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

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 521 pages of information about The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2.

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“Markandeya said, ’And while the chaste Sita was dwelling there afflicted with melancholy and grief on account of her lord, attired in mean garb, with but a single jewel (on the marital thread on her wrist), and incessantly weeping, seated on a stone, and waited upon by Rakshasa women, Ravana, afflicted by the shafts of the god of desire, came to her and approached her presence.  And inflamed by desire, that conqueror in battle of the gods, the Danavas, the Gandharvas, the Yakshas, and the Kimpurushas, attired in celestial robes and possessing handsome features, decked with jewelled earrings and wearing a beautiful garland and crown, entered the Asoka woods, like an embodiment of the vernal season.  And dressed with care, Ravana looked like the Kalpa tree in Indra’s garden.  But though adorned with every embellishment, that inspired her only with awe, like a beautified banian in the midst of a cemetery.  And that night wanderer, having approached the presence of that slender-waisted lady, looked like the planet Saturn in the presence of Rohini.  And smitten with the shafts of the god of the flowery emblem he accosted that fair-hipped lady then affrighted like a helpless doe, and told her these words, “Thou hast, O Sita, shown thy regard for thy lord too much!  O thou of delicate limbs, be merciful unto me.  Let thy person be embellished now (by these maids in waiting).  O excellent lady, accept me as thy lord!  And, O thou of the most beautiful complexion, attired in costly robes and ornaments, take thou the first place among all the women of my household.  Many are the daughters of the celestials and also the Gandharvas that I possess!  I am lord also of many Danava and Daitya ladies!  One hundred and forty millions of Pisachas, twice as many man-eating Rakshasa of terrible deed, and thrice as many Yaksha do my bidding!  Some of these are under the sway of my brother who is the lord of all treasures.  In my drinking hall, O excellent lady of beautiful thighs, Gandharvas and Apsaras wait on me as they do on my brother!  I am, again, the son of that regenerate Rishi Visravas himself of high ascetic merit.  I am renowned, again, as the fifth Regent of the Universe!  And, O beautiful lady, of food and edibles and drinks of the very best kind, I have as much as the Lord himself of the celestials!  Let all thy troubles consequent on a life in the woods cease!  O thou of fair hips, be my Queen, as Mandodari herself!” Thus addressed by him, the beautiful princess of Videha, turning away and regarding him as something less than a straw, replied unto that wanderer of the night.  And at that time the princess of Videha, that girl of beautiful hips, had her deep and compact bosom copiously drenched by her inauspicious tears shed ceaselessly.  And she who regarded her husband as her god, answered that mean wretch,

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