In the serene village of Solen, nestled amidst rolling hills and lush green fields, resided a revered astrologer named Vidyadhar. He was renowned throughout the region for his profound knowledge and sagacity. People from far and wide sought his counsel on auspicious occasions and significant events in their lives.
As time marched on, Vidyadhar’s hair turned silver, and his once-steely eyes softened with age. He found himself unable to traverse the distant villages as he once did. However, he was determined not to disappoint the villagers who had come to rely on his wisdom. So, he embarked on a new journey—to train his son, Chandradhar, in the noble profession of astrology and divination.
Chandradhar, though not as gifted as his father, possessed a measure of competence in the art. But unlike Vidyadhar, he harbored a penchant for wealth and worldly comforts. His heart was not as generous as his father’s, and he began to charge exorbitant fees for his services.
At first, the villagers were oblivious to Chandradhar’s greed, but as time passed, they discovered his avarice. People could no longer afford his services, and the once-thriving astrologer found himself isolated, his reputation tarnished.
In a neighboring village, a tale of young love unfolded. Sandeep, a young man of exceptional character, had fallen deeply in love with Rupa, a girl from Solen. The young couple yearned to be united in marriage, but the circumstances were far from simple. Rupa’s parents were impoverished, and they set a unique condition for their daughter’s wedding—a simple ceremony without the presence of a priest. They wanted to avoid incurring the hefty fees charged by Chandradhar.
Sandeep and Rupa respected her parents’ wishes and agreed to a modest wedding, devoid of priestly blessings. This decision proved to be the harbinger of their misfortune.
When Chandradhar learned of this, he seethed with anger and wounded pride. How could they deny him, the renowned astrologer of Solen, the honor of officiating their wedding? He vowed to make them regret their decision.
After the wedding, Sandeep’s family hosted a joyous celebration in honor of the newlyweds. They extended an invitation to Chandradhar, seeking to mend the rift caused by his exclusion from the ceremony.
Chandradhar, feigning a forgiving demeanor, accepted the invitation. He arrived at the celebration with an air of condescension. Sandeep’s father greeted him with humility, apologizing for the earlier oversight.
“Dear Panditji,” he implored, “please forgive our ignorance. We meant no disrespect. We are aware of your esteemed position in Solen, and we deeply regret not having you officiate the wedding. Please join us and bless the newlyweds.”
Chandradhar, masking his bitterness with a saccharine smile, agreed to attend. He made his way to the bride and groom, his presence commanding the room’s attention.
As he examined the bride, Rupa, he suddenly exclaimed, “This girl is possessed by an evil spirit!”
The room fell silent as Chandradhar, with theatrical flair, stormed out of the house, leaving everyone in bewilderment.
Sandeep’s family was consumed by panic, fearing the stigma attached to having a bride possessed by an evil spirit. They begged Chandradhar for guidance and a solution.
“The girl must leave this house at once,” Chandradhar declared, “her presence is inauspicious, and she shall bring misfortune upon this family.”
Devastated and shocked, Sandeep’s family had no choice but to send Rupa to her parents’ home. She departed, leaving her husband heartbroken.
Rupa’s parents, bewildered by Chandradhar’s sudden pronouncement, tried to console their daughter. They soon realized the absurdity of the astrologer’s words and found solace in their unwavering love and faith in their daughter.
Word quickly spread through Solen about Chandradhar’s unscrupulous actions and false pronouncements. The villagers, disheartened by the unworthy heir of Vidyadhar, decided to banish him from their midst.
In the end, Chandradhar left the village, a pariah. Solen had seen through his deceit, and he was exiled, forced to carry the burden of his unworthy actions.
Greed and dishonesty can tarnish even the most esteemed legacies, while genuine love and faith can triumph over adversity.
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