The Story of Kalidas(Kalidas as a Prisoner)
Kalidas was a select courtier at the court of Raja Bhoj. He was highly respected by the Raja who thought himself lucky to have such a wise, learned and renowned poet and musician in his court. None could equal Kalidas in wit and wisdom. When knotty problems arose, all looked up to him to solve them.
Once a great assembly of men of art and learning was held under the auspices of Raja Bhoj. Chandravati, the younger sister of Raja Bhadraraj, also attended the function. She was captivated by the music of Kalidas and resolved to take him to her brother's court.
Inspite of many a requests by Raja Bhadraraj, Raja Bhoj did not allow Kalidas to go to his court. Bhadraraj therefore decided to wage a war on Raja Bhoj and bring Kalidas to his court by force. One after another, twenty attacks were made on Dharanagri, the capital of Raja Bhoj's Kingdom but each attack was repulsed with heavy losses to Raja Bhadraraj who felt ashamed and humiliated at his defeat.
When Raja Bhadraraj could not succeed in bringing Kalidas to his court by force, he stooped to trickery. He sent some of his men to Dharanagri to learn poetry and music from Kalidas. Having no clue to their bad intentions, Kalidas trusted them and mixed freely with them. One day, they kidnapped him and brought him to the court of Raja Bhadraraj.
There was merry making in the capital of Raja Bhadraraj. People illuminated their homes, feasted and danced with joy because Kalidas had come to them.
A day was fixed when Kalidas would appear in public. On the appointed day, Kalidas was brought to Bhadraraj's court with due dignity. He was asked to sing but he refused. Chandravati personally came to the court and entreated Kalidas to sing but he would not.
Feeling insulted Raja Bhadraraj arrested Kalidas and threw him in jail. The king's men got angry and booed and hooted at Kalidas.
When Raja Bhoj came to know of the incident, he was very angry. Raja Bhoj ordered his soldiers to march on the capital of Raja Bhadraraj and free Kalidas.
A fierce battle was fought for several days. At last Raja Bhadraraj's army was completely routed. There was rebellion among his soldiers as they were sick of the insensate slaughter.
No one stood by Raja Bhadraraj. His ministers were against him. Chandravati was secretly in love with Kalidas and turned his helper. In the battle, many of his fine soldiers had died. Defeated and disappointed. Raja Bhadraraj made a treaty with Raja Bhoj and set Kalidas free.