Madhura was the most gorgeous looking among the celestial nymphs. All gods secretly desired her, but in her heart she was in love with Shiva. She did years of penance to please him but to no effect, as Shiva was lost in his meditation. Finally she set out to find him and reached Kailash. Lo! There he was seated in deep meditation. She quietly sat before Shiva with folded hands. After a while Shiva opened his eyes and saw the beautiful young woman seating before him. He instantly fell in love, and as the night progressed they couldn’t resist making love.
Next morning when Shiva’s consort Parvati who was away on an errand returned home she found a strange lady in her bed. She became livid with anger. Her anger grew, and erupted into a curse “You despicable woman, I curse you to turn into a frog and live in a well for the next twelve years”. Madhura burst into into tears. Shiva tried to console her but he was helpless as there was no way to deflect the curse. Crestfallen Shiva said,” Madhura I cannot change the curse, but I will bless you that after living as a frog for twelve years, you will turn into a beautiful woman and marry a great man of honour.”