The Lady and the UnicornPuzzle of a unicorn can be interpreted several ways but the question is not solved: whether unicorns coexisted with early man (as some cave paintings suggest) and have since died out, or it is only a symbol or myth? Though could be both.
In this sense, it is the interesting story from the Mahabharata about Sage Vibhandaka. By a curious combination of circumstances, he became the father of a child, with a horn in the forehead. It named Shringa Rishi (Deer-Horned) or Eka sringa (unicorn!) in Buddhist versions. At his birth he had never seeing another human being. The fame of the his purity and power spread, and King send his daughter into the forest to lure Rishi into a trap. The pious Rishi had imagined her to be a penitent disciple, but she aroused his love with her virginal beauty and caused him to follow her into a cell.
In this case, the unicorn is a man, a great sage. And there is a similarity to a legend about Lady and Unicorn, who seemed to have been duped through love also. One can presume the presence of a higher willingness to make this sacrifice. This lends big significance to the idea that the unicorn symbolizes the selflessness, the sanctity or the incarnate Truth. Or simply it is human yearning for magic secret in our world tormented by ignorance.