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Tenali Rama Stories in English List

Tenali Rama Teaches the King a Valuable Lesson

The Thieves and The Well

Tenali Raman and the Cursed man

Rama and the Foolish Thief

Salute To Tenali Rama's Donkey

The Treatment

The Greedy Brahmins

What is my Mother Tongue?

Tenali Rama & The Arabian Horse

Tenali Rama Shares Punishment

Tenali Rama Embarasses Thathacharya

Tenali's Entry in Royal Courtroom

Rajguru's Ride

The Biggest Fool In The Kingdom!

Happiness Now

The reward and punishment

Tenali Rama Gets a Gift From Maa Kaali

Tenali Rama Teaches Thathacharya a Lesson

The Condition for Spending

Human Nature

The Last Wish

A Handful of Grains

Who is Wretched?

The King’s dream

Tenali Rama Challenges the Great Pundit

How Tenali Rama Tackles a Gang of Thieves

Precious Gift

Defying the Order

The Cursed Man or King?

Wedding of the Well

Menacing Flowerpots

Biggest Fool

The King ‘s Promise

Saluting the Donkeys

A handful of grain or a thousand gold coins

The biggest fool

Tenali Raman and the great Pandit

Tenali Rama and the Bragging Soliders

Tenali Rama Teaches the King a Valuable Lesson

Once, an Arab horse trader approached the king with a collection of impressive-looking horses. The king decided to buy all the horses. The trader asked for two days’ time and an advance on the payment. The king also obliged.

A week passed and there was no news from the trader. Meanwhile, the king saw Tenali write a list of the biggest fools on land. The king was shocked to see his own name on top of the list.

Tenali explained that a person who believed a complete stranger and obliged to all their demands was the biggest fool. The king asked what would happen if the merchant gave back the money or the horses. Tenali immediately replied that he would replace the king’s name with that of the merchant’s on the list.

The king understood his stupidity and accepted the same to Tenali.

Moral – Never blindly trust someone you know nothing about.

The Thieves and The Well

The Thieves and The Well is another one of Tenali Raman’s brilliant stories. It teaches kids a valuable lesson. Tenali Raman’s wit, as well as his way of teaching lessons, is evident in the story. One day the just King Krishnadevaraya was surveying his prison. There he found two prisoners who begged for his mercy. The prisoners told him that they were expert burglars and they could help the King catch other burglars. Krishnadevaraya was a kind and understanding King. He said to them that he would release them and make them his spies on one condition. First, they had to break into the Tenali Raman house and steal all his valuables. The expert thieves agreed to this readily.

That night the thieves went to Tenali Raman house and hid behind some bushes. Tenali Raman was strolling through his garden and heard a rustling in the bushes. He knew that there were thieves in his garden. He went inside and told his wife loudly to be careful about all valuables as two thieves were on the run. Tenali Raman told her to put all her jewellery and valuables in a box. The thieves who were hiding in the bushes overheard this conversation. After some time, Tenali Raman took the trunk and carried to his backyard. He threw it into the well.

As soon as Tenali Rama went to his house, the thieves went to the well and started drawing water. They fetched the water for the whole night only to discover the trunk in the water by morning. They happily open the trunk only to find stones in it. Tenali Raman came out and thanked the thieves for giving him a good night sleep and for watering his garden plants. The thieves knew that Tenali Raman had played the game on them and apologized to him.

Moral of the story : It reminds us that we should never listen to false claims.

Tenali Raman and the Cursed man

In the land of Vijayanagara, there was a man called Ramaya. He was considered inauspicious by the people in the town. They believe that seeing him in the morning would destroy their whole day, and they would not be able to eat anything throughout the day. When the King came to know about this, he invited Ramaya to his court and asked him to stay in the next room. The next day the King was ready for his lunch, and there was a fly on his plate. He ordered for a fresh lunch to be made. By the time it was made, he had lost his appetite.

The King believed that he had lost his appetite because of Ramaya. Therefore he sentenced the man to death. Hearing this, Ramaya’s wife rushed to Tenali Raman with a lot of grief and sadness. The next morning, the soldiers were taking Ramaya to be hanged. Tenali Raman met them on the way, whispered something in Ramaya’s ear and went away. Before hanging him, the guards asked Ramaya for his last wish. He replied that he wanted to send a note to the King.

When the King read the note, it said: “By seeing my face somebody lost his appetite all day, but by seeing the King’s face somebody loses his life. Then, who among us is the most cursed man. Me or the King?” The King realised his mistake and set Ramaya free.

Moral of the story : Do not believe in superstitions.

Rama and the Foolish Thief

Tenali Raman had a lush green garden in his backyard. Once upon a time, Tenali got so busy in the royal court, that he couldn’t find time to take care of his garden. As a result, the garden started withering. A few days later, Tenali Raman spotted a few suspicious people hiding behind a bush nearby. Tenali understood that they are the thieves planning to rob his house soon. Tenali made a plan. He went inside the house and came out dragging a heavy box. He dragged that box up to the well in his garden and dumped it into the well. “No one can think that I am hiding my precious jewels in this well.” Said Tenali and started waiting for the night. On the other hand, thieves were very happy.

