The Three Promises
Once upon a time, a young man named Aditya was walking through a forest when he came across a dry well. To his surprise, he saw a tiger, a snake, and a man trapped inside the well, all pleading for help. Despite his fear of the tiger and the snake, Aditya decided to rescue them by throwing a rope into the well.
The grateful tiger, snake, and man each promised to repay Aditya for his kindness. The tiger gave him gold ornaments covered with precious gems and invited him to his cave whenever he was in the forest. The snake promised to help Aditya whenever he called his name. The man, who turned out to be a goldsmith from the capital city, offered to be Aditya’s friend forever and invited him to visit him in the city.
A few years later, Aditya remembered the tiger’s promise and visited his cave. The tiger greeted him warmly and offered him food and drink. As a gift, he gave Aditya the gold ornaments he had received earlier. Not knowing what to do with them, Aditya went to his friend, the goldsmith, for help.
To his surprise, the goldsmith recognized the ornaments as those he had made for the king’s younger brother, who had gone missing a few months earlier. Hoping to claim the reward offered by the king for information about the prince’s whereabouts, the goldsmith accused Aditya of killing the prince and went to the palace to report him.
The king, without listening to Aditya’s side of the story, ordered his soldiers to arrest him and threw him in jail. Desperate for help, Aditya called the snake’s name loudly, and the snake appeared before him. Aditya told him everything that had happened and asked for his help.
The snake devised a plan to save Aditya from the false accusations. He bit the queen, causing her to fall ill, and spread the news that the queen had been bitten by a venomous snake. The king announced a reward for anyone who could save the queen’s life.
Aditya, who was still in jail, offered to save the queen’s life on the condition that no one be present in the room except him. The king agreed, and Aditya entered the queen’s room and called the snake’s name. The snake appeared and removed the poison from the queen’s body, saving her life.
The grateful king asked Aditya what reward he wanted. Aditya simply asked the king to listen to his story, and the king realized that he had been wrong to believe the goldsmith’s lies. He freed Aditya from jail, gave him gold coins as a reward, and punished the goldsmith for his false accusation.
In the end, Aditya’s kindness and trust in his friends, the tiger, the snake, and the goldsmith, helped him overcome a difficult situation and proved that good deeds are always rewarded.
Moral : Not every promise can be trusted
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