Shakuntala look back at her
Back Ground : Shakunthala,
daughter of Menaka grew up in the ashram of Maharishi Kanvar. King
Dhushyanth, who came hunting, found her beauty alluring, fell in
love with her. Shakuntala reciprocated his feelings and they married
in the Gaandharva style. The Maharishi was away then and the king
spent a few days with Shakunthala and left for his kingdom. Before
leaving her, he presented her with a ring as a token of their relationship
and promised to return soon. But who is aware of the inscrutable
ways of fate? Shakunthala did not realise that their happiness was
transient when she bid farewell to the king.
One day, when she was preoccupied with thoughts about Dhushyanth,
she forgot to notice the arrival of sage Durvasa to their ashram
. The sage, well-known for his temper, was infuriated by her preoccupied
state and cursed that the King would forget her. Shakunthala's friends,
realising her folly, requested the sage to forgive her. The sage
told them that the king would remember her if she showed the token
of their love - the ring.
Maharishi Kanvar, meanwhile, returned to the ashram and came to
know about Shakunthala's wedding in the Gandharva style. Shakunthala
had also conceived by then. As the king had not returned as he had
promised, the sage made arrangements to send Shakunthala with proper
escort to see the king. When Shakunthala, on way to see the king,
took bath in a river, the ring slipped and fell into the river.
When she reached the palace, she found to her dismay that the king
had forgotten her because of Durvasar's curse.
The curse had obliterated all memories of her in his mind and she
had no ring to remind him of their wedding and so he refused to
accept her. Seeing her daughter filled with anguish, Menaka took
her to sage Kashyap's ashram and left her in his care.
By this time, the ring, which had been swallowed by a fish, was
caught by a fisherman. He noticed the ring with the royal insignia
and took it to the palace. As soon as the king saw the ring, there
was a resurgence of memory about his lady love and he started pining
Meanwhile, Shakunthala gave birth to a son in the ashram and named
him Sarvathamanan. King Dhushyanth, who on request from Indra, had
engaged himself in a battle against the Asuras, visited the sage
Kashyap's ashram on his return. He was ecstatic to see Shakunthala
and his son, and took them back with him to his palace. Sarvathamanan
later on ruled the kingdom as the popular emperor Bharatha.
More pictures about Shakuntala
letter with friend
| waiting for Dushyantan