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Panchatantra Stories

Panchatantra Moral Stories List

The Unlucky Weaver

The Musical Donkey

The Bird With Two Heads

The Talkative Tortoise

Goats And Jackal

A Foolish Friend

Crows and The Wicked Snake

The Rat's Wedding

The Speaking Cave

Merchant, King and Servant

Bird and the Proud Elephant

Foolish Talkative Tortoise

The Sparrow and The Monkey

Elephants and The Clever Rabbit

The Pigeon and The Mouse

The Mongoose And The Brahmin’s Wife

The Tale Of Two Fishes And A Frog

The Crows And The Cobra

The Lion And The Camel

Result of Treason

Foolish Heron and The Weasel

Of Crows And Owls

The Thief, The Brahmin, And The Demon

The Story Of The Potter

The Blue Jackal

The Bird and The Monkeys

The Hermit And The Mouse

The Foolish Weaver

Goat, Priest and Three Thieves

The Brahmin and The Snake

The Bug And The Poor Flea

The Crane And The Crab

The Lion That Sprang To Life

The Brahmin’s Dream

Elephants And Hares

Right-Mind And Wrong-Mind

The Monkey And The Wedge

Four Friends And A Hunter

The Jackal And The Drum

The King And The Foolish Monkey

The Foolish Brahmin And The Crooks

The Cave That Talked

Little Rabbit and The Lion

Tit for Tat

The Hermit and The Mouse

The Unlucky Weaver

Once upon a time, there lived a weaver named Somilik in a town. He was expert in his work, but he could hardly make a living by making the most colorful clothes in the city. He went to Vardhamanpur for three years, and earned a lot. He was walking towards home with 300 gold seals. On his way, he spent the night climbing on top of a thick tree.

When Somlik woke up, he saw that the vessel of seals was empty. Somlik was very sad. This time he worked hard day and night and collected 500 seals in a year. He again headed towards the house but the bundles of seals were gone again.

He thought that death is better than this moneyless life. So he tied a rope to a branch of a nearby tree and agreed to hang. But he then heard a voice that gave him a boon to fulfill his one wish. He asked for a lot of money. The weaver asked the deity to offer him as much money to enjoy to the fullest like the second merchant.

After listening to Somlik, the deity advised him to go back to Vardhamanpur. Somlik again reached Vardhamanpur as per his order. The merchant was a very rich man but he didn’t like guests. The weaver was treated him in a bad manner. Next morning, he visited another merchant’s house and observed that the second merchant was not so rich but welcomed the weaver with open arms. He even served the best food he ever had.

Moral: This story teaches us that it is better to consume money than secret money, which can be useful in some proven work.

The Musical Donkey

A washer man had a donkey named Udhata. The donkey carried loads during the day and was set free to graze in the nearby fields at night. He met a jackal one night and together, they would get food from nearby farms while the farmers slept. While Udhata enjoyed vegetables, the jackal attacked the farmer’s poultry.

One night, Udhata was in a gay mood and told the jackal that he wanted to sing. The jackal warned him that singing while stealing vegetables from a farm is not a good idea. The donkey ignored the warning and sang to its heart’s content, even as the jackal ran to save its life. Soon, farmers woke up hearing the donkey braying and beat it with sticks for eating the vegetables from their farms.

Moral: There is a right time and place to do anything.

The Bird With Two Heads

There was once a strange bird with two heads. Each head had a mind of its own. The bird had a very normal life, with the heads cooperating with each other for the bird’s survival. One day, the heads started fighting for a fruit they saw on a tree. There was only one fruit, and each head wanted the fruit for itself. The second head suggested that they stop fighting and give the fruit to the wife instead.

Although the first head agreed, he was not happy and vowed to teach the first head a lesson. On finding a poisonous fruit, the first head offered it to the second head, which consumed it happily. Within minutes, the bird died leaving both the minds useless.

Moral: This story has two morals: Having a conflicting state of mind is dangerous. And, every part of the body is important – loss of even one could be fatal.

The Talkative Tortoise

Once upon a time, a tortoise named Kambugriva lived near a lake. It was friends with two swans that also lived in the lake. One summer, the lake began to dry up, and there was little water for the animals. The swans told the tortoise that there was another lake in another forest, where they should go to survive. They came up with a plan to take the tortoise along. They made the tortoise bite the center of a stick and told it not to open its mouth, no matter what.

The swans then held each end of the stick and flew, with the tortoise in between. People in the villages along the way saw a tortoise flying and were awestruck. There was a commotion on the ground about two birds taking a tortoise with the help of a stick. In spite of warnings from the swans, the tortoise opened its mouth and said: “what’s that commotion all about?” And then, it fell to its death.

