Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Ulupi - A Naga Princess


Ulupi was a Naga princess, the daughter of Kauravya, a king of the Nagas. When Arjuna was in exile for twelve years (he had inadvertently breached a compact with Yudhishtra), she saw him when he was bathing in a lake. She fell in love with him and abducted him to her underwater palace.

When she expressed her desire for him, he initially refused, as one of the conditions of his exile was celibacy. However, she soon convinced him that the rule of celibacy only applied to his relationship with Draupadi, and did not apply to other women.

Arjuna's scruples were overcome, and he spent quite some time with her. She gave him a boon that he could not be harmed in water. After this, in his wanderings, he married Chitrangada, the princess of Manipur and Subhadra, the half-sister of Krishna.

Last Modified At: Sat Aug 27 21:31:13 2005