After the death of Mahajanaka of Mithila, his eldest son Aritthajanaka became the king and his younger
brother Polajanaka became the Viceroy. But some
confusion made the younger brother disobedient.
Then due to this a war has risen between them
both, in which the elder brother
was killed. But before Polajanaka could take
the throne the queen, who was then in a
family way escaped with her unborn son and
plenty of gems to a far off land, where she
lived with some ascetic like his sister. There,
she delivered the prince, who was named after
When the prince was at the age of sixteen, he
decided to capture his father’s kingdom. So, to
raise money and gather up crowd he sailed to
the Suvannabhumi. On the way, the
boat turn over and he tried his best to survive on
the sea to reach the shore. On the seventh day an
outer-space fairy named Manimekhala saw him
working hard to survive and was impressed by
his velour and strong willpower.
gave him the offer to take him to his
aim to realize his desire. When Mahajanaka accepted the offer she tossed him in
the air like a flower and held him up in the air
and flew to Mithila where she placed him in a
mango grove. When being placed there, Mahajanaka
was in his deep sleep.
That was the time when king Polanajasaka who was the
king of Mithila has died. As he had no son and as he
had wished on his death-bed that his successor
had to be acceptable to the princess Sivali, his
ministers had sent a royal chariot along
with bands and beating of drums to look for an
perfect groom all around.
Finally, they saw a person sleeping under a
tree. The gentlemen
saw the auspicious marks on his feet and
suggested him for the royal invitation.
Further, when Mahajanaka solved all the riddles
to impress the princess and pass the tests to
qualify as the king of Mithila. he was married
to the the princess. So, he became the ruler of
Mithila. Sivali gave him a son which was named
One day, moving in the royal mango-grove the
king noticed that a fruit-laden mango tree was
destroyed by the people, however, a barren tree on
the other side was left untouched; and lay in
peace. So, the seek for peace in the king
became powerful in his heart and he set on to
give up all the fruits of riches and worldly
life. Since then he led the life of a ascetic.
Pretty Sivali, however, tried to win his heart over in
many ways. She dressed her best and used the
best of the cosmetics to impress him but failed.
Apart, the king eventually refused the
royal life and retired as a loner in a forest.
"He who does all, a man can do is free from guilt
towards his relations"
"The lord of heaven frees him too and he feels
no guilt within."
"So, I will ever do my best to fight through
ocean to the shore"
"While strength holds out I still will strive
nor give up till I can live no more."