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Arundhati and The Princess by Manatita

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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

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Princess Lakshmi and Arundhati

Princess Lakshmi was as wise, as she was eloquent in speech. So was also incredibly beautiful! Her charisma, in fact, made her the cynosure of all worthy suitors in the neighbouring Kingdoms. Yet the Princess was not only a woman of good looks, she was benevolent, righteous and full of gracefulness. She walked with the opulence and shine of a woman of Paradise and it was rumoured, that at 17, she was looking for a suitor of similar ilk.

Word spread fast in the neighbouring Kingdoms, and Princes began to gather in her City, from many significant states. Yet the Princess was unhappy, having an intuitive feel, that none of these regal Princes, would be suitable to her taste.

Princess Lakshmi was named after the goddess of wealth and beauty. She was filled with inner and outer opulence, but was also a seeker of wisdom and knowledge. Ruminating over ideas, she stepped outside of the Palace and began to walk.

Arundhati was the third child of Kumar and Bashita Ghose. He had an older sister, Suniti and brother, Bijon. They all lived on the edge of the forest. A family of woodcutters and farmers, they were by no means rich and the parents worked quite hard to send their three children to school. They had a small farm and would occasionally sell a sheep or cow, to supplement the income.

Arundhati was now 19 and coming into his own. Like Princess Lakshmi, he was kind, smart and very devoted to God and family. One might say, like parents, like son, for they all walked in the ways of righteousness. Arundhati was courageous but gentle, carrying a demeanour quite suitable for his average build and height. He was also quite good-looking and he too, shone with the Light of heaven.

Arundhati's Encounter and Marriage

Adventurous by nature, Arundhati was having his usual stroll through the forest one day, when he stumbled upon the Princess. Lost in thought, perhaps thinking of the many suitors and other matters of the court, she had inadvertently walked into the forest and lost her way.

Arundhati called out to the Princess, careful not to startle her and also stood at a distance. Even as she turned, though, he could see her immaculate elegance and her long-flowing gift of hair. Arundhati was enchanted! He looked at the Princess’s face and her gaze seemed to hold his as they both stared at each other. This is it, Arundhati thought, as his affectionate heart, drank of her beauty.

Finally finding the words to speak, Arundhati enquired: “Are you lost?” “Yes.” Said the Princess, still absorbed with the handsome features of this gentle young man. “Let me show you the way out.” Said Arundhati, and they both walked and chatted, all the way out of the forest.

It was written down in parchment, probably by a poet, that they both entered the Palace, eyes shining with the Light of Jannah (Heaven) that evening. That Princess Lakshmi held Arundhati’s hand, took him right up to the throne of her father and with a very sweet and tender voice, told him that she had found her husband.

They were married not too long afterwards. One dawn, amidst the peach-blossoms and cicada colours, the radiant sun and nightingale’s song, Arundhati bowed twice to his woman and once to the sun-God. He then kissed the Princess, who was now his bride and wife. Legend has it, that when the King finally died, both Arundhati and the princess, ruled wisely, for numerous years.

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Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on March 29, 2021:

Great indeed!

Happy endings

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 29, 2021:

What a beautiful love story. It's always a celebration when two people so much in love marry.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 29, 2021:

Sweet, my Bhaia ji.

Lovely story! Did you mean Vashistha? Both guys were at so much war! Ha-ha, yet Vashistha was the Seer of forgiveness. Good thing to do for married couples. We need more Damayanti's, Kunti's, Savitris and Sita's in this world. Thank you so much, Ji. Is you and family's health good?

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 29, 2021:

A beautiful story, my Bro Manatita. I liked your telling style.

Initially, I thought it is about Arundhati, the sage Vishwamitra's wife. She was known for her chastity and wisdom. She later becomes a shining star in the seven stars' constellation (Ursa Major) that was formed by the seven sages including Vishwamitra. The Married couple is shown that star implying that they ought to live like her.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 28, 2021:

Sweet indeed!

Thank you so much!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 27, 2021:

A sweet love story, I enjoyed reading.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 27, 2021:

Too true!

I love this take from you! May it help some of our readers. Life has always had its difficulties in both East and West. Om Shanti!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 27, 2021:

Yes. I know of Arundhati Roy, the writer. I like the name. So happy you like my story.

I loved the Victoria Cross story, but I'm yet to comment. My fingers are painful and I keep scrolling up and down to find it.

That was a great gesture from Michael Heseltine but you and I both know that India deserves much more, so much resources, were taken from them! Peace.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 27, 2021:

When I saw the title I thought it was about Arundhati Roy the Indian writer. It turned out to be a lovely story. Wonderful to read. Thank you.

Vanita Thakkar on March 27, 2021:

Brother Manatita, I also love the name Arundhati. There is an Ashram Temple of Rishi Vashishthh at Manali in Himachal Pradesh. I had felt so blessed when I visited that place !!

The devoted disciple who held his body like a dam to hold water flowing away from his Guruji’s field was - Aruni - a disciple of Rishi Dhaumya.

I liked your story as it is. No need of any twists. The readers are so well aware of the status and honour problems prevailing everywhere that they would love and appreciate a story where people show a natural absence of such vices. That sounds like something new and so much desired.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 27, 2021:

Ha-ha, my Didi ji.

