulgence of the sun and the moon; made of pure gold and adorned with every kind of gem, ridden by Apsaras and Gandharvas singing melodiously.
Mbh.13.109.9911 By observing a fast on the twelfth lunar day in the month of Jyaishtha and worshipping Krishna as him who had in Vali's sacrifice covered the universe with three steps of his, one attains to the merits of the Gomedha sacrifice and sports with the Apsaras in great happiness.
Mbh.13.109.9912 By observing a fast on the twelfth day of the moon in the month of Ashadha and worshipping Krishna as the dwarf who beguiled the Asura king Vali, one attains to the merits of the Naramedha sacrifice and sports in happiness with the Apsaras.
Mbh.13.140.11475 At that time they were peopled by the different tribes of Apsaras and crowds of ghostly beings.
Mbh.13.140.11488 Forming as it did the resort of the celestial Rishis, the Apsaras danced there in joy.
Mbh.13.142.11863 That man who subsists upon either air or water, or fruits and roots, attains in after life to the affluence that belongs to the Yakshas and sports in felicity in the company of diverse tribes of Apsaras.
Mbh.13.145.12069 Passing his time happily in the company of the Apsaras, he sports in the woods of Nandana and other delightful regions.
Mbh.13.146.12237 The diverse tribes of ghostly beings, as also all the embodied Rivers, and the Gandharvas and Apsaras, all bowed their heads unto Mahadeva and departed for returning to the places whence they had come
Mbh.13.154.12890 It was adorned with many palaces and by the presence of diverse tribes of Apsaras and of diverse excellent articles of enjoyment.
Mbh.13.158.13147 Hundreds of Gandharvas and Apsaras and deities always accompany him.
Mbh.13.161.13449 The Rishis, the deities, the Gandharvas, and the Apsaras, worship that emblem of his which is ever erect and upraised.
Mbh.13.165.13692 Then comes the three-eyed Lord of Lima; then Skanda the generalissimo of the celestial forces; then Visakha; then Agni the eater of sacrificial libations; then Vayu the god of wind; then Chandramas; then Aditya the god of the sun, endued with effulgence; then the illustrious Sakra the lord of Sachi; and Yama with his spouse Dhumorna; and Varuna with Gauri; Kuvera the lord of treasures, with his spouse Riddhi; the amiable and illustrious cow Surabhi; the great Rishi Visravas; Sankalpa, Ocean, Gangs: the other sacred Rivers; the diverse Maruts; the Valkhilyas crowned with success of penances; the island-born Krishna; Narada; Parvata; Viswavasu; the Hahas; the Huhus; Tumvuru; Chitrasena; the celestial messenger of wide celebrity; the highly blessed celestial maidens; the celestial Apsaras, Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha; Misrakesi, Alamvusha, Viswachi, Ghritachi, Panchachuda, Tilottama, the Adityas, the Vasus, the Aswins, the Pitris; Dharma Righteousness; Vedic lore, Penances, Diksha, Perseverance in religious acts, the Grandsire, Day and Night, Kasyapa the son of Marichi, Sukra, Vrihaspati, Mangala the son of Earth, Vudha, Rahu, Sanischara, the Constellations, the Seasons, the Months, the Fortnights, the Year, Garuda, the son of Vinata, the several Oceans, the sons of Kadru, viz, the Snakes, Satadru, Vipasa, Chandrabhaga, Saraswati, Sindhu, Devika, Prabhasa, the lakes of Pushkara, Ganga, Mahanadi, Vena, Kaveri, Narmada, Kulampuna Visalya, Karatoya, Amvuvahini.
Mbh.14.8.213 And there the Rudras, the Saddhyas, Viswedevas, the Vasus, Yama, Varuna, and Kuvera with all his attendants, and the spirits and goblins, and the two Aswins, the Gandharvas, the Apsaras, the Yakshas, as also the celestial sages, the Sun-gods, as well as the gods presiding over the winds, and evil spirits of all sorts, worship the high-souled lord of Uma, possessed of diverse characteristics.
Mbh.14.10.314 Vyasa said, Thus accosted by the son of Angira, Sakra himself gave directions to all the gods to erect the hall of assembly, and a thousand well-furnished excellent rooms looking grand as in a picture, and speedily to complete the staircase massive and durable, for the ascent of the Gandharvas and Apsaras and to furnish that portion of the sacrificial ground reserved for the dance of the Apsaras, like unto the palace of Indra in the heaven.
