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* The mention of the stone alludes to the story of Ahalya - the wife of Gautama Maharishi - mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana. After she is seduced by god Indra through trickery (by appearing in the form of her husband), Gautama cursed her to suffer tapas (austere penance); some versions of the story (notably the famous Ram-carit manas by Tulsidas) say she was turned to stone. She was liberated by Rama.