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Love in hardship!

What makes two people love each other? Doesn’t it seem that logic fails when it comes to the matters of love? Here are two interesting stories of people going through a lot of hardship due to their love. Check them out!

Kacha and Devayani

The story of Kacha and Devayani is quite tragic. Mention of these two divine characters can be found in the Indian epic Mahabharata. Kacha was the son of Brihaspati, who was the guru (teacher) of the Devas (Gods). Devayani was the daughter of Shukracharya, who was the guru of the asuras (demons). Incidentally, Brihaspati was also the guru of Shukracharya.

The devas sent Kacha went to Shukracharya to learn the Sanjivani Mantra from him since no one but Shukracharya knew the Mantra. The Sanjivani Mantra was a spell used to bring back a person from death.

Kacha went through a lot of hardships during the time he was a student to Shukracharya. He even killed by the asuras thrice, who were also the student of Shukracharya.

Every time distressed Devayani saved his life by pleading with her father to use his divine power to do so. But as Kacha’s objective was accomplished, he asked his guru’s permission to leave.

Upon hearing the news, Devayani confessed her feelings for Kacha and asked him to marry her. But he explained to her that they cannot get married, as now he has become his brother. Fumed by rage Devayani cursed him that he would never be able to use the Sanjivani Mantra. Kacha also found it outrageous as she cursed him for no fault of his own, and as an act of revenge, he cursed Devayani that she would never get married to a Rishi’s son.

The legacy of Kacha and Devayani was indeed short-lived, as most of the people of Gen-Z have probably never heard about their story.

Nala and Damayanti

Similar to Kacha and Devayani, mention of the two characters – Nala and Damayanti also can be found in the Indian epic Mahabharata. But unlike the previous story, this is not a story about the devas and asuras. This is a story about a prince and princess, who had to go through 12-years of exile to finally get reunited.

Nala was the prince of Ayodhya, and one of the two sons of King Nisadh. Damayanti was the daughter of King Bhima. Nala was affectionate towards Damayanti, but she had no clue about it. So, he sent a swan to her palace to sang praises about him.

His plan worked out, as during the swayamvar Damayanti chose Nala to be his husband. Soon after the king of Ayodhya died, and Nala became the king. His success made his brother Kuvara jealous, and thus he asked Nala to play a game of gambling with him. Nala lost his kingdom to his brother and got expelled from the palace.

A heartbroken Nala with his wife went away to the jungle. But unable to see his wife’s suffering, he left her behind with a note requesting her to go back to her father and proceeded alone.

After this, both Nala and Damayanti became servants to the royals of other kingdoms. Years later King Bhima found out about his daughter but failed to find out his husband. He organised another swayamvar for his daughter, certain of the fact that Nala would come upon hearing the news, and he was correct. After 12 years they reunited and got married again.


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