Puru Becomes Young Again
|P for PURU|
The Prince admired himself in the full length mirror, adjusting his angavastram on the left shoulder, his thick moustache oiled and brushed back, underlining his masculinity. His lips tilting in a half smile, he was content with his life. After completing a hard day at sword training, he was on his way to meet the love of his life, Tilottama.
With his foot on the threshold to his chambers, the prince noticed a servant walking towards him. The servant stood in front of the prince and said, “Greetings O Prince Puru! His Highness Emperor Yayati sends his greetings to the prince and awaits him in the throne room.” He stood with his spear held in his left hand, his right hand at his mouth and his body almost bent double out of respect.
Puru’s expression never changed as he mentally postponed his rendezvous with Tilottama and walked towards the throne room to meet his father, the emperor.
Seeing his aged father seated on the throne, Puru bowed before him offering his “pranam”. “My dear father, you wished to speak to me?” he asked respectfully.
The emperor glanced at the ministers around him. Understanding his silent command, they all left the throne room along with the attendants, leaving Yayati and Puru alone.
“My dear son, I have a request. I know I shouldn’t ask this of you....?”
Puru rushed forward to place a hand on his father’s lips. “Never say so my father! Command me! I am always at your service.”
Yayati asked the youngest prince for something that none of his other sons were ready to grant him – his youth in exchange for the emperor’s old age, a curse he had acquired from Sage Shukracharya. Prince Puru didn’t think twice before agreeing to his father’s request. A rejoiced Yayati sprang up energetically from the throne while Puru’s form shrunk, his skin wrinkling even as his body bowed down with old age.
Taking leave of his father, Puru went to keep his delayed appointment with Tilottama. Unable to recognise the old man with shrunken shoulders, Tilottama was extremely upset to find out that Puru had sacrificed his youth and good looks for his father’s sake. Unable to face a future with the ancient man in front of her, the lovely princess walked away, breaking the brave Prince’s heart.
Puru ruled the kingdom for thousands of years while his father Yayati explored different avenues to enjoy his youth.
A few thousand years later.....
Yayati returned to the palace and gave back his loving son Puru, his lost youth, and retired to the forest.
A newly rejuvenated Puru with blessings from his father, set out in search of Tilottama. He arrived at her kingdom after five days of travel on horseback. Reaching the palace, he requested a meeting with Princess Tilottama. While he waited in the palace garden, he caught sight of the lovely princess as she sat near the lotus pond, lost in thought. “My Tilottama.......” called Puru softly. She turned around to see a stranger, obviously of royal lineage, looking at her with so much love that she blushed.
The dowager queen looked from afar, tears rolling down her cheeks. Her prince had fallen in love with her great granddaughter who also happened to carry her name.
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Oh wow. That was quite an interesting read. I was not aware of this story at all. Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
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Thank you so much Shanaya :)Delete
I hadn't heard this story before -- thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
You are welcome Yvonne :)Delete
She deserved it, didn't she? A nice tale about Puru's selfless act. I only knew half of the story. Now I know the whole :D Glad he got his youth back.ReplyDelete
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Thank you Swathi :) Actually, she was also young and must have had the shock of her life when she saw how he had become so old. Destiny plays games with us frail humans ;)Delete
Oh wow, I had not heard this before.ReplyDelete
Thank you Soumya :)Delete
So cool, teaches us a few lessons!ReplyDelete
Thank you Devika :)Delete
That was really great generosity of King Puru to sacrifice his youth for his father. Wonderful story.ReplyDelete
Seriously! Just shows the infinite patience and wisdom of Prince Puru. Thank you Prasanna!Delete
Mind-blowing Sundari Ma'am on role reversal teaching patience, love and compassion. It teaches a lot on getting into someone's identity. Superb concept.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Vishal :)Delete
what an awesome tale!! and what a wonderful man to have given up his youth to his father! she deserved that, didn't she? loved the read!!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Little Princess!Delete
What a twist! She deserved it. You wrote about a lifetime and more in this short story.ReplyDelete
Cool prince Puru !
Thank you Inderpreet!Delete
This is a wonderful story of selfless sacrifice! I had heard about Puru's sacrifice, but did not know about Tilottama! Loved the retelling of an amazing story!ReplyDelete
Well, the story of Puru sacrificing his youth is there in our mythology. Tilottama is a figment of my imagination :DDelete
Thank you Deepti
Wow! I never knew this.ReplyDelete
Thank you Janaki :)Delete
I had about this but didn't know all the details. What an interesting story. Another example of selfless love. Enjoying your posts Sundari.ReplyDelete
I am glad to hear that, thank you Suzy :)Delete
That twist at the end was totally unexpected ... loved it :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you Amrit Sinha!Delete
This was really a great tale, yet sad!! Well narrated.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ruchi!Delete
Oh wow! That's quite the story... :) And a very poetic ending.ReplyDelete
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Thank you Tarkabarka Holgy :)Delete
Thats quite a twist. I always get to learn new stories. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Ahana! I am learning a lot do while I am researching mythology :DDelete
Interesting story with so many lessons to learn too!ReplyDelete
Thank you Shilpa :)Delete
Another eg. of men getting it all. He could have shared it with her :P Well narrated Sundari. Enjoyed reading it.ReplyDelete
What could he have shared with her? his old age or youth? I don't think he could have done either. It's just a case of bad circumstances. Can't blame either of them :)Delete
Thank you Ina
The two lusty fathers and kings...Yayati and ShantanuReplyDelete
That's why I didn't bother to write about those two - nothing inspiring in their stories. But Puru is truly inspirational. Thank you for stopping by Debraj :)Delete