Chapter – 166– Sri Ramacharitha Manas – Bala Kanda – The demon Kalakethu prepares an extravagant meal for the twice-born and their families – The fear and fury of twice-born
King Prathapbhanu cordially invited the preceptor to the palace, soon made all arrangements to receive thousands of Brahmins and their families for the grand feast which was already planned and declared by the King’s men. The twice-born were invited with utmost reverence, provided them an abundance of charities, as per the Veda, in the meantime, the demon Kalakethu arranged for an extravagant meal of countless menus of Shadrasa/six types of tastes, in a large quantity to serve the thousands of twice-born and their families. Alas! the prepared meal included the meat of various species of animals and flesh of twice-born too. The Brahmanas invited for the meal were respectfully led to the large dining area, washed their feet, and provided a decent seat. King Prathapbhanu began to serve the meal, soon a voice echoed in the sky, it was demon Kalakethu “Oh! Bhramins, do not taste the meal served, get out of the place immediately. The meal served includes the flesh of animals and twice-born, it will take away all your Tapasya.” The Brahmins were alarmed, rose on their feet, hurried out of the dining area, with intense fear and fury. King Prathapbhanu horrified to watch the huge rush of twice-born in dismay, lost his consciousness in extreme terror, became speechless.
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