Adventures of the Nishadchy
Epic poem translating the legend of Nahl and Damayanti from the “Mahabharata”
In the middle of India in the mountains of Vindhya is the country of Nishadha, and its ruler was the noble and magnanimous king of Nala. Not far from Nishadha was another country, Vidarbha, and there the daughter of Damayanti, a beautiful woman, was born to King Bhima, the equal of which was neither among the gods nor among mortals. In the surroundings of Nala the court often praised the beauty of Damayanti, surrounded by Damayanti, as often praised Nala’s virtues, and young people, not yet met, fell in love. Once in the royal garden, Nale manages to catch the golden goose, who promises to fly to Vidarbha if Nala lets him go and tell Damayanti about his love. Nala lets goose, and he fulfills his promise, flies back to Nishadhu and, to the great joy of Nala, notifies him of the reciprocal love of Damayanti.
When Damayanti entered the time of blooming youth, King Bhima, at her request, appoints her svayamvara – free choice of the bride groom. On svayamvara Damayanti, attracted by the rumor of her beauty and charm, not only kings from all parts of the earth hurry, but many celestials as well. On the way to Vidarbha, the king of the gods Indra, the god of fire Agni, the lord of the waters of Varuna and the god of death of Yam meet Nala and ask him to be their messenger who would suggest Damayanti to choose one of the