At night, the thieves entered the garden and directly went to the well. A vertex of the box was visible to them. Without wasting time, the thieves started fetching the water from the well in an order to empty it. When the box was clearly visible, a thief climbed down the well and pulled the box out of it. To their astonishment, the box was filled with pebbles. The thieves understood that they have been fooled by Tenali Rama. They ran away as fast as they could. However, Tenali’s garden became lush again as the thieves poured a lot of water into it.

Salute To Tenali Rama's Donkey

Rajguru of Vijayanagar court was an orthodox person. He had strong dislike towards lower caste people. When Tenali came to know about it, he felt bad for those who were discriminated by the Rajguru. Tenali Raman asked Rajguru the reason for his behavior. “ The people of these caste are evil, and even If by mistake I will look at them, I will be born as a donkey in my next life” replied Rajguru. Tenali realized that Rajguru needs to taste his own medicine.

Few days later, Krishnadev Raye was leading Royal procession through the streets of Vijayanagar. On the way, there was a group of donkeys. As soon as Tenali looked at Donkeys, he jumped off his horse and started bowing before those donkeys. Krishnadev Raye laughed and asked the reason behind this act. “I am paying respect to the ancestors of Rajguru, who had mistakenly looked at people of lower castes.” Replied Tenali. Rajguru understood the message. After that, he stopped discriminating any person.  

The Treatment

Once upon a time, Delhi Sultan sent his spy disguised as a sage to the Vijaynagar kingdom. The spy was very ruthless. Whoever came to knew about the spy’s secret, was fed with a hallucinogenic drug. When Tenali Rama came to know about this, he decided to teach spy a lesson. Tenali somehow made the spy confront the man, whom spy fed the hallucinogen. The man was mentally ill and as soon as he saw his enemy, he hit his head with an intense blow.

When King Krishnadev Raye came to know about this, he became infuriated with Tenali. Without wasting time, Krishnadev Raye ordered his guards to execute Tenali. The guards took Tenali to some wilderness and buried him in the ground till neck. After some time, the guards left and a humped washer man passed by Tenali. Looking at Washerman, Tenali understood that the man is suffering from hump problem. Tenali thought an idea to come out of ground. Tenali convinced the washer man that he is practicing a proven remedy to fix hump. The Washer man, optimistic of getting rid of his old problem, dug Tenali out and buried got himself buried till neck. Clever Tenali once gain proved his wit and saved his life.

The Greedy Brahmins

This has to be one of the funniest Tenali Raman stories that will have your kids cracking up in no time.

The story is about King Krishnadevaraya’s mother, who was a very religious and pious lady. She wanted to present Brahmins with ripe mangoes as a gesture of respect towards them. Sadly, the King’s mother died that night. The King was full of sorrow, yet he remembered that he had to fulfill his mother’s wish.

After he had performed all her religious rights, he called some of the brahmins and told them of his mother’s wish and how we wish to perform it.

The brahmins however, suggested that his mother’s soul would only rest in peace if, the king gave them golden mangoes instead of regular mangoes!

The King obliged, and the next day he invited the brahmins to the court to provide them with the mangoes made of gold.

Tenali Raman was present when they came to the court and immediately understood the greed of the brahmins.

Tenali Raman steps in...

He invited them to his house the next day to teach them a lesson. The brahmins were very happy that they got the golden mangoes from the King. They were also overjoyed that Tenali Raman had invited them to his house.

The brahmins thought that maybe, Tenali Raman also wanted to make a donation to them.

But when they got to his house, they saw that Tenali Raman was standing with a hot iron bar!

This astonished the brahmins.

Then Tenali Raman told them that his mother had died of rheumatism and she would have wished to burn her legs with the hot rod so that the pain would subside. Therefore he wanted to burn the legs of the Brahmins so that his mother’s soul to rest in peace.

The brahmins immediately understood they had been tricked!

They quickly returned the golden mangoes to Tenali Raman and ran off. The brilliant Tenali Raman gave all the golden mangoes to the King and told him how the brahmins had fooled him.

The Greedy Brahmins, a classic Tenali Raman story, is hilarious and carries a tremendous moral for kids. It is one of the best Tenali Ramakrishna stories in English.

Moral of the story : One should not be greedy and should find happiness in whatever one has or gets!

What is my Mother Tongue?

Once upon a time, a man of high intellect visited Royal court of Vijaynagar. King Krishnadev Raye was very much impressed with the intelligent man. Sometime later, Krishnadev Raye inquired the visitor about his home land. The visitor thought of being a bit mischievous so instead of directly answering the question, the visitor threw a challenge. The visitor challenged Kirshnadev Raye to find out his home land. All the courtiers tried their best to find out the visitor’s home land. When everyone failed, Krishnadev Raye entrusted this duty to Tenali Rama. Tenali claimed to reveal about the visitor’s homeland next morning. Everyone retired to their places.

