Dear Professors and Collegues,

my name is Omar Abu Dbei and I am currently a PhD student under the supervision of Raffaele Torella in Rome.
While consulting Vettam Mani’s  Purāṇic Encyclopaedia, I have found a reference, under the entry Urvaśī (pp. 812-813), to a mythical episode that might be, under many respects, of the greatest interest for my research:

Once Agastya went to the durbar of Indra. On the occasion Indra asked Urvaśī to dance. In the midst of the dance she saw Jayanta, the son of Indra, and became amorous and her steps went wrong. Nārada who was playing his famous lute called Mahatī could not play well. Agastya went angry and cursed Jayanta to become a bud. He cursed Nārada also. So his lute became the lute of the world. Urvaśī was born on the earth under the name Mādhavī due to the curse.


Unfortunately, no Sanskrit source is recorded and, not being a specialist myself in the field of Purāṇas, I have been unable so far to find any possible one. Is there anybody who knows the exact source of this myth?

Many thanks for your attention.

Kind regards,

Omar Abu Dbei