Keshav Pandit And Haridutt Story
With firm determination, Vikram took down and carried Betaal once again and Betaal started off with another narration.
On the banks of the river Yamuna, in a town, there lived a Brahmin named Keshav, who earned his living by performing pooja in a temple. One day a foreigner named Haridutt visited the temple. When Keshav Pandit asked him where he was from, he said that he had been simply roaming around from one state to another. Keshav then asked him why he was not staying at one place. He replied that he wanted to go where his destiny would take him. Keshav then told him that one only sticks to a place when there is one of these three reasons: faith, duty or love. And that he would settle when one of these reasons will come his way.
Just then Keshav’s daughter Madhumalati came to call her father for lunch. As soon as Haridutt saw her, he fell in love with her. He expressed his wish to get married to Keshav. Meanwhile at Keshav Pandit’s house, a businessman had come with a proposal to get Madhumalati married to his son Waman, and that Waman had decided to marry only Madhumalati. Keshav’s wife accepted the proposal and promised them that Madhumalati would indeed be married to Waman.
Elsewhere, Madhumalati’s brother went to see his Guruji. His friend Madhusudan was there when he arrived. Guruji told Madhumalati’s brother that Madhusudan wanted to marry Madhumalati, and asked him to talk to his parents about that. Her brother immediately accepted the proposal, and on behalf of his parents he promised to get his sister married to Madhusudan.
Later, all three- father, mother and brother argued over their promises and each one of them wanted Madhumalati to get married to their choice of husband. While this argument was going on at Keshav Pandit’s house, Haridutt, Waman and Madhusudan were all dreaming of being married to Madhumalati.
All three went their own ways. While Madhusudan was travelling, he stopped at a scholar’s house and had food there. He praised the food. The scholar said that his daughter had made that food for her husband. Just then, a group of men showed up with the dead body of her husband. As the scholar could not bear to see his daughter lamenting, he brought back his son-in-law to life with the help of the Sanjeevani Vidya. Madhusudan had an idea. At night, Madhusudan stole the scholar’s book of Sanjeevani Vidya, and took it to the cremation ground where Haridutt was living in a hut. Meanwhile Waman had also come there.
Madhusudan showed them the book and told them he would give it a try. Madhumalati came back to life and all three wanted to get married to Madhumalati. After this, Betaal stopped and asked Vikram as to who should Madhumalati get married to: Madhusudan, who brought her back to life? Waman who kept her ashes with him, or Haridutt who built a hut in the cremation ground and lived there along with her ashes? Once more Betaal forced Vikram to reply or else he would break his head into pieces.
Vikram replied that Madhumalati should marry Haridutt because Madhusudan gave her life, which is given by parents, and so he acted as her father. Waman went away with her ashes, which is done by a son, so he performed the duty of a son.But Haridutt lived in the cremation ground, like a true lover and husband. Thus, Madhumalati got married to Haridutt.
Betaal was happy with his intelligent answer but once more Vikram made the mistake of opening his mouth and as per his condition, Betaal flew away…