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What is Panchtantra?
 The Panchatantra is a collection of Sanskrit fables in prose and verse. The original version, now lost, was written around 200 BC and is attributed to Vishnu Sarma. The work illustrates the central priniciples of Raja neeti...
GUILTY OF MURDER
Again Vikram went and took the Betaal from the tree, and put him on his shoulder once more, and set out; and as he was going along, the Betaal shoulder: “You are weary, King, so listen to this tale that is capable of dispelling weariness”...
Who was Bhima in Mahabharata?
  In the Mahabharata, Bhima is a heroic warrior, son of Kunti by Vayu, but the acknowledged son of Pandu and the second eldest of the Pandava brothers (if Karna, son of Kunti by Surya is considered, then Bhima becomes the third...
Who was Vyasa?
 The epic is told by Vyasa, who is one of the major dynastic characters within the epic. The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Lord Ganesh (the elephant-headed god of the Hindus) who, at the behest of Vyasa, wrote...
Who was Vyasa?
 The epic is told by Vyasa, who is one of the major dynastic characters within the epic. The first section of the Mahabharata states that it was Lord Ganesh (the elephant-headed god of the Hindus) who, at the behest of Vyasa, wrote...
Who was Bhishma?
 Bhishma born as Devavrata, son of Shantanu and the holy River Ganga, is the most respected and perhaps the most fabulous character in the epic Mahabharata after Lord Krishna. Bhishma is more famous for the pratigya or promise...
MOST FASTIDIOUS
Then King Vikram again went and took the Betaal from the tree, and carried him along on his shoulder. And as he was going along. The Betaal again said to the king: “Listen, King, I will tell you a story. In the country of Anga, called...
Who was Karna in Mahabharata?
 Karna, one of the greatest heroes of Mahabharat, known for his loyalty and philanthropy, is one of the central characters of the struggle. Originally son of the Sun and Kunti, eldest of the Pandavas, was born when Kunti tries a magic...
How the story of Mahabharata started?
 The core story of the work is that of a dynastic struggle for the throne of Hastinapura, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. The two collateral branches of the family that participate in the struggle are the Kauravas, the elder...
What is Mahabharata?
The Mahabharata (Devanagari: , phonetically Mahabharata - see note), sometimes just called Bharata, is one of the two major ancient Sanskrit epics of India, the other being the Ramayana. It is the second longest literary epic poem in the...
Lessons from the Ramayana
Dharma in the form of Rama, who is the personification of this Hindu concept of duty and harmony. an ideal son, an ideal king and ideal husband through Rama. an ideal wife through Sita. an ideal brother through Lakshmana...
Book VII: Uttara Kanda or The Book Beyond
The Uttarakanda is the most controversial book, as it contains the story of Rama banishing Sita from Ayodhya, and of his beheading a shudra named Shambuka for performing religious worship not appropriate for his varna. To many, both these...
Book VI: Yuddha Kanda or The Book of War
Rama, overjoyed at the news of the welfare of Sita, sends a peacekeeping mission, which Ravana rejects. Rama prepares for war and, ably helped by his Vanara army, builds a bridge across the water. Having reached Lanka, Rama is left...
Book V: Sundara Kanda or The Book of Sundara (another name of Hanuman)
Sugriva sends his loyal follower Hanuman on a reconnaissance mission to discover the whereabouts of Sita. Each of Sugriva's messengers are sent in different directions. Hanuman heads south and hits the Indian Ocean. Everybody else is...
Book IV: Kishkindha Kanda or The Book of Kishkindha (the kingdom of monkeys)
Rama searching for Sita meets Sugriva, who has been unjustly dethroned by Bali. Bali had also kidnapped Sugriva's wife. Sugriva's followers include Hanuman and Jambuvanta (wise bear). With Rama's help, Bali is slain; Sugriva is crowned...
Book III: Aranya Kanda or The Book of the Forest
Rama, being an obedient son, leaves for the jungle with Sita and Lakshmana, who in spite of repeated requests, decides to shun the kingdom and follow his older brother devoutly in his time of crisis. Meanwhile, Bharata returns to Ayodhya...
Book II: Ayodhya Kanda or The Book of Ayodhya
After some time, Dasaratha, feeling his advancing years, decides to abdicate and retire to the forest. He designates his first-born son Rama to succeed him as King of Ayodhya. Astrologers are consulted and a date is set for the...
Book I: Bala Kanda or The Book of Youth
When King Dasharatha of Ayodhya performs a Putrakameshti Yajna, the sacrifice for progeny, a purusha (a divine being) emerges from the holy fire and offers a pot of payasam milk sweet and instructs Dasaratha to distribute the dessert to...
Ramayana Introduction and TimeLine
The Ramayana (Sanskrit: march or journey (ayana) of Rama) is part of the Hindu smriti, written by Valmiki. This epic of 24,000 verses in seven kandas (chapters or books) tells of a Raghuvamsa prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife...
Red Hot Iron
       One day, one rich man wanted to punish a man named Hasan. He blamed him that he had stolen necklace from his house, and reported to the Akbar. The case was brought in the court. Akbar asked the man,...
Footmark of an Elephant
        One day Birbal had to go out for few days. So the king appointed his brother-in-law in Birbal's place. One day King went to Bazaar. While returning from there he saw a footmark of an...
Neither Here, Nor There
As Birbal was always admired by Akbar, many other courtiers used to be envy with him. Once one of them said to king, "Huzoor, we can also do the same what Birbal can do" King said, "Okay, Let me give you some work." He called one...
Birbal and an Astrologer
         Once the King Akbar heard that an astrologer in his kingdom was famous for his accurate predictions. He called him for a test. When he came to the court, Akbar asked him, "I have heard that...
Question for Question
         One day Akbar asked Birbal, "Birbal, can you tell me how many bangles are on your wife's hand?"          Birbal said, "No, Huzoor, I cannot."  ...
Birbal’s Daughter
         One day Birbal's seven year old daughter accompanied him to the Royal Court. When Akbar saw her, an idea came to his mind that he should test her wits whether she had the same type of wits...
Birbal and a Young Boy
          Once the King Akbar was moving in his garden near a mango tree. An arrow just passed near his head. His soldiers rushed to the tree and caught the person who shoot the arrow. He was a...
Birbal and Akbar's Ring
          One day Akbar went for hunting in the jungle, and there suddenly his ring fell in a dry well. Now problem was that how to take that ring out. They did not have any means to take it...
Birbal and The Milk Tub
          One day King Akbar said to Birbal, "Birbal, my subjects are very obedient to me."           Birbal smiled and replied, "Yes Huzoor, but...
Fast Horse
          One day, when Akbar saw poor Hodja coming on foot, he promised him to give a horse. Accordingly, he instructed his man to give a horse to Hodja. Now, it so happened that the man...
Three Questions
           King Akbar was very fond of Birbal. This made a certain courtier very jealous. One day Akbar praised Birbal in front of the courtier. This made the courtier very angry and he...
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