Moral: One should speak only at the right moment.

Goats And Jackal

A jackal was once passing by a village, when it saw two strong goats fighting with each other. The goats were surrounded by people who were cheering for them. A few minutes into the fight, the goats had bruises on the body and were bleeding a little. This jackal was drawn to the smell of blood and wanted to get a bite of the goats’ flesh. It jumped at the goats at once, without thinking.

The two goats were stronger than the jackal and mercilessly trampled on the animal and killed it.

Moral: Think before you jump.

A Foolish Friend

A king had kept a monkey in his palace as a servant. He was a great believer and devotee of the monkey king. One day when the king was sleeping, the monkey was sitting. Suddenly the monkey saw that a fly sitting on the king’s chest. The monkey got very angry. He thought his master’s sleep should not be disturbed. 

He took a sword in his hand to kill the fly. And this time as soon as the fly sat on the king’s chest, he left the hand of the sword on the fly with all his might. The fly flew away, but the sword hit the king’s chest in two pieces and the king gave up his life there.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. This story teaches us that a foolish friend is more dangerous than a learned enemy. 

Crows and The Wicked Snake

There was a very big tree in a forest, in which there lived a pair of crows. An evil snake had also made its bill near him. The snake used to eat crow’s eggs before hatching them. Due to this both of them became very sad and told about its misery to a jackal. The crow sought advice from the jackal that how to get rid of this trouble.

The jackal gave him an idea to pick up the queen’s necklace from the palace and drop it near the snake’s bill. When the crow entered the queen’s periphery and picked up the necklace. When the queen saw it, she asked the soldiers to follow the crow. The crow brought the necklace and threw it near the snake’s bill. When the snake saw the necklace, he sat down on it.

As soon as the soldiers reached there, they beat the snake with sticks and left with the necklace. From that day onwards, no snake has eaten crows and their eggs again.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. From this story also we learn that intellect proves to be more powerful than Buck to conquer the enemy.

The Rat's Wedding

There was an ashram on the banks of the river Ganges where Yogi Muni lived. Once, while he was taking a bath in the river, a mouse fell from above in his hands. The eagle was taking that mouse to the sky and she fell down after getting free from the claws of the eagle. The sage took pity on that mouse. Thinking that others would laugh at him, he gave that mouse the form of a girl and brought him to his ashram as his daughter. His wife also felicitated Chuhiya, who became a girl.

Since he did not have any children of his own, the sage wife brought him up with great love. For 18 years she lived in his ashram and acquired knowledge. They took care of her, educated her, and with years she grew older. Saint’s wife talked to the saint about their daughter’s marriage and the saint agreed to find an appropriate groom for her.

Saint presented a number of great options like Sun, Clouds, Air, Mountain as groom to her but she rejects all of them and finally settles down on rat as her groom.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. This story also gives us the same lesson that no matter how much we change, our basic nature always remains the same.

The Speaking Cave

One day a lion was searching for food. He was very old and weak and unable to catch his preys by chasing them. Suddenly the lion saw a cave on his way and upon inspecting inside he found it to be empty. That gave the lion an idea and he thought to himself, “ If I stay here, the owner of the cave is bound to return and that’s when I’ll jump upon it and make it my meal.” 

He waited patiently till the night fell and the jackal who actually lived in the cave came back. Jackal saw the footprints of the lion and he got suspicious. Jackal decided to trick the lion and started asking cave why the cave was not speaking to him today. Lion thought that may be cave actually does speak to Jackal every night and decided to call him in himself today. On hearing lion’s voice, Jackal got certain that lion is hiding inside and he ran away from the place to save his life.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. We get the same lesson from this story, we should always be alert and take care of the things around us. The jackal also understood with his cleverness that there was a lion in the cave and was successful in saving his life.

Merchant, King and Servant

A long time ago, there lived a very intelligent merchant Dantil. The merchant’s daughter was getting married. In this happiness, he organized a huge meal. In the banquet, he invited everyone from the royal family to the subjects.

He saw one of the servants sitting on a chair which was kept for the royal family. The merchant got very angry and pushed him out. The servant felt very bad and thought to teach him a lesson. A few days later the same servant was sweeping the king’s palace. Seeing the half-sleeping king, he said that the merchant misbehaved with the queen. The king heard it and was very angry. The king did not say anything to him, but he started thinking in his mind that what he said was not true.

