GLIMPSES OF NATIVE LIFE
the terrible one, assumes mortal shape; and descending on Indra Kila, defies the hermit. They fight, and Sang Parta is victor. Then Shiwa, revealing himself, praises the anchorite for his piety and his valour; and for a reward, bestows upon him his own never-failing spear. After which he returns to the council of the gods, bidding them be of good cheer, for now it cannot be doubted any longer that Sang Parta is the hero destined to conquer the unconquerable Raksasa.
He is now summoned to the presence of the gods, and receives their command to go forth and slay the Raksasa. A goddess arms him; and a nymph whispers into his ear the secret on which the Titana s life depends : his vulnerable spot is the tip of his tongue. Sang Parta now resumes his real name; and as Ardjuna goes to seek Niwetakawata. After many wanderings and perilous adventures, in which Shiwaa s miraculous spear stands him in good stead, he finally meets his