Bindu and all the family members come out of the palace. They see a donkey there. Bindu signals Nayak to get the message. Nayak reads the letter silently. Bindu asks him to read aloud. Nayak says you are surprised Bindusar. He goes quiet so Ashoka takes it from him. Don’t you remember that (even Ashoka goes quiet but Bindu insists upon him to read it). Ashoka complies. Don’t you remember that donkeys take message for a donkey and not horse? I like dogs. Their tails never go straight and they are forever loyal to their owner. I too have one such loyal dog with me named Nirankush. I know you need him. You can try to do anything but you wont be able to take him from here. I can give him to you. I have a condition though. I want Ashoka to come to meet me alone to get Nirankush. But how will Ashoka find me? Will he be able to find me? I have heard that he is a deserving candidate of the throne. I have heard a lot about him especially of Chand Ashoka. You have to send Ashoka to get Nirankush. The consequence will not be good if you try to do something else instead of what I have asked for – Virat. Ashoka crumples the letter. Bindu says I understood everything except who this Virat is. Why is he insisting upon calling Ashoka to him alone and without a weapon?
Virat reads a letter (flashback most probably). You are taking shelter to Magadh’s traitor. You can get money in return of him if you hand him over to Magadh. But if you win over Ashoka then Magadh will be doomed. Virat is surprised to know that there is some well wisher of him in Magadh. How did he send me this letter? Surprisingly, such good people still exist in the world!
Ashoka says it isn’t important as to why he is calling me to him. it is important to know who he is who dared to go against you. Mahamatya calls him a rebel. He hates Rajvanshi. Just like Lord Parshuram had vowed to kill evil kings, Virat too has vowed to kill Rajvanshi’s. Another flashback shows Virat slaying Rajvanshi’s. I have nothing except death to give to you Rajvanshi’s. I have taken birth to lighten your burden from earth. Virat’s eagle kills the Rajvanshi’s. Virat says we will become our own Bhagyavidhata and not any King or Rajvanshi. Flashback ends.
Ashoka wonders why he has not been caught till date. Acharya RG says he is too cunning and smart to be caught. Nayak adds that all the clues always take them an old well but it is a dead end. Ashoka says he has broken all the limits with his words and letters. He has insulted our motherland, our king and all of us. I wont leave him alive. I will surely go to meet him alone that too without any weapon. Bindu says no. this is what he wants. God knows what his intentions are. They certainly don’t seem to be good. I wont allow you to go. Ashoka wants to find Nirankush to figure out Gondna’s truth. Bindu reasons that Gondna is dead. This chapter is also over. Ashoka says pardon me. we cannot let this Virat challenge us or Maurya lineage. It wont be a good message to our people. They wont feel safe if this continues. I will have to go. No one can stop me from doing my duties, not even you. He excuses himself. Sushim, Siamak and Charu look happy.
Kaurvaki is shocked to know about Virat. How can Ashoka agree to go meet him all by himself? He doesn’t know how evil Virat is. Devi asks her if she knows who Virat is. Kaurvaki denies. This guy named Virat seems to be the next problem for Ashoka. He shouldn’t go. I will have to stop him. She turns and finds Ashoka standing there. He walks towards her. She gets emotional as she looks at him. Ashoka signals Devi who quietly leaves the room. Kaurvaki tells Ashoka he cannot go. He covers her mouth. Your Ashoka will talk today. You will only listen. She keeps looking at him lovingly. He says I kept quiet knowing what all you have been through. You left your loved ones, lost some only to gain me. My silence cannot hide the truth that your Ashoka is living under the burden of your love and favours. I bow down before you. I have always gained something from you. I have come today to ask something from you as well. I have come to request you on the basis of whatever place you have given to me in your life, whatever you have thought of me.
Kaurvaki says I can even sacrifice my life for you. You know it well. He shares that he has decided to go to Virat. I don’t know if I will come back alive or not. I want you to leave Patliputra and go to your home. Make this meeting as our last one. Forget me and your aim. Promise me you wont disagree. She is in tears. He extends her hand towards her. She keeps her hand in his finally with a heavy heart. They both keep looking at each other. All the childhood memories flash before their eyes. He wipes the tears off her face. A song plays in the background. They lean their heads together as feeling all emotional and sad. He takes a step back and looks at their hands. She looks at him with pleading eyes but he frees his hand from hers and leaves from the room. She is shattered.
