In spite of a vigorous search,
Tukaram could not be traced. "It was wrong on my part to have behaved so harshly with
my husband by talking sarcastically. I hurt his feelings," Jeejabai began to feel.
That day, remembering the husband, she cooked food. She served food to Kashi and
Mahadeva. She made a food packet for her husband, filled the eater cast from Tatrani and
went on her way to Bhandari hillock. Stones and thorns did not deter her.
While she was thinking of the way her future life would shape and walking along, a
thorn broke in Jeejabais foot. The thorn stuck in the sole of the foot. O! she cried
and collapsed on the ground. More than he pain caused by the thorn, the likely hunger of
her husband distressed her. Somehow, limping and dragging her feet, she began to work. The
pain increased. The sorrow doubled.
On the way an old man came from the opposite direction. Looking at the sad-faced and
limping Jeejabai he said: "Madam, has a thorn entered your foot?" "Yes,
sir, a thorn has stuck", said she. Instantly, like a person acquainted with her for a
long time, the stranger put Jeejabais foot on his thigh saying "The thorn has
struck deeply", held the thorn and pulled it out. Jeejabai did not mind blood flowing
freely from the foot. She was eager to get along. "Sir, what is your name?" she
asked. That old man said: "Vittoo". As soon as she heard the sound
"Vittoo" Jeejabai became angry. Without waiting for a minute, not even looking
at his face, she left the place. She went through a slope in the mountain from where the
sound "Panduranga,Panduranga" was heard and there saw her husband. His face
which was like a tender bud blossomed into a smile.