From that day onwards, the king prohibited the merchant from entering the palace. Then he understood that the servant did something. Dantila apologized to the servant and request him to put good words to the king again. The servant accepted the apology and decided in his mind to get back all the lost honor of Dantil.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly and we get to learn 2 things from this story. The first is that we should treat everyone in harmony and with equal respect, whether the person is big or small. Always remember, treat others the way you would like to be with yourself.

Bird and the Proud Elephant

A bird lived with her husband on a tree. Once One day the bird was sitting near her eggs and her husband had gone in search of food. Just then a drunken elephant came there and stopped under the same tree to rest. In his fun, he broke the same branch on which the bird’s nest was and all the eggs fell and broke.

Seeing his eggs broken, they were very sad and both of them decided to take revenge on the elephant and teach him a lesson. Both of them reached their friend Woodpecker and told him the whole thing. They with the help of two other friends- a bee a frog planned to take revenge on the elephant.

The bee first started singing sweetly in the ear of the elephant, due to which the elephant started walking with its eyes closed. Then the woodpecker broke both the eyes of the elephant. After that the frog went near a big pit and started barking. The elephant thought that there was a pond nearby. He walked in the direction of that voice and fell into the pit, from which it was not possible for him to get out.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. From this story also we get a lesson that even the weakest of the weak, if they work together, they can accomplish the biggest task and defeat the mighty enemy.

Foolish Talkative Tortoise

Once upon a time, there lived a tortoise and two swans in a pond. The three became close friends and they used to talk together. Once there was a severe drought and the water of the pond started drying up. They decided to change their location. To help the tortoise the swans came up with a plan.

They gathered a bamboo wood, asked the tortoise to hold it with its mouth and warned him not to talk at all or else he may fall on the ground. The swans started to flying. All the villagers were shocked to see a tortoise fly and thus there was huge chaos. The excited opened his mouth to talk. As soon as his mouth opened, the wood came out of his mouth and he fell straight down to the ground.

Moral: Every Panchatantra story teaches us a lesson to live life properly. Before speaking anything, it is wise to understand the urgency of the situation and the occasion and only then should we open our mouth.

The Sparrow and The Monkey

On the branches of a tree of a dense forest lived a pair of birds. One night a monkey, shivering from the cold and rain, came to take shelter on the branch of that tree. His teeth were cracking due to the cold and he was rubbing his hands vigorously to take the heat.

The birds started questioning the monkey and advised him to get an own house to live in. The monkeys asked them to keep quite but the bird did not stop. They kept saying something or the other, due to which the monkey got completely irritated. In anger, the monkey destroyed the bird’s nest in which the bird lived happily with its family.

Moral: Every Panchatantra story teaches how to live life properly. This story also teaches us that we should not preach to everyone. An education given to a fool can at times turn out to be the opposite.

Elephants and The Clever Rabbit

In a forest there lived a giant elephant named ‘Chaturdanta’ who was also the head of his elephant team. Due to drought for many years, all the lakes and ponds there dried up and the trees also withered.

After a long journey of many days, all the elephants reached a different pond. There was a lot of water in the pond. All the elephants quenched their thirst for plenty of water and started walking back.

There were also countless burrows of rabbits around the pond. Many rabbits were also crushed by the feet of elephants. All the rabbits together had to come up with an idea to avoid the repetition of the same incident.

A rabbit named Lambakarna was sent to the elephants as a messenger. He said that the pong is moon’s own pond and the moon has asked the elephants not to visit.

Lambakarna took an elephant towards the pond, and showed him the shadow of the moon falling in the pond. After that day, the group of elephants never came to the bank of the pond.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. We also learn two very important things from this story. First of all, with cleverness and understanding, we can find a solution to any difficulty. And secondly, we should always choose our leader wisely.

The Pigeon and The Mouse

There lived a crow on a huge tree. Once when he started going in search of his food, he saw a hunter coming towards the same tree. He understood that the hunter has come to catch the birds today.

He quickly told the rest of his companions about the hunter and warned them not to fall in the trap. All the other crows obeyed him and when the hunter planted the seeds, not a single crow went to eat them.

Then a group of pigeons appeared in the sky. Seeing the seed, he thought of quenching his hunger. The crow immediately warned the chieftain of the pigeons that a but the pigeons ignored thinking that the crow wanted to save all this food for his friends.

But as soon as the pigeons came down, they got caught in the hunter’s net. Then the chief of the pigeons asked the rest of the pigeons to fall lifeless, so that the hunter felt that there was no danger from the pigeons anymore. As soon as the pigeon fell, the hunter wrapped his net and started walking back. Then the chief of the pigeons signaled and all the pigeons, beating their wings together, flew away with a net.  

