Savithris servants and companions went with her. Ashwapahi
sent his old minister with her. They visited many kingdoms. They visited sages, bowed to
them, and received their blessings. Savithri gave alms and made generous gift at holy
places. But she did not meet any young man who won her heart.
Savithri began the journey back home. On the way they came to a forest. They saw an old
couple under a tree. Near them was a young man absorbed in work. He was peeling fruits and
offering them to the old couple.
Savithri watched them. The young mans face was gentle, but of arresting
brightness. Savithri gazed with wide-open eyes. She lost her heart to the radiant handsome
Savithris curiosity was now aroused. She called the old minister and said,
"Sir, look at the old couple and the young man under the tree. Pray find out who they
So the old minister went up to the youth. He asked him, "who are you? Who are
these old persons? Why are you in this forest?"
The youth answered, "My name is Sathyavantha, and these are my parents. My father
was once the king of Salvadesha. His name is Dyumathesna. My father lost both his eyes.
His enemies who were just waiting for an opportune-moment only attacked the kingdom. My
blind father was easily defeated so we all came to the forest.
The minister went back to Savithri and reported what he had learnt.
The youths dignity and brave look had impressed Savithri at the very first
glance. When she heard the ministers words the concluded that Sathyavantha was a
good and noble youth, and decided to marry him.
Her task was done and the choice made, and so she returned to Madradesha.