Magical Donkey – Akbar Birbal Story

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Once upon a time, Emperor Akbar had made a very beautiful and priceless necklace for his wife birthday. When the birthday came, Emperor Akbar gifted that necklace to his wife, which his wife liked very much. The next night the emperor wife took the necklace off her neck and put it in a box. When many days passed, one day she wanted to wear the necklace, but the necklace was nowhere to be found. This made her very sad and told about this to Emperor Akbar. As soon as he came to know about this, Emperor Akbar ordered his soldiers to find the necklace, but the necklace was nowhere to be found. This convinced Akbar that the necklace had been stolen.

Then Akbar sent an invitation to Birbal to come to the palace. When Birbal came, Akbar told the whole story and entrusted him with the responsibility of finding the necklace. Without wasting time, Birbal sent a message to all the people working in the palace to come to the court. The court was held in a short while. All the workers including Akbar and his wife were present in the court, but Birbal was not in the court. Everyone was waiting for Birbal; suddenly Birbal reaches the royal court with a donkey. Birbal apologizes to Emperor Akbar for coming late to the court. Everyone starts wondering why Birbal has come to the royal court with a donkey. Then Birbal tells that this donkey is his friend and has magical power. It can reveal the name of the one who stole the royal necklace.

Birbal then takes the magical donkey to the nearest room and ties it up and asks everyone to go to the room one by one and hold the donkey’s tail and shout “My lord, I haven’t stolen the necklace.” At the same time your voices should reach the court. The donkey will finally tell who has stolen.

After this everyone stood in a line outside the room and one by one everyone started going into the room. Whoever entered the room would hold donkey’s tail and start shouting, “My lord, I haven’t stolen the necklace.” When everyone has done this activity, finally Birbal goes into the room and after some time comes out of the room.

Then Birbal goes to all the workers and asks them to put both their hands in front of them and starts smelling their hands one by one. Everyone is surprised to see this act of Birbal. While sniffing like this, holding the hand of a servant, Birbal says loudly, “My lord, he has stolen.” Hearing this, Akbar says to Birbal, “How can you say with such certainty that this servant has committed the theft. Did the magical donkey tell you his name?

Then Birbal says, “My lord, this donkey is not magical. It is as simple as the rest of the donkeys. Just I have put a special kind of perfume on this donkey’s tail. All the servants caught and hold the donkey’s tail, except this thief. That’s why; his hand doesn’t smell of the perfume.

The thief was then apprehended and the royal necklace was recovered along with all the stolen articles. This wisdom of Birbal was appreciated by everyone and King’s wife was happy and got him a gift from Emperor Akbar.

The moral of the story

The lesson from this story is that no matter how hard you try to hide a bad deed, one day everyone comes to know. Therefore, one should not do bad things.

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