Ah, the tale of Savitri and Satyavan, one of the most enduring love stories from ancient Indian history ( and not mythology like western historians (wannabe historians) usually mention). This story is not just about love but about devotion, sacrifice, and the triumph of good over evil. So, sit back, relax, and let me regale you with this quirky and mature retelling of this legend.
The story begins with Savitri, the daughter of King Ashwapati, who was born to a life of luxury and privilege. She was not only beautiful but also intelligent and virtuous. However, despite her many virtues, she was not content with just living a life of ease and comfort. She longed for something more, something deeper. So, she decided to leave the palace and go on a spiritual quest to find the meaning of life.
During her travels, she came across Satyavan, a handsome prince who had been exiled from his kingdom. Despite his unfortunate circumstances, Satyavan was kind, brave, and wise. Savitri was immediately drawn to him and they fell in love. However, there was a problem – Satyavan had been cursed by the god of death, Yama, and was fated to die within a year.
Now, most people would have given up at this point. But not Savitri. She was determined to save her beloved Satyavan from the clutches of death. She knew that Yama would come to claim Satyavan’s life on a particular day, so she decided to fast and pray for three days before that fateful day. On the day that Yama was supposed to come, Savitri accompanied Satyavan to the forest. When Yama arrived to take Satyavan’s soul, Savitri begged him to spare her husband’s life.
Yama was impressed with Savitri’s devotion and offered her a boon. She asked for nothing but her husband’s life. Yama was surprised and told her that she could ask for anything, even wealth and power. But Savitri was not interested in such things. All she wanted was Satyavan. Yama, moved by Savitri’s selflessness, granted her wish and restored Satyavan to life.
Now, you might be thinking that this is where the story ends. But wait, there’s more! As Satyavan and Savitri were making their way back to the palace, they came across Satyavan’s parents who were grieving over his death. Savitri revealed to them what had happened and they were overjoyed. However, when they reached the palace, they found that King Ashwapati had lost his eyesight due to old age.
Savitri, being the kind and virtuous person that she was, decided to help the king regain his sight. She prayed to the goddess of learning and wisdom, Saraswati, who granted her the power to cure the king’s blindness. King Ashwapati was so grateful to Savitri that he declared her to be his daughter and gave her half his kingdom.
And so, Savitri and Satyavan lived happily ever after, ruling over their kingdom with kindness and compassion. This story teaches us the importance of devotion, sacrifice, and selflessness. It reminds us that true love is not just about being with someone but also about doing whatever it takes to make them happy. And most importantly, it shows us that no matter how bleak the situation might seem, there is always hope.