He had eight advisors. Tenali Rama was one among them. He was very clever and spontaneous. Sri Krishna Devaraya had some special kind of brinjal plants in his garden.
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Tenali Ramakrishna was a poet and an advisor to King Krishnadevaraya. He was known for his amazing wit, humour, and extraordinary intelligence. All the stories of Tenali Raman tell us about his relationship with the king, his wisdom and his problem-solving capabilities.
Acquaint your child with Tenali Ramakrishna with his amazing tales. The Thieves And The Well Once when King Krishnadevaraya had gone to survey the jail, two burglars who were prisoners there, asked for his mercy. They told him that they were experts at burglary and could help the king in catching other thieves. The king being a kind ruler asked his guards to release them but with a condition. The thieves agreed for the challenge.
After dinner, when Tenali Raman came out for a stroll, he heard some rustling in the bushes. He at once perceived the existence of thieves in his garden. After some time he went in and told his wife loudly that they have to be careful about their valuables as two thieves were on the run.
He asked her to put all the gold and silver coins and jewellery in a trunk. The thieves overheard the conversation between Tenali and his wife. After some time, he carried the trunk to the well in the backyard of his house and threw it in the well.
The thieves saw all of this. As soon as Tenali went inside his house, the burglars came to the well and began drawing water out of it. They kept drawing water the entire night. Almost at dawn, they managed to pull out the trunk but were shocked to see stones in it. This is when Tenali Raman came out and thanked them for letting him sleep well at night and also for watering his plants.
The two thieves understood that Tenali Raman had outsmarted them. They apologised to Tenali Raman and he let them go. One day she came and told the king that she would like to offer ripe mangoes to the brahmins the next morning. The king asked his attendants to get mangoes for her.
The king was very sad, but he remembered her last wish. The king performed all the necessary religious rites. However, the brahmins were greedy. The king invited the brahmins the next morning to give away gold mangoes to them. Tenali Raman heard this and at once understood that the Brahmins were greedy. He invited them to his house to teach them a lesson. The next day the Brahmins were very happy to get the mangoes made of gold from the king. But when they went inside his house, they saw Tenali standing with the hot iron bar in his hand.
The Brahmins were shocked. Tenali told them that his mother had died after suffering from rheumatism. She always wished to burn her legs with the hot rods to ease the pain. The Brahmins understood his trick. Feeling ashamed, they returned back the gold mangoes to Tenali and fled from there. Tenali returned all the gold mangoes to the King and told him how the king had been fooled by the brahmins. He was regarded inauspicious by the people of the town.
They believed that if they saw him the first thing in the morning, their entire day would be cursed and they would not be able to eat anything throughout the day. He invited Ramaya to his palace to know the truth. In the afternoon, the king sat down for lunch, but could not eat anything since there was a fly sitting in his plate.
He ordered the cook to prepare lunch for him again. By the time, lunch was prepared, Krishnadevaraya did not feel like eating anymore. Since he had not eaten anything, he could not concentrate on his work.
He realised that whatever the people said was indeed true. Thus he decided that a jinxed man like Ramaya should not live and ordered his soldiers to hang him.
With a lot of grief and tears streaming down her eyes, she told Tenali Raman everything. The next morning, when the soldiers were taking Ramaya to hang him, they met Tenali Raman on the way. When the guards asked Ramaya for his last wish before being hanged, he said that he wanted to send a note to the king. The guard handed over the note to the king. So then who was more cursed — he or the king?
The King understood what Ramaya meant and set him free. Moral Never believe in superstitions. She was proud of her accomplishments in the field of fine arts and was arrogant too. One day she put up a board in front of her house.
On the board, it was written that whoever would defeat her wit, intelligence, wisdom and knowledge in ancient books, she would reward that person with one thousand gold coins. Many scholars took the challenge but could not defeat her. Days passed but no one could defeat her.
One day a man selling firewood was shouting on top of his voice just outside her house. When this went on for quite some time, Vidhyulatha got irritated. She came outside and asked him to sell her the firewood.
