Story of Tenaliram: The Gift of Elephants.

Tenaliram English Story

Story of Tenaliram: Gift of Elephants | Tenalirama was very dear to the king because of his intelligence. Tenali had a solution to any problem that came upon the king. For this reason, the king used to give something to Tenali as a gift.

Once the king, being pleased with Tenali, gifted him 4 elephants. Tenali could not even return the gift given by the king. So Tenaliram was in a dilemma about what to do now.

Because it was not an easy task for him to raise an elephant. Tenali was a poor Brahmin, it is a different matter that the king used to give him some gifts from time to time.

But he could not keep four elephants. He knew that elephants needed a lot of grain to feed. For him, taking care of his family was a big problem.

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But without any protest, Tenalirama brought the elephants to his home as the king’s gift. As soon as Tenalirama’s wife saw Tenali with four elephants, she was shocked.

And when she came to know that these elephants are now taking care of them, she said that there is no place for us to live, where will you keep these four elephants?

We have grains to eat for ourselves, not what we will feed them. If the king had given us four cows in place of these four elephants, at least we would have lived by drinking their milk.

After listening to his wife, Tenali made a plan to get rid of these elephants. He got up and said to his wife, “I will make some arrangements for these elephants, don’t you worry.”

Tenali took the elephants with him to the Kali temple. After going there, he first applied tilak to all the elephants, then dedicated all the elephants to Goddess Kali. and left them there.

Story of Tenaliram – Gift of Elephants

The four elephants started roaming in the city. Some good people would have given those elephants something to eat, and sometimes those poor elephants would remain hungry and damage the crops of the people.

Soon the elephants became weak and the townspeople also started getting troubled by those elephants. Seeing this condition of the elephants, some people went to the king and told the king about Tenali’s elephants.

The king was very angry after hearing Tenali’s treatment of elephants and ordered Tenali to appear in court. When Tenali came to the court, the king asked Tenali,

“Why did you leave the elephants in the city, I gave you those elephants as a gift?”

Tenali told Maharaj that he had gifted elephants to him. If he had refused to take them, then Maharaj might have been angry with him.

Thinking this, he accepted those elephants, but he cannot raise them, because he is a poor universe. How could he bear the extra burden of those four elephants?

So he dedicated these elephants to Goddess Kali. Maharaj was listening very well to Tenali when Tenali said,

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“Sir, now you tell me if you had given me a few cows instead of these four elephants, then at least I would have fed my family by drinking their milk.”

The king found Tenali’s words correct and realized his mistake, what would a poor person do to the elephants?

Maharaj said, “If I give you a cow, will you do the same to them?”

Tenali said, “No sir, the cow is a holy animal, I will also get milk from it, which my children will drink and I can also feed the cows, I will thank you instead of leaving the cows.”

Maharaj immediately ordered that Tenali should be given four cows as a gift and those four elephants should be brought back from the city to the royal palace.

What we learned from Tenali Rama Elephant Story:
We learn from this Tenali Rama Elephant Story that we should take decisions according to the situation. A sword can never be used in place of a needle, nor can a needle be used in place of a sword. ( fruit’s name in Hindi & English )

( Tenaliram Story: The Division of Diamonds )

Wise Elephant Story – English Story For Kids

Wise Elephant Story. An elephant lived with his family in a forest. One day the elephant was going from one forest to another with its entire family. On the way, the elephant saw a shining thing. The thought came into the mind of the elephant what is this thing that is shining so much?

The elephant kept moving towards that thing, rejoicing in its tune. Because of this, he got separated from his family. As the elephant approached the glowing object, it was nothing but a nail, which was shining so brightly when it read the sunlight. By mistake, the elephant’s foot fell on that nail and that nail entered the elephant’s foot.

Because of this blood started flowing from the feet of the elephant. The entire family of the elephant had gone a long way. Now the elephant could not even ask anyone for help. In no time it got dark. The poor elephant sat there all night and groaned in pain. By the time the elephant’s family found out that the little elephant had separated from them, it was too late.

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It was dark enough so he could not find his little elephant. The next morning an old couple passed by that road and they saw an elephant baby lying down with blood coming out of its leg. He saw that the leg of the little elephant was swollen and a thick nail was pricked in the foot of the elephant.

The old man quickly pulled out the nail and as soon as the nail came out of the elephant’s leg, blood started flowing. With this, the elephant’s pain subsided a bit and she started regaining consciousness. Seeing the old couple, the elephant got a little scared but he could not do anything. Because his leg was hurting and he had understood that only this old couple could help him.

To stop the bleeding from the elephant’s feet, the old woman washed the wound with water and tied it with a clean cloth. The old couple got scared seeing a herd of elephants coming toward them. He understood that this is the elephant’s family, so he left the little elephant there and went toward his house.

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As time passed the old couple had forgotten this incident. The zamindar of the village where this old couple lived was very evil. This zamindar used to collect tax from the whole village. For any family that could not pay taxes, the landlord forcibly took their food grains with them.
The old couple was now getting sick. Because of this, he could not pay his share of tax. So the zamindar took their food grains with him. One day when the old couple woke up in the morning, a grain sack was kept in front of their house.

The old couple did not understand where this grain sack must have come from. Since the couple was short of food to eat, they kept that sack with them. Now there was a noise in the village that the grain was coming from the landlord’s house. Somebody has taken a sack.

The next morning again the old couple found a sugar sack lying outside their house. This time also this sugar sack was stolen from the landlord’s house itself. Now the old couple was convinced that someone was stealing grains from the landlord’s house and keeping it outside their house, but they could not understand who was doing this and why.

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To know this, he now decided to stay awake all night and keep watch. As night fell, they saw an elephant carrying sugarcane in its trunk and placing it at their door. The elephant also saw the old couple and sat in front of them; the old couple got scared seeing that elephant.

Seeing the couple scared, the elephant extended its leg, which had a big wound on it, seeing this wound, the old couple remembered the incident when they had pulled a nail from the foot of a small elephant. The old couple understood that it was the same little elephant who had grown up and was helping them because they had helped him.

The old couple recognized the elephant. When he went to the elephant, the elephant lifted them both by the trunk and made them sit on its back. In no time, the landlord and his men followed the elephant to the old couple’s house. The zamindar and his men tried to control the elephant but the elephant picked it up with its trunk and threw it away.

Due to this the hands and feet of the landlord and his men were broken. The zamindar somehow ran away after saving his life. Now everyone in the village came to know that the elephant helps the old couple and now the zamindar stopped troubling the people of the village. ( 25 Fruits name )

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