At night, the visitor was accidentally served too much spicy meal on the dinner table. The visitor started shouting for water. Royal chef prepared new meal for visitor and asked for forgiveness. Next morning Tenali revealed that the visitor’s home land is Tamil. Tenali continued “I beg your pardon gentleman, but it was me only who deliberately asked the royal chef to serve you intensely spicy food. When you were shouting for water, you also cried “Amma” which is a Tamil word for mother. And when in pain, a person always calls his mother and that too in his mother tongue. Hence I can confidently say that your hometown is Tamil.” Once again everyone was amazed with Tenali’s wit.

Tenali Rama & The Arabian Horse

Once upon a time, an Arabian horse trader visited Vijaynagar Kingdom. King Kirshnadev Raye was very much impressed with the horses brought by traders. He immediately purchased all the horses. Now rose the question of raring and domestication of these horses. Finally, it was decided that every royal courtier will take the responsibility of 1 horse and 1 Gold Coin would be given monthly to everyone for the maintenance of the horses. 1 Gold coin per month was not enough for rearing such a costly horse. However, no one dared to utter a single word against Krishnadev Raye’s wish.

1 Month later, Krishnadev Raye desired to inspect the horses. Every courtier fed the horse well, even if he had to sleep hungry sometimes except for Tenali Rama. When the horse inspector examined Tenali’s horse, he found it too aggressive and weak. Krishnadev Raye strictly asked Tenali the reason behind this negligence. To this Tenali replied, “ Maharaaj, if a horse can become this weak and aggressive because of being ill-fed, think about those royal courters who are sleeping hungry time and again but trying to feed the costly horses given by you in turn of merely 1 gold coin per month.” Krishnadev Raye understood the message. He immediately took back the horses from courters.

Tenali Rama Shares Punishment

Tenali Rama on his arrival at Hampi, rushed to see the king in his court. The guard outside refused to let him in. Tenali Rama requested the guard to let him meet the generous king who was sure to give him some gifts.

The guard was tempted and asked what he would get in return for letting Tenali Rama enter the court and receive gifts from the king. Tenali promised to share the gift with the guard. The greedy guard let him in. The same thing happened with the next guard. Tenali promised to give him half of what the king gives him. This guard too let him pass.

After entering the court, Tenali Rama rushed towards the king, which angered him. Tenali was punished with 50 lashes, which he immediately wanted to share with the guards. The king heard the deal and ordered 50 lashes for each of the guards. He was impressed by Tenali Rama’s wit and not only rewarded him but also made him his court jester.

Moral – Do not be greedy

Tenali Rama Embarasses Thathacharya

Tenali Rama found out the royal guru visited a prostitute house a few times a month. He caught him red-handed and threatened to reveal the secret to the kingdom.

Thathacharya wanted to preserve his respect and honor. So, he promised to do anything Thenali wanted. Tenali wanted to ride on the royal guru’s shoulder and was granted the wish. When Thathacharya was carrying Tenali Rama on his shoulders, the king spotted them. The king ordered his soldiers to catch hold of the guy sitting on top, thrash him nice and bring him to the king.

Tenali smartly switched places with the guru, telling him that he had sinned and wanted to correct it by carrying Thathacharya on his shoulders. The royal guru agreed hesitantly. Within no time, he was thrashed and dragged to the king, by the soldiers. The king was shocked to see Thathacharya instead of Tenali Rama and reprimanded the soldiers.

They then explained it was Thathacharya who was sitting on top, when they entered the street. Thathacharya also confirmed the same as he did not want to narrate the entire story. Tenali had a good laugh at the royal guru’s expense.

Moral – Never underestimate other

Tenali's Entry in Royal Courtroom

Once upon a time there a lived a boy named Ram in a Tenali Village. As the family responsibilities of Ram grew, he started looking for some better livelihood opportunities. Coincidentally, Rajguru of Vijaynagar royal court was visiting tenali village. Ram tried his level best to please the Rajguru. In turn the Rajguru promised that he will convince King Krishnadev to appoint Ram as an advisor in his royal court. However, the Rajgueu was cunning person and he simply dismissed the Ram’s matter after returning to Vijanagar.

After waiting for long, Ram went to Vijaynagar city on his own and planned to visit an esteemed poet of royal court – Thimanna. Thimmana was impressed with Ram’s intellect and he gifted Ram a pearl pendent received by him from King Krishnadev Raye. Next day Ram entered the Royal court. King Krishnadev Raaye was amazed to see the royal pendent around a stranger’s neck. When inquired about it, Tenali replied that he is the one who has won the heart of the person dearest to you – Thimanna. Even King was impressed with Rama’s intelligence and humor, so he appointed Rama as his royal advisor and awarded him a new name – Tenali Rama.

Rajguru's Ride

Tenali was determined to avenge the Rajguru’s act of betrayal. So he teamed up with Rajguru’s servant and discovered that the Rajguru occasionally goes for hunting which was prohibited in Vijaynagar. Next time, when the Rajguru left for jungle, Tenali followed him. Tenali Raman caught the Rajguru red handed and agreed to keep his mouth shut on a condition. Tenali asked the Rajguru to allow him sit over Rajguru’s shoulders and give him a ride of entire Vijaynagar kingdom. Rajguru did what Tenali demanded.

