The great street was decorated and was crowded with eager men and women. They
rejoiced to see Vasishtha and his disciples march to the palace with the holy waters, and
the paraphernalia of installation. As they saw the honey, curds, clarified butter, fried
rice, sacred grass, flowers, maidens, elephants, horses and chariots, the white umbrella,
the bull, the horse and the tiger-skin seat moving to the accompaniment of music from many
instruments, the people made loud and jubilant acclamations which filled the air.
Vasishtha, approaching the palace gate, saw
Sumantra and said to him: "Pray, go in at once and inform the King that the people
are waiting and all preparations are complete."
Sumantra approached the King's bed-chamber
and chanting the morning hymn, conveyed Vasishtha's message. "Oh King," he said,
"arise from slumber to the hymn of your charioteer as the king of the gods does to
Maatali's waking songs.