The chief of pigeons was a friend of the chief of a group of rats. They all reached the perfect rats. Hearing this, the chief of the rats with his team immediately cut the net and all the pigeons were freed.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. From this story also we teach that one’s advice should not be rejected without hesitation and only the right friend of another comes in handy in your difficult times.

The Mongoose And The Brahmin’s Wife

A brahmin, his wife, and his baby boy lived in a small village. They had a pet mongoose which lived with them. One day, when the brahmin was out on chores, his wife left the baby in the cradle and went to fetch a pot of water. She asked the mongoose to take care of the baby while she is away. As the mongoose guarded the baby, it saw a snake crawling into the house. It soon attacked the snake and killed it.

As soon as the brahmin’s wife entered with the pot of water, the mongoose happily welcomed her with blood all over her mouth. The lady was terrified at the sight and assumed that the mongoose had killed the baby. Furious, the lady dropped the pot of water on the mongoose and beat it to death with a stick. Then she went inside and found the baby happily playing in the cradle.

The lady realized what she had done and repented for acting without thought.

Moral: Do not act in haste without understanding the situation.

The Tale Of Two Fishes And A Frog

In a lake, there lived many fishes and frogs. Two fishes, Sahasrabuddhi and Satabuddhi, were friends with a frog called Ekabuddhi. They spent a lot of time together. One day, they overheard two fishermen talking about how the lake was a good spot for fishing. The fishermen decide to come back the next day for catching fish. Hearing this the frog decided to go away from the lake to save its life.

The fishes, however, were arrogant and refused to leave, saying that they can fool the fishermen with their swift movements and tricks. The frog left with its family and the next day, both Sahasrabuddhi and Satabuddhi were caught by the fishermen.

Moral: Don’t be overconfident in the face of danger, think of safety first.

The Crows And The Cobra

Two crows, husband and wife, and a cobra lived on a banyan tree in a forest near a small kingdom. The cobra was wicked and ate the crows’ eggs when the crows left the nest in search of food. The crows went to a wise jackal and ask for advice. As per the advice of the jackal, one of the crows went to the royal palace and stole a very precious necklace belonging to the queen as the guards watched. The crow flew slowly to its nest, so that the guards can follow it.

On reaching the banyan tree, the crow dropped the necklace in the tree’s hollow cove, where the snake lived. On finding a cobra in the hollow, the guards killed it and retrieved the necklace. The crows thanked the jackal and lived happily.

Moral: Even the most powerful enemies can be defeated with intelligence.

The Lion And The Camel

In a dense jungle, a lion lived with its three assistants – a jackal, a crow and a leopard. Due to their proximity to the king of the jungle, the assistants never had to look for food. One day, they were surprised to see a camel, which usually lived in the desert, wandering in the forest. On inquiry, they learnt that the camel lost its way. The lion gave it shelter and protected it.

One day, the mighty lion was injured in a battle with the elephants. Unable to hunt, the lion and the assistants were left hungry. The three assistants suggested that they should eat the camel, but the lion refused to kill it. The assistants hatched a plan to make the camel offer itself as food to its protector. The crow, the leopard and the jackal each offered itself as food to the lion, which it refused. Seeing this, the camel also did the same and was instantly killed by the lion.

Moral: It is unwise to trust cunning people who surround powerful or wealthy ones for their own benefit.

Result of Treason

Once there was two friends named Dharmabuddhi and Papabuddhi. Dharmabuddhi was very wise and Papabuddhi was completely useless. Once Papabuddhi suggested his friend that both of them should go to another country to earn money together. By working hard they collected a lot of money and started back towards their village.

On reaching near the village, Papabuddhi suggested not to carry so much money to the village. So, they buried all their earned money and left for home. After a few days, Papabuddhi secretly took out all the money buried and the next day he accused Dharmabuddhi of stealing money. Fighting and fighting, both reached a judge. 

The judge was unable to find out the truth. Papabuddhi said that only the trees near the pit can tell the truth. In the night, Papabuddhi made his father sit in the hollow of the tree and said instructed him to call Dharmabuddhi- a thief.

When the judge went there and asked, the voice came that Dharmabuddhi had committed theft. Then Dharmabuddhi lit a fire under the tree. In a short time, Papabuddhi’s father came out from the root of that tree scorched by fire and everyone came to know the truth.

Moral: From this story, we get the lesson that we should wish for money only through the true path and should not be greedy. Keeping an eye on the part of others is one’s own loss.

Foolish Heron and The Weasel

There was a big tree in a forest in which some herons lived. A snake also lived in the root of the same tree. He used to eat the small children of the neighbors.

The herons were deeply saddened by the snakes and told its misery to a crab. The crab thought in his mind to destroy the heron and snake at the same time.

