Dushyant and Shakuntala

Anisur Rahman

Dushyant and Shakuntala

Anisur Rahman

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    The story of how Shakuntala met Dushyant, the king of Hastinapur, is unique in its own way. Dushyant went hunting with his huge entourage in the deep jungles. While hunting, he got separated from his companions and happened to reach the ashram of sage Kanav where he chanced to cast his eyes on Shakuntala, a beauteous being par excellence. As he saw her nursing a deer wounded by his own arrow, he felt sorry and apologised profusely to her for his act even while he could not fully conceal that he had already fallen under her spell. Indeed, he had come to realise what love at the first sight meant.

    Dushyant took no time to propose a gandharva wedding with her which could be solemnised with the consent of the bride and the groom but without observing Brahminic customs and rituals. Before agreeing to his proposal, she put forward a condition that her offsprings would be the heir of his kingdom. Fully swayed by his love for her, Dushyant accepted her condition. They tied up the nuptial knot and became husband and wife. He gave her the gift of a royal ring before leaving and promised that he would soon come back and take her to his palace with all respect due to her. However, their lives saw many ups and downs after their wedding and their final rehabilitation.

    The story of how Shakuntala met Dushyant, the king of Hastinapur, is unique in its own way. Dushyant went hunting with his huge entourage in the deep jungles. While hunting, he got separated from his companions and happened to reach the ashram of sage Kanav where he chanced to cast his eyes on Shakuntala, a beauteous being par excellence. As he saw her nursing a deer wounded by his own arrow, he felt sorry and apologised profusely to her for his act even while he could not fully conceal that he had already fallen under her spell. Indeed, he had come to realise what love at the first sight meant.

    Dushyant took no time to propose a gandharva wedding with her which could be solemnised with the consent of the bride and the groom but without observing Brahminic customs and rituals. Before agreeing to his proposal, she put forward a condition that her offsprings would be the heir of his kingdom. Fully swayed by his love for her, Dushyant accepted her condition. They tied up the nuptial knot and became husband and wife. He gave her the gift of a royal ring before leaving and promised that he would soon come back and take her to his palace with all respect due to her. However, their lives saw many ups and downs after their wedding and their final rehabilitation.

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