Suryamal and his bride's dilemma
Betal started telling a story… There was a famous Devi temple in Patliputra which people used to visit from distant towns. Once, two men named Suryamal and Chandrasen had come to visit this temple from another town. Just after paying their respect, when Suryamal turned he saw a beautiful woman praying. He immediately fell in love with her and thought of getting married to her. Suryamal told this to his friend Chandrasen. Chandrasen was very excited to hear this and advised him to go and talk to the girl’s parents if he was really serious about her. Both of them went to her place to seek permission from the girl’s father for their marriage. Her father agreed on one condition which was, that she would continue praying to the Devi twice a day even after their marriage since she was a great devotee of Devi. Suryamal agreed to the condition and got married to her.
King Chandrasen and his servant Satvasheel
Yet again Vikram started walking with Betal on his shoulders and Betal started off… On the seacoast was a town named Tamralipi where a young man named Satvasheel was taking rounds of the palace to meet King Chandrasen for a job. But the King’s staff never allowed him to meet the King. Satvasheel did not loose hope and kept trying everyday. One day, while he was talking to a lady vendor selling hog plums, a man came and told them to step aside as the King’s procession was to pass by. On hearing this, Satvasheel was very happy. As soon as the King’s procession passed by, he ran after King Chandrasen. The King stopped and asked him his name and then asked him for water.