In a village there lived two widows who were great friends.
Both of them wanted to go to heaven and approached a sage
and requested him to advise them a way how to attain salvation.
The monk whispered a chant in the ear of each one of them
and advised them to move away in different direction and
repeat the chant continuously with concentration. The women
followed the advice of the monk and did severe penance for
many years. Their prayers were answered and a palanquin/sedan
came down from the above to carry both of them to heaven.
Both of the women climbed the palanquin happily and moved
up towards heaven. On their way to heaven, with curiosity they
asked each other what the monk had advised.One of them told
that she was advised to chant ”Wi” whereas the other one
informed that she was advised to chant ”dow”. Both of them were
stunned to know that the two chants when combined together
spelled as ”Widow”. They felt humiliated and began to curse
the monk. And as soon as their belief in the chant turned into
doubt their palanquin broke into pieces and they fell down .
By Vani Hegde(The story is in Tulu language and told to me by