Accordingly, Devasena goes, and surfaces near Kartikeya's palace.
There she sees him w/ Meenakshi, who's tending to him like she's the queen of the place. Asoka is also there.
Devasena is slightly crestfallen. On one hand, Kartikeya is a real hunk, but on the other, it seems unlikely that she'll be his principal queen if he already has 2 wives. Meenakshi & Asoka go to her to find out who she is.
Devasena thinks that it wouldn't be prudent to reveal that she is Indra's daughter, given the relationship b/w Kartikeya and her father. So she asks them about them.
Asoka Sundari happily tells her about Nahush, and Devasena is shocked. She asks her - isn't it wrong of you to be planning on another husband when your first one is right here?
Asoka: 'My what?! '
Devasena: How many husbands do you expect to have?
Asoka raises her hand to slap her, but Meenakshi intercepts it and tells her that this girl is not from this place, she is our guest, and atithi deva bhavo and all that... She then explains that Asoka is Kartikeya's sister, and that Nahush is who her future hubby is supposed to be.
Devasena then asks Meenakshi whether she is Asoka's bhabi, and this time, it's Meenakshi who wants to slap her, but you guessed it, it's Asoka's turn to intercept her and give her the atiti devo bhavo bhashan... She then explains that Meenakshi is someone who aspired to be Mahadev, but couldn't marry him due to his ek pati vrat.
Devasena then asks Meenakshi - in that case, what exactly is your role here? If you can't marry his father, why didn't you marry him?
Meenakshi is steamed and storms out of there. Kartikeya arrives and asks them what the commotion is about, and Asoka fills him in.
Devasena explains to Kartikeya that she came there in search of her husband. Kartikeya asks her - You are married?
'No', says Devasena. 'I meant that I came here in search of a husband, who'd then be my husband. Initially, I thought that you already had these 2 wives'.
Kartikeya starts laughting uproariously, and Asoka is offended and storms out Mahadev & Parvati appear before her and continue narrating the Vishnu fairy tales, this time picking up @ Vamana avatar.
Kartikeya then asks Devasena who her father is, since he had a proposal for him. Devasena is reluctant, so Kartikeya challenges her to a game of dice, and the terms are that if Devasena loses, she has to answer Kartikeya's question truthfully, whereas if she wins, Kartikeya can't ask her anything more.
Devasena loses, and very reluctantly tells him that her father is Indra. She confesses that she wanted to marry him, but thought that if she was open about that fact, then Kartikeya would decline her hand, given his rivalry w/ Indra.
Kartikeya laughs and tells her. 'One thing that you suspected is correct - I am no longer going to send a proposal to your father.'
Devasena shrugs, saying, 'That's what I thought. Guess it was good while it lasted'.
Kartikeya, 'No, that's not what I meant. I was thinking of asking your father permission for your marriage. But since he is Indra and has needlessly expressed ingratitude & insulted me, I'm not going to ask. I'm simply arresting you, and will marry you. If he wants to stop that, he's welcome to try '
Devasena's face lights up, and she's totally excited - and happily agrees to elope, w/o involving her father.. The two of them do a Gandharva vivaha, and then decide to follow it up w/ a composite wedding comprised of Gana and Deva customs. Meenakshi decks up Devasena, Asoka ties their gaat bandhan, and then they do a traditional wedding, and Nandi and the ganas too surface there and party like it's the 80s.
Bali, whose story was being narrated to Asoka, also turns up w/ the asuras, crashing the party, greets Mahadev and congratulates Kartikeya, giving him a beautiful peacock as a gift. Changu, Mangu and Tingoo have been given leave from Yamalok to attend this, and they too take the opportunity to get forgiven by Mahdev and transformed into Ganas.
Kartikeya and Devasena have almost completed the rituals, and just as he's filling up her barren maang and making it all red, Indra turns up, and looks @ them totally shell shocked.
Kartikeya smiles, walks up towards him, and tells him, 'Sasurshree, I stole your daughter. Nya, nya nya nya nya '
Indra sighs, and leaves in disgust. He curses Devasena that you will have a sautan who'll rival you for Kartikeya's love.
Devasena is disappointed, but Parvati is besides herself w/ joy @ the grihapravesh, and welcomes them as they go through all the ceremonies. After a few months, Kartikeya and Devasena return to the south.
Devasena too joins Kartikeya in supporting him in his tapasya, which frustrates Indra even more. He starts pondering what his next move against Kartikeya shoudl be.
Edited by .Vrish. - 22 November 2012 at 6:17am