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Vikramarka Stories - The Most Delicate Queen

As King Vikramaditya answered the question in Story 1, the corpse flew back to the peepul tree. King Vikram walked to the tree and slung the corpse on his shoulder and again walked silently to the fake mendicant. Bhetal that was possessed in the corpse started telling the 2nd story 'The Most Delicate Queen' to King Vikrama.

Once upon a time, there lived a king named Dharmadhwaja. He had three beautiful queens who were very delicate in their own way. One day the king was walking in his royal garden along with this three wives. As they walked they came across a pond that is full of beautiful lotuses. The king was so attracted with the lovely flowers that he ordered his men to pluck few flowers. The kings men brought few lotus flowers in a basket.

The king wanted to offer the flower to his beautiful queens. He took one flower from the basket and gave it to his first wife. By chance the flower slipped off his hand and fell on the queen's foot. "Ouch!" the queen yelled in pain. Her foot got crushed due to the pressure of lotus and she got a red bruise on her foot.

The king was surprised at the delicacy of his queen. He ordered his men to call the royal physician who came and dressed her wound. The queen was taken to her royal chamber for rest. After dinner the king went on the terrace to enjoy a walk with his second queen. The full moon was shining brightly in the night sky. As the queen came on the terrace the moon rays fell on her body and she got red rashes / burns on her skin.

The king was again surprised at the delicacy of his second queen. He sent her to the royal chamber for treatment. The next day morning, the king was talking to his third wife in her chamber about the delicacy of his first and second wife. Far away from the palace a lady was grinding grains with a wooden pestle. The queen who was listening to the king got a severe headache and fainted on hearing the sound made by the wooden pestle.

Bhetal who was narrating the story questioned king Vikrama, "Which of the three queens is the most delicate one?" He reminded that if Vikrama remained silent knowingly, his head will break into thousand pieces.

Vikrama spoke out, "In the 1st case, the lotus flower directly fell on the foot of the queen, so she got hurt. In the 2nd case, the moon rays directly fell on the skin of the second queen. But in the 3rd ase, the sound was very low and was coming from too far. There is no direct contact between the sound and the 3rd queen, yet she fainted. So, the 3rd queen is the most delicate one".

"Hehehe! you broke your silence", said Bhetal and the corpse flew back to its place.

Once again King Vikrama walked to the peepul tree to take corpse.

Stay tuned for the 3rd story.

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