Chanakya saw to it that the news,
that Chandanadasa would be hanged, did reach Amatya Rakshasa. His spies were there, even
near Amatya. Hearing it, Amatya was in an agony. Since this was the direct result of
Chandanadasa's giving shelter to his wife and children, Amatya's grief knew no bounds. He
was determined to save his friend and came to Pataliputra.
He reached the garden skirting the city and sat for a while there beneath a
tree,thinking of what should be his course of action. He was so familiar with every area
in that city. He had come back to thecapital after such a long time. Remembering the
glorious days he had spent with the Nanda kings, and the royal splendor of those days, his
eyes were flooded with tears. It was all God's game, he thought. Just then he heard some
one shout, 'The traitor Chandanadasa will be hanged today.' He was stunned.
He heard sounds of crying. Chandanadasa 's wife and children were walking with a loud
wail, as the soldiers marched Chandanadasa towards the gallows. "All of you, go
back," the soldiers shouted hoarsely, with drawn swords.
Seeing all this, Amatya approached the soldiers and said, "Leave him, he is my
friend. You can hang me in his place, and I am ready."
The soldiers said, "But we need a royal order. The reverend Chanakya should agree.
If he permits, it can be done. All right, till then we shall not execute the
traitor." Four of them brought Amatya Rakshasa to Chanakya's hermitage.