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Rituparna was the king of Ayodhya. He is the son of Sarvakama. In the service of Sarvakama, Nala entered after he had lost his kingdom. Rituparna was brilliant in playing dice. Later Nala became the charioteer to Rituparna.
Rituparna determined to be present at the second Swayamvara of Damayanti, but could only be so by the help of his charioteer Vahuka. Vahuka was talented in horsemanship and this enabled Rituparna to drive from Ayodhya to Vidarbha in one day.
Nala was disguised as Vahuka, agreed to impart to Rituparna his knowledge of horsemanship in return for that monarch's skill in dice. They made the exchange, and arriving at Ayodhya, Nala appeared in his original form and was restored to his wife. Returning with her to Nishadha he sought Pushkara, renewed the game and won back his kingdom.
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