Mbh.14.43.1743 Among women that are a source of pleasure, the foremost are the Apsaras who are possessed of great splendour
Mbh.14.54.2400 Apsaras, have sprung from me.
Mbh.14.88.3950 That sacrifice looked exceedingly beautiful as if adorned with the celestial Rishis, with the Gandharvas singing in chorus and the diverse tribes of Apsaras dancing in merriment.
Mbh.14.92.4333 Let all the tribes of celestial Apsaras, all the Gandharvas along with the Kinnaras, and Viswavasu, and others there are of that order, approach this sacrifice of mine.
Mbh.15.31.1263 Gandharvas and Apsaras, and Pisachas and Guhyakas and Rakshasas, many persons of great sanctity, many individuals crowned with success of penances, celestial Rishis, deities and Danavas and heavenly Rishis of spotless character, met with death on the battle-field of Kurukshetra
Mbh.15.32.1310 Robed in celestial vestments and wearing celestial garlands, each of them was waited upon by bands of Apsaras.
Mbh.16.3.89 The two great standards of Krishnas car and Valadevas car, that with the device of Garuda and that bearing the device of the palmyra, which were reverently worshipped by those two heroes, were taken away by Apsaras who, day and night, called upon the Vrishnis and the Andhakas to set out on a pilgrimage to some sacred water.
Mbh.16.4.181 When he reached Heaven, Vasava and the twin Ashvinis and Rudra and the Adityas and the Vasus and the Viswedevas, and Munis and Siddhas and many foremost ones among the Gandharvas, with the Apsaras, advanced to receive him.
Mbh.16.4.183 Krishna then met the deities and celestial Rishis and Charanas, O king, and the foremost ones among the Gandharvas and many beautiful Apsaras and Siddhas and Saddhyas.
Mbh.18.3.158 Let deities and Gandharvas, and celestial Apsaras, decked in pure robes and excellent ornaments, wait upon and serve thee for thy happiness.
Mbh.18.5.262 Transformed into Apsaras, they approached the presence of Vasudeva.
Mbh.18.6.340 In this treatise, called Bharata, O foremost one of Bharatas race, are to be seen in one place the eternal Rudras, the Saddhyas, and the Viswedevas; the Adityas, the two deities named the Ashvinis, the regents of the World, the great Rishis, the Guhyakas, the Gandharvas, the Nagas, the Vidyadharas, the Siddhas, the diverse deities, the Self-born visible in a body, with many ascetics; the Hills and Mountains, Oceans and Seas and Rivers, the diverse tribes of Apsaras; the Planets, the Years, the Half-years, and the Seasons; and the whole universe of mobile and immobile entities, with all the gods and Asuras.
Mbh.18.6.355 He acquires a large celestial car teeming with diverse orders of Apsaras that wait upon him.
Mbh.18.6.366 Ascending a celestial car that resembles the summit of the Kailasa mountains in beauty, that is equipt with an altar made of stones of lapis lazuli and other precious gems, that is surrounded by beautiful objects of diverse kinds, that is decked with gems and corals, that moves at the will of the rider, and that teems with waiting Apsaras, he roves through all the regions of felicity, like a second deity of the Sun.
Mbh.18.6.373 Ascending on a car equipt with a chamber consisting of a top supported by columns of gold, furnished with a seat made of stones of lapis lazuli, with windows on all sides made of pure gold, and teeming with waiting Apsaras and Gandharvas and other celestials, he blazes forth in splendour.
Mbh.18.6.375 Reaching the tenth Parana and gratifying Brahmanas, he acquires a car which tinkles with innumerable bells, which is decked with flags and banners, which is equipt with a seat made of precious gems, which has many arches made of lapis lazuli, which has a net-work of gold all round, which has turrets made of corals, which is adorned with Gandharvas and Apsaras well-skilled in singing, and which is fit for the residence of the Righteous.
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Reference:- Mahabharata of Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated to English by Kisari Mohan Ganguli; Source of Plain Text: www.sacred-texts.com; Wikified at AncientVoice.

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