the commander of three regiments, reigned in the kingdom of Magadha and attained celebrity
as a great hero. He married the twin daughters of the raja of Kasi and vowed to them that
he would not show any partiality to either.
Brihadratha was not blessed with a child for a
long time. When he became old, he handed over his kingdom to his ministers, went to the
forest with his two wives and engaged him, self in austerities.
He went to Sage Kausika of the Gautama family,
with a sorrowful longing for children in his heart-, and when the sage was moved with pity
and asked him what he wanted, he answered:
"I am childless and have come to the
forest giving up my kingdom; give me children."
The sage was filled with compassion and, even
as he was thinking how to help the king, a mango fruit fell into his lap. He took it and
gave it to the king with this blessing: "Take it. Your wish will be