He advised him to take some pieces of meat and put them in front of the mongoose bill till the snake’s bill. The mongoose ate the snake as well as the herons living on that tree. The heron thought about the crab’s remedy, but did not think about its other side effects and got the result of his foolishness.

Moral: Every Panchatantra story teaches a lesson to live life properly. From this story we learn that we should not blindly trust any advice given. Before doing any work, we should think carefully about its right or wrong results.

Of Crows And Owls

The birds of the jungle gathered for a meeting to discuss an important point. All birds, except the crows, showed up. The birds wanted to choose a new king as their present king, Garuda, was too busy and did nothing to protect them. After some thought, the birds agreed that the owl can see at night and should be made the king.

On the day of the coronation, a crow came and questioned the birds why they chose the owl as their king. On hearing the argument, the crow pointed out the flaws in the owl and suggested that Garuda should remain the king. The coronation was canceled and the owl, which was disappointed, declared that owls and crows shall never be friends. The crow repented giving unsolicited advice and flew away.

Moral: Do not offer counsel unless asked for.

The Thief, The Brahmin, And The Demon

A rich merchant was moved by the plight of a poor brahmin in his village and donated two calves to him. The brahmin was thankful and took good care of the calves, which soon became strong bullocks. The brahmin plowed his land with the help of these bullocks and earned a livelihood.

In the same village were a thief and a demon who wanted the bullocks for themselves. One night the thief and the demon came to the brahmin’s house and got into an argument about who should have the animals. Their quarrel woke the brahmin, who started chanting sacred mantra on seeing the demons. The demon ran away, and the thief was chased away by the brahmin.

Moral: When two people fight, it is always the third person who benefits.

The Story Of The Potter

A poor potter lived in a small village. One day, he fell into a ditch by accident and got hurt. The wound left a big scar on his forehead. The potter moved to another village when his village was affected by famine. Luckily, he got work in the king’s court. The king saw the scar on the potter’s face and assumed that he was a warrior. He treated the potter with respects and made him a prominent member of his court.

In the following months, the kingdom was attacked by the enemies and the king asked the potter to lead the army. Afraid to do so, the potter told the king the truth about himself and how he got the scar. The potter left the kingdom, leaving the king embarrassed.

Moral: Appearances can be deceptive or never judge a person by his or her appearance.

The Blue Jackal

There lives a jackal named Chandrao in a forest. Due to old age, he could no longer hunt like before. He was followed by few dogs. The jackal had to run to save his life and entered the street of the clothes dyers. There he saw a big pot and he jumped into the vessel to save his life. Blue color solution was kept in the vessel to dye the clothes.

When he came out of it, he saw that the whole color of his body had turned blue. Any animal who saw its blue color would be frightened and run away from it.

Taking the advantage of the situation, he declared himself the ruler of the animal world. The lions, tigers and cheetahs were surprised to hear his words. No one dared to cut him off.

For a few days his kingdom went on very smoothly, but then one day when he was resting in his cave, he heard the sound of other jackals outside. Without thinking, he also started whining like jackals in his original voice.The lion and the tiger realized that the jackal has outsmarted them and he they killed him.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us the right lesson in life. This story teaches us that no pretense can last long, one day the truth will come out. So it is better to stay in your true form and try to improve it even more.

The Bird and The Monkeys

A group of monkeys lived in a part of a mountain. When the winter season came, it was very cold. The monkeys were in worse condition than the cold. They saw a firefly flying and thought to catch it and light a fire.

Everyone gathered dry grass leaves, placed them on the firefly and started blowing loudly. A bird sitting nearby informed them that it was just a fly and won’t light any fire. But the monkeys ignored it and continued blowing. The bird kept on instructing them about their wrong procedure until a monkey angrily hit the trunk of the tree and the bird fluttered and fell down.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra story teaches how to live life properly. We learnt two important lessons from this story. First- one should not give advice to anyone without asking because such advice is of no value. Second- it is of no use to give advice to fools. On the contrary, it is only the one who gives the advice that suffers in the end.

The Hermit And The Mouse

A hermit took care of a temple in a small village. He took alms and shared it with a few people who helped him clean the temple. There was a mouse in the temple that kept stealing the hermit’s food and causing trouble for him. The hermit could not get rid of the mouse no matter what he did. The mouse continued to steal food, even when it was kept in an earthen pot hung from the roof.

Distraught, the sage sought advice from a friend, who told him to find the mouse’s food reserves and destroy them. After a thorough search of the premises, the sage found the stockpile of the mouse and destroyed it. With its food gone, the mouse was unable to jump high up to the roof for food. It became weak and got caught by the hermit, who threw it far away from the temple. The mouse was hurt and never returned to the temple.

