By Swami Harshananda
Damayantī is one of the five ideal ladies extolled for her wifely virtues along with Sītā and Sāvitrī. As per the story given in the Vanaparva of the Mahābhārata, she was the daughter of the king Bhīmabhupala (of Vidarbha) and the wife of the king Nala (of Niṣadha).
- Mahābhārata, chapter 52 onwards, called Nalopākhyāna
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore