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Panchatantra Story : The Monkey and the Crocodile

Once upon a time, in a lush forest, there was a clever monkey named Bandar and a friendly crocodile named Magar. They had developed an unlikely friendship and spent their days talking and sharing stories near a river.

Magar had a wife named Mrs. Magar, who was always curious about the monkey. One day, she said to her husband, "Dear Magar, I've heard so much about the monkey's heart. They say it is the tastiest and most delicious part of all creatures. Can you bring me Bandar's heart to eat?"

Magar was taken aback by his wife's request. He didn't want to harm his dear friend, but he also didn't want to disappoint his wife. So, he decided to come up with a plan that would fulfill his wife's wish without harming the monkey.

Magar approached Bandar and said, "My friend, my wife has invited you to our home for a feast. She wants to honor you with a special dinner."

Bandar was delighted by the invitation and gladly accepted. He hopped onto Magar's back, and they swam across the river to reach Magar's home.

As they reached the middle of the river, Magar's true intentions were revealed. He said, "Bandar, my wife desires your heart. I'm sorry, but I have to fulfill her wish."

The quick-witted Bandar remained calm and replied, "Oh, dear Magar, why didn't you tell me earlier? I never carry my heart with me. I always leave it on the highest branch of the tallest tree to keep it safe. Let's go back, and I will fetch it for your wife."

Magar, believing Bandar's words, turned back towards the shore. Once they reached the riverbank, Bandar quickly leaped off Magar's back and climbed up a tree.

Realizing that he had been tricked, Magar felt betrayed. He pleaded with Bandar, "Bandar, please forgive me! I was foolish to believe my wife's desire. Our friendship is far more valuable than any heart. Let us be friends again."

Bandar, being forgiving by nature, accepted Magar's apology. Their friendship was rekindled, and they continued to enjoy each other's company near the river, sharing laughter and stories.

The moral of the story is that true friendship is based on trust, understanding, and loyalty. It teaches us the importance of being wise and forgiving, as well as the consequences of acting out of greed or selfishness.



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