Moral: Strike at the enemy’s source of strength to defeat him.

The Foolish Weaver

A weaver and his wife lived in a village. He went to the forest to get wood that he needed to repair his loom. As he began to chop the tree, a djinn appeared and asked him not to cut his abode. In return, the genie offered to give anything that the weaver wanted. The weaver left the forest to discuss this with his wife. The greedy and dimwitted wife told the weaver to ask the genie for an extra head and two extra hands so he can think more and work more.

The stupid weaver agreed and went back to the djinn, which immediately granted the wish. The weaver happily walked back to the village, where people thought him to be a monster and beat him to death.

Moral: Lack of proper judgment can lead to several missed opportunities.

Goat, Priest and Three Thieves

A bramhin lived in a town. Once in the month of Magha he went to his neighboring village and informed him about a yagna and that he needed an animal for it. The host was very kind and gave a strong goat. On his way forward, he was spotted by three thugs. Seeing the goat on the shoulder of the Brahmin, all three planned to grab it.

Turn by turn they came to take away the goat until the third thug came in front of him disguised and made him feel guilty for carrying a donkey. On hearing it for the third time, the brahmin was convinced that something was wrong and he freed the animal there and left from there. Here the three thugs took that goat and made a lot of feast.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. We learn from this story that telling a lie over and over again makes it seem like the truth. So it is very important to work with your mind and have complete faith in yourself.

The Brahmin and The Snake

There lived a Brahmin named Haridatta in a town. One day he saw a snake sitting on top of a nearby bill. Seeing him, the Brahmin thought that this snake must be and decided to worship that snake.

After that he quickly got up and ran and brought milk from the village. He put the milk in an earthen pot and kept it near the bill. The next day when he came to his farm he saw that the vessel contained a gold coin. After that day this cycle started. He would find a golden coin in a pot of milk.

Once Haridatta had to go out of town. So he ordered his son to find it, and according to the father’s instructions, the son went looking for the vessel.

The son became greedy and thought to himself that surely there is a stock of gold coins inside this bill which he should grab at once. Thinking this, he started waiting for the snake to come out. As soon as the snake came out to drink milk, it hit the snake with a stick.

This did not kill the snake, but being furious with the attack on him, he bit the Brahmin-son’s feet with his poisonous teeth, due to which he died there.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches us a lesson to live life properly. We also learn from this story that the fruit of greed is never sweet.

The Bug And The Poor Flea

A white flea lived between the silky sheets of a king. It fed on the king’s blood without anyone noticing and was very happy. One day, a bug came by and expressed its desired to taste the king’s blood. The flea was uncomfortable with the idea as the bug’s sting can be painful and that could expose its presence to the king.

On the bug’s insistence, the flea agreed that it can taste the king’s blood but had to wait until after he went to sleep. The bug agreed but couldn’t control itself. It bit the king as soon as he sat on the bed. The king was furious and asked the guards to check his bed for bugs. The bug quickly hid while the white flea got caught and killed.

Moral: Do not trust the words of strangers, for they could just be false promises.

The Crane And The Crab

An old and cunning crab had difficulty in catching fish. To avoid starvation, it came up with a plan to get food easily. It sat on the banks of the river with a sad face one day. On being asked, the crane said that he foresaw that there would be a famine, and all the animals in the pond would die soon. The naive fish believed the crane and sought its help. The crane happily agreed to carry the fish in its mouth and leave them in another lake near the mountains,

That way, the crane filled its stomach. One day it decided to eat a crab and carried it on its back. The crab saw a lot of fish skeletons on a barren land nearby and asked the crane about it. The crane confessed proudly that it ate all the fish and now it would eat the crab. The crab acted quickly on hearing this and used its claws to kill the crane and save its life.

Moral: Do not believe hearsay; check the authenticity of the information before acting.

The Lion That Sprang To Life

In a village there lived four friends who were all brahmins. Of them, three were very gifted and had successfully learned the holy scriptures while the fourth one was not. One day, the friends decided to go to the king’s court and show their skills and impress him. Although reluctant, the three brahmins agreed to take their dimwitted friend with them.

As they passed through a forest, they saw the carcass of a lion. Boastful of their skills, the three learned brahmins challenge one another and decided to bring the lion back to life with each of their skills. The fourth friend pointed out that it can be a dangerous idea. They brushed his opinion aside anyway. Scared of what was about to happen, the fourth friend quickly climbed a tree. As soon as the lion sprang back to life, it killed all the three brahmins and ate them.

