Story of Panchatantra



Stories from Aparikshitakarakam (Rebellion)


Once upon a time, there was a donkey who worked for a washerman. The donkey carried weights during the day and would be free to graze in the nearby fields at night. One night, while grazing, he meets a jackal and they think of working together. they became friends. Both of them met every night and both received food from nearby fields after the farmers slept. The donkey eats vegetables while the jackal attacks the farmer’s hen.

The donkey loved to sing. One night, while they were stealing vegetables, the donkey expressed his desire to sing. The jackal forbids the donkey to do so. He warns her that singing while stealing vegetables from the farm is not a wise idea. The donkey did not listen to the advice by the jackal and started singing. His song aroused the farmers. The jackal runs to save his life, while the donkey is beaten with a stick.

Weasel and wife of Brahmin

Once upon a time, in a village, a Brahmin’s family lived. The Brahmin, his wife, and his child lived in his small house. He had a pet mongoose. The little boy and the pet mongoose used to play together and live with each other. One day, while the Brahmin was busy in the fields, his wife put the little boy to sleep in the crib and went to the market. While the mongoose was protecting the child, he noticed that the snake was entering the house. As Naval saw the snake near the boy’s crib, he immediately attacked the snake and killed it.

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When the Brahmin’s wife returned and saw blood on the mongoose’s mouth. So the Brahmin’s wife got scared and thought that the mongoose killed her child. He immediately picked up his wand and died until it struck. When she went inside, she found that the child was sleeping peacefully in its cradle.

  Story of lion raising

Once upon a time, four Brahmin friends lived in a village. Three of them had deep knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. The fourth did not have very good knowledge of the scriptures. He decided to come into the eyes of the king with a display of knowledge. He went to the king’s court and took the fourth friend with him.

Before going to the king’s court, he dropped and saw something on the ground. To further enhance their skills, they all guessed what it was. It was the body of a lion. The Brahmins decided that with the use of their skills, they would bring the lion back to life. A fourth friend pleaded not to make the dead lion alive and told that it could be a dangerous idea. None of them listened to him. Three learned Brahmins started executing their plan but before they did so the fourth friend quickly climbed the tree. The three brothers were overjoyed to see that their plan actually worked. But as soon as the lion came back to life, he killed and consumed all the three learned Brahmins.

Story of two fish and a frog

Once upon a time, many fish and a frog lived in the pond. They were all very good friends. They all lived happily in the pond. They lived together all the time. One day, two fishermen came to the pond and caught sight of the fish. He decided to come the next day to catch the fish. Everyone listened to the two fishermen. The frog suggested that they should leave this pond and move to another pond. But the fish refused to leave. Seeing this, the frog decided to move away from the pond to save his life.

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The fish thought that they could easily fool the fishermen with their swimming tricks. The next day, both fish were caught in the fisherman’s net. They tried to run away but all was in vain.

   Double-headed bird

Once upon a time, a strange bird lived on a tree. The bird had two heads. Each head had its own mind. Each head happily collaborated with the other head for the bird’s survival. The bird lived a very normal life. One day when a head saw the fruit on another tree. Both ends considered fruit good and tasty. So both ends started fighting. Both heads wanted fruit for themselves. One of the ends suggested that they should not fight and give the fruit to the wife.

Although the other head agreed, he was not happy. The second head decided to teach the first head of a lesson. Upon finding a poisonous fruit on a tree, the second head offered it to the first head to eat first. The first head happily consumed that fruit. The bird died soon after consuming the fruit, both of them were upset.

Brahmin’s dream

Once upon a time, a poor Brahmin lived in a village. He was alone and had no relatives and friends. He started to spend his life demanding but sometimes he had to live without food for several days. One day, he received an earthen pot filled with porridge by a generous man. He took that pot home very carefully and hung it next to his bed. He lay in bed and slept. He soon started dreaming and dreamed that his village was affected by famine. He dreamed of exchanging his pot for one hundred gold coins.

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He dreamed that with a hundred gold coins, he brought a pair of cows and goats. He made more money from the milk trade and he also dreamed of marrying the daughter of a rich businessman. In his dream, he sees himself resting at home when a group of children will harass him. He tried to scare the children with a stick in his sleep. He waved the stick around.

The Brahmin immediately realizes that he destroyed his own food. He repents his own actions.


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