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Once there raised an argument between sage Vasishtar and sage Viswamitrar . Viswamitrar asked, "Is there anybody in this world who speaks only the truth? "
Vasishtar replied," Yes . there is King Harichandran who rules Ayodhya. He never utters a lie what so ever."But Viswamitrar did not accept this. He said,"People do tell lies. And Harichandran is no exception."
Vasishtar challenged this and said to Viswamitrar ," You may try and prove your statement.If you make Harichandrar tell a lie I shall accept my defeat."
Viswamitrar readily agreed to this and started his journey to meet king Harichandran. On seeing the sage, Harichandran came forward to welcome him and paid his respects.And the king asked,"What can I do for you?"
The sage asked for thousand gold coins to complete his yagna .The king ordered to bring thousand gold coins and gave it to the sage. Viswamitrar readily accepted this and gave it back to the king and said,"O,king Keep it safe with you.I shall get it back from you after sometime ."saying this the sage left.
Days went by. Viswamitrar was thinking over his challenge and planned to trap the king Harichandran and make him lie. One day Viswamitrar went to see the king .There he started to execute his plan.
He said to the king ,"Yesterday night I had a dream. In the dream you gave away the kingdom to me." and then he looked at the king.Harichandran at once said ," O, Sage! Even if it is a dream I have tokeep my word. Here it is, you can take the kingdom." And so, in the presence of learned persons he gave away the kingdom to Viswamitrar.
Now started the whole drama.
Viswamitrar now said," Iam the king from now on. " and he asked Harichandran his queen Chandramathi , son Logidasan to remove all royal clothings and jewels .He gave them simple clothes and asked them to leave the kingdom and go elsewhere.
Harichandran, his queen Chandramathi, and son Logidasan were about to leave the palace when Viswamitrar shouted,"Stop Harichandran . Give me back my one thousand gold coins and then leave."
Harichandran replied," It is there in the treasury. You can take from there."
For this Viswamitra said,"The kingdom is mine now.You have to give back .You are indebted to me now. Earn the thousand gold coins and pay me back.Or else just tell a lie that you have not given me those gold coins.And I shall give back your kingdom, wealth and all."
Harichandran refused to lie .Instead he asked one month time to repay the debt. Viswamitrar agreed to that and he sent one of his disciple Nakshatreyan to accompany Harichandran and get back his money.
They were travelling by foot and all along they have to earn food for themselves, and also for Nakshatreyan ,by doing menial jobs. Nakshatreyan , on the advice of his guru always pestered for food and the money .
After some days they all reached Kasi .There Harichandran sold his wife, Chandramathi and son Logidasan ,to a brahmin to do household chores. .He got some money.That was not enough to pay Nakshatreyan.He also sold himself and agreed to take charge of a burial ground to do cremation work.For this he got some money .So, with all this money he was able to pay back Nakshatreyan, and sent him back to Ayodhya.
Days went by. Chandramathi and Logidasan were doing all the household works in the brahmin's house .One day the brahmin asked Logidasan to go and fetch some 'Darbai ' grass for Pooja.
When Logidasan went with his friends to get the grass , he was bit by a snake and he died there.
This sad news reached Chandramathi. Chandramathi filled with sorrow, with permission from the brahmin, took the body of Logidasan to the cremation ground.There Chandramathi with tears in her eyes and heart filled with sorrow tried to cremate Logidasan.
Now Harichandran stopped her. Since fate had palyed havoc with them they did not recognise each other. Harichandran now called," Lady, You cannot cremate the body without paying the cermation fees ."
Chandramathi replied,"I don't have any money with me.Iam a helpless women .Please allow me to cremate my son.Already I have lost my son.Please don't add woes to my worries."
Harichandran now found the gold Mangalsutra in her neck and said,"If you don't have money ,you can give the Mangalsutra which you are wearing."
Chandramathi was surprised to hear this.Her Mangalsutra is visible only to the eyes of Harichandran. Immediately she fell at the legs of Harichandran and cried ,"Dear,Don't you recognise me.Iam Chandramathi and this is our son Logidasan," Chandramthi told the whole story of how Logidasan died. Both of them were in sorrow.
Even after knowing who she is, Harichandran asked Chandramathi to go and bring the fees to be paid to his master.
Viswamitrar with his powers saw all this and feared that he may lose in the challenge with Vasishtar.He thought and decide to give Harichandran more trouble.
When Chandramathi was returning to get the cremation fees from her master ,she came across the deadbody of the prince of Kasi .Circumstances were made by Viswamitra, to believe that Chandramathi killed the prince.
So, the King of Kasi gave her a death sentence.Again , she was taken to the same cremation ground and Harichandran was asked to fulfil the death sentence.
Now, Viswamitrar appeared before him nd said,"Harichandra ,Even now If you tell a lie that you did not owe me thousand gold coins ,you will get back the kingdom and all your happiness."
Even, at this juncture, Harichandran refused to tell a lie .And he to fulfil King's orders beheaded Chandramathi with a long knife.
Oh!What a miracle!
The knife turned into a beautiful garland,Their son Logidasan came back alive.
Viswamitrar gave back the kingdom saying".I have lost the challenge to Vasishtar.But, I made the world, know about Harichandran and his truthfulness."
Even though he faced many hardships, Harichandran did not swerve from the path of truth.And finally Truthfulness saved him from all troubles,
Truth Alone Triumphs!