Vishwamitra, who was
suffering defeat after defeat, made a last bid to trap the king. That night some robbers
kidnapped the prince of Varanasi and killed him for the sake of his jewels. When the child
was crying in deathly throes, Chandramati came there and mistook the dying boy for her
son. The robbers decamped, leaving the stolen jewels and the dying boy. Chandramati was
mistakenly caught by the king's men and was charged with the murder of the prince.
When she was summoned for interrogation before the king, she was benumbed and
speechless. Although the king pitied her, he had been greatly shocked by his son's death.
He ordered that she be executed by Veerabahu, the public hangman. But the latter assigned
the task to his serf, the watchman of the burning ghat.