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Nal ka aukha (Nal's bad times)

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Nal ka aukha (Nal's bad times)

This part is entitled "Nal ka aukha" or "Nal's bad times." Raja Bhim, ruler of Samad Sikal, sends a swan to Indra, the king of the gods, seeking Indra's hand in marriage with his daughter Damayanti. The swan accidentally falls into the hands of Nal, the ruler of Narvargarh. Nal decides to accept the invitation. In the meantime, Raja Bhim had already sent a second swan to Indra. The two suitors then arrive at Samad Sikal at the same time. Damayanti falls in love with Nal they get married. This, however, piques Indra, which results in Nal and Damayanti having to face twelve years of bad times. Nal's kingdom withers and dries up, and he and Damayanti are forced to leave their kingdom. The section presented here describes what happens when they seek refuge with Mansukh, ruler of Siyanagar and Nal's friend. Mansukh welcomes them with open arms. He gives them a place to stay and has food sent to them. When Nal and Damayanti bathe and come back to eat, they find that a cobra has already finished their food. Then a peg on which a very expensive necklace hung swallows the necklace. Thinking that they will be accused of having stolen the necklace, Nal and Damayanti decide to run away.