Back to Home. An example of mystic India, Panchatantra tales are the oldest surviving stories of mankind, surviving for centuries, from mouth to mouth, before they were documented. You will love the lucid pace of the stories, and they always make for great bedtime or story telling sessions. Share them will all story lovers, and let them enjoy the light, enchanting life of the stories. These Indian panchatantra stories are translated into simple English, and thus they serve as great material for short Indian stories for children.
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The Panchatantra is a collection of fables written in Sanskrit. It is one of the most popular collections of stories from the ancient Indian civilization. The tales, most of which are based on animals, come with a strong moral message. Panchatantra stories for kids have a strong plot with different characters, making them interesting.
Use the MomJunction collection of 25 stories to read out to your children. The legend goes that King Amarashakti, who used to rule Mahilaropya in southern India, had three dull-headed sons. The king appointed scholar Vishnu Sharma to educate them.
After realizing that conventional tools and techniques of teaching will not work with his new students, Vishnu Sharma decided to write a collection of more than 50 stories that focused on five strategies:. The German version of the Panchatantra was one of the earliest books that the Gutenberg Press printed after the Bible. 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. 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. 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. 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. A deer, a turtle, a crow and a rat were friends. They lived happily in a jungle. 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. 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. 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. Two crows, husband and wife, and a cobra lived on a banyan tree in a forest near a small kingdom. 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 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. 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. 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. Moral: Avoid association of the wicked or you may end up paying for their misdeeds. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The monkey tried to shoo it away, buy it kept coming back. A white flea lived between the silky sheets of a king. 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. 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.
Stories for Kids
Some scholars also believe that it was written in around 3 CE. Panchatantra stories are one of the most widely translated books in the history and are known for their wisdom on practical life. The stories themselves are delightfully narrated, with animals and birds often being the central characters. Thus they provide valuable life lessons in a light-hearted manner. While some of the stories may not be appropriate for children in this age group, most of them appeal to early stage learners, due to the colorful characters.
Top 25 Short Panchatantra Stories For Kids
The Panchatantra moral stories are one of the most popular collections of animal-based fables. Originally written in Sanskrit, each of these fables has an associated moral. These stories are light, colourful and appropriate, even for tiny tots, and provide valuable lessons that stay in their minds forever. The legend about the origin of Panchatantra traces back into the times of King Amarashakti, who appointed a scholar named Vishnu Sharma to educate his three sons. Vishnu Sharma realised that conventional tools and techniques of teaching did not work well with these princes, and so, decided to teach them through stories, instead.