By Sarathi Guha(10 May 2008)
The gods sent Menoka to earth to break the deep meditation of Biswamitra.The sage was awed by the beauty and the youth of Menoka.A beautiful daughter was born through their union.They left their daughter in the jungle. Maharshi Karna took that girl to his hermitage to bring her up. He named her Shakuntala. After sixteen years king Dushyanta came for hunting in that forest.He was charmed to see Shakuntala there. Shakuntala too was charmed by the kingly attired Dushyanta. Karna at that time was away from the jungle. Dushyanta started meeting Shakuntala frequently and one night thay married secretly .After that Dushyanta went back to his kingdom.One day Durbasa came to Karna's hermitage and asked for shelter to Shakuntala. But at that moment Shakuntala was so engrossed in the thoughts of Dushyanta that she could not litsen to the sage.So Durbasa cursed her saying that the person on whose thought Shakuntala was engrossed would forget her .After reaching his kingdom Dushyanta forget about Shakuntala .After travelling a little Karna returned back to his hermitage.Learning about the news of the marriage of Shakuntala and of her pregnancy he decided to send Shakuntala to her husband.So one day Shakuntala started her journey towords Hastinapur,Kingdom of Dushyant along with Goutami, Shrangarab and Saradwat.Dushyanta enquired form Shakuntala whether she had any proof of marriage. When Shakuntala wanted to show the ring which was given by Dushyanta she found the ring was lost.So Dushyanta refused to accept Shakuntala as his wife.One day a fisherman caught a big fish. When his wife cut the fish she found a ring inside the fish.Husband and wife started quarreling regarding who would possess the ring. Dushyanta identified the ring. He remembered Shakuntala and immediately wanted to meet her.After few years Dushyanta was engaged by the gods to fight against the demons.After destroying them Dushyanta dropped in at Karna's Hermitage.On the way through the jungle,he found a beautiful five years old kid playing with a lion.After seeing his mother he realised that the child was his son.Then he remembered about their marriage.At last Shakuntala and Dushyanta were united.