Once there was a king 16 January 2022 update: Sulakshna holds the dropped ring before Rana ji. Rana ji turns towards the window, he says this is true that she is his first love and he had learned loving with her. But he had lost everything once she had gone. Gayatri isn’t his friend’s wife but his own. Jhumki didn’t want to hear about it, the veiled lady comes and hurt her with a wooden stick. When it doesn’t work, she make a cut on her wrist and hides herself. Rana ji turns to find Sulkahsna conciousless.
Rana ji asks Sulakshna why she did so. Bari Rani maa comes and says that she couldn’t bear about his second marriage and attempted a suicide. She assures Rana ji that she is with him always.
Bari raani maa comes to Gayatri, she says to Gayatri that life is tough. There are thorns with flowers, one has to learn to live with both. She says to Gayatri that tonight is the night of Kaali maa, she will pray and Gayatri must also pray. She leaves the room.
Cheetah stops the tractor where Laksh men had been searching for Swarna. He tells Swarna that they will have to leave the car here. Swarna says she didn’t do something wrong. Cheetah asks her to come down the car, the gun fell down his shirt as he comes out of the tractor. He points it towards her, holds her mouth shut being close to her. Cheetah gulps and says a thief also has a gun. He gives it to Swarna and says if she ever thinks he is betraying her she must shoot him. He tells her to keep it to herself. Swarna says they must leave this place. Both run into the jungle.
Rana ji was standing in front of Gayatri’s car, he holds her out of the car. She tells him to let her leave. Rana ji says if this isn’t enough that each of his moment is made a hell. Gayatri asks what he wants her to do then, let Sulakshna hurt herself. She had lied to Sulakshna and Sulakshna is injured just because of her, he must let her leave. Rana ji confronts her, then leaves. Gayatri turns to see him holding his hand on the candle flames in temple. Gayatri shouts his name and runs to him. He says it doesn’t matter if he is burnt. Gayatri couldn’t hold his hand up so she keeps hers under his hand. He holds her hand and asks what she is doing. She watches the burn in his hand, her tear fell on his burns. He holds that in his fist. He says after Sulakshna’s arrival she is no longer a Rani, but she will always be his wife and no one can snatch this right from her. She nods, he smiles and takes her along.
Cheetah and Swarna arrive at a room in forest. He says he is going to get something eat. She asks if it is necessary for him to go. He watches her and says they can’t fight being hungry. He tells her to lock the door and gives a marked sound at which she should only open the door. She thinks that she never felt this safe with her husband ever. There is a knock at the door, Sulakshna is shocked to open the door. Kunwar ji and Kokilla come inside. Swarna tells them to stay away from her and points the gun at them. Kunwar ji asks if she dares to hold gun at him. Swarna pulls the trigger but there is no bullet in it. He asks if her savior Cheetah was a cheat. Kunwar ji says Cheetah works for him. Cheetah enters the room. Swarna thinks that she shouldn’t have trusted him, it was her mistake to trust him. Cheetah says she must trust him else they will not leave her. Swarna asks what they want from her, they must leave her. Kokilla says she has told her so many times that they want an heir. Swarna says that she must understand, the problem is in her son. Laksh isn’t interested in her. Kokilla says what if Lakshraj can’t give them an heir, someone else can do. Swarna looks at Cheetah understanding the game. Kunwar ji smiles mockingly. She fell on the bed crying.
The Kaali maa pooja went on. The veiled lady beat drum hard in a stormy night. She finishes it and goes into the temple making prayer with it. Jhumki comes there. Kokilla and Kunwar ji also come there. The veiled lady turns to give them aarti. Kunwar ji touches her feet. She removes her veil off her face. Jhumki is shocked to see Bari Raani maa under it.
