Shri Guruleelamrit – Chapter 8

Shri Guru Leelamrit
(The Nectar of Teacher’s Sport)

Pujya Shri Rang Avadhoot

Put into English by:

Shri Shantilal Thaker, M.A. B.T., Vidya-Bhasker




There was a king, Shatrujit by name, in the lunar dynasty. By the grace of God Shiva, he had a son, Ritudhwaj by name. He was a mine of virtues, an expert archer, a valiant fighter. The sage Galava was performing austerities and doing sacrifices on the holy banks of the river Narmada. But the demon, Patalketu, made impure the sage’s sacrifices by pouring down in the altar bones and flesh. So he came to the king and begged for Ritudhwaj as the guardian of his sacrifices. The king was happy to bid his son, the prince Ritudhwaj, to go on horse-back to protect the sanctity of the sacrifices of the Sage Galava. The sage started the performance of the sacrifice. The demon Patalketu came and thought of polluting the holy rite of the sacrifice, when the prince aimed an arrow at the demon. The demon was frightened, assumed the form of a boar, and ran for life. The prince pursued him in the forest and pierced the bear with a sharp arrow. The wounded boar disappeared behind a bush.


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