Moral: Common sense is always better than knowledge.

The Brahmin’s Dream

Once upon a time, there lived a poor brahmin without any friends or relatives. He was a miser and begged alms for a living. One day, he received a pot full of porridge by a generous person. He hanged the earthen pot from the wall and fell asleep staring at it. He drifted into deep sleep and dreamt that there was a famine, and that he exchanged his pot of porridge for a hundred gold coins.

He dreamt that he bought a pair of goats and cows with the money, and made more money by trading milk. He also dreamt that a rich merchant offered his daughter’s hand in marriage and that he had a kid. He was relaxing at home when a group of kids would disturb him. Imagining that he was scaring them away with a stick, he picks up the nearby stick in his sleep and starts waving it around.

The brahmin wakes up suddenly, feeling the porridge on his hands and feet. He realizes that he had destroyed the only food he had for the day and repents his actions.

Moral: Do not build castles in the air.

Elephants And Hares

A herd of mighty elephants lived in a dense forest. The elephant herd always occupied the little pond in the jungle, making it impossible for the other animals to drink water. The king of the hares approached the elephant king and presented the problem. The elephant dismissed him rudely.

To teach the elephant a lesson, the hare warns the elephant that the god of the lake, the moon, is unhappy with the elephant’s behavior. The elephant did not believe the hare’s words and asked to be taken to the moon god. The hare took the elephant to the lake on a full moon night and showed the reflection of the moon. Seeing that, the elephant believed that the moon god descended to the earth to punish them and agreed to change his herd’s behavior.

Moral: A little ingenuity can solve a seemingly big problem.

Right-Mind And Wrong-Mind

Two friends, Dharmabuddhi (right, virtuous mind) and Papabuddhi (wrong, wicked mind) lived in a village. Papabuddhi, who was wicked, decided to use the skills of the virtuous Dharmabuddhi to make money. He convinced his friend to together travel the world and earn a lot of money. Once they earned enough money, Papabuddhi convinced his friend that they should bury the money in a forest for safety. He then stole all the money one night and went back to the village.

When the friends went back to the forest to get the money, Papabuddhi feigned ignorance, accused Dharmabuddhi of stealing the money and took the matter to the village elders, who agreed that they should ask the tree spirit in the forest about Dharmabuddhi’s guilt.

Papabuddhi asked his father to hide in the tree bark and speak like the tree spirit to confirm the innocent man’s guilt. Sensing something wrong, Dharmabuddhi set dry leaves and twigs on fire inside the hollow cove of the tree, forcing his friend’s father out.

Papabuddhi’s father confessed to his son’s misdeed and the village elders punished him for it.

Moral: Avoid association of the wicked or you may end up paying for their misdeeds.

The Monkey And The Wedge

A team of carpenters was working on building a temple near a banyan tree. The carpenters went on a lunch break, leaving their tools and materials at the site. At this time, a group of monkeys came to the site and started playing with the tools and the material. One monkey found a huge log of wood with a wedge in it. A carpenter half-sawed a log and put a wedge to prevent the slit from closing.

The curious monkey settled inside the slit and tried to remove the wedge. After a lot of effort, it succeeded in removing the wedge. The slit closed instantly, injuring the monkey gravely and preventing it from moving from there.

Moral: Interfering in other people’s business results in more harm than good.

Four Friends And A Hunter

A deer, a turtle, a crow and a rat were friends. They lived happily in a jungle. One day, the deer was caught in a hunter’s trap and the friends made a plan to save him. The deer struggled as if it was in pain and then it lie motionless, with eyes wide open, as if it were dead. The crow and the other birds then sat on the deer and started poking it as they do to a dead animal.

Right then, the turtle crossed the hunter’s path to distract him. The hunter left the deer, assuming it dead, and went after the turtle. Meanwhile, the rat chew open the net to free the deer while the crow picked up the turtle and quickly took it away from the hunter.

Moral: Teamwork can achieve great results.

The Jackal And The Drum

One day, a hungry jackal wandered into a deserted battlefield in search of food. The place had nothing but a drum that the army left behind. When the wind blew, the branches of a tree moved and hit the drum, making a loud noise. The jackal was scared and decided to run from there. On second thoughts, he decided to explore the noise. As he drew closer to the sound, he found the drum and realized that it was harmless. When he approached the drum, he found food nearby.

Moral: Do not react blindly with fear.

The King And The Foolish Monkey

There was once a king who had a pet monkey. The monkey always accompanied the king and even did little chores for him. One afternoon, as the king took a nap, the monkey sat next to the king and fanned him. Meanwhile, a fly came and sat on the king’s nose. The monkey tried to shoo it away, buy it kept coming back.

