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The Wisdom of Vidhura Pandita
Once upon a time there was a wise man who was named
Pandita. He then became the minister of king
Dhananjaya, who had ruled the kingdom of Kuru with
as his capital. The king was righteous; and so
were the other three existing kings which was namely
Sakka- the king of the devas; Varuna- the king
of the Naga; and Venateyya-the king of the
Supannas or Garuda.
Once on some occasion, all the four kings met in a garden
with each other ,where each one of them argued to be the most
righteous of them all. So, the quarrel began, which was not
set on by them. So, they requested
Vidhurapandita, the wisest person of the time to
clear up the argument. Vidhura contented all of
them by telling that each was equal just like
the four supports of a wheel. Satisfied by his
opinion, the Naga
king offered him a jeweled ornament from his
own neck; and the other kings also provided him
with some or the other precious gifts.
When the Naga king was returning back to his
palace and Vimala, his companion noticed that his
necklace was missing she put forward a question
on him and asked for an
explanation for this. The king then described the whole story
and glorify the intelligence of the Kuru minister for
having set on the quarrel of the four righteous
kings. Fascinated, Vimala desired to meet the
minister. She asked the king, “O lord! Bring me
the heart of Vidhura if you love me.” She then
pretended to be ill.
At the same time the Yakkha
General Punnaka was flying over the Naga kingdom
on his white winged horse and saw the Naga
princess Irandati entertaining herself on a swing
ornamented with flowers and singing a melodious
song all by herself in the royal garden. No
sooner than he looked at her he lost his heart
and fell in love with her. So, he came down there and introduced
himself to her. The princess, too, was equally
in love with him by his looks.
The &Yakkha General Punnaka then went to the Naga king to ask
for the Irandati’s hand for their marriage. As the
Yakkha were far
more powerful than the Naga the Naga king could
not reject his proposal out rightly on the ground
by saying that the Yakkha and Naga belonged
to two different genus. He, therefore,
asked for some time for consideration of the
proposal. So, on one hand, he did not ignore
the love for his daughter, who continue for the
marriage; and on the other he did not invite any
opposition of his chief. Yet, he was
unsure about his decision.
So, for this he seek advice from his minister, who was cunning
and jealous of Vidhurapandita's wide-popularity.
The minister advised him to ask Punnaka to bring
the heart of the Vidhurapandita in order to win the princess’s hands. The king accepted the
suggestion as it was to fulfill the wish of the
sick Queen Vimala, too.
Punnaka accepted the condition for the marriage
and went to the court of Dhananjaya in Indapatta.
As he knew the king’s weakness for betting he
challenged him for a game of dice. He offered
his wonderful mare and an all-seeing-gem at
wager. Attracted for the gem when the king
for his chance, Punnaka asked him to put his most
precious gem, which was none but Vidhurapandita.
The game of the dice was thus on. Soon the king
lost; and Vidhurapandita was put at the dumping
of the Yakkha General. Vidhura wife Anujja
fainted when she heard that her husband was to
be taken away by the Yakkha General.
Flying on his horse with Vidhura on his back
Punnaka reached a quiet isolated place on a dark
hillock called the Kala Pabbata and descended
upon it. There, he removed his sword out of it's
cover and with a lightning speed beat it in
the abdomen of his prisoner. The sword, however,
did not hurt Vidhura; and was broken. Amazed by
this, Punnaka asked the reason for this miracle but
Vidhura told him that the answer to such a
would made at an proper time. Punnaka then
wished to set him free and take him to Indapatta.
But the righteous minister so desirous to
practice donations desired to help Punnaka. So, he
chose to go along with him to the Naga kingdom.
When Punnaka and Vidhura entered the Naga
kingdom they were given a warm greeting. The
entire Naga kingdom was then decorated with
flags and banners. Decoration ornamented the
house-tops and flower-patterned gates were
over the path to receive the forthcoming groom.
When the nasty Naga minister wanted an
explanation from Punnaka for not having killed
Vidhura to bring his heart, Punnaka said, “As I
won the costliest jewel of Indapatta from the
Kuru king I did not find a matching treasure
it”. The reply made the Naga minister
In the Naga world, Vidhura first gave speech
to King Varuna and then to his companion Vimala.
Both were happy at his sermonize.
Soon, Punnaka and Irandati were married, and
Finally, Punnaka took Vidhura back to Indapatta
and presented him the all-seeing-gem. Thus,
Vidhura had the two best jewels of the time in
his crown: one from the Naga king Varuna; and
the other from the Yakkha General Punnaka.