|But to his utter
surprise he found in a corner food and drink spread over a leaf as if offered to somebody.
His acute thirst and hunger did not allow him to tarry long. He unceremoniously helped
himself to the food and drink.
When he had finished the meal, he realised he was an intruder in the hermitage. Sage
Kusasanan, who had been to the river for his daily ablution, was entering the hermitage.
The Rishi got angry and immediately cursed the intruder to turn into a dog for his canine
action, as only dogs sneakingly creep into the households and desecrate food. The intruder
had not only desecrated the hermitage by his action but had also violated the moral code
of the country. The curse became immediately effective and the King turned into a roaming