When Rajguru and Tenali were passing by royal palace, King Krishnadev Raye noticed this unusual duo. As soon as the King realized that one person is causing intense trouble to another person, he got infuriated and ordered his guards to drag the person taking ride over another being’s shoulders to royal court. On the other hands, Tenali sensed something is wrong, so he jumped off the Rajguru’s shoulders and requested Rajguru to climb his shoulder instead. Rajguru happily did what Tenali requested. Sooner, the royal guards arrived the scene. 

They pulled Rajguru down and dragged him to royal court. Krishnadev angrily instructed Rajguru to apologize to Tenali. Rajguru understood that all this has been orchestrated by Tenali, but afraid of getting his secret revealed, he preferred to remain silent. Scroll down to read and enjoy the summary of more Tenali Raman Stories in English for Kids.

How Many Pigeons

Once upon a time, King Krishndev Raye thought of playing with Tenali Raam. The King ordered Tenali to find out the number of Pigeons in Vijaynagar. Now this was somewhat absurd. However, after two days, Tenali appeared before the King and said “Maharaaj, there are total 1,01,909 pigeons in Vijaynagar.” Amazed King questioned Tenli’s information. To this, Tenali clarified “Maharaaj If you have doubt, you can yourself reexamine the count of pigeons in the kingdom. If the number is lesser, this means some pigeons have gone outstation to meet their relatives, and if the number have increased this means some pigeons from outside have come to see their relatives living in our kingdom.”

Krishndev realized that he has lost to Tenali. He admired Tenali’s wit once again.

The Biggest Fool In The Kingdom!

King Krishnadevaraya loved horses and had the best collection of horse breeds in the Kingdom. Well, one day, a trader came to the King and told him that he had brought with him a horse of the best breed in Arabia.

He invited the King to inspect the horse. King Krishnadevaraya loved the horse; so the trader said that the King could buy this one and that he had two more like this one, back in Arabia that he would go back to get. The King loved the horse so much that he had to have the other two as well. He paid the trader 5000 gold coins in advance. The trader promised that he would return within two days with the other horses.

Two days turned into two weeks, and still, there was no sign of the trader and the two horses. One evening, to ease his mind, the King went on a stroll in his garden. There he spotted Tenali Raman writing down something on a piece of paper. Curious, the King asked Tenali what he was jotting down.

Tenali Raman was hesitant, but after further questioning, he showed the King the paper. On the paper was a list of names, the King’s being at the top of the list. Tenali said these were the names of the biggest fools in the Vijayanagara Kingdom!

As expected, the King was furious that his name was at the top and asked Tenali Raman for an explanation. Tenali referred to the horse story, saying the King was a fool to believe that the trader, a stranger, would return after receiving 5000 gold coins.

Countering his argument, the King then asked, what happens if/when the trader does come back? In true Tenali humour, he replied saying, in that case, the trader would be a bigger fool, and his name would replace the King’s on the list!

Moral – Don’t believe strangers blindly.

Happiness Now

One day Tenali Rama and his friend were lying on a hammock and enjoying the gentle sea breeze. It was a beautiful day, and both men were smiling to themselves. Seeing his friend, Tenali inquired as to what was causing him to smile. His friend replied saying he was thinking about the day when he will be truly happy.

“When is that?” Tenali Rama asked. His friend went on to explain that he will truly feel happy when he has a house by the sea, with a comfortable car, a big bank balance, a pretty wife and four sons who would get educated and earn a lot of money.

Interrupting this monologue, Tenali asked, “After all this, what will you do?” To which his friend replies “After all this, I can put my feet up, enjoy the sea breeze and the sun on my face.” Hearing this, Tenali gives out a mighty laugh and says “But aren’t you doing just that now? Minus all the hard work!”

Moral – Be happy in the moment!

The reward and punishment

When Tenali Raman first came to Hampi, he wanted to meet the King. This is the story of how he did this easily. He went to the palace gate and when the guards asked him why they should let him, Tenali Raman said that he knows the King is kind and generous, and would definitely shower him with gifts as he had come from far away. Tenali Raman promised half of the gifts to the guard. He made the next guard the same promise to get in. When he got to the King, he ran and hugged him. Furious, the King ordered 50 lashes to Tenali Raman. He told the King that he had promised the guard half of his gift, so they should get half the lashes too. The impressed King gave Tenali Raman expensive clothes and made him his Court Jester.

Moral of the story: Greediness will get you in trouble.

Tenali Rama Gets a Gift From Maa Kaali

This is a story about how Tenali Rama outwitted goddess Kaali herself.

Once, Tenali Rama was granted a wish by the goddess herself. She showed him two bowls. One contained milk, drinking which will give him knowledge, and another bowl full of curd, drinking which would give him wealth. She asked him to choose one. Tenali asked to taste both bowls before he could decide and the goddess agreed. Before she could stop him, Tenali drank the contents of both bowls. When the annoyed goddess asked him why he disobeyed her, he told her there was no use of knowledge without wealth and vice-versa. She was impressed and blessed him to become a great poet who will be known for his intellect and sense of humor.

Moral – Never hesitate to take a bold step and speak your mind.

Tenali Rama Teaches Thathacharya a Lesson

Thathacharya, the royal teacher was very clan conscious. He was a vaishnavite and would cover his face to avoid seeing the Samrthas, as he believed it to be a sin. The people of the kingdom were very irritated by this attitude and sought Tenali’s help.

Tenali Rama went to see the royal guru, who immediately covered his face. On asking the reason behind the covering of the face in front of a disciple, Thathacharya told him, it was a sin to see Smarthas and he would be punished to be born as a donkey in their next birth.

Annoyed Tenali waited for the right opportunity. One day, while walking with the king and Thathacharya, Tenali rushed and saluted to a group of donkeys. When the king enquired, Tenali replied that he was paying respects to Thathacharya’s ancestors who became donkeys after seeing a Smartha’s face.

The king laughed at his sense of humor while Thathacharya hung his head in shame.

Moral – Do not discriminate people based on caste or religion.

Tenali Rama’s Quick Thinking

Once when king Krishnadevaraya lost his temper with Tenali Rama, he ordered his guards to behead Tenali with a single strike of their sword. Two guards took him to the river bank to behead him. When both the guards start arguing about who must cut Tenali’s head, Tenali suggested they should both do it together.

Tenali Rama had one last wish. He wanted to pray and die with Kaali Maa’s name on his lips. He asked the guards to strike him when he shouted “Jai Kaali Maa”. The moment he shouted, “Jai Kaali Maa” the guards struck but missed as Tenali ducked into the water.

The angered guards told him he cannot escape from them again and Tenali pointed out they had to behead him with one strike and both of them had used up their turn and needed permission from the king to strike him again. Tenali saved himself for the time being.

Moral – Calm and quick thinking can save you anytime.

Toughest Job in the World

Once upon a time, everyone in the royal court was debating over the toughest job in the world. Most of the courters were looking at this debate as an opportunity to flatter their King. So according to them, toughest job in this world was that of the King. Tenali was not playing along with other courters. The King noticed Tenali’s silence and asked him his opinion on the matter. Tenali said “ Maharaaj in my opinion, the toughest job in this world is of a mother.” Everyone laughed. The King challenged Tenali to prove his point.

Tenali, unhesitatingly, called a lady with his kid. The kid was being told that the King can fulfill any of his desires. So the kid asked for an elephant. Lo! The elephant was brought. Now the kid demanded that the elephant must be given to him in a jute bag so that he can carry it to his friend’s house. Now everyone was puzzled. When no one could crack the kid’s demand, Tenali requested the kid’s mother to fulfill her kid’s desire. The mother brought a toy elephant and inserted in into a jute bag. The kid was happy and entire court accepted that the toughest job in this world is that of a mother.

The Condition for Spending

Once upon a time, King Krishndev Raye thought of testing their courters. The King gifted 100 gold coins to every courter and asked them to purchase whatever they feel like, but, only after looking at the King’s face. Everyone was shocked to hear this peculiar condition.

One week later, all the courters assembled in royal court. Except for Tenali Raman, no one spent even a single gold coin. The King asked Tenali “How dare you spend so many coins without looking at my face Tenali. I made it very clear in the beginning that no one will make even a single purchase without looking at my face.” Tenali replied politely “ Maharaaj, every time I made a purchase, I saw your face …. Printed on the gold coins given to us.” The King realized that the currency of Vijayanagar carries the impression of his face on it. The King admired Tenali’s wit again.

Human Nature

One upon a time, Royal court was divided into two halves over the issue of real human nature. One group was of the opinion that real nature of human beings can be changed while other group claimed that real nature of human beings can never be changed. Tenali Rama headed the second group. Finally, King Krishndev Raye proposed a plan to resolve the deadlock. The King said that both the groups should get a puppy and with the help of its tail, try to prove their respective points. Both the groups agreed to Krishndev Raye.

After a month, both the groups assembled again under the supervision of Krishndev Raye. The First group was disappointed as they tried real hard, to straighten their puppy tail and prove that human nature can also be changed like this, but couldn’t succeed in this venture. So they lost the claim. The second group was cheerful. On behalf of the second group, Tenali Rama presented the puppy. The puppy had been really week and was hardly able to stand on its own. Though, its tail was hanging straight. Tenali explained “The puppy’s tail has been straightened because of sheer weakness. But if this puppy regains its strength, it will again bend its tail fully. Similarly, Human nature changes only for a while when he is week. However, once human regains his strength, he comes back in his true personality.” Krishndev Raye applauded Tenali’s opinion and his way of expressing it.

The Last Wish

Once, King Krishnadev Raye was regretting the demise of his mother without fulfillment of her last wish to eat mangoes. Clever royal priest thought of grabbing this opportunity to earn some gold. He suggested Krishnadev Raye to plan a feast for Brahmins of entire Vijaynagar and distribute 1 gold mango to each of them. This will pacify the departed soul. King did the same.

