Lopamudra, greatly concerned,discovered the cause of her parent's
unhappiness and expressed her readiness-nay her desire-to marry the sage.
The king was relieved, and the marriage of Agastya and Lopamudra was
celebrated in due course. When the princess set out to accompany the sage, he bade her
give up her costly garments and valuable jewels.
Unquestioningly Lopamudra distributed her priceless jewels and garments
amongst her companions and attendants, and covering herself in deerskin and garments of
bark, she joyfully accom- panied the sage.
During the time Lopamudra and Agastya spent in tapas and meditation at
Gangadwara, a strong and abiding love sprang up between them. For conjugal life,
Lopamudra's modesty shrank from the lack of privacy in a forest hermitage, and one-day,
with blushing and humbleness she expressed her mind to her husband.
She said: "My desire is that I may have the royal bedding, the
beautiful robes and the valuable jewels I had when I was in my father's place and that you
too may have splendid garments and ornaments. And then we shall enjoy life to our heart's