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Ishwar Bhakti Yani Shani Mahatamya (1951)

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God is one and yet his manifestations are many, even as the self-same Sun radiates his myriad beams, from the point of view of the many onlookers, who gaze at the Sun.
Many worship the self-same God and thus the forms of worship are manifold too. Great King Vikramdeva of Ujjani worshipped God in his own way by welcoming and stoically suffering the calamities that befell him, one greater and more difficult than the other, till at last even the great lord of suffering, Saturn, the mighty hand that hold the balance was propitiated and was moved to bless the King.
King Vikram's subjects worshipped him as the representative on earth of devine dispensation his, sweetheart, the Princess of Tamalinda worshipped him as her Lord of life and death.
But it is not all a tale of worshipful souls. Even since the hour of Vikramdev's unexpected and miraculous flight on the wooden horse, misfortunes shadowed him.
Little did king Vikramdeva know what was in store for him when he fondly dreamt of the fair Princess of Tamalinda as his future spouse and consort. He reached not Tamilinda as the lucky bridegroom all resplendent in regal robes but as an unknown stranger on the wings of misfortune and misfortune never comes single.
The only daughter of the Nagarseth of Tamalinda was celebrating her birthday when Vikram reached the city as a stranger seeking shelter. Having been mistaken for their future lord and groom he was dearly courted in hurry and then denounced as a thief and an ungrateful scoundrel at leisure.
King Vikram's own vassal and the chief of Tamalinda sentenced him to be mutilated and thrown into the public square t be despised and shunned. His beloved princess looked on at her lord incognito, and yet knew him not. And yet King Vikram sang unperturbed the psalm of .........as stoically end heroically as a Soloman wouldn't have been able to do.
But the milk of human kindness did not run dry and the king was accepted as an object of worship by a poor subject of his. However much he tried his identity no longer remained a secret. For he alone could sing so as the earth would blossom forth into Flowers of Heaven. And were those not the same as the Princes had once revived form him?
Did the Princess of Tamalinda seek and worship him as her lord even when he was despised and shunned and mutilated? Who can tell? Why not seek and answer to all these questions on the silver screen?

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