They are actually documented versions of oral stories that ran across generations before. Even today, they are favored stories across India and other parts of the world. We are proud to bring you a collection of the most popular Panchatantra stories to you, for they are loved by adults and kids alike. They give the kids an early footing onto moral and social values, shaping the young minds into an ethical future. Most of the stories come with videos after the text, to provide you with an all round experience. Enjoy them, with your kids, and share them with everyone, and help build a more beautiful world.
An unusual group offour friends lived deep inside a forest. The four friends were: a deer, a crow,a mole and a tortoise. They would meet every afternoon under a shady banyantree and talk for hours.
One day, the deer didnot turn up at the usual time. The mole, tortoise and crow were worried. Themole turned to the crow, “I think you better fly around and see where the deeris.” The crow nodded her head and flew away.
She didn’t have to flytoo far to find the deer. Unfortunately, the deer was trapped in a hunter’snet! “Friend deer! What happened?” the crow cried.
The deer sighed, “I amnormally very careful in where I put my step. But this net was well-hidden. Iam now trapped. It is only a matter of time before the hunter gets here.”
“I’ll get some help,”the crow said as she flapped away. She quickly flew to the banyan tree wherethe mole and tortoise were waiting. She told them everything that had happened.
“Friend tortoise, youwait right here,” said the mole, “I will go with the crow and cut the net ourfriend is trapped in with my sharp teeth.”
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The crow picked up themole in her beak and flew quickly to the spot where the deer was trapped.
The deer was happy tosee his friends. The mole start cutting through the net. It was hard work, butsoon the deer was free. “Thank you friend mole!” the deer cried out as hestepped out of the net.
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“Ah! Looks like ourfriend is free!” came a voice from the bushes. It was the tortoise who hadwalked slowly to the spot.
At same moment, the hunter arrived. The deer ran swiftly. The crow flew away. The mole quickly dug a hole to hide in. But the tortoise was too slow.
The hunter was shocked to see that the net had been cut. But then his eyes fell on the slowly moving tortoise. “I lost the deer, but this tortoise will make a fine soup,” he thought to himself, as he tied the tortoise up with a rope.
“Oh no! We’ve lost ourfriend!” cried the crow.
“No, there is stillhope,” said the mole with a smile as he whispered a plan to his two friends.
With the tortoise onhis back, the hunter headed back to the village. The path took him past a lake.He saw the body of a deer lying on the grass. A crow was sitting on the deer’santlers, pecking at his eyes.
The hunter could not believe his luck. “I lost one deer, but looks like I have found another! And I don’t evenhave to kill this one,” he said to himself.
The tortoise smiled.His friends had come to rescue him.
The hunter left thetortoise on the ground and ran towards the deer. The mole ran out of the bushand quickly cut the rope. The tortoise was free! “Friend tortoise, run!” criedthe mole.
For a tortoise, hemoved really fast straight to the lake.
Meanwhile, the hunterhad almost reached the deer. The crow could see that the tortoise was now safein lake. “Caw! Caw!” she cried and flew away.
That was the signal!The deer sprang to his feet and ran away. The hunter had no chance of catching him.And when he turned back, he found the tortoise missing too!
The four friendshurried back to the banyan tree. “Thank you friends for saving my life!” saidthe tortoise.
“No thanks needed,”said the deer with a smile, “As long as we help each
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other, we’ll always besafe!”