The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 eBook

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“Narada continued, ’Hearing these words, that royal sage, king Haryyaswa, filled with sorrow, but blinded by lust, addressed Galava, that foremost of Rishis, saying, ’I have only two hundred steeds about me of the kind wanted by thee, although of other kinds all worthy of sacrifice, I have many thousand moving about (in my dominions), O Galava, I desire to beget only one son upon this damsel.  Kindly grant this request of mine.’  Hearing these words of the king, that damsel said unto Galava, ’A reciter of Brahma granted me a boon that I would after each delivery, be a maiden again.  Give me away, therefore, to this king, accepting his excellent steeds.  In this way, full eight hundred steeds may be obtained by thee from four kings in succession, and I also may have four sons.  Collect thou the wealth intended for thy preceptor, in this way.  Even this is what I think.  It depends, however, oil thee, O Brahmana, as to how thou shouldst act.’  Thus addressed by that maiden, the Muni Galava said these words unto king Haryyaswa, ’O Haryyaswa, O best of men, accept this damsel for a fourth part of the dower that I have settled, and beget only one son upon her.’  Taking then that maiden and worshipping Galava, the king in due time and place had by her a son of the kind wished for.  And the son so born came to be called by the name of Vasumanas.  Richer than all the wealthy kings of the earth, and resembling one of the Vasus themselves he became a king and giver of great wealth.

’After some time, intelligent Galava came back and approaching the delighted Haryyaswa, said unto him, ’Thou hast, O king obtained a son.  Indeed, this child is like the sun himself in splendour.  The time hath come, O foremost of men, for me to go to some other king for alms.’  Hearing these words, Haryyaswa who was even truthful in speech and steady in acts of manliness, and remembering that the balance of six hundred steeds could not be made up by him, gave Madhavi back to Galava.  And Madhavi also, abandoning that blazing, kingly prosperity, and once more becoming a maiden, followed the footsteps of Galava.  And Galava too, saying, ‘Let the steeds remain with thee’ then went, accompanied by the maiden, to king Divodasa.’”


“Narada said, ’Galava then, addressing Madhavi, said, The ruler of the Kasis is an illustrious king known by the name of Divodasa.  He is the son of Bhimasena, is endued with great prowess, and is a mighty sovereign.  O blessed maiden, we are now going to him.  Follow me slowly and grieve not.  That ruler of men is virtuous and devoted to truth and hath his passions under control.’

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