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Rishyashringa

Once there was a hermit by name Vibhandaka. He had a son by name Rishyashringa, who had two small deer horns on his head. Vibhandaka wanted his son to learn the Vedas and be a Bhramachari. So he raised him without meeting anyone from the opposite sex.
Meanwhile, Romapada, was a king who was ruling over the kingdom of Anga. For a long time there was no rain in his kingdom. So he called a meeting of all the sages in his kingdom and asked for suggestions from them to bring in rain. Some of them suggested that he bring the son of Vibhandaka, who was a brahmachari to conduct a yagna in the kingdom, which could bring rain.
The overjoyed king told them to go and bring the boy. The sages then told him that Vibhandaka did not allow the boy to get out of the Ashram and that the king should send dancers to lure him out and bring him to the kingdom. The king then called a few of his celebrated dancers and briefed them on their job of bringing Rishyashringa to the kingdom of Anga.
The dancers at the bidding of the king reached the Ashram of Vibhandaka and planted themselves behind some bushes waiting for the father to leave the ashram. Soon Vibhandaka left the ashram and one of the dancers began to sing. Soon the others began to dance and come out from behind the trees. Hearing the sweet music, Rishyashringa was stunned to see some beauties singing and dancing outside his ashram. He had heard from his father about the nymphs in heaven but he had not seen anyone in flesh and blood. He invited them inside the ashram and fed them fruits and listened to their music. Soon Vibhandaka was heard arriving and the guests left abruptly.
Rishyashringa could not get the women out of his thoughts and he did not tell his father about their arrival either. The next day when the hermit left the dancers arrived and Rishyashringa was treated to more singing and dancing. When they were about to leave, he pleaded with them to take him along with them. This was the moment the dancers were waiting for. They took Rishyashringa along with them and the king performed the yagna with his help. The kingdom got rains soon and the king invited Vibhandaka and told him what had happened. He asked for forgiveness for his deed. Vibhandaka too realized his folly of raising his son this way going against the laws of nature.

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