On the festive occasion of Dussehra, I send my greetings and best wishes to all my fellow bloggers “Happy Dusshera“ people………..
Yesterday my mom shared a lovely story of Kautsa, a young bramhin boy who insisted that his guru “Rishi Varatantu” accept Guru Dakshina, a fee for all the things he taught him.
While the teacher refused to accept any fees, the disciple was persistent. Finally Varatantu asked him to give him 140 million gold coins in return for the 14 sciences that he taught the young boy.
So Kautsa went to King Raghu, who was known for his generosity.
As luck would have it, the king had just spent his money donating to bramhins. So he asked for three days from Kautsa and left to ask for the coins from Lord Indra.
Indra in turn asked Kuber, the lord of wealth and asked him to rain gold coins on the Shanu and Aapati trees round King Raghu's city.
Sure enough it began raining gold coins, which King Raghu handed over to Kautsa who in turn offered to his teacher. Since the sage Varatantu had only asked for 140 million, he returned the rest to his disciple.
Kautsa returned the wealth to the people of Ayodhya on the day of, you guessed it, Dussehra. So the practice of distributing leaves of the Aapati trees has its roots in this legend. Wowwww just imagine 140 million gold coins and such an obedient student in this kalyug!!! Anyways “Happy Dusshera“once again J