4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-19.
He did not utter one word, and allowed them to drag him to the temple.
They anointed him with chandanam—sandalwood paste—and garlanded him, and he still did not utter one word.
Then the priest took the sword to behead him.
Immediately, thunder struck.
A bursting noise arose from the murti of Kali that they were worshiping, and a fierce-looking Devi rushed forward, grabbed the priest’s sword, and cut him down, and smashed everything.
All the dacoits ran helter-skelter.
Even all this noise did not disturb Jada Bharata’s peace.
He kept quiet.
Let Kali come,
let dacoits come,
let anything happen, he did not mind anything.
People ran away from that place, and he sat alone there.
To be continued ..