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1-Wisdom is Greater...-1
Everything is possible if acted wisely

As the King Vikramaaditya took Vaitaal on his shoulder, Vaitaal started telling him a story - "Listen O King, Once upon a time, there ruled a king in Vaaraanasee city. He had a son named Vajramukut. King had a minister who also had a son named Ratnraaj. Both were very good friends. They both were seen together. They used to go together for hunting too. Once they went to a forest for hunting, but got separated while they were following their deer. After some time, Vajramukut sensed that he had come very far, and now he should go back. So he turned back without hunting the deer.

When he was coming back, he saw a beautiful palace. It looked like a king's palace. There was a beautiful garden also beside the palace. Many kinds of flowers were blooming there. There was a small temple also in the garden. Prince was very tired, so he came in the garden with the idea that he would take some rest there. He was about to lie down there, that the gardener of that garden came and said to him - "O traveler, You go from here because the Princess is just about to come here to worship. If she saw you here, she would scold me." Prince said - "OK, I will go from here." Gardener went away assured that the Prince would go away. Prince also started preparing his horse to go from there.

In the meantime, the Princess came there with her friends to worship in that temple. Vajramukut got stunned to see her and continued looking at her. She was very beautiful. He has never seen such a beautiful girl before. She went to the temple to worship and when she came back she saw the Prince standing there. She also got attracted to him.

She picked up the lotus flower from her head which she brought from the temple, touched it with her ears, bit it by her teeth, put it under her foot and then touched it with her heart. Vajramukut was still looking at her. The Princess went away, so he also came back. He was very sad as he was unable to forget the Princess. On the way he met his friend Ratnraaj.

Ratnraaj found him sad, so he asked him - "O Prince, What is the reason, why do you look so sad?" First the Prince didn't tell him any thing, but when Ratnraaj insisted, he told him the whole story. Ratnraaj smiled and asked him - "What do you want now, tell me." The Prince said - "I want to marry her." Ratnraaj asked - "Did she also see you?" "Yes, She also saw me." "Then what did she do after seeing you? If you tell me everything, maybe I can help you." The Prince told him everything as how she picked up the lotus flower from her head, touched it with her ears, bit it by her teeth, put it under her foot and then touched it with her heart. Hearing this Ratnraaj got very happy. He said - "You are through now." Vajramukut asked him - "How do you know?"

O Vikram, listen further what happened. Ratnraaj told him that "she touched the flower with her ears", it meant that she lived in Karnaatak Pradesh; and "bit it by her teeth", it meant that she was the daughter of King Dantvaad; "put it under her feet", it meant that her name was Padmaavatee; and then she "touched the flower with her heart", it meant that she loved you. Vajramukut got very happy to hear this and said to Ratnraaj - "So now we should go there." "Sure".

Both started towards king Dantvaad's city. In Dantvaad's city, Ratnraaj started looking for someone who often used to go to the Princess. After some time he found an old woman who used to go to her daily. So they came to her house and knocked the door. When she came to open the door, Ratnraaj said to her - "Mother, We are travelers. We wish to see king Dantvaad's city, can we stay with you for a couple of days?" The woman said - "If you wish so. I live here alone." So Hey Vikram, They both stayed with that woman. That woman had brought up the Princess by breastfeeding her, that is why she used to go to her once a day, just to see her.

Next day when that old woman was about to go to see the Princess, Ratnraaj said to her - "Will you take our message to the Princess?" "What is that?" Ratnraaj said - "Tell her that whoever she saw in the temple, he has come." The woman said - "If she got angry, she would kill me." Ratnraaj assured her that this would not happen. The woman agreed.

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