When Tenali Rama came to know about it, he planned to teach greedy priest a lesson. Few days later, he arranged a feast for all the Brahmins of Vijanagar. After the feast, he guided all the Brahmin guests to his backyard where iron rods were being heated. Scared priest asked Tenali what’s this nonsense? To which Tenali told that his mother had severe pain in her knees. He kept on telling that an Ayurvedic doctor had advised him to punch a heated iron rod into his mother’s knee. 

However, before Tenali could make this happen, his mother demised. Now it is necessary to punch these heated rods into the brahmin’s knee in an order to pacify the departed mother. The greedy priest understood Tenali Raman’s gesture. Ashamed of his deed, the priest, along with other Brahmins, returned the golden mangoes to the King. Scroll down for more Tenali Raman Stories in English.

A Handful of Grains

There lived a woman named Vidyulata in Vijayanagar. Vidyulata was witty, but arrogant lady. She declared that anyone who can outwit her will get 1000 gold coins. When Tenali Rama heard about it, he thought of giving Vidyulata a lesson. Disguised as a firewood seller, tenali started selling firewood in front of Vidyulata. After some time, Vidyulata comes out of her house and ask the price of a bundle. Tenali told that he will only take “a handful grain.” Vidyulata agreed and directed tenali to go and dump the bundle in her backyard. But when she brought a handful of grain tenali denied accepting it. He kept on uttering only one thing that he had asked a handful grain and he will only accept a handful grain .

The matter turned into a heated argument. Finally Vidyulata and Tenali decided to present the matter before magistrate. When magistrate asked tenali the reason behind his stubbornness, tenali replied that he was only asking for one grain that can fill his entire fist – a handful grain, but unable to understand, arrogant Vidyulata was giving him a hand full of grains. Vidyulata understood that she had lost the war of words. She compensated tenali as promised by her and stopped being arrogant.

Who is Wretched?

There lived a person named Murthy. It was rumored about Murthy that he is a wretched person. Whoever will see the face of Murthy in the morning wouldn’t get the meal throughout the day. When Krishnadev Raye heard about it, he desired to test this gossip. The King called Murthy to the Royal palace at night and looked at Murthy’s face the very next morning. The King didn’t get meal entire day. The King was convinced that Murthy is an wretched person. He ordered death penalty to Murthy.

When Tenali Rama heard about this, he became very upset. Tenali called Murthy’s wife and ordered her to do as he say. Next morning when Murthy was taken for execution, Murthy’s wife started shouting “Look Vijaynagar Kingdom, if you look at my husband’s face in the morning, you don’t get food, but if you look at Krishnadev Raye’s face in the morning, you get to die. Now decide who is more wretched.” Krishnadev Raye realized his mistake and he immediately ordered Murthy’s release.

The King’s dream

The story is about Krishnadevaraya again. One day he woke up after dreaming of a beautiful floating palace in the clouds. He wanted to make it a reality, and one of his ministers agreed to do it. The King followed up after a few weeks, but the minister was just lazying away. Then after a few weeks, an old man came who claimed that he was a merchant who was looted. The man said he had seen in his dream, his house and family being looted by the King and his ministers. The King was angry and asked how that could happen. This is when he realised that it was Tenali Raman dressed as an old man so that he could teach the King a lesson.

Moral of the story : It is always best to not chase after impossible dreams.

Tenali Rama Challenges the Great Pundit

Once, a learned pundit challenged the king that he was more intelligent than all the ministers in the king’s kingdom. When it was Tenali Rama’s turn, he showed the cover of a book and informed the pundit that he was going to debate about the contents of that book “Thilakstha Mahisha Bandhanam”.

The pundit asked for a night’s time to prepare but ran away in the night instead, as he had never heard of such a book. The next day, the king wanted to read the book that scared the pundit away. Tenali revealed a bundle of til sticks and sheep dung tied together with a buffalo hide rope to form the shape of a book. He had named the contents together in Sanskrit, as the name of the “book”. The king was impressed and rewarded Tenali Rama.

Moral – Never be overconfident or arrogant about your knowledge and wisdom. There will always be something new to learn.

How Tenali Rama Tackles a Gang of Thieves

A gang of thieves was robbing all houses in the kingdom and the city chief was very disturbed, as he could not catch them or stop them. He sought Tenali Rama’s help.

Tenali Rama and his wife spread a rumor around the kingdom that they had a bag of gold coins. One day, Tenali heard the leaves rustle outside his house and realized it was the thieves. So, he told his wife loud enough for the thieves to hear, that they should hide all the wealth in a box and drop it in the well.

As expected, the thieves tried to get the box out of the well. They drained the water from the well all night, only to find the box filled with rocks and stones. Tenali thanked them for watering his plants. When they tried to run away, the chief who was waiting, caught them all.

Moral – A little clever thinking and presence of mind can solve even the biggest issues.

Precious Gift

Once upon a time, King Krishndev Raye became very much angry with Tenali Rama. The King ordered Tenali Rama not to show his face again. However, when he arrived the royal court next day he saw Tenali Rama sitting in the royal court with an earthen pot over his face.

