By the time Savithri returned to the
palace Narada arrived. Narada was a great sage. He could understand the past and foretell
the future. He knew everything because he wandered in all the three worlds earth,
heaven and the lower world.
Ashwapathi welcomed Narada with great respect. He washed Naradas feet with
devotion and worshipped him. Just then Savithri returned to the palace. She bowed down to
sage Narada and to Ashwapathi.
Narada blessed her. Then he turned to Ashwapathi and said, "Maharaja, where had
your daughter gone? You are fortunate to have such a daughter. Have you thought of her
Ashwapathi explained everything to Narada and said, "I sent her to choose a
husband." He turned to Savithri and said, "My child, tell me, who has won your
Savithri Holy Sir, I visited all countries. But nowhere did I find a man who won
my heart. At last we came to a forest. There I saw an Young man called Sathyavantha. His
farther is Dyumathsena. He was the King of Salvadesha. Now he has lost his two eyes and
his kingdom, too, and is in the forest. I have lost my heart to Sathyavantha.
Narada was a great sage and a seer. Ashwapathi looked at Narada and waited for his
reply. He wanted to know the opinion of Narada about his daughters choice.
Sage Narada sat for a while, with his eyes closed. Then he said, "O King, your
daughters choice excellent. This young man always speaks the truth and therefore he
is called Sathyavantha. From his childhood he has loved horses. So he has another name
also Chithrashwa. He is radiant like the sun, intelligent, most handsome and more
patient than the earth, generous and valiant, friendly and free from envy,"
Ashwapathi Holy Sir, I am very glad to hear your words. You are a wise man. You
have told me only of what is commendable in Sathyavantha. Sir, I beg of you to tell me if
there is anything agai8nst this match.
Narada grew grave.
Looking at his grave face, Ashwapathi was disturbed. "Great sage, forgive me if I
have spoken amiss. I beg if you, sir, to tell me of any drawback you see." He said.
Narada Ashwapathi, Sathyavantha has no shortcomings. He is a mine of virtues.
But fate is against him. He has a short life. His life will come to an end exactly after a
year from this day. Not knowing this Savithri has given away her heart to Sathyavantha.
On the one hand Ashwapathi was unhappy not knowing how deny his daughters wishes,
and on the other hand he was very much disturbed by the words of Narada.
He did not know what to do.