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Legends of narada - city of king sheelanidhi
Narada left Kailasa and pondered, "Shiva is jealous of me. Why shouldn't I speak about my success to Vishnu? Vishnu, who love me so dearly! I am sure he will be proud to hear of my victory over Kama."

He went straight to Vishnu's abode and paid his respect to the lord. Vishnu invited the sage warmly and said, "Come Narada! I am so pleased to see you." Narada said, "You will be more so my lord, when you learn that I, your devotee, have conquered Kamadeva. Shiva is no longer the only conqueror of Kamadeva. I, your devotee, am above temptation too." Vishnu laughed and said, "Is that so? But never cease to be on your guard. You never know…"

Narada left the abode of Vishnu and wondered, "Vishnu didn't seem to pleased about my achievements either. I am no weakling. Doesn't he know that? Why should he warn me to be on my guard?" As he moved on suddenly he saw a beautiful city like he had never seen before. Curiously he descended and entered the city and asked a passerby, "Who is the ruler of this big and charming city?" "Don't you know? It belongs to the glorious King Sheelanidhi. You'll find him in the palace", replied the passerby.

Hearing that Narada had come to visit him, the king came out to receive him and welcomed him. Just then a beautiful girl came and bowed before Narada. The beauty of the girl took Narada. The king said, "This is my daughter Shrimati. She is ready for marriage. I plan to hold a Swayamvara (a gathering of princes from which the princess selects her husband) for her soon." Narada blessed the princess who bowed to him and said to the king, "Your daughter is the incarnation of goddess Lakshmi. No less than Hari (Lord Vishnu) in glory and power shall be her husband." The king was filled with joy and said, "Your words fill our hearts with joy. I cannot wait to announce the date of the Swayamvara."

narada -  monkey face
Narada was so taken by the princess that he wished to make her his wife. He pondered as to how could he win her hand in the Swayamvara. Narada prayed fervently to Lord Vishnu. At last when Lord Vishnu appeared before him Narada requested, "Lord let my face resemble Hari's." "So be it. You shall certainly have the face of the Hari," said Vishnu and vanished.

When Narada made his request he had forgotten that the word Hari also meant a monkey and he could not see his own face. Not knowing what had happened, Narada reached the court of that King full of confidence sure of his victory. So many other princes had also assembled there to solicit the hand of princess. The princess entered the hall of marriage with a flower garland in hand Narada was sure that with the handsome face that he had got the princess would choose him as the companion of life. But to his utter dismay and great astonishment, the princess did not even look twice at his face of a monkey. As Shrimati passed him Narada could not resist, he stood up and said, "You must be looking for me beautiful one. Here I am. " Rest of the crowd burst into laughter and said, "For you? Monkey face… a very handsome one, no doubt, but still a monkey-face?"

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