By Swami Harshananda
The story of the king Nala and his wife Damayanti is well-known in the romantic literature. After banishment from his kingdom, Nala retired to a forest and deserted Damayantī there. King Nala was bitten by a cobra in his sojourns and was disfigured. He then changed his name to Bāhuka and lived incognito for some time before regaining his kingdom.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore