Lāvaṇakalambaka - 20 - Ūrvaśī and Purūrava; Somaprabhā and Guhacandra

One of the days following this, Vatsarāja had a lavish party where he enjoyed drinking with Vāsavadattā and Padmāvatī. Later he called for Gopālaka, Rumaṇvanta, Vasantaka, and Yaugandharāyaṇa at a place that was not very crowded.  During the course of his conversation with them, when the topic turned to his days of separation [from Vāsavadattā], he narrated this tale:

Lāvaṇakalambaka - 19 - Vatsarāja Marries Padmāvatī; Reunites with Vāsavadattā

Back in the royal palace of Magadha, Vāsavadattā tried to contain her sorrow. She sought solace in gazing upon the paintings depicting Sītā’s woes in the period where she was separated from Rāma. Looking at her beauty and conduct, Padmāvatī was convinced that Avantikā was a high-born lady and treated her accordingly. The princess felt Avantikā’s looks betrayed her noble origins and she had disguised herself, just as Draupadī had in Virāṭa’s palace! 

ಕಂಟಕಾಂಜಲಿ: ವಿಡಂಬನೆಯ ಆಡುಂಬೊಲ - 2

ಹಣಹಿಡುಕರ ವಿಡಂಬನೆ

‘ಹಣವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಹೆಣ ಸುಡುವುದೂ ಕಷ್ಟ’ ಎಂದು ನಮಗೆ ಹರಿಶ್ಚಂದ್ರನ ಕಾಲದಿಂದ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಈಗಂತೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮಾಜ ನಿಂತಿರುವುದೇ ಹಣದ ಮೇಲೆ. ಹೀಗಿರಲು ಜೀವನದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಆಯಾಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಹಣದ ಪ್ರಭಾವ ಕಂಡುಬರುವುದು ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯಲ್ಲ. ಮುಂದಿನ ಪದ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂಥ ಒಂದು ಸಂಗತಿಯತ್ತ ಕವಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಗಮನವನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ:

ಅಕ್ಷ್ಣೈಕೇನ ವಿಲೋಕನೇ ದಶ ತಥಾ ದ್ವಾಭ್ಯಾಂ ಕೃತೇ ವಿಂಶತಿಃ

ಷಷ್ಟಿರ್ಗಂಧವಿಮರ್ದನೇ ಸ್ರಜ ಉರಸ್ಯಾಧಾಪನೇ ದ್ವೇ ಶತೇ |

ಶುಲ್ಕಂ ರೂಪ್ಯಸಹಸ್ರಮರ್ಧಘಟಿಕಾಭೋಗಾರ್ಥಮಿತ್ಯಾದಿಭಿ-

ರ್ಧೂರ್ತೈಃ ಸಂಪ್ರತಿ ಕುಟ್ಟನೀವ್ಯವಸಿತೈರ್ದೇವೋऽಪಿ ವೇಶ್ಯೀಕೃತಃ ||

Lāvaṇakalambaka - 18 - The Story of Illaka, The story of Puṇyasena, Yaugandharāyaṇa's plan

Once the king refused, the commander married her. Once when the king was roaming, he saw her standing in the balcony of the commander’s house. As soon as he saw her it was as though he was put under a mesmerising spell. He came back to the palace and laid down with great mental agony.

Lāvaṇakalambaka - 17 - The Story of Mahāsena, The story of Mendicant and the Ape

निर्विघ्नविश्वनिर्माणसिद्धये यदनुग्रहम्।
मन्ये स वव्रे धातापि तस्मै विघ्नजिते नमः॥

[Salutation to that deity, the killer of obstacles, (Gaṇeśa), from whom even the creator (Brahmā) seeks blessings so that the creation can happen without hindrances.]

आश्लिष्यमाणः प्रियया शन्करोऽपि यदाज्ञया।
उत्कम्पते स भुवनं जयत्यसमसायकः॥

Kathāmukhalambaka - 15 - The Story of Śaktimatī, The Wedding of Vāsavadattā

The next morning, when he regained his senses, the man was ashamed looking at his state. He cleaned up and rushed to Parivrājikā's house. He tied his head with a piece of cloth to hide the embarrassing seal and pretended to have a severe headache. He wanted the rest of them to face the kind of humiliation he had undergone. He said, ‘As I was returning from her place, thieves robbed me of all my belongings.’

Kathāmukhalambaka - 14 - The Story of Devasmitā, cont.

Dhanadatta tried to convince him that his son is a suitable groom to his daughter. But Dharmagupta thought that Tāmraliptī was too far and did not agree to this proposal. Meanwhile Devasmitā, having seen Guhasena, was impressed by his qualities and handsomeness, informed through a messenger that she had fallen in love, eloped with him in the night to Tāmraliptī leaving behind all her relatives. There their wedding happened; they lived happily as husband and wife.