Monday, June 20, 2011

The story of Kamalakara as told by Suvarnakanthavalli doll

The story of Kamalakara as told by Suvarnakanthavalli doll

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On the twenty fifth day Bhoja raja after his morning duties again started climbing on to the throne of Vikramadhithya. He was stopped on the twenty fifth steps by Suvarnakanthavalli doll. It told him that he does not have great qualities of the king Vikramadhithya and is not fit to occupy the throne. Then king Bhoja asked that doll, “Doll please tell me about the greatness of Vikramadhithya. The doll started telling the following story.

When Vikramadhithya was the king, Bhatti his younger brother was his chief minister. Next to him was another great man called Govinda. His commander in chief was Chandra and priest was Trivikrama. Trivikrama had a son called Kamalakara. Kamalakara lead life of luxury. He was very lazy and never even attempted to learn anything. One day Trivikrama, his father called him and told that Kamalakara by not learning anything was a blot to their family. He also told that because of him, he was leading a life of extreme sorrow. This shocked Kamalakara. He promised his father that he would learn all that has to be learned and come back. Kamalakara went to Kashmir and approached a guru called Chandramouli bhatta and told him, “Sir, I am an idiot who is not able to learn anything. If you would teach me all that you know to me I would be grateful to you.” Chandramouli Bhatta taught everything that he knew to Kamalakara. He also taught him the great chant called Sidha Saraswatha manthra and told him, “Kamalakara, now you are one of the very great learned man of the world. Both your father and king would be proud of you.” Kamalakara was glad with this blessing and started returning to Ujjain. On the way, he went to the town of Kanchi. At that time Kanchi was ruled by a king called Anangasena, in that town there was a courtesan of matchless beauty called Naramohini. People who happened to see her instantly fell in love with her. But any one spending a night with her was killed by an Asura who resided in Vindhya Mountains that night. Though people were terribly worried about their impending death by the asura, they did try to be with Naramohini.

Kamalakara returned back to Ujjain making his father very proud. His father took him to meet Vikramadhithya. At that time Kamalakara related to him the news about Naramohini of Kanchi. Greatly intrigued, Vikramadhithya decided to visit Kanchi during his next sojourn to the forest. He took Kamalakara along with him. Vikramadhithya directly went to the house of Naramohini. She received him with great hospitality. That night Vikramadhithya did not enter her bed room but was standing outside with his magical sword. That night as usual the asura from Vindhyas came. Not finding any one by the side of Naramohini, he came out of the bed room. Vikramadhithya killed him with his sword. Naramohini fell at Vikramadhithya’s feet and wanted to be his slave. Vikramadhithya requested her to marry Kamalakara, which she readily agreed. Kamalakara then lead a life of joy. This was the greatness of our king, who gave away willingly, a very pretty woman to his assistants.

The doll then told, “Oh king Bhoja, this is the greatness of Vikramadhithya who occupied this throne. If you think that you are equal to him, then you can definitely go up. Bhoja returned back that day without further climbing

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