Shishu Sansaar | Vikram-Vaitaal Stories-3
|1-The Three Suitors|
1-The Three Suitors
Once a beautiful girl, Mandaraavatee, was born to a priest. When the girl grew up her father got worried about her marriage. Once three boys came to him asking her hand, and surprisingly three of them threatened him to commit suicide if he didn't marry his daughter to him. Now the father got worried how to solve this problem.
One day Mandaraavatee fell ill. She had a high fever and died suddenly. All three of them performed her last rites, but they were very grieved. So one of them decided to stay there only. He slept on her ashes. The other one took her bones and went to the Gangaa River. The third became a Saadhu and started wandering around.
As he was wandering around, he reached a Braahman's house. Braahman had the power to bring a dead alive. He had a book in which the way to do this was written. He used to keep it safely. So this boy stole the book in the night and went to the place where they performed the last rites of Mandaraavatee. The second one had come back from Gangaa River with her holy water, and the first was one was still sleeping on her ashes.
So the third one, with the help of the other two recited the spell from the book and Mandaraavatee got alive. Now each of them claimed her because of their effort.
Vaitaal stopped here and asked Vikram - "Now tell me who should be the husband of Mandaraavatee?" Vikram thought for a while and said - "Who gave her life by reading the spell, is her creator, so he is like her father; the one who took her bones to Gangaa River is like her son; yes, the third one who slept on her ashes out of love could be her husband."
As soon as Vikram finished his answer, Vaitaal ran away and hung again on the same tree upside down.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 06/05/13