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tam viram ahausanasi
prema-nirbharaya gira
rajams tvaya grhito me
panih para-puranjaya
hasta-graho paro ma bhud
grhitayas tvaya hi me
esa isa-krto vira
sambandho nau na paurusah
tamunto him; viramYayati; ahasaid; ausanasithe daughter of Usana Kavi, Sukracarya; prema-nirbharayasaturated with love and kindness; giraby such words; rajanO King; tvayaby you; grhitahaccepted; memy; panihhand; para-puranjayathe conqueror of the kingdoms of others; hasta-grahahhe who accepted my hand; aparahanother; mamay not; bhutbecome; grhitayahaccepted; tvayaby you; hiindeed; meof me; esahthis; isa-krtaharranged by providence; viraO great hero; sambandhahrelationship; nauour; nanot; paurusahanything man-made.
With words saturated with love and affection, Devayani said to King Yayati: O great hero, O King, conqueror of the cities of your enemies, by accepting my hand you have accepted me as your married wife. Let me not be touched by others, for our relationship as husband and wife has been made possible by providence, not by any human being.
While taking Devayani out of the well, King Yayati must certainly have appreciated her youthful beauty, and therefore he might have asked her which caste she belonged to. Thus Devayani would have immediately replied, We are already married because you have accepted my hand. Uniting the hands of the bride and bridegroom is a system perpetually existing in all societies. Therefore, as soon as Yayati accepted Devayanis hand, they could be regarded as married. Because Devayani was enamored with the hero Yayati, she requested him not to change his mind and let another come to marry her.

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