The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 eBook

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“Thus addressed Sukanya answered the celestials saying.  ’I am devoted to my husband, Chyavana:  do ye not entertain any doubts (regarding my fidelity).  Thereupon they again spake unto her, ’We two are the celestial physicians of note.  We will make thy lord young and graceful.  Do thou then select one of us, viz., ourselves and thy husband,—­for thy partner.  Promising this do thou, O auspicious one, bring hither thy husband.’ ..  O king, agreeably to their words she went to Bhrigu’s son and communicated to him what the two celestials had said.  Hearing her message, Chyavana said unto his wife, ‘Do thou so.’  Having received the permission of her lord, (she returned to the celestials) and said, ‘Do ye so.’  Then hearing her words, viz., ‘Do ye so,’ they spoke unto the king’s daughter.  ’Let thy husband enter into water.’  Thereat Chyavana desirous of obtaining beauty, quickly entered into water.  The twin Aswins also, O king, sank into the sheet of water.  And the next moment they all came out of the tank in surpassingly beautiful forms, and young and wearing burnished earrings.  And all, possessed of the same appearance pleasing to behold, addressed her saying, ’O fortunate one, do thou choose one of us for spouse.  And O beauteous one, do thou select him for lord who may please thy fancy.’  Finding, however, all of them of the same appearance she deliberated; and at last ascertaining the identity of her husband, even selected him.

“Having obtained coveted beauty and also his wife, Chyavana, of exceeding energy, well pleased, spake these words unto the nose-born celestials:  ’Since at your hands, an old man, I have obtained youth, and beauty, and also this wife of mine, I will, well pleased, make you quaffers of the Soma juice in the presence of the lord of celestials himself.  This I tell you truly.’  Hearing this, highly delighted, the twins ascendedto heaven; and Chyavana and Sukanya too passed their days happily even like celestials.”

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“Lomasa said, ’Now the news came to Saryati that Chyavana had been turned into a youth.  And well pleased he came, accompanied by his troops, to the hermitage of the son of Bhrigu.  And he saw Chyavana and Sukanya, like two children sprung from celestials, and his joy and that of his wife were as great as if the king had conquered the entire world.  And the ruler of earth together with his wife was received honourably by that saint.  And the king seated himself near the ascetic, and entered into a delightful conversation of an auspicious kind.  Then, O king, the son of Bhrigu spake to the king these words of a soothing nature:  ’I shall, O king, officiate at a religious ceremony to be performed by thee:  let the requisite articles, therefore, be procured.’  Thereat, that protector of earth Saryati, experienced the very height of joy, and O great king, he expressed his approbation of the proposal made by Chyavana.  And on an auspicious

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