King Vikrama, who knew nothing of the drama that was playing out in the palace, had begun to worry: “When shall I go to Ujjayini and return to ruling my kingdom? There is no misery left for me to undergo, and still Lord Saturn does not show me his grace. Would that he would grace me now!”
As King Vikrama sat thinking thus, Lord Saturn was filled with compassion for him, and came and stood before him. That powerful planet said, “0 King Vikrama! Do you recognize me? I am Lord Saturn. Have you been singed by the blaze of my power? Tell me how much suffering you have now endured by insulting me in your court.”
On seeing and hearing the almighty Saturn, King Vikrama attempted to rise to his feet but, being footless, he tumbled promptly to the ground, so he rolled handlessly over to Saturn’s feet in order to make his obeisance. Then said the mighty Lord Saturn: “0 King Vikrama! Bravo for your patience. You have survived great miseries; now request your heart’s desire from me.”
Vikramaditya, in a voice choked with emotion, replied, “0 Great Ruler! You have awarded me immense distress. Give me now this boon, that you will never again trouble anyone else as you have troubled me. 0 Compassionate Lord Saturn! This is my heart’s desire. No one else could endure the miseries that I have withstood. I wish that this should happen to no one else, ever.”
When he heard this Saturn responded with, “Bravo, King Vikrama! Well done! You could have asked for your hands and feet to be returned to you, but you feel the pain of others in your heart, and, renouncing your own selfishness, you asked for a boon for everyone else. You are verily a remover of others’ troubles, for you want to save all beings from suffering. I am very pleased with this sort of benevolent attitude. I am in truth so pleased that I give you this boon:
May your hands and feet be again as they were before, and may you regain your previous luster!” In the instant that these words were spoken King Vikrama’s hands and feet were once again whole, and he was as handsome as before.
Then Vikramaditya placed his- head on Lord Saturn’s feet and said, “0 Lord Saturn! I bow to you profoundly again and again for having shown me your grace, and again I request this boon from you, that you never subject any living being of any species to this sort of torment.”