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It is said that once when Akbar had lost his direction, Mahesh Das, otherwise known as Birbal had helped him discover his way to his capital, Agra. It was an intriguing experience in which Mahesh Das had tremendously inspired the Emperor by his snappy mind. The Emperor had skilled his illustrious ring to Mahesh Das and welcomed him to join his court.
After some days, Mahesh Das chose to go to Agra to meet the Emperor. The sentry at the fundamental entryway did not permit him to enter. Mahesh Das then demonstrated to him the ring that the Emperor had skilled him. The gatekeeper was extremely avaricious. He believed that on the off chance that he permitted this young fellow to go inside, he will get more compensates and blessings from the Emperor and afterward he would request that the kid offer them with him. In this way, the sentry consented to permit Mahesh Das to go inside the court on one condition-that he would give him half of the prize he would get from the Emperor. Mahesh Das acknowledged the condition.
Mahesh Das went inside and introduced himself before the Emperor. He welcomed the Emperor and demonstrated the ring to Akbar.
Akbar promptly perceived the young fellow and said, “Gracious young fellow! It is so great to see you. Let me know what do you need from the King of Hindustan?”
“Jahanpanah! I need to be whipped! I need 50 lashes from you as a prize,” answered Mahesh Das.
Everyone in the regal court was staggered. They imagined that he was distraught. Akbar was likewise incredibly shocked by the young fellow’s weird demand and asked him the reason.
Mahesh Das said he would just let him know the reason in the wake of accepting his prize. Akbar realized that there must be something going ahead in the sharp young fellow’s brain and requested that his watchmen flagellate him according to his desire.
After the twenty fifth lash, Mahesh Das requested the watchmen to stop and asked for the Emperor to call the sentry who was at the principle door.
The sentry was summoned in the court. He was glad at the possibility that he was being required his prize. Shockingly, Mahesh Das told the Emperor,”Jahanpanah! This sentry of yours had given me access on the condition that I would impart half of my prize to him. I need to stay faithful to my commitment, so I ask for you to give the staying a quarter century to him.”
The Emperor and every one of the retainers were delighted at the young fellow’s mind. Akbar requested fifty lashes of the whip for the sentry alongside 5 years of detainment. He then, remunerated Mahesh Das with a lasting spot in his court and gave him another name, “Birbal.” He was so attached to Birbal’s mind and comical inclination that he offered him with the title of “Raja” and included him in his exceptional advisory group of nine counsels, who were otherwise called “Navratans.”
As a result of his well sharpened sharp mind and nearness of brain, Birbal soon turned into a dear companion of the Emperor.