Ashoka picks up his sword and walks up to his father. I will take it back from you once I return. Sushim smirks. you will get it only if you come back alive. Bindu says I can live with disrespect but not without you (Ashoka). Ashoka says your heart knows I will come back alive. I had already told you nothing will happen to me till I fulfil my Acharya’s dream (looking pointedly at all the killers of Acharya Chanakya). It isn’t about me but magadh and its pride. I request you to allow me to go. Bindu says you never listened to me. Why will you stay now? you will do what I will not tell you to. He turns to Dharma asking her why she does not stop Ashoka. Why don’t you tell him it is a risk he is taking? His life can be in danger. His parents are ageing. They cannot bear losing him. Dharma says I think our son should go. he is the son of motherland more than us. It is his destiny. we raise our kids thinking they will stand on their feet one day, and become capable to take their own decisions. We worry when they do so. We should never interfere in it as their parents. We should support them always. We shouldn’t stop Ashoka if his wish is to serve motherland. Ashoka smiles. He seeks blessings of his parents. He walks out.
Epi begins with Ashoka saying I want you to leave Patliputra and go to your home. Make this meeting as our last one. Forget me and your aim. Promise me you wont disagree. She is in tears. He extends her hand towards her. She keeps her hand in his finally with a heavy heart. They both keep looking at each other. She looks at him with pleading eyes but he frees his hand from hers and leaves from the room. She is shattered.
Devi rushes to her. What did Ashoka say? Kaurvaki says he recognizes me. He knows who am I. Devi asks her if he said it himself. Kaurvaki replies that it wasn’t needed. I know my Ashoka spoke to his love, his Kaurvaki today. He knows it. Devi thinks Ashoka dint want to show it. She asks Kaurvaki how she is so sure. Kaurvaki says my Ashoka could only ask for what he asked today only when he would know that I am his love, his Kaurvaki or he wouldn’t have thought of his right over me. Devi is confused. You should be happy if he recognizes you. What did Ashoka exactly say to you? Kaurvaki says I don’t know if it is good or bad. My world asked for my world today by making me swear on my love. She begins to pack her stuff. Devi asks her what she is doing. Kaurvaki shares that Ashoka has asked her to go away from here. Devi rushes to Dharma. She was about to say Kaurvaki but says Padmavati. Dharma gets concerned. Devi takes her with her.
Ashoka and Acharya RG discuss about Virat. Ashoka plans to go to that old well to look for some clue for Virat. He takes his leave.
Kaurvaki stands stunned in her room as she watches Ashoka leaving palace. She thinks of how he saved from falling in that gorge and took care of her. Dharma comes there. Devi said you are leaving? Kaurvaki looks at her in surprise. Dharma tells Kaurvaki that she does not need to go anywhere. You will stay in this palace only. Kaurvaki asks her if she knows she loves her son. Dharma nods. I want you to be my son’s wife. I knew it even before the competition began. You are the best suited girl for my son. Kaurvaki seeks her permission to ask her something. Dharma nods. Kaurvaki asks her what she will do if Samrat asks her to do something. Dharma replies that his every word will be an order for her. Kaurvaki says the one I accepted as my husband, my everything, he wants me to go from here. You don’t remember your pain when the one you love more than yourself asks you to do something. You give everything to your love. I made a promise already.
Kaurvaki picks up her stuff and begins to go when Dharma shouts after her to stop, calling her Kaurvaki. Devi and Kaurvaki are stunned. Kaurvaki drops her box in shock. Kaurvaki and Dharma look at each other. Dharma extends her hands and Kaurvaki rushes to hug her. They share an emotional reunion. Kaurvaki is surprised. You recognize me? Since when and how do you know? Dharma replies that a mother can anytime read her kids’ eyes. I have seen it in his eyes. I have seen how much you mean to him. Devi says now only you can stop her. She is just like her Chand. She agreed to leave upon Ashoka’s saying. Dharma seconds her. You took decision in anger. You aren’t to be blamed for it. I will set everything. Kaurvaki reasons that she made a promise to Ashoka. I cannot break it. Dharma says I can free you from this promise. I am his mother after all. I wish you to be with Ashoka for the same reason because of which he asked you to leave him. He will need you to fulfil his dream. He cannot see it but I can. You will stand strong as his shield in his fight. They hug again. Devi joins them as well upon Dharma’s gesturing her to do so.