The King got infuriated and asked Tenali Rama the reason for defying his order. To this, Tenali replied “Maharaaj you ordered me not to show my face again, and I don’t think you are able to see my face across this earthen pot, so when did I defy your order.” The King laughed and asked Tenali to remove the pot and resume the daily routine.

Defying the Order

Once upon a time, King Krishndev Raye was celebrating his victory over an enemy kingdom. On the orders of the King, one table, full of gifts was kept in the middle of the royal court. Every courter was free to pick one gift from the table.

Tenali Rama reached royal court, a little late that evening. By the time he reached, the table was empty. Only one small silver plate was lying over it. Tenali picked the plate and hid it in his clad. When Krsihndev Raye saw Tenali hiding a little plate as if it was an expensive item, he asked the reason from Tenali. To this, Tenali replied “Maharaaj, till now you are known for gifting me expensive things, but if anyone will see this little silver plate, as a gift for me, your reputation will be tarnished today. So I am hiding it inside my clad so that everyone would think Tenali has again gotten some precious gift from Maharaaj.” Krishndev Raye became very happy with Tenali’s wit. He gifted a pearl necklace to Tenali in turn.

The Cursed Man or King?

In the Kingdom of Vijayanagara, there lived a man named Ramaya. The rumour was that if one saw Ramaya in the morning, they would be cursed and not be able to eat the whole day. Hearing this, the King wanted to test it out for himself.

The guards made the arrangements for Ramaya and set up a room right next to the King for him. The next morning, the King walked to Ramaya’s room, so he could look at him first thing and test this rumour out.

It just so happened that at lunchtime, the King spotted a fly in his meal and asked the cook to take it away and prepare a new lunch. By the time lunch was served again, the King had lost his appetite and realised that this rumour was indeed true – seeing Ramaya’s face first thing in the morning did cause people to be cursed. He didn’t wish this for his people and demanded that Ramaya be hanged.

Distraught, Ramaya’s wife goes to Tenali Raman for help as she doesn’t want to lose her husband. Hearing the whole story, Tenali Raman goes to Ramaya and whispers something into his ear, right before he is to be taken to be hanged.

On the same day, the guards ask Ramaya if he has any last wishes. Ramaya says he wants to give the King a note that he must read before the hanging. The guards deliver this note to the King. In the note were the words Tenali Raman had whispered – ‘If seeing Ramaya’s face, one loses their appetite; then a person who sees the King’s face, first thing in the morning, is destined to lose his life. Who is, therefore, more cursed – Ramaya or the King?’

Reading this, the King understood his mistake and set Ramaya free!

Moral – Don’t give in to superstitions

Wedding of the Well

Tenali Raman got a new well dug in his backyard. According to Tenali’s family tradition, a new well was always worshiped before being used. King Krishndev Raye was also present at the ceremony. Looking at this strange tradition, Krishndev Raye became playful. Next day, the King sent an invitation to all the royal courters that he is planning his Well’s wedding and the wells in Courteer’s houses are cordially invited to attend this ceremony.

Everyone was puzzled. However, Tenali Raman assured everyone to come up with a solution. Next day, all the courters headed by Tenali Raman went to King Krishndev Raye. The King asked mischievously “Haven’t you come along your Wells to attend the wedding of my well? “ To this Tenali replied “Maharaaj, our wells are eager to come and attend the wedding of your well, but, according to a tradition in our families, the well which is getting married must come and invite our wells personally. Only than our wells can come and attend the ceremony.” Krishndev Raye shouted “What nonsense! How can a well leave its place and go to invite other wells?” A silence spread in the courtroom. Krishndev Raye realized his folly. He immediately dismissed his mischievous proposal.

Menacing Flowerpots

King Krishndev Raye was gifted 3 precious flower pots by his ally. These flowerpots were so beautiful that they became dearest to the King. The King appointed a special servant to clean and look-after the flowerpots. Once a mouse passed over one of pot. The pot trembled and fell upon the ground. Needless to say that Krishndev Raye was enraged knowing this. The King ordered death penalty to the servant. When Tenali Ram heard about it, he became upset for the servant. Tenali visited the servant in prison and disclosed a plan to save his life.

Next day when the servant was taken for execution, the hangman asked his last wish. The servant desired to see the remaining two flowerpots. The flowerpots were presented before the servant. The servant quickly picked the pots and crushed them upon the ground. The King’s anger knew no bounds. When he asked the reason for this, the servant politely replied “Maharaaj, these flowerpots are perishable and bound to perish one day, but at least before dying I have saved at least two invaluable lives which would have perished with these pots.” The King realized his folly and ordered immediate release of the servant.

Biggest Fool

One upon a time, An Arabian Horse trader visited Vijayanagar. The trader had a Strong, long tailed, muscular horse. King Krishndev Raye was impressed with the trader’s horse. He immediately purchased the horse from trader. Trader was clever. As soon he realized that king is flattered by his horse, he told the King that he has two more such horses at his homeland and only if the King pays him in advance, he will bring it to Vijayanagar. The King paid 5000 coins to traders.

