HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : -25.3.2.
25-Satya Narayana Vrata-3.
3. The Story of a Merchant-2
Lord Narayana felt it was high time He reminded Sadhu of his resolve.
One night, while Sadhu was at a place called Ratnasarpur, he was suddenly arrested and imprisoned along with his party by the royal police.
The police suspected them to be thieves.
At the same time, thieves had robbed the property of Sadhu in his native place.
Meanwhile, poor Lilavathi and Kalavathi were leading a miserable life in the streets.
One day Kalavathi went to get alms and it so happened that she received some prasad of Lord Satya Narayana from a temple.
She came back to her mother and pleaded that they, too, should observe the Vrata.
They thus observed the Vrata and worshipped Lord Satya Narayana.
That very day, the king of Ratnasarpur dreamt that Sadhu and his party were not really guilty of any theft and that they should be released else he would be destroyed along with his relatives.
The king at once released Sadhu and his party from prison, giving them double the value for their merchandise.
To be continued .....