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The Elephant and the Jackal

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Elephant And The Jackal

Once upon a time there was a very big and fierce elephant named Karpuratilaka deep inside the forests of India. He feared no one and everyone in the forest was afraid of him. He was brutal and enjoyed killing and traumatise other animals. He would roam the forest without any restraint. Even the mightiest of the forests like lions and tigers were afraid of him and used to change their path if they knew the elephant was coming that way. For no reason he would pull down the tress or tear off the branches of the trees. This way he would not only destroy the fruit laden trees but also destroy the nests of countless birds and crushed their eggs with his massive feet. Once during his roams he destroyed the burrows of the Jackals. They were very angry and everyone knew in the forest that Jackals are the ones with most brain . Jackals were very angry with the elephant and surely wanted to kill him but they couldn’t do anything as Karpuratilaka was not only very big in size but also very powerful.


So Jackals called a meeting of all of their groups not only from their forest but also other forests too. There they were discussing about how to kill the elephant but no one had any idea how to do it. Then one of the wisest & oldest of all jackals said, “Leave it to me. I would surely kill him.” Then he narrated his plan which was agreed by one and all present there.

Next day the old Jackal went to the Elephant and bowed respectfully and requested for his audience. He said “Sir, there is no one else as magnificent and brave as you are and thus we all animals have decided to elect you as our king. Only under your rule can this forest be safe and peaceful. So please accept to be our king and oblige us.”

Everyone knows flattery can take you everywhere. The Karpuratilaka was very happy to hear his praise and readily agreed to be king of the forest. Seeing this Jackal further said, “ Your highness, our astrologer has decided an auspicious time for your crown ceremony. All animals would be there to see him being crowned king. The ceremony would be held in middle of the forest. Thousands of animals are already there in the forest to see you crowned king. The auspicious time is slipping fast and your highness should follow me to the middle of forest right now. “

The mighty Karpuratilaka said that he would be honoured to be their king and would protect everyone from any danger from the outside and he always wanted to be the king of the forest. So without thinking much and further delay he followed the old Jackal to the place where ceremony was to take place. Jackal took him deep in to the forest. On the way there was lake , it was very beautiful and the mighty elephant was lost in the beauty of the lake and thought all this is going to be mine. Then came the swampy region of the lake. The jackal was light so he easily walked over that area but as soon as the very big and heavy Karpuratilaka stepped on the swampy area of the lake, he got struck in. He tried his best with all his might to come out of the swamp but more he tried to come out more he got struck deep in the mud. Soon he was very frightened and could see that he would soon be buried in the mud and die.

He cried for the help from the old Jackal. He begged, “ My friend, please help me out of here as i am sinking in the mud very fast and would die soon if you do not take me out. “

The Jackal replied, “ I can save you mighty Karpuratilaka, but i will not save you because you are cruel. You have destroyed thousands of nests and Burroughs for no reason. You have killed countless small animals for your fun. I feel sorry for you but it is for the good of everyone that you die. “With this Jackal left and the Karpuratilaka kept shouting for help till he was drowned in the mud and died.

Moral of the Story:

1. Every tyrant dies a painful death.

2. Brain is mightier than the muscles.

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Comments

Always Optimist (author) from India on March 05, 2013:

Thanks Marrissa for showing some love on my page.

Marissa Buhalog on March 04, 2013:

So beautiful story,first time i read Indian Story.Thanks for sharing Always Optimist,u did a great job.

Always Optimist (author) from India on September 25, 2011:

Thanks ifthica

Ifthica on September 25, 2011:

Wonderful! Do you have stories for existing kings (rulers) who are cruel as the elephant?

Always Optimist (author) from India on September 25, 2011:

thanks iwansaptiko

iwansaptiko on September 25, 2011:

I will support you my friend!!! Keep going!

Always Optimist (author) from India on September 25, 2011:

Thanks Iwanspitko, the purpose of these hubs is to tell the beauty of the ancient stories of our region to the world. I dont know how much they would be liked in west but this is a try.

Always Optimist (author) from India on September 25, 2011:

Thanks RadhaKrishnan for the comments.

iwansaptiko on September 25, 2011:

Very interesting story, I've heard that kind of story but different characters, when I was a kid. Thank you for remind me to my cheerful life when I was a kid. This story inspires many movies story today.

radhakrishnan on September 25, 2011:

A good old story. Really worth for kids, thanks for the excellent work

Always Optimist (author) from India on September 25, 2011:

Thanks rockdresses, I got my first ever comment from you and yes it is Indian story and sweetie thanks for the welcome

sweetie1 from India on September 25, 2011:

Welcome to Hubpages. And wow i havent heard of this story before. Keep up the good work.

rockdresses from Turkey on September 25, 2011:

Is it a India story? Very interesting and insightful! Thanks a lot for your brilliant sharing. It is really awesome! By the way, welcome to hubpages~

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