Are you ready to listen to a new Panchatantra Tale? This is one of the most amazing children's moral stories. We have also provided pictures along with the story to help your storytime be enjoyable. This story is about a thief who wanted to become a better person and how one day due to his truthfulness, he was awarded by the King of the village. Read the entire story of the truthful thief here.
Once upon a time, there was a thief named Jaggu. He asked for advice from a holy man in order to become a good person. "Sir, I want to grow up to be a good person." "Please, help me and advise me!" Jaggu pleaded. "Son, I can only help you if you agree to do as I say," the holy man said. Jaggu agreed right away. "Well, then, you should take a pledge to give up one bad habit," the holy man advised.
The Thief and the Holy man
Jaggu thought about all of his bad habits for a long time. He decided that cannot give up on stealing since he needed the money to support his family. "Sir, I shall not lie from now on!" he told the holy man after much thought. The holy man blessed him with a smile.
Jaggu had planned to rob the King's palace that night. He sneaked through the palace gates at midnight, climbed the palace walls, and entered the royal terrace. He noticed a shadowy figure approaching him on the terrace and was taken aback. He had no idea who it was. It was the King, disguised as a common man. He went out to see if his troops were happy.
"Who are you?" Jaggu inquired of the man. "How did you end up here?" "Shhh...," the King said. I've come to rob the king's treasures." "Friend, we are both in it," Jaggu replied, pleased and happy to have found a mate. They exchanged handshakes. "We shall share the treasure evenly," the King remarked, overjoyed. They broke into the royal treasury as a team. While the King looked on, Jaggus was excited with joy at the sight of the treasure.
The Thief and the King (disguised as a normal man)
They divided up all of the treasures equally. Then they discovered three large, sparkling diamonds. "There are three gems here," the King added. "How are we going to divide them?" "Let's take a diamond piece each and leave one for the King," Jaggu said. The King asked for Jaggu's address as he was leaving, so they could partner again.
The next morning, the King's soldiers found out that the royal wealth had been stolen and they immediately rushed to alert the King. "Your Majesty, the royal treasury has been taken," the Chief Guard announced in the King's court. The King was aware of everything, yet he pretended to be shocked. “What? What caused this to happen? The King inquired, "Where were you all last night?" He directed the Minister to investigate the loss.
The image of the Minister who stole the diamond
When the minister went inside the treasure room, he discovered a beautiful, shining diamond. He had the evil idea of keeping the gem for himself. "This is the only thing left," the Minister thought to himself. " It would go unnoticed by the King. Allow me to have it all to myself." As a result, he slipped the diamond into his pocket and returned to the court. "Your Majesty, the treasury is empty and everything is gone," the Minister stated.
The wise King wrote the thief's address on a piece of paper and ordered his soldiers to fetch him to the court. The troops rushed to the thief's house, where they discovered Jaggu and took him to the court. Since the King was dressed in royal attire, Jaggu couldn't recognise him at court.
"Did you steal the treasure last night?" the King inquired. Jaggu paused for a while, recalling his promise to the holy man. "Yes, Majesty, I stole the treasure," Jaggu answered. I had a partner who was willing to assist me. We divided the treasures evenly and left you with one diamond." "Then, where is that diamond?" the King inquired. Shivers began to run down the Minister who had stolen the gem. When the King realised this, he ordered a search of the Minister. The Minister's pocket contained the diamond. The furious King demanded that the Minister should be punished.
The King, the thief and the Minister
"Why did you confess so easily?" the King questioned, amazed by Jaggu's honesty. "The holy person had advised me to give up one undesirable habit," Jaggu responded. It was impossible for me to stop stealing because it is my bread and butter. But I promised him I'd always tell him the truth." The King was so impressed with Jaggu's honesty that he appointed him as his Minister.
The story of the truthful thief has an important moral lesson. It teaches us that we should get rid of all our bad habits in order to become a better person. It also tells us that we should always choose the path of truth and it will give us fruitful results.
1. Why did the thief decide not to give up stealing?
When the old man advised the thief to give up one bad habit, he was unable to choose his habit of stealing because he had no money to feed his family. He thought that stealing was his only way to help his family and he cannot give that up easily. Therefore, he decided to make a vow to only speak the truth in the future and to become a good person.
2. How did the thief not recognise the King?
When the King met the thief for the first time, he was disguised as a normal person. He also told the thief that he too had come to the palace to steal the King’s treasure. Therefore, when the thief was called to the palace, to tell the truth about the missing treasure, he was unable to recognise the King due to his royal dress. He had no idea that it was the King who had disguised himself as a normal person last night.