Once upon a time there was a rich and mighty king named Devasakti. He had a son who had grown to be smart, strong and able pricess. But of late he had been keep ill and was growing weaker by the day. It was diagnosed that the price has a snake in his stomach. Experts, physicians and surgeons had tried their best to bring him back to good health without success. Dejected, prince left his palace one night and took shelter in a lonely temple in another kingdom ruled by a monarch called Bali. Every day, the son would go out to beg and return to the temple in the night.
King Bali, a bas king. he would always like to hear his praise. He had two daughters who came of age. Both od them were beautiful though one was cunning and other was god fearing. Following a tradition, the two daughters would get up every dawn and touch the feet of their father in reverence.The two daughters were well tutored and mannered.
One day, after paying respects to the king one of his daughters said, “Victory to the king. We are happy in every way.”
The second daughter was sad over the state of affair of the kingdom and in that though she uttered, “O king, reap the harvest of your actions.”
The king, knowing he has no good deeds to reap, was very angry at the words of the second daughter. He called his ministers and told them, “Take this foul-mouthed woman away and marry her off to some stranger. Let her reap the consequences of her actions.” Let her Reap the consequences of her actions.”
They came accross the poor strange looking man begging for his living. To comply with the orders of the king, the ministers married the princess without pomp or ceremony to Devasakti’s son living in the old temple. The king’s daughter regarded the marriage as god’s gift and happily accepted the prince as her husband. She latter persuaded the prince, left for another kingdom.
The princess and the son of Devasakti reached a city where they camped close to a lake. She asked her husband to take care of the camp and went into the city with her maids to buy daily needs like rice, salt, butter oil and vegetables. After shopping, she returned to the lake where she saw a surprising spectacle.
On her retune what she say was mistical. The price was sleeping by an anthill. While the prince slept serpent of his stomach came out to breath fresh air. Then another serpent emerged from the anthill for the same reason. Both of them glared at each other.
The Anthill inmate Said, “You wicked creature, why do you torment such a handsome prince.”
The other serpent retorted, “Why are you polluting the two golden urns in your hole.”
Thus in their row, they revealed the secrets of each other.
The serpent of the anthill said, “Do not be arrogant to me. I know all about you and I also know the secret of your death. If the prince drinks a concoction made of gruel and mustard you will die unsung.”
Full od fury the snake from the stomach said, “Oh, is that so? I also know your secret and that you will also perish if someone pours hot oil or hot water in your anthill. Do not be too proud,”.
The princess, who heard all that passed between the two serpents, poured hot oil into the anthill and took the two golden urns. Then she offer the mustard concoction to her husband to drink and killed the snake inside his stomach. Both Divyasakti’s son and his daughter-in-law returned to his kingdom and lived happily ever after.
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