The rishi said, "I am already old. I have now lost my eyes.
Your child pricked them with a thorn. Who will help me now in my old age?"
The king replied, "O rishi! Forgive us. Come to my palace.
I shall put all my servants at your service!"
The rishi said: "No! Give your daughter in marriage to me! Did she
not prick my eyes? I shall live with her here. Only then can I forgive her."
The king felt very sad. Sukanya came forward and declared: "Dear
Father, I shall marry the rishi and live here serving him. I shall bear the
The king was thus forced to give away his young and beautiful daughter
to the old ugly rishi. Sukanya served her husbandwith devotion and without any complaint.
The rishi was very happy.
One day the twin-gods Asvins came to the rishi's ashrama. They
are the heavenly doctors. They were the rishi's friends too.
When they saw young Sukanya serving her old husband so devotedly, they
were filled with pity for her. The Asvins made Chyavana young and handsome by their divine
Chyavana and Sukanya lived very happily ever after.