Once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin and his wife who had no children. They prayed to God every day in the hope that they would be blessed with a child.
One fine day, the Brahmin's wife did give birth to a baby, but it was a snake! All the villagers, their friends and relatives advised them to get rid of the baby snake. But the
Brahmin's wife did not care that her baby was a snake. She loved it all
the same and refused to get rid of it.
She reared the babysnake with tender
loving care and gave him the best of things. After many years had passed,
the Brahmin's wife decided that it was time to get her baby married. But
which girl would marry a snake?
One day, when the Brahmin returned
home, he found his wife sobbing. She refused to tell him the reason, but
just continued weeping. Finally she told him that she was crying because
she realized that he did not love his son because he was not even thinking
of his son's marriage.
The Brahmin was shocked. He asked
her which person in his right mind would agree to marry his daughter to
a snake. But seeing his wife crying ceaselessly, he was forced to go out
in search of a bride for his son.
He traveled far and wide, but with
no success. Finally, he arrived in a big city where his best friend lived.
The Brahmin decided to pay him a visit. They were both thrilled to see
each other after such a long time. His friend asked him what brought him
so far from home. The Brahmin replied that he was searching for a bride
for his son. His friend told him to look no further and immediately promised
his daughter's hand in marriage. The Brahmin told him to first take a look
at his son. His friend refused saying that as he knew the family, it was
not necessary. So he sent his beautiful daughter with the Brahmin.
The Brahmin's wife was thrilled and
immediately started making preparations for the wedding. Everyone advised
the girl not to marry the snake, but she insisted that she must keep her
And so the girl and the snake were
married. After marriage, the girl was the epitome of a devoted wife. She
looked after the snake well. The snake slept in his box at night.
Then, one night, when the girl was
going to sleep, she found a handsome young man in the room. She was scared
and was about to run for help. The young man stopped her saying that he
was her husband. Of course, she did not believe him. So he proved it by
getting back into the snake skin. She was so happy that she fell at his
feet. After that, every night the young man would shed the snakeskin and
spend time with his bride. At daybreak, he would slip back into the snakeskin.
One night, the Brahmin heard noises
in his daughter-in-law's room. So he kept a watch and saw the snake turning
into a handsome young man. He rushed into the room and threw the snakeskin
in to the fire. His son thanked him profusely saying that he was freed
from a curse that forced him to stay in the snakeskin until someone destroyed
it without his asking.
And so the handsome young man and
his beautiful bride lived happily ever after.
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