The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 eBook

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in beauty.  Her sire Soma regarded Utathya to be the fittest of husbands for her.  The famous and highly blessed maiden of faultless limbs, observing diverse vows, underwent the severest austerities from the desire of obtaining Utathya for her lord.  After a while, Soma’s father Atri, inviting Utathya to his house, bestowed upon him the famous maiden.  Utathya, who used to give away sacrificial presents in copious measure, duly received the girl for his wife.  It so happened, however, that the handsome Varuna had, from a long time before, coveted the girl.  Coming to the woods where Utathya dwelt, Varuna stole away the girl when she had plunged into the Yamuna for a bath.  Abducting her thus, the Lord of the waters took her to his own abode.  That mansion was of a wonderful aspect.  It was adorned with six hundred thousand lakes.  There is no mansion that can be regarded more beautiful than that palace of Varuna.  It was adorned with many palaces and by the presence of diverse tribes of Apsaras and of diverse excellent articles of enjoyment.  There, within that palace, the Lord of waters; O king, sported with the damsel.  A little while after, the fact of the ravishment of his wife was reported to Utathya.  Indeed, having heard all the facts from Narada, Utathya addressed’ the celestial Rishi, saying, ’Go, O Narada, unto Varuna and speak with due severity unto him.  Ask him as to why he has abducted my wife, and, indeed, tell him in my name that he should yield her up.  Thou mayst say to him further, ’Thou are a protector of the worlds, O Varuna, and not a destroyer!  Why then hast thou abducted Utathya’s wife bestowed upon him by Soma?’ Thus requested by Utathya, the celestial Rishi Narada repaired to where Varuna was and addressing him, said, ’Do thou set free the wife of Utathya.  Indeed, why hast thou abducted her?’ Hearing these words of Narada, Varuna replied unto him, saying, ’This timid girl is exceedingly dear to me.  I dare not let her go!’ Receiving this reply, Narada repaired to Utathya and cheerlessly said, ’O great ascetic, Varuna has driven me out from his house, seizing me by the throat.  He is unwilling to restore to thee thy spouse.  Do thou act as thou pleasest.’  Hearing these words of Narada, Angiras became inflamed with wrath.  Endued with wealth of penances, he solidified the waters and drank them off, aided by his energy.  When all the waters were thus drunk off, the Lord of that element became very cheerless with all his friends and kinsfolk.  For all that, he did not still give up Utathya’s wife.  Then Utathya, that foremost of regenerate persons, filled with wrath, commanded Earth, saying, ’O amiable one, do thou show land where there are at present the six hundred thousand lakes.’  At these words of the Rishi, the Ocean receded from the spot indicated, and land appeared which was exceedingly sterile.  Unto the rivers that flowed through that region, Utathya said, ’O Saraswati, do thou become invisible here.  Indeed, O timid lady, leaving this region, go thou
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