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King of the Day

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a beautiful princess. Her father, the king, loved her dearly, and she loved nothing more than tending to her magnificent garden filled with an array of herbs, flowers, and plants of all kinds. From her palace, she could see the banks of the river, and across the water lay a Khanqa, where dervishes lived and prayed.

One day, a dervish saw the princess in the market and fell deeply in love with her. He knew that he could never approach her, for he was a mere dervish and she was royalty. However, he had a gift that he hoped would win her heart. In a mystical land far away, the dervish had been given a gift: Aab e Hayat, the Plants of Love. The Raat ki Rani (Queen of the Night) and Din ka Raja (King of the Day), which, the jinn at the gates of the mystical land had told him, would spread love amongst humans if taken care of and shared.

The dervish brought the plants to the princess, and she planted them in her garden. The plants bloomed and spread love among the people, and the princess fell in love with the dervish who brought them. Unfortunately, the king discovered their love and, infuriated that his daughter had fallen for a dervish, had the dervish killed.

The princess was heartbroken, and she would sit in her garden and cry for her lost love. When the king found out, he ordered a wall to be built in the middle of the garden, blocking her view of the dervish's grave. The princess was devastated, but fate had other plans.

As the wall was built, the pair of plants, Raat ki Rani and Din ka Raja found themselves on either side. Separated by the wall, the Raat ki Rani enticed a snake with her alluring fragrance. The snake, also in love with Raat ki Rani, was enchanted and became her loyal messenger, carrying messages between the separated plants.

Over time, the Raat ki Rani and Din ka Raja spread far and wide, and their fragrance carried love wherever it went. Even today, the Raat ki Rani and Din ka Raja are symbols of love and devotion,, and their story reminds us that love knows no boundaries and will always find a way to flourish.

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