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14th Figure's Story-14-Sunayanaa
Vikram's Justice

As Raajaa Bhoj tried to sit on the throne again, this time the 14th figure whose name was Sunayanaa burst into laughter and asked him - "Do you still think you are the right person to sit upon this throne?" Raajaa Bhoj again said with courage - "Yes." She said - "First listen to this story and then decide if you can sit on this throne. Listen, Raajaa Vikram had all the qualities of a king - justice, donation, renunciation etc. Beside these qualities he had one more quality, that he could fight even the fiercest animal without any weapon.

Once he came to know that one very fierce lion was troubling people, so he planned to kill him and set off for his hunt. He found the lion and tried to kill him but he missed his aim and he escaped. He disappeared in the forest. He followed him, but suddenly the lion attacked the King's horse and wounded him. A fountain of blood flowed from his body. He had saved his horse but he got worried seeing his blood flow. He wanted to take him to a safe place so that he could take some rest. He proceeded taking him but the forest was dense, so he did not know the direction. As he forwarded, he saw a river, but as he came near the river the horse died.

Raajaa got very grieved seeing his horse died, he did not think proper to go further, so he leaned over the trunk of a tree and took some rest. The then he saw two persons quarreling over a dead body in the middle of the stream. Quarreling they brought the dead body on the bank of the river. He saw that one of them was a Kaapaalik wearing the garland of human heads and the other one was a Vaitaal. Both were quarreling over it. The Kaapaalik said - "This body is mine because I was doing Saadhanaa over it." and the Vaitaal said that body was his as it was his food. Nobody was ready to leave it.

When they found Vikram in front of them, they wanted to put this responsibility on him then Vikram also put his condition to them. First, that whatever he would decide both had to agree to it; second, they will pay him his fees. Kaapaalik gave him a purse which could give him anything on demand, as a fee; Vaitaal gave him a piece of Mohinee wood whose paste when used as a Chandan could disappear the man. Then Vikram gave his dead horse to Vaitaal to eat and human dead body to Kaapaalik for his Mantra Saadhanaa. Both got very happy with this justice and went away praising him.

Night was about to fall, Raajaa was hungry, so he asked food from the purse. Many types of dishes appeared from that purse. Raajaa got satisfied eating them. Then he made some Chandan from Mohinee wood and applied to his body, thus he got disappeared. Now he was not afraid of any violent animal. Then he remembered his two Vaitaal and asked them to take him to his capital. They did so instantly. On the way to his palace he met a beggar to whom he gave that purse given to him by Kaapaalik.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on August 9, 2007
Modified on 05/06/13