Muladeva was a renowned trickster from Ujjain. Such was his prowess that people from far flung towns knew his name, he was invincible and he went from kingdom to kingdom tricking the people of the region. But he too met his match.
On one of his trips he went to Pataliputra where there lived an extremely beautiful woman, a Brahmin’s daughter, who too was known for her cleverness. She managed to get the upper hand in her encounter with Muladeva, much to his chagrin. Not one to take defeat easily and that too by a woman, he promised to his friend that he would pay her back for making fun of him.