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The following article/section is from the Pandava Quintet continuity under Rick Riordan Presents and not the Riordanverse canon.

Shakuntula (pronounced: "shah-KOON-tha-luh") was a beautiful woman and a victim of Durvasa's curses.


Shakuntula fell in love with a neighboring king named Dushyanta and secretly married him. Dushyanta told his parents and promised Shakuntula that he would be back. She spent a lot of time pining for him and being lovesick, so she didn't notice that Durvasa the sage was visiting her ashram. Angry about going unnoticed, Durvasa cursed her that anyone she was thinking of would forget her immediately. But if she showed her king the ring Durvasa gave her, he would remember Shakuntula. So she went off, but the ring fell in a river she was crossing and was subsequently swallowed by a fish. The king showed up at that moment, but luckily a fisherman caught the fish, sliced it open, found the ring, and gave it to the king. Dushyanta then remembered Shakuntula and they were reunited.[1][2]

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In the DMV, Aru, Brynne and Aiden followed Sage Durvasa through a golden divinity-only gate. On going through the door, Aru saw that inside a row of glass display cases, there were statues that appeared to be alive. Among them was the statue of a beautiful woman sitting on the ground and weeping. A metal plaque at the bottom of the case read SHAKUNTULA.


  1. Aru Shah and the Song of Death, Glossary
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