Jhumki is shocked to see that the veiled lady was Bari Rani maa. Bari Rani maa recalls everything she had done from replacing Gayatri’s dress. Jhumki asks why she did this all. Bari Rani maa tells from the bones that she was the second wife of Rana ji’s grandfather. It is just said that in Royal families both wives are given same place, but it is all wrong. She gave a son to grandfather before his first wife but he couldn’t get the seat only because she is second wife. She then decided that if Kali maa has forgotten to write crown in her fate, she will write it herself. She won’t let the heir come into this world after Indhravadhan. She let him and Sulakshna get away from each other, but his life didn’t stop there. He married Gayatri, it is Gayatri’s fate that neither could this marriage stop nor her becoming Rani. She now, she has brought Sulakshna back to Rana ji’s life which was Rana ji’s first love. Jhumki says that she has brought Sulakshna back not Bari Rani maa, had she not been here she couldn’t do anything. Bari Raani maa holds Jhumki’s hand and slaps her hard. She says she is called with respect. The real game is because of that mask not her, if she doesn’t stay by their side she won’t be able to get out of this palace. Jhumki leaves.
Bari Rani maa says to Kokilla that they have to keep Gayatri and Rana ji apart, so that there is no heir. Kunwar ji tells her that now Swarna will give them an heir and they will get him brought up in some other way. Bari Rani maa curses Kunwar’s child Laksh, she says this time no one can stop her from becoming a Raaj Mata.
In the room, Jhumki removes her mask. Gayatri gets milk for Jhumki thinking that she hurt Sulakshna. She knocks at the door, when Jhumki can’t put on the mask she lay in the bed with blanket on. Gayatri comes inside, she says to Sulakshna that she is sorry, she doesn’t want her crown at all. When Sulakshna doesn’t get up, Gayatri tells her to take rest. She drops a card, holds it up and leaves the room but opens the heater panes with the rub of her arm. Jhumki locks the door, she thinks that everyone here is after here, she won’t always wear the mask of Sulakshna. The mask burns up during the night. In the morning, Jhumki wakes up with the heat in room, she recalls the corn that she misses. She looks for the mask that was burnt all together. Gayatri walked towards the room with a tray. Jhumki is shocked to see the burnt mask. Gayatri knocks at the door, calls Sulakshna and wonders if she is fine. Jhumki turns around and covers her burnt side with her Pallu. She had her back towards Gayatri, she says curtly that she shouldn’t say now that she has come for forgiveness again. Gayatri asks her to eat something, she hasn’t eaten anything since last evening. Jhumki asks her not to do any more drama. Gayatri comes to her front explaining there is nothing like that. She turns away at once, Gayatri comes to her front again and asks what happened on her face. Sulakshna shouts at her to leave at once, Gayatri goes out of the room. Jhumki locks the door at once and says Gayatri is so after her. She thinks it is time to do something that Gayatri doesn’t open her mouth in front of Rana ji.
Rana ji stood with Bari Rani maa, he says he doesn’t want to hurt anyone but this hurts the three of them. Bari Rani maa says she didn’t know he would love Gayatri so soon, she always thought that he loves Sulakshna. Rana ji says the trouble is he doesn’t feel anything even being with Sulakshna, it seems she is some stranger. Bari Rani maa says the problem is with him, he never thought about living with two wives. Rana ji asks what he must do, he can’t let Gayatri go because she also has no mistake. A servant comes and says that Sulakshna wants to leave the palace. Both get worried at once.
In the hall, Sulakshna denies taking any help. Rana ji calls her, Sulakshna says she is leaving. Gayatri says she won’t let her go. Sulakshna says she isn’t needed in the palace, what will she do by staying. Gayatri says she is the Rani of Amirkot and love of Rana ji. She can’t go leaving the palace. Sulakshna bends down, her arm had been bandaged. Bari rani maa says she shouldn’t have come down with her luggage in her own hands, she should have called a servant. Sulakshna says that Bari Raani maa had said that this is her house, but it seems she has brought some curt memories for everyone. Rana ji doesn’t care if she lives or not. Gayatri says it isn’t Rana ji’s mistake, he lived with her memories but he had to marry her. Sulakshna was his first love and always will, she has understood this too. She wipes her tears and says she is the real culprit that she came between them. She asks Sulakshna to give any punishment to her. Sulakshna turns and says she will be a maid of Rani Sulakshna from right now. Everyone including Gayatri is shocked to hear this.
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