Vishwamitra was one of the greatest sages in ancient India. Indra, the king of gods was scared of his powers and sent Maneka, a beautiful celestial nymph from heaven to earth to lure him and break his meditation.
Menaka successfully incited Vishwamitra's lust and passion. His meditation was broken and he made love to her. Soon, Vishwamitra realised that he had been tricked by Indra. He cursed Menaka to be separated from him forever.
Message: Control your temptations.
Source: “Mastering Essay & Answer Writing for UPSC Civil Services IAS/ IPS & State PSC Main Exam” by Dr Awdhesh Singh, available at