84 Kamavijaya. sprinkled water over the younger son with a Jcnsha* and named him Kusha after it. The eldest son having been placed on lavas,} the Eishi, in like manner, sprinkled the water over him and called him Lahu. When the two sons became eight years old, the Bishi performed their Vratdband% and entertained the Eishis for four days. A kamdhenu or a cow supplied them with whatever they wanted. The Eishi taught them the Vedas, mantras, Eamayan, the Purans and dhanurvidya.^ They thoroughly mastered all sciences and arts and always played with the sons of the Eishis. When they became ten years old, they went on hunting excursions and brought home tha animals killed by them. One day Kusha killed a sage an the top of a mountain, who was a brother of Valmika. He was meditating there in the form of a deer. They dragged the corpse of the sage towards the abode of Valmika, when the latter asked them on the road what they were doing. "We have brought a deer for you" replied tfhey, u and shall make a s^at of its skins for you.'1 Valamika, having looked at the corpse, found that it was his brother and said to himself " ISTow both the boys have become very brave. They have even killed a Brahman." So saying to himself Valmika performed the funeral ceremony of his brother and informed Sita of the valour of her sons, when sshe said, " What do I know ? It is you who have taught them dhanurvidya, mantras, arts, and all sciences. I implore you, Papa, to free them from the sin/'' '• Unless they bring one thousand Brahma Kamals"^ replied Valmika, " and worship the god, Siva, with all their heart and soul, they will not be freed from the sin/' *' Papa, will you kindly tell us where those kamals can be had ?" enquired the boys. " We will * Grass, f A rush-like grass. J The ceremony of invest- ing a boy with a thread § The art of using a bow and an arrow ^ Lotuses.