The Monkeys and the Bell

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This is another decent story from the accumulation of Hitopadesha Tales/ Stories. Some time ago, there carried on a looter in a town. One day, he stole a sanctuary ringer and ran towards the woodland. A Tiger heard the jingle of the chime and got to be interested to find the sound. When, he saw the looter, he hopped upon him and executed him without a moment’s delay. The chime fell on the ground. After a couple of days, a gathering of monkeys went through that way. They detected the ringer and conveyed it to their home.
They discovered the jingle of the ringer extremely fascinating. Along these lines each one of them got to be extremely partial to the ringer and began playing with it. After every tiring day, in the night monkeys would sit on the highest point of the slope in the woods and appreciate the musical sound of the chime. The populace of the town were perplexed about the commotion. Before long a short time later, the individuals from the town discovered the collection of the burglar and declared, “Surely there is an underhanded soul around here that kills people and afterward rings the chime to celebrate”.

When the people heard this, they thought that some demon was haunting their village. Without giving any second thought, People started leaving the city in terror. There was an intelligent and bold woman in that village. She thought to herself, “I don’t believe that some demon is haunting this village. I will find out that who is ringing the bell”. At late night, she went into the forest bravely and found that a group of monkeys were playing about and ringing the bell.

Now as the woman knew the secret about the bell, she went to the King and said, “Your Majesty! I’m sure this evil spirit can be conquered by worshipping the Gods. But this will cost money. If you can grant me some money, I will kill the demon and bring happiness to the village”. The King, who was too afraid to get rid of the demon, granted the request of the woman.

On receiving the money, the woman bought some peas, groundnuts and fruits. She arranged a worship of the Gods. She made a circle on the ground, placed all the eatables and started worshipping the Gods. After the ritual, she picked up all the eatables and went into the forest. She placed the fruits and other things under a tree near the hill. She kept a watch of the monkeys from a distance.

As and when the monkeys saw the eatables, they dropped the bell just as the old woman had expected out of them. They ran to pick the eatables. The woman picked up the bell quickly and rushed towards the village. She gave the bell in the court of the King. The King was happy with the brave woman and everyone in the village admired her bravery. The pleased King rewarded the woman for her bravery. Since that day, there was no noise and people lived happily ever after.

Moral: One must not be afraid of trifles. Intelligence and courage succeed against all odds.

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