Once the beautiful Madhura went to Shiva and Parvati, she met Shiva alone, Parvati had gone out. What had to come came … Parvati cursed Madhura for living as a frog in a well for twelve years.

Shiva looked for her in the well and promised that after the twelve years she would marry a famous man. Mayasura and Hema, who longed for a daughter, meditated at this well. The twelve years were up, the frog changed back to Madhura and began to call out.

Maya and Hema took her out of the well and named her Mandodari. Ravana fell in love with her when he was visiting Maya and married her. Their sons were Indrajit (Meghanada), Atikaya, Akshayakumara.