HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : 12-3
12. Vasanta Navaratri : 3.
The emissaries of the king of Benares passed through the Ashram of the Rishi and, when they saw the noble prince Sudarsana, they recommended him to Princess Sashikala, the daughter of the king of Benares.
The ceremony at which the princess was to choose her spouse was arranged.
Sashikala at once chose Sudarsana.
They were duly wedded.
King Yudhajit, who had been present at the function, began to fight with the king of Benares.
Devi helped Sudarsana and his father-in-law.
Yudhajit mocked Her, upon which Devi promptly reduced Yudhajit and his army to ashes.
Thus Sudarsana, with his wife and his father-in-law, praised Devi.
She was highly pleased and ordered them to perform Her worship with havan and other means during the Vasanta Navaratri.
Then She disappeared.
To be continued ...