A long time back in the past, a King had three daughters. They were known by the name Yulidolma, Sarleidolma and Dunglidolma. They were very beautiful and their father was very rich, so many men wished to marry them, but the three Princesses always wanted to marry Sai Jangchub, a Prince of a northern country who was known to be very kind, rich and handsome. He had also heard about the three Princesses and has a desire to marry one of them who possessed the quality of a Queen. So he decided to test them. He disguised himself as a poor beggar and sought for alms. The King felt pity for him and appointed him as the cow herder.
One Princess milks the cows
It was customary for all the three Princesses to take turns to milk the cows, and it was Ashi Yulidolma’s turn to milk the cows. When she found the place so muddy after the rain of the previous night, she angrily asked the cow herder to kneel down on the muddy area and milk the cows. After milking, she made offerings to the Gods and Deities and secretly she made offerings to Sai Jangshub in the North. A milk drop got in to the mouth of the cow herder, and he asked Ashi what he could do with the milk drop, that got into his mouth. He asked whether he should swallow it or spit it out. The answer was to spit it out. As he asked for a cup of milk since he was very thirsty, she refused, feeling dirty.
The cow herder throws the ring in the air
During lunch time she had delicious food and he, being a cow herder, had to eat stale bread. The Princess rudely turned her face away and ate her lunch. After lunch while she took a small nap, the Prince took out a silver ring and uttered words, asking the ring to indicate what was in their fate. He said if the ring fell on her, then she would be his Queen, if not the ring would come back to him self. As he expected when he tossed the ring high in the air, it came back to him, which showed she was not his future Queen.
The ring finds the right finger
The next day it was the turn of the second daughter Ashi Sarleidolma, whom he expected to be better but she was even worse than her elder sister. She was very rude and cunning. The golden ring, which he tossed up in the air fell on him which signified she was not to be his Queen, and on the third day it was the turn of the youngest princess Ashi Dunglidolma. He knelt down to let her milk the cows, but to his surprise Ashi kindly refused to sit on him and milk them, instead she sat on a stool. When she made offerings some milk drops got into his mouth. The Princess not only asked him to sallow the milk, she also gave him an additional cup of milk to drink. At lunchtime she shared her lunch with him. While she took a short nap, he tossed a copper ring into the air, to his surprise the ring fell on her hand. The Prince had found his real Queen.
The King expels his daughter
When the Princess woke up she was surprised to see a ring on her hand. Sai Jangchub asked her to keep it as it may be a sign of good luck. The cow herder learned that the King had announced all the suitors should come and seek their brides. It was declared that each of the suitors should perform heroic feasts in order to be chosen by his daughters. The cow herder took a newborn puppy to Ashi Dunglidolma’s bed early in the morning and asked her to choose him as her husband; if she did not do it he told her that he would tell all the people that she had given birth to a puppy. The two elder Ashies chosed their husbands who performed many heroic feasts but the youngest, Dunglidolma put her head down, and remembering the words of the cow herder she chose him as her husband instead of any of the brave, handsome and rich Princes. The King became very angry and sent Dunglidolma and the cow herder out of his country as a punishment.
The Princess gets a surprise
The cow herder and his wife travelled for many miles. At one time she saw a huge flock of sheep and goats; out of curiosity she asked her husband whose property they were. He answered that they belonged to Sai Jangchub. She remarked he must be very rich. After many miles they came across a very big and beautiful palace, which was much bigger than her fathers. When they got near it the beggar went inside leaving her outside. She waited for him for a long time and as he did not return she asked a yard cleaner whether he knew to whom the palace belonged to. He answered kindly saying it belonged to Sai Langchub and to her surprise he explained that the cow herder was Sai Jangchub who had disguised himself to choose the right bride.
Wedding and forgiveness
Sai Jangchub, no longer in disguise, appeared in front of her well dressed and warmly welcomed her in to his palace, and the wedding was celebrated lavishly. The news of the wedding spread widely. Ashi’s father also heard the news and he was filled with remorse and shame, so he came to beg forgiveness for his ill treatment. Sai Jangchub and Ashi not only forgave him but also showered him with precious gifts, and they lived happily ever after!!!
Sherab Tshomo, Class X B