The story of the king Nala and his wife Damayantī is well-known in the romantic literature of India.

After banishment from his kingdom, Nala retired to a forest, deserted Dama-yantī there, was bitten by a cobra in his sojourns and was disfigured. He changed his name to Bāhuka and lived incognito for some time before regaining his kingdom.

See also DAMAYANTĪ and NALA.