Ashwapthi turned to his daughter and
said, "My child, Savithri, our choice is excellent. The man you have chosen,
Sathyavantha, is a wise man and an intelligent one, too. But, my child, he has a short
span of life. Knowing this how can I give you in marriage to him? Choose some other man. I
shall gladly give you in marriage to him."
Savithri looked at Narada once again and then at her father.
Narada was looking at Savithri, waiting for an answer. Her fathers face was
disturbed by sad thoughts.
Savithri-Father, I have made my choice. Whether Sathyavantha is short lived or has a
long life, none but he can be my husband.
Ashwapathi Savithri you are still very young. Do not be hasty. Think for a
while. What terrible sorrow awaits you after a year!
Savithri-Father, do not think that I am disobedient. Long-lived or short-lived,
Sathyavantha alone is my husband. I will not change my mind.
Ashwapathi Holy Sir, I beg you to advise my daughter. Please turn her mind away
Narada Ashwapathi, your daughter has made up her mind. Besides, no one has so
many virtues as Sathyavantha has. In every way he is worthy of our daughter. Let this
marriage be celebrated. All will end well.
Ashwapathi did not want to go against the wishes of his daughter. And the blessings of
Narada gave him some courage.