A lot here! Glad you loved the story. I'm fond of the name Arundhati, as it appears so often in Guruji's stories and Indian myths. She's Sage Vashista's wife, yes. There was a boy who held the dam with his body to protect the fields for his father. Same name? Can't remember.

Yes, Satyavan and Savitri is a Love Conquers All story and I wanted to give mines some more twist, even to cover the status problem. Next time I'll do one in two parts.

Vanita Thakkar on March 27, 2021:

What is sweet story !! Loved it. Like our other friends, I too wish love stories would be so simple and happy ones or at least have happy endings after some struggles.

Reminded of the story of Savitri and Satyavaan - minus the lost kingdom of Satyavaan's father and ordeals of a short life of Satyavaan that Savitri wins over from Yama - the God of Death ....

Arundhati initially sounded like the name of a lady, as I have known girls who have the name Arundhati (literally means - "washed by the rays of the Sun", in Sanskrit - "Arun" means Sun rays and "Dhati" means Washed. So, Arundhati is considered to be the name of Goddess of night, sky and stars)

In the Ramayana, Arundhati is the wife of Sage Vashishthh. Theirs was an exemplary marriage. So, in the Indian traditions, after every wedding, the newly weds together behold (take Darshan of) two stars of the Saptarishi constellation (Ursa Major in English), named after the couple - Vashishthh and Arundhati - to seek inspiration and blessings of a blissful married life from the divine couple. The constellation Saptarishi - Sapta means seven, Rishi means Sage - called Ursa Major or The Great Bear or The Big Dipper in English, has seven main stars named after the Seven Sages (spiritual sons of Brahma, the Creator), one of them being Vashishthh (English name of the star is Mizar). Adjoining star is Arundhati (called Alcor in English).

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Indeed Brenda!!

In the East and middle-eastern countries, jacket or Tuxedo and tie and wedding dress, western style, must be viewed with interest. Their style is full of colour and very visual romance. It is also much more intricate. We plan, but their style is complex in grandeur. Ha-ha. Thank you so much!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 26, 2021:

Manatita44,

What a charming story of finding love.

If only it were that simple.

This is what dreams are made of...maybe somewhere this does happen.

I enjoyed watching your video. Traditions are quite different, but beautiful.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Indeed!

A sweet and charming one today! Thank you!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2021:

What a lovely fairytale type of story. I like the idea that the princess sought virtue and that status did not matter to her, or obviously, to her father.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Indeed, Pamela.

Indeed! God smiled on them both for their virtues. Thank you!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 26, 2021:

This is such a beautiful story, Manatita. I love the way the princess could actually choose the person she loved to be married. Love at first sight with a happy ending is perfect. Blessings

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Yes, I know. Since it is infused in the culture, then I am definitely empathetic. I too, am not dumb, but since you are my chela, let us work with the good.

Things happen as an experience that God is having in and through us. There are hostile forces true, but doesn't Allah Love us? Let us hope. Jazak Allahu Khair.

P.S My poem, The Path, is all about the Journey ... the struggle.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 26, 2021:

I focused the status thing because Sad thing about the east part of the world is a dowry system... I have seen many girls having a relationship, Ending badly... Parents sometimes are unable to afford the demands of their in laws and things ends up in divorce...sad but Reality

Your story is different and I loved it

Blessings and Peace :)

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Rosina,

charming and romantic. A Friday's feel, perhaps. Ha-ha.

Thank you so much!!

Rosina S Khan on March 26, 2021:

Lovely story with a happy ending. I always love happy endings and this one made me smile. Thank you for sharing, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 26, 2021:

Salaam, my Didi ji

Actually, I like complexities in stories and I'm aware of the status thing. I wanted to either have him rejected and the Princess putting up a fight, or having her tell a lie to say he was one of the Princes of the neighbouring kingdom.

Then I would have the real Prince turn up later and add to the intrigue of the story. That's what adds spice. I also didn't want too many words. Next time I can have two parts. Haha.

Happy the story gelled with you. Perhaps you can also have a fairy-tale life. Chuckle.

P.S. A friend of mines had her lover rejected. So she ended up in a fight with parents which became quite nasty. Hers ended well but some don't. Status, as you know, can be a big problem.

Hey hey, my Brother Sean.

I was not expecting you! Ha-ha. This is a deliberate something with a difference. A very human story. But of course, yes, there's virtue in so many things. So great to get this pleasant surprise! Love you, Bro.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on March 26, 2021:

A beautiful parable of Soul finding God! Although it reminds me the first time I saw my wife. I was twelve! Ha! Ha! Thank you for always finding ways to be a source of beauty for my Soul, my brother.

Gratitude!

Sean

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 26, 2021:

Beautiful story mi hermano

I am glad Princess met Arundhati

And married him

It is very rare, to have happy endings in life. Sometimes I think, why life can't be like a fairy tale

She married him and took him right up to the throne of her father as he was not rich. She preferred love over status.

Beautiful story with beautiful ending

Loved it

Thanks for sharing this lovely piece of writing

Happy Friday

Blessings and Peace

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