Frustrated with the fly, the monkey took the king’s dagger to kill it. He attacked the fly as it sat on the king’s neck, killing the king instantly.

Moral: A fool can never assist you to glory.

The Foolish Brahmin And The Crooks

A brahmin once performed sacred ceremonies for a rich merchant and got a goat in return. He was on his way back carrying the goat on his shoulders when three crooks saw him and decided to trick him into giving the goat to them. One after the other, the three crooks crossed the brahmin’s path and asked him the same question – “O Brahmin, why do you carry a dog on your back?”

The foolish Brahmin thought that he must indeed be carrying a dog if three people have told him so. Without even bothering to look at the animal, he let the goat go.

Moral: If a lie is repeated several times, it becomes the truth for a fool.

The Cave That Talked

A hungry lion wandered along the jungle it ruled in search of food. It was almost evening but the lion could not find a single animal to prey upon. Dejected, it decided to go back home, when it found a cave. The lion waited there for the resident animal to come back after sunset. He quickly went into the cave and hid.

The cave belonged to a jackal, which noticed the lion’s paw prints as it entered. He stepped back immediately and wanted to know if the lion was really inside its cave. The jackal made a plan to trick the lion. He started talking to the cave, asking if it was safe for it to enter. He kept asking the same thing again and again and refused to enter the cave until he got a reply.

The lion, fearing that his prey would walk away, replied like the cave. As soon the lion replied, the jackal ran away from the cave never to come back.

Moral: Presence of mind can save you from being destroyed by foolish enemies.

Little Rabbit and The Lion

There lived a very powerful lion in a forest that used to hunt many animals. All the animals started fearing that if the lion continues to hunt like this, then soon all the animals will be wiped out.

All the animals made a strategy of sending one animal each everyday to feed the lion. The lion felt that the animals were also right and agreed upon it. Every day one animal was sent for the lion’s food until one day a small clever rabbit was chosen. 

He went to the lion and said that on the way the rabbit and his friends met another lion who stopped them. He felt challenged and went with the rabbit in search of the second lion. They went near a well, the lion peeped inside and saw his own reflection.

Seeing the shadow, the lion roared loudly. Hearing the echo of his own roar coming from inside the well, he understood that another lion was also roaring. With the intention of fighting the enemy immediately, he jumped into the well and drowned.

Moral: This Panchatantra story teaches us that even in extreme crisis; we should act with intelligence and cleverness. Just as the hare, in spite of being in danger, he tactfully defeated a dangerous and even more powerful enemy like a lion, in the same way, we can also get out of the biggest crisis by acting cleverly.

Tit for Tat

There lived a merchant named Jirnadhan in a town. He suffered a lot in business and everything was robbed. He thought of going to another city and working again. There was only a pair of iron scales, which he kept as heritage with a Seth.

After his return from abroad, he asked Seth for his scales back but he got greedy in his mind and said that rats ate the scales.

The merchant understood everything, and asked for his son Dhandev. The merchant locked Seth’s boy in a cave and returned to Seth. When the Seth asked about his boy, the merchant said that an eagle took his boy away. Both reached the court to get justice. Seth accuses the merchant of kidnapping his son and the merchant accused Seth of stealing his scales. The judge got the merchant his scales back and Seth’s boy got it back.

Moral: Every story of Panchatantra teaches a lesson to live life properly. From this story, we get a lesson that due to greed, the right of others is always lowered.

The Hermit and The Mouse

A monk lived in a temple who used to hang food in a peg. There lived a group of rats. The head mouse would steal food from the pot of the monk and distribute it among all the rats.

When the monk realized that a mouse was stealing his food, he brought a bamboo and started knocking the food vessel from it all night. The mouse did not go near for fear of being thrashed by the bamboo.

One day a sannyasi came to that temple. The monk gave them a lot of hospitality and the talked throughout the day. The sannyasi heard the story of the mouse and gave the monk an idea to take away all the treasure of the mouse.

The mouse overheard them. So when he went to steal food the next time, he went on a new path. A cat was found on that new road and seeing so many rats, it jumped on them. Many rats got injured and ran away. The monk and the sannyasi followed the footprints of the rats and reached the bill. They dug the bill and took out all the treasures stored there.

When the mouse tried to reach the pot again, he fell straight down on the ground. At the same time the monk attacked him. Somehow the mouse saved his life and managed to escape. All the other rats accused him of going the cat’s way and threw him out of the team.

Moral: From this story, we learn that resources are the source of all the wonderful powers and self-confidence and when it is taken away from us, then your ability also becomes useful.

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