"O great soul, having been defeated by
the Vaarashikhas, we have come here. They have occupied our kingdom our riches and
treasuries have fallen into their hands. In future only the hermitage will be our place of
said Abhyavarti and Divodasa.
On hearing these words, Bharadwaja felt as if the sky had fallen from the heavens.
Those whom he had considered the pillars of morality had arrived in a hopeless condition!
The eyes of Bharadwaja, who never knew of anger, became red. Like an angry serpent he
"By your diffidence you are bringing disgrace to the warder race. Like cowards,
you fear a war! Get up, Abhyavarti, arm your bow, and chase away the - unrighteous demons.
For once, remember your people who are suffering like orphans. For their safety, sacrifice
"0 godly man, you are our family priest. In addition, you are born to protect the
good 'people. You have the power to call gods to appear before you. We are sure to win if
we have your help.
Order us," said Abhyavarti and Divodasa.