Archive for "Vikram Betal Stories"
Like every time, King Vikram got hold of Betal and Betal persuaded Vikram that the journey was long and he would narrate a story and at the end of story he would ask for an answer. The condition would be the same (as in earlier stories). If Vikram speaks then Betal will fly back to his tree in the Jungle. But if Vikram knew the answer of the story, but remained silent then his head would be smashed into 1000 pieces.
Betal again started narrating his next story to King Vikram.
Long ago, there was a merchant named Arut. He was a rich person and had to travel to different countries for trade. He had a wife named Anmika. She was a devoted wife who had shown her support to him during his bad days. They had a daughter named Vernika. Their daughter was engaged to a boy named Avnik.
Once he had to go to a neighboring country for a trade related visit. The whole family had to do shopping for upcoming marriage of his daughter so they decided to go together.
While they were passing through a jungle they were surrounded by dacoits who captured them and brought them to headman named Ajatshatru. Ajatshatru was a merciless person who had killed many people in the past. He was a sadist who enjoyed playing games with people. He liked seeing confusion of people who were asked to make tough choice before they die. But he was a man of his words. If he made a commitment, he honored it.
He gave 3 options to Arut (more…)
Like the last time, King Vikram pounced upon Betal and put him on his back to take him to Sage. Betal persuaded Vikram that the journey was long and he would narrate a story and at the end of story he would ask for an answer. The condition would be the same (as in earlier stories) that if Vikram speaks then Betal will fly back to his tree in the Jungle. But if Vikram knew the answer of the story, but remained silent then his head would be smashed into 1000 pieces.
Betal again started narrating his next story to King Vikram.
Long ago, in a city of Ramgarh there was a dacoit named as Gabber Singh. He was the most feared person in Ramgarh. Within a 50 KM radius of his area of operation, if a child use to be adamant on buying a toy, his parents use to say, “Hey son, stay silent, otherwise the Gabber would come”. He had a long Gun. He had used it for firing indiscriminately and had killed various people with its bullets. Everyone use to fear his Gun and avoided going near to him.
Once, there was an arrival of a Saint in Ramgarh. He had strong spiritual strength. No bullet could kill him. Once he was busy in meditation below a tree where Gabber used to take rest. Looking at a new person at his tree he fired with his Gun. But he was surprised to find that it did not harm the Saint. He fired again and again but to no avail. The Saint saw this, but he did not want to harm Gabber.
He asked Gabber, “why do you kill innocent people, do you get any fun”. Gabber replied, “No. I do not get any fun but it is necessary now otherwise people will kill him”. The Saint told him to stop killing people with his Gun; otherwise he won’t get eternal peace. Gabber was amazed with Saint. He promised to do so. (more…)
King Vikram was very furious. Betal had flown back to his tree. Vikram got back and pounced upon Betal and got hold of him and put him on his shoulder to take him to Sage.
Like the previous time, Betal again told Vikram that the journey is long and he will narrate a story and at the end of story will ask for an answer. The condition would be the same that if Vikram speaks then Betal will fly back to his tree in the Jungle. But if Vikram knew the answer of the story, but remained silent then his head would be smashed into 1000 pieces.
Betal again started narrating a story.
Long ago there was a King named Veral of a city called Gurgaonia. He had a daughter called Avanti. She was very lovely and charming. Once a price named Charudut of another kingdom called Faridania came to Gurgaonia for some official purpose. He saw Avanti and fell in love with her. Avanti too was charmed by his masculine appearance. He stayed there for few days and both of them secretly spent some time together and decided to get married.
Prince Charudut promised that he will send a marriage proposal to his father. She told him that if he does not marry her by end of month she will commit suicide. He promised her, whatever may happen, their marital knot was imminent and if it does not happen then he will also commit suicide by month end. It was a promise of a true Prince. (more…)
Let us start with our first new story on Vikram and Betal!
King Vikramaditya (or Vikram) wanted to bring happiness to his kingdom. He was told by a Sage (who practice religion) to capture Betal (Vetal or Vetala) and bring it to him for getting precious treasure. Betal was a celestial spirit who used to animate dead bodies. Betal used to hang inverted on a tree in a dangerous jungle full of spirits.
But Vikram was brave. He kept on going inside the jungle. It was getting dark but Vikram moved on. Vikram spotted Betal hanging upside down on a tree. King immediately told him “Hey Betal, I have come to capture you.” Betal started laughing and told King Vikram to go back. But King was determined. He pounced at Betal and got hold of him. He had put Betal on his shoulder and started taking him back to the sage. Betal tried to get free but all in vain.
As they were moving in the dark jungle, Betal told King “Hey Vikram I have heard you are known for your wisdom, justice and take best decisions in life. The journey will be long. Let us avoid monotony of travel and I will tell you a story. The condition is that if you speak then I will fly back to my tree in the Jungle. But if you know the answer of my story but stay silent then your head will be smashed into 1000 pieces. It is a good story and let me see how much wisdom you have”
Betal started narrating a story.
Long ago there were two teams in a game known as Cricketaya. In this game, there use to be 2 teams of 11 people each. These teams had to play better against the other team to win the game. There were two best teams which used to fight for the number one position.
First team was of King Chena and the second team was of King Rajastha. These teams were owned by their respective Kings. Kings use to appoint leaders of the team. These leaders use to be heads of team and use to give orders to play well to remaining 10 players besides playing themselves. (more…)
It gives me a great pleasure to start a series on new wisdom stories of Vikram and Betal. For the benefit of my readers (especially of countries other than India) I would want to give a brief background about them.
In India, around in 1100 A.D., there was a Sanskrit (an ancient language still prevalent in very little part of India whose alphabets are same as widely used language Hindi. Sanskrit is still taught in schools) writer named Somedeva. He compiled a list of 18 books named as Katha- Sarit- Sagara (Ocean of river of stories). In his 12th Book of such compilation he wrote 25 stories on Vikram and Betal. These stories were compiled on the basis of stories prevalent in people and were told verbally from generations but their original source was not known.
These stories are also known as Betal Pachisi or Vetala Panchvishanti (25 stories of Betal). The best known version of such stories in English was compiled by Sir Richard Francis Burton. A TV serial on such stories was also launched in India many years back.
In the story, there was a King called Vikramaditya popularly known as King Vikram. He was known for his wisdom and justice. He was approached by a sage (who practice religion) to capture Betal (or Vetal or Vetala), a spirit who use to hang in inverted position on a tree in a dense and dangerous jungle. This spirit use to inhabit and live in dead bodies. Sage told him that by capturing the spirit, he could bring lot of resources and happiness in his Kingdom. Vikram was a brave king. He did not fear going to Jungle all alone to capture Betal for benefit of people of his kingdom. (more…)