Panchatantra – Brahmin and the Goat

In this collection, three cunning fellows vex a Brahmin into throwing away a goat carried by him, by calling the animal as a calf, a dog and a donkey. An elephant heeds the request of mice not to trample them; and is gratefully freed by them when trapped later. A sage turns a mouse into a girl. When she is grown up and asked to choose a groom, she rejects the sun, cloud, wind and mountain one by one and settles upon the mouse as the mightiest.

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About Panchatantra: Panchatantra (Five Chapters) in Sanskrit is perhaps the oldest collection of stories in the world. The original text of the Panchatantra in Sanskrit was written about 200 BC by a great Hindi scholar, Pandit Vishnu Sharma. Some of the tales themselves must be much older, their origin going back to the period of the Vedas and the Upanishads (1500 BC to 500 BC). In course of time, travelers carried these stories to Persia and Arabia and finally, through Greece, to Europe.  The Panchatantra has been translated into over 50 languages.

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