King Udayana, country Watsu ruler, was defeated in the battle and lost half his kingdom wise minister Yaugandharayana understands that return can only be lost by a king of Magadha moguschesvennogo Darshaki. To do this, Udayans need to enter into a kindred union with him – to marry the sister of King Darshaki Padmavati. But Udayana loves his wife Vasavadattu so much that she will never agree to a new marriage. And then Yaugandharayana resorts to cunning: he sets fire to the women’s chambers of the palace of Udayana, spreads the rumor of the death in the fire of Vasavadatta, and himself, disguised, disappears with her in Magadha.
There, when visiting the princess Padmavati of the forest abode of hermits, Yaugandharayana presents to her Vasavadatta under the name of Avantika as her sister, whose husband left for a foreign land, and asks Padmavati to accept her for the time under his protection. When shortly thereafter Rajagriha,
the capital of Magadha, arrives as the royal guest of Udayan, Vasavadatta Avantika has already become a favorite servant and friend of Padmavati. Conquered by virtues of Udayana, the king of Darshak offers him Padmavati as his wife. And although Udayana is still inconsolably grieving over Vasavadatta, by the will of circumstances he is forced to agree to this marriage.
No matter how attached Vasavadatga to Padmavati, she is tormented by a feeling of helpless jealousy. But one day she and Padmavati accidentally hear in the palace park the conversation of Udayana with his friend Brahman Vasantaka. Udayana confesses to Vasantaka that he is “completely devoted to Padmavati for the beauty of her, for her mind, for her tenderness but her heart-no, it is, as before, owned by Vasavadatta.” For Vasavadatta, these words serve as a comfort and at least some reward for suffering, and Padmavati, though at first bitterly hearing them, pays tribute to the nobility of Udayana and his loyalty to the memory of the deceased spouse. A few days later, looking for Padmavati, Vasavadatga finds Udayanu sleeping in one of the pavilions
of the park. Taking him in the darkness for Padmavati, she sits down on his bed, and suddenly Udayana talks to her in half-sleep, hands her hands to her, asks him to forgive him.
In union with Darshak Udayana defeats the enemies and regains the kingdom. On the solemn feast of victory, the messengers of the father and mother of Vasavadatta come. The nurse of Vasavadatta gives the king a picture of her, in memory of her, and here, to his surprise, Padmavati recognizes in this portrait his servant Avantik. Suddenly a disguised Yaugandharayana appears and asks Padmavati to return him to her sister, who was previously left in her care. Already anticipating who her maid will be, Padmavati calls herself to bring her, and when she comes, first the nurse, and then, not believing her eyes, Udayana learn in the imaginary Avantika wonderfully resurrected Vasavadatta. Yahugandharayana has to tell the audience why he has conceived and how to implement his clever plan. He asks for forgiveness from Udayana,