Shishu Sansaar | Vikram-Vaitaal Stories-3
|2-The Exchanged Heads|
2-The Exchanged Heads
There lived a washerman named Dhaval. Once he went to the place where washermen were washing clothes and he saw a beautiful woman at the pond. In fact she was the daughter of another washerman. He fell in love with her and asked her hand. Her parents agreed and they married their daughter Madansundaree to Dhaval.
Once Madansundaree 's brother came to invite his sister and brother-in-law for some festival. While on their way they passed by a Durgaa temple. Her brother wanted to pay a visit to Devee, so he went inside the temple. But as soon as he got near the idol, he decided to make a sacrifice of himself, and he cut his head off for the goddess. When he didn't come for quite some time Madansundaree got worried about him, and she sent her husband to check on him.
When Dhaval came inside the temple, he got moved seeing his brother-in-law's state; so he also decided to offer his head too and thinking thus he cut off his own head too. When Dhaval also did not return for some time Madansundaree herself went into the temple and found that both of them are lying there dead. She also decided to take her own life too. Before doing so she prayed the goddess to give her the same husband and the same brother in her next life.
As she was going to cut off her head, that the goddess got pleased with her and stopped her dong so. She asked her to join their heads to their bodies and gave them life. Madansundaree was in a hurry so she mistakenly joined Dhaval's head on her brother's body and her brother's head on Dhaval's body.
Vaitaal stopped here and asked Vikram - "Now tell me who should be the husband of Madansundaree?" Vikram thought for a while and said - "The body that carries her husband's head is her husband, because the head is the most important part of the body and the rest of the body is identified by the head."
As soon as Vikram finished his answer, Vaitaal ran away and hung on the same tree upside down.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 06/05/13