Days, months and a year passed. But the trader never returned. One such evening, Krishndev Raye saw Tenali Rama writing names of fools in Vijaynagar Kingdom. Krishndev Raye was infuriated to see his name written on the top the list. When Tenali saw the King angry, he politely asked him “Maharaaj, what would you call a person who has paid a huge amount to a stranger merely on an expectation that one day the stranger would fulfill the promise and close the deal?” Krishndev Raye understood Tenali point. But still he asked that what if the trader returns. To this Tenali replied “Then I will strike off your name from the list and write the trader’s name on the top.” Then both of them had a great laugh.

The King ‘s Promise

King Krishndev Raye was very happy with Tenali Raman’s service to Vijaynagar. So he decided to gift Tenali, the revenue of one entire village of Vijaynagar. However, Krishndev Raye forgot to process the paper work for the proposal and the gift remained distant dream for Tenali.. But Tenali Ram was not going to give up so easily.

One such day, Krishndev Raye was visiting the city along with Tenali Raman. Suddenly, Krishndev Raye saw a camel and expressed wonder over the peculiar hump of camel. Tenali grabbed this opportunity to remind king about his promise. He immediately spoke “May be, the Camel was some king who forgot his promise to grant revenue of one village to his courtier. And this peculiar hump is the punishment awarded to it by God.” Krishndev Raye understood Tenali’s message. As soon as they returned, Krishndev Raye ordered their servants to initiate the paper work to grant revenue of a village to Tenali.

Saluting the Donkeys

In the King’s court, there was a very orthodox teacher named Tathacharya who belonged to the Vaishnavite sect. He looked down on other people, especially the Smarthas – covering his face with a cloth whenever he saw people from this and other sects.

Fed up of this behaviour, the King and other courtiers went to Tenali Raman for his help. After listening to everyone’s complaints about the royal teacher, Tenali Raman went to Tathacharya’s house. Upon seeing Tenali, the teacher covered his face. Seeing this, Tenali asked him why he did that. He explained that Smarthas were sinners and to look upon the face of a sinner meant that he would be turned into a donkey in his next life. That’s when an idea struck Tenali!

One day, Tenali, the King, Tathacharya and the other courtiers went on a picnic together. As they were returning from their picnic, Tenali spotted some donkeys. He immediately ran up to them and started saluting them. Puzzled, the King asked Tenali why he was saluting the donkeys. Tenali then explained that he was paying his respects to Tathacharya’s ancestors, who had become donkeys after looking at the faces of Smarthas.

Tathacharya understood Tenali’s harmless behaviour, and from that day forward, never covered his face again.

Moral – Don’t judge people on their caste or religion.

A handful of grain or a thousand gold coins

Searching for Tenali Raman short stories in English? Here’s one that we love. This is the story of Vidyulatha of Vijayanagara Kingdom. She was intelligent and had a vast knowledge of ancient books and fine arts. But she was also arrogant. In the story, she was put to shame by a wood seller who wanted her to pay a handful of grain. He said that if she doesn’t pay exactly a handful, she will have to pay him a 1000 gold coins. The heated argument was taken to court, and the judge was impressed by the firewood seller’s intelligence. Vidyulatha had to pay him a 1000 gold coins and take off her board of intelligence from outside her house.

Moral of the story: One should always be humble and grateful for his achievements and intelligence.

The biggest fool

This is the story of King Krishnadevaraya and how he bought some horses(or how he tried to buy some horses). When an Arabian horse trader came to him with his horses, Krishnadevaraya was impressed by them and wanted to buy all of his horses. He straightaway gave the money for all the horses to the trader who promised to bring him the horses in 2 days time, but he never showed up. This pushed the King to the top of Tenali Raman biggest fools’ which he was making. The King, who saw this, asked him what would happen if the horse trader brought the horses. He replied that then the horse trader would be at the top of his list.

Moral of the story: Do not believe in things blindly.

Tenali Raman and the great Pandit

Here’s another witty number from the Tenali Raman’s stories for kids.

This is a story of a great Pandit who came to Vijayanagar. He claimed that he could defeat anyone with his knowledge. The King’s minister debated with him and lost. Then it was Tenali Raman’s turn. He told the Pandit that they would debate on ‘Thilakstha Mahisha Bandhanam’, a book he had never heard of. The pundit asked for time to prepare, but he was sure that he would lose, so the same night, he packed his bag and left. The next morning the King was impressed, and he called Tenali Raman and asked him about this rare book that had scared the Pandit away. Tenali Raman said that there was no book like that and the King was impressed with his cleverness.

Moral of the story : Never be arrogant, however knowledgeable or wise you are.

Tenali Rama and the Bragging Soliders

Once, Tenali was at a campfire with the army soldiers. The soldiers shared stories about their exciting experiences and sarcastically asked if Tenali had any such story worth talking about. Tenali told them he had once found a large dacoit sleeping in a tent by the river. He was a dacoit who was terrorizing everyone around that area. So, Tenali cut off his toe and ran away. When the soldiers asked him why he didn’t cut the dacoit’s head, Tenali sheepishly told them that someone had already done that.

Moral – A little wit can make even the most boring story interesting.

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