The man hearing that said that he did not want to sell his firewood in exchange for money but for a handful grain. Vidhyulatha agreed and asked him to dump the firewood at her backyard. The man insisted that she did not understand what he had actually asked for. When she heard what he just said, she got very angry. After a heated argument between the two, Vidhyulatha approached the Provincial Court. The judge heard what Vidhyulatha had to say. Then he asked the firewood seller what he wanted.
He told the judge that in lieu of the firewood, he had asked her for a handful grain which means a grain which would fill her hand. Tenali Raman had actually disguised himself as the firewood seller in order to teach the arrogant and snobbish Vidhyulatha a lesson.
Tenali Raman told him that he wanted to meet the king as he had heard that King Krishnadevaraya was very kind and generous. He said that since he had come from a far off place, the king would surely give him gifts. Hearing that the guard asked Tenali if he gets gifts from the king, what will he get? Tenali promised the guard that whatever the King gives him, he would share it with him.
The guard then allowed him to get inside the palace. Tenali Raman promised him half of what he would receive as a gift. Hearing this, he too let Tenali in. The king got angry and ordered his guards to give him fifty lashes. Hearing this, the king ordered the two guards to be given fifty lashes each. He gifted his expensive clothes and took him as his royal court jester. He disregarded the Smarthas who were followers of Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
Since he looked down on the Smarthas, Tathacharya always covered his face with a cloth while going out so that he may not have to see the face of any Smartha. Everyone, including the king, was angry because of his behaviour. So, the people and the king himself requested Tenali to solve this problem. As soon as he saw Tenali, he covered his face.
Seeing this, Tenali asked him why he was covering his face in front of his disciple. Tatacharya told him that Smarthas were sinners and if he saw their face, he would be a donkey in his next birth. Hearing this, Tenali found a way to teach Tathacharya a lesson. After a few days, Tenali had accompanied the King, Tathacharya, and all the courtiers for a picnic.
When they were returning, he saw some donkeys on the way. On seeing them, he rushed towards the donkeys, and he bent down to salute them. Everyone, including the king, was shocked to see that. The king asked Tenali what made him do so? Tathacharya never covered his face from then on. By the time the barber came, the king was fast asleep in his chair.
The barber did not want to disturb the king. When the king woke up, he did not see the barber and was very angry and asked his attendant to call the barber immediately. As the attendant left, the king felt his chin and cheeks and saw that they were all clean. He peered into the mirror and saw that the barber had done his work well without waking him up.
Tenali Raman Stories
Read More Tenali Raman Stories - Browse through and read from our huge collection of fun and adventurous Tenali Raman stories about the witty historical figure, Tenali Raman. He is a South Indian folk hero who was a court poet and the court jester of a king in the Vijayanagar Empire, in the 16th century. Historically, he may be compared to Birbal, who was the court advisor to Akbar. Over the generations the stories of his wit and intelligence have inspired many books and TV shows. Our web page comprises a huge collection of entertaining Tenali Raman stories in English. Also known as Tenali Ramalinga, the poet is said to be a huge devotee of Lord Vishnu. Such was his legacy that even kings in the north wished to meet him, among them was king Barbar of Delhi.
Top 3 Tenali Raman Stories in English (Long & Short)
Tenali Ramakrishna was a poet and an advisor to King Krishnadevaraya. He was known for his amazing wit, humour, and extraordinary intelligence. All the stories of Tenali Raman tell us about his relationship with the king, his wisdom and his problem-solving capabilities. Acquaint your child with Tenali Ramakrishna with his amazing tales. The Thieves And The Well Once when King Krishnadevaraya had gone to survey the jail, two burglars who were prisoners there, asked for his mercy. They told him that they were experts at burglary and could help the king in catching other thieves.
Tenali Raman Stories in Tamil
தெனாலி ராமன் கதைகள் (Thenali Raman Stories in Tamil)