By Nilesh P. Khandare(20 Sep 2008)
Prince Jayant, the only son of late King Mahendra, was the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Nagarkot. . But Pratap, the orphan elder cousin brother of Prince Jayant had his own nefarious scheme to deprive Jayant of the throne. . Princess Lalita, the devoted wife of Prince Jayant, was always happy in the happiness of her hasband. . Pratap made Jayant a slave to wine and women. Even this could not deter the Prime Minister and Jayants mother Queen Hemavati from fix- ing a day and Muhurt for the Coronation of Jayant as King. Pratap had a play another trick. To spread venom and hatred against Jayant amony the public and to create a favourable atmosphere for himself throught his men, Pratap, by hoodwinking Jayant, got the Government Seal on an order by which new and strange taxes were levied on the public. . Raja, a rugged villager, bravely opposed these taxes. To convey the resentement of the people, Raja, his beloved Radha and her brother Chandrabhanu, all in disguise started for the city of Nagarkot to meet Prince Jayant. Enroute Raja was challenged by pratap and in the fight that ensued all the three were separated. . Raj lookied so identical to Prince Jayant that he had no difficulty in gaining entry into the palace and after meeting jayant he found Jayant was innocent. . One day earlier to the coronation, Pratap got poison, administered to Jayant through Jayants personal servant Sukhiya. Pratap was confident of becoming the king. . On one side Raja Vaidya was trying to save the life of Jayant and on the other side the Prime Minister was able to make Raja agree to act as Jayant.