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Rantideva is glorified not only in human society but also in the World of Gods (devas), for his exemplary tolerance, compassion, and selflessness.
Because Rantideva perceived the presence of the Supreme Godhead everywhere, and in every living entity, he received the guest with faith and respect and gave him a share of the food.
During a period of devastating famine in his kingdom King Rantideva spent the whole of his wealth in feeding the hungry and the distressed. Deeply pained by the sufferings of
his people and by way of atonement, the King undertook a fast for forty-eight days and did not take any food or even water during that period.
On the forty-ninth day, when he was satisfied that almost all the hungry and the distressed in his kingdom had been well looked after, he decided to ...