HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : -25.3.4.
25-Satya Narayana Vrata-3.
3. The Story of a Merchant-4.
Sadhu came back to his boat and found that all the bags contained jewels again. He worshipped Lord Satya Narayana with intense faith and devotion.
After five days, Sadhu reached his native place.
He sent a message to inform his wife and daughter of his arrival.
At the time when the messenger arrived to give the news, Lilavathi and Kalavathi were hearing the Satya Narayana Katha.
When they had finished the worship they went to meet Sadhu, but, alas! they had forgotten to take the prasad of the Lord.
Lord Satya Narayana wanted to point out their carelessness in not taking the prasad.
The boat with its wealth and their son-in-law sank.
The son-in-law struggled in desperation for his life.
Sadhu who was on the shore prayed and worshipped the Lord.
A divine voice was heard in the sky: “Kalavathi has not taken My prasad. So this has happened.”
Kalavathi hurried back to her house and ate the prasad.
She returned, and with sheer joy on her face, beheld both her father and her husband who was miraculously saved through the Grace of Lord Satya Narayana. Even the boat and the jewels were recovered miraculously.
All rejoiced. Sadhu narrated all that had happened during his travel and how he was saved by the Lord when in distress.
Thenceforth, the couple, Sadhu and Lilavathi, regularly observed the Satya Narayana Vrata during Purnima and Shankranti, and lived happily ever after.
They attained the blissful abode of Lord Narayana.
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To be continued .....