The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2 eBook

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“And Markandeya continued, ’There was a king, by name Parikshit in Ayodhya and belonging to the race of Ikshvaku.  And once upon a time Parikshit went a-hunting.  And as he was riding alone on a horse chasing deer, the animal led him to a great distance (from the habitations of men).  And fatigued by the distance he had ridden and afflicted with hunger and thirst he beheld in that part of the country whither he had been led, a dark and dense forest, and the king, beholding that forest, entered it and seeing a delightful tank within the forest, both the rider and the horse bathed in it, and refreshed by the bath and placing before his horse some stalks and fibres of the lotus, the king sat by the side of the tank.  And while he was lying by the side of the tank, he heard certain sweet strains of music, and hearing those strains, he reflected, “I do not see here the foot-prints of men.  Whose and whence then these strains?” And the king soon beheld a maiden of great beauty gathering flowers singing all the while, and the maiden soon came before the king, and the king thereupon asked her, “Blessed one, who art thou and whose?” And she replied, “I am a maiden.”  And the king said, “I ask thee to be mine.”  And the maiden answered, “Give me a pledge, for then only I can be thine, else not.”  And the king then asked about the pledge and the girl answered, “Thou wilt never make me cast my eyes on water”, and the king saying, “So be it,” married her, and king Parikshit having married her sported (with her) in great joy, and sat with her in silence, and while the king was staying there, his troops reached the spot, and those troops beholding the monarch stood surrounding him, and cheered by the presence of troops, the king entered a handsome vehicle accompanied by his (newly) wedded wife.  And having arrived at his capital he began to live with her in privacy.  And persons that were even near enough to the king could not obtain any interview with him and the minister-in-chief enquired of those females that waited upon the king, asking, “What do ye do here?” And those women replied, “We behold here a female of unrivalled beauty.  And the king sporteth with her, having married her with a pledge that he would never show her water.”  And hearing those words, the minister-in-chief caused an artificial forest to be created, consisting of many trees with abundant flowers and fruits, and he caused to be excavated within that forest and towards one of its sides a large tank, placed in a secluded spot and full of water that was sweet as Amrita.  The tank was well covered with a net of pearls.  Approaching the king one day in private, he addressed the king saying, “This is a fine forest without water.  Sport thou here joyfully!” And the king at those words of his minister entered that forest with that adorable wife of his, and the king sported with her in that delightful forest, and afflicted with hunger and thirst and fatigued and spent, the king beheld a bower of Madhavi creepers[8]

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