Chapter – 152– Sri Ramacharitha Manas – Bala Kanda – King Prathapbhanu meets his opponent in the guise of a mendicant
The King was all exhausted, tired of hunger and thirst kept searching for water-course to quench thirst, while the search for the water he fainted several times. Finally, he spotted a small hermitage in the middle of dense forest, there lived a King who was in the guise of a hermit, was fled from the battlefield leaving his army men to die in the vicious battle with the army of King Prathapbhanu, ultimately, he won over the Kingdom of the latter. The king who lost in the battle was failed to meet the requirements of King Prathapbhanu, swollen with pride, anger, and jealousy, forced him to flee from the city took shelter in the dense wood, eventually adopted the life of a mendicant and was waiting for an opportunity to settle scores with the King Prathapbhanu. It was the exact moment King Prathapbhanu arrived in the hermitage, the mendicant immediately recognized him as his opponent felt immensely delighted, but King Prathapbhanu who was already tired of the long expedition could not recognize the King in disguise as a mendicant. King Prathapbhanu had the impression that the hermitage is occupied by a noble saint, he reverentially prostrated before him, and introduced him as the Minister of Kingdom of Kaikeya, revealed his harsh experiences in the woods to the mendicant.
Kheadh Khinna Chudhdhitha Thrishitha Raja Baji Sametha | Khojath Byakula Saritha Sarajala Binu Bhayau Achetha ||
Phiratha Bipina Aashrama Yek Dhekha | Thaha Bas Nripathi Kapat Munibesha || Jasu Desa Nripa Leenha Cchadayi | Samara Sena Thaji Gayau Parayi || Samaya Prathapabhanu Kara Jani | Aapana Athi Asamaya Anumani || Gayau Na Griha Man Bahutha Galani | Mila Na Rajahi Nripa Abhimani || Risa Ura Mari Ranka Jimi Raja | Bipina Basayi Thapas Ke Saja || Thasu Sameepa Gavana Nripa Keenha| Yaha Prathaparabi Thehi Thab Cheenha || Rau Thrishitha Nahi So Pahichana | Dhekhi Subesha Mahamuni Jana || Uthari Thuraga The Keenha Pranama | Parama Chathura Na Kaheau Nija Nama ||