Siamak thinks she has grown old but she wants royal treatment wherever she will stay. I will shift them to the cave soon. Vit asks him about the stuff. Siamak says how does it matter to you. Vit falls down as Siamak walks out almost colliding with him.
Sushim peeks inside Kaurvaki’s room. Dharma says let Ashoka come back. I will set everything right. Don’t worry. Devi and Dharma leave from there. Kaurvaki thinks no one can separate him from her now. Charu tells Sushim not to waste his time on useless people. I want you to focus on Chanda. Sushim says it will be decided later who I will marry. This Padmavati will meet her fate today. Charu thinks it will be a problem if Sushim does any harm to Kaurvaki.
Sushim walks inside Kaurvaki’s room. Dint it bother you when you chose to do this? Kaurvaki is confused. Sushim says I am speaking of my emotions. You have played with them. I just heard you saying that no one can separate you from Ashoka. Why did you make me feel things if you loved Ashoka? I have loved you very much. I love you very much. Why did you wake up the hidden emotions in me? He walks around her while talking to her. I fell in love with you. You may not realise but the day you touched me, my heart has been knitting dreams. I have come to know now that it was your entire plan. Why did you do this to me? She takes a step back. It was unintentional. I apologize to you. I dint know you will begin to feel this way for me.
Sushim reasons that her apology wont end this matter here. She tries to go but he blocks her way. You have made a mistake for which you will be punished. It will be a sweet punishment which will satiate the hunger of my and your body. Kaurvaki pushes him. SO this is the real face of your emotions? This isn’t love but lust. I had heard about your evilness but I have seen it today with my own eyes. He angrily shouts Padmavati when she warns him to be in his limits. No woman would like to marry you. He tries to attack her but Kaurvaki hurts him with the knife kept in the fruit basket. He holds his arm in pain and shock. Think of the consequence of your lust if you will think of me to be a helpless woman. Durga Ma only ends devils. Sushim is about to react when Bindu comes in hearing the noise. What’s happening here? Sushim cooks up a story. Kaurvaki says I want to be alone for some time. Sushim and Bindu leave. Sushim warns Kaurvaki he wont let her be Ashoka’s if she cannot be his. He finally walks out of the room.
Charu comes to Chand. Sushim is hurt. Do you have some medicine? Chanda gets concerned. I will get it. Charu smiles.
Chanda comes to Sushim’s room and tends to his wound even when he tells her against it. She is really worried for him. He looks away thinking about the pain but she sweetly blows on his hand to lighten the pain. Charu looks on. Sushim keeps stealing glances at her. She bandages his wound after applying medicine. He thanks her. Chanda leaves from the room. Charu sees Sushim’s wound. You need a woman like her only who can heal your wound and not hurt you. Sushim insists upon punishing Padmavati by giving her Ashoka’s dead body.
Bindu tends to Vit’s wound. Vit casually dismisses it. I accidentally collided with Siamak Bhaiya. He was carrying a bag full of sarees and stuff related to women. I asked him about it but he dint share. Bindu is upset by Siamak’s reaction. Mahamatya tries to calm him but in vain. BIndu leaves to question Siamak. Mahamatya thinks if Samrat follows Siamak then he will get to know that Rajmata is still very much alive.
Ashoka reaches the old empty well. He thinks of Virat and his dislike for Rajvanshi’s. He seems to be taking shelter around this old empty well. No one could be near it. some people call it the door to hell while some call it their death. Ashoka throws a big boulder down the well. Flashback shows Ashoka discussing the same point with Acharya RG. Anyone who went inside never came back. They sent a soldier with a rope to check the same. the rope went down 100 feet but get no sign. The rope is cut by the time they pull it up. They decide not to try to figure out the truth of this well. Flashback ends. Ashoka wants to find the truth of the old well even if it means jumping down in it. I have no other option. Jai Janani! He jumps in.
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