An illustrions king of the solar dynasty; an ancestor of Sri Rama. Though renowned for his
valor, Dileepa tended the celestial cow Nandini like a cowherd. In an ultimate act of
piety, he offered himself as food to a lion to protect Nandini, and thus proved his
worthiness in a test posed by Nandini herself. After covering himself with glory, he gave
up the kingdom and spent his last years in meditation in forest,setting a noble ideal.
Author - T.Keshava Bhatta
"Please leave the cow. You can eat my own body, and feel satisfied. Being a friend,
do accede to my request."
An Emperor known for his valor thus begged of a lion. How strange! Being so valiant, why
did he not kill the lion? Further more, instead of living in grandeur and happiness like a
king of kings, why give his body to the lion for the sake of a cow?
Isn't it strange?
Yet, how good and dignified does it show the Emperor to be! His is a very interesting