Once the chariot of Maharani Devi Ahilyabai Holkar’s son Malojirao was going to Indore in Madhya Pradesh, when a newborn calf came in his way. The cow was standing on the side of the road at some distance from the calf. The calf collided with Malorao’s chariot and bled and Malojirao’s chariot overtook. The cow came and sat beside the calf on the road.
After some time Ahilyabai left. When he saw the cow sitting next to the dead calf, it did not take him long to realize that the calf had died in an accident. They came to know about the death of the calf. On learning of the whole incident, Ahilyabai asked Maloji’s wife Menwai in the court, ‘What punishment should a person get if he kills his son in front of his mother?’ Maloji’s wife replied, ‘He should be punished.’ Ahilyabai asked Malloro to be kept on the road with his hands and feet tied and then ordered that Maloji be crushed to death by a chariot. No charioteer was ready to do so. Ahilyabai was just. She says that when no charioteer came forward, she herself climbed the chariot.
She was just getting on the chariot when an unexpected incident happened. The same cow was standing in front of Ahilyabai’s chariot. She was removed again and again, but she would come back and stand on the chariot. Seeing this, the minister said to Queen Ahilyabai, ‘Perhaps even this mute cow does not want this to happen to another mother’s son. That’s why she is begging you for mercy for Maloji. The place where this incident took place in Indore is still known as ‘Ada Bazar’.
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