25-Satya Narayana Vrata-3.

    3. The Story of a Merchant-1.

    Once upon a time King Ulkamukha reigned over the earth. He was a devotee of Lord Satya Narayana.

The queen, too, was very pious.

One day they observed a fast and performed the Satya Narayana Vrata on the banks of the holy Bhadrasheela.

    A merchant named Sadhu came to the king and asked him what he was doing.

The king explained to the merchant all about the Satya Narayana Vrata.

When Sadhu returned home he narrated to his wife, Lilavathi, the glory of the Satya Narayana Vrata as he heard it from the king.

Thereupon, both resolved to observe it, provided they were blessed with a child.

Lilavathi soon brought forth a girl whom they named Kalavathi.

    Sadhu now thought that he would postpone the Vrata till after his daughter was married.

The wedding of Kalavathi took place in course of time, but Sadhu had entirely forgotten his resolve.

After some time he went to foreign countries for trade along with his son-in-law.

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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