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...contd...It was here that Harishchandra and Shaivya met again and after knowing that his only son has died he was very aggrieved. But, being very dutiful, he was sincere to his duty and had to perform it. So he demanded the tax for cremation. According to him, he would not sacrifice the religiousness (even now) for which he had sacrificed his kingdom, his wife and his son. He requested his wife to help him stick to his religious path.

Shaivya, being a faithful wife was caught between the duty of wife and the love for her son. She wept at her helplessness, and offered to Harishchanddra half piece of her Saree (the only thing she had) as tax. Harishchandra agreed to accept it. But as she tried to tear her saree, Lord Vishnu, Indra, other Gods and Vishwamitra appeared. They realised that their testing of the King and his truthfulness had gone too far. Indra, showered his blessings on Rohitashva and brought him back to life and asked the king to come to heaven which he refused as he wanted all his subjects also to be taken to heaven. He said that he would donate all his virtues and religiousness to the people so that they can also be taken to heaven and that in exchange he was willing to face the consequences of their sins by going to hell. The Gods were very happy to see the kindness of Harishchandra and his love and dedication for his subjects. So, ultimately, all the people of Ayodhya, along with Harishchandra went to heaven.

At Varanasi, it is said that Harishchandra Ghat is the place (named after the king) where the king had offered his wife and later on himself for sale. I have added here a picture of Harishchandra Ghat and another of the House of Kalu Dom (the master of Harishchandra)

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  • Written Aug 4, 2007
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