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The Story of Nag Panchami (The Worship of Snakes)

Nag Panchami is celebrated in the month of Shravan, which falls in the months of August and September this year. This is a day when Hindus throughout India, Nepal worship the snake god on the fifth day of bright half of Lunar month of Shravan. Listen to this episode to learn why is this festival so revered in India. You can learn more about this story by visiting Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at contact at...


The Well Trained Elephant - Story from Jataka Tales

This is a story from Jataka tales and features the Bodhisatta (Buddha) in the form of an elephant. The king of Magadh had made him the state elephant, and he was well cared for and decorated. Out of jealousy, the King decided to get the elephant killed by trying to trick the Mahout. Did he succeed? Listen to this story to learn more. You can learn more about this story by visiting Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can...


The Ant and the Chrysalis

This is a story from [Aesop's Fables](, which is small but carries a very powerful lesson that appearances are deceptive. You can listen to this story on [Baalgatha Podcast]( You can learn more about this story by visiting []( Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot...


Guru Purnima and How The Wicked Sons Were Taught a Lesson

On occasion of the festival of Guru Purnima, which is celebrated In the month of Asadh, which falls during the monsoons, students pray to their Gurus and seek their blessings. The word Guru Literally means Destroyer of Darkness. (Gu means darkness and Ru means liberator from or destroyer of). On occasion of this festival, we bring to you a story - How The Wicked Sons Were Taught a Lesson. Listen to this episode on Baalgatha Podcast. You can learn more about this story by visiting...


Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak: Story from his childhood

On occasion of the birth anniversary of Bal Gandadhar Tilak, we bring you a story from his childhood, which demonstrates his character. He was willing to stand up to his teacher and reject receiving punishment for something he had not done. And he believed in the power of truth, as we shall learn while listening to this story. You can learn more about this story by visiting []( Did you like this story? If so, we...


The Birds and The Monkeys Hitopadesha Tale

This is a story about birds and monkeys from the Hitopadesha tales, which teaches us a moral that we should not waste our time in giving advice to the fools. Hitopadesha tales are similar to Aesop's Fables, Panchatantra and Jataka Tales. You can learn more about this story by visiting Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](,...


The Gold Giving Serpant

This is a story carries a message that greed is bad. This story is based on the Gold Giving Serpant from the book Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. You may find a lot of similarities with The Golden Swan from the Jataka Tales, and also the hen that laid a golden egg- stories that have different characters and animals but carry a similar meaning. Both these stories will be published in a future episode of Baalgatha Podcast. You can learn more about this story by visiting...


Room Full of Memories- Story by Gauri Awasthi

Today we bring to you a user contributed story- Room of Memories by Gauri Awasthi. This is the second time we are publishing a story by Gauri- last year, she was the winner of the Baalgatha Sotrytelling Competition, which she won for her story [The Grey Brown]( Room Full of Memories is a story of a little girl Emily who has to do a task she hates- cleaning her room. But as she is left with no choice- thanks to an...


How The Frog Became The King of The Marshes- Tale from Africa

This is a beautiful tale from Africa which tells us how the Frog became the King of the Marshes and the Swamps. We thought this story was particularly interesting given the time of the year- by early July, the monsoons have spread across most parts of India, and you might hear the croaking of frogs every now and then. Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](, or leave a review on...


The Story of Two Frogs- Tale From Japan

Today we bring to you a delightful little story from Japan, about two frogs. One of them lives in Osaka, while the other stays in Kyoto. One day, the decide to visit each other's city. They do now know each other, of course, but when they meet half way on the top of a hill, they become friends. During the process of the conversation, they are curious to see each other's city. What do they discover? Does the frog from Osaka like Kyoto? What about the frog from Kyoto? Listen to this story to...


The Story of Sant Kabir

Kabir was a poet and saint who lived in Northern India in the 15th century. His writings have influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher Ramananda. We bring to you this special episode to mark the 500th death anniversary of Sant Kabir. His profile was compiled from Wikipedia and other public domain sources by Gaatha Story. Narration by...


Kaka and Munni - Folk Tale from Punjab

This is a delightful little tale in which a crow called Kaka wants to eat the three eggs laid by Munni the bird. Will Kaka succeed in his evil plans? Listen to this story to learn more. Gaatha Story have used the content - story as well as the image-under Creative Commons CC 4.0 License. More details about the CC4.0 license and the artists who have created this story are included in the audio file as well as at []( We have also...


The Legend of Kempe Gowda The First

In this episode, we learn about Kempe Gowda the First, a leader from the Sixteenth century and often credited to be the founder of Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore), the capital of Karnataka in India. He is a well known historical figure in the region, and the Airport and the bus stand are named after him. June 27th is celebrated as his birth anniversary. We thought of narrating this short profile of this leader. To learn more about Kempe Gowda the First (and the little bit about...


The Story of the Merchant's Son

This is a story form Panchatantra which teaches us that one must leave some things to fate. If some positive this is in our destiny, it will happen no matter what. This story is as follows; a merchant's son buys an expensive book which has only one teaching, namely, the book notes that one should leave certain things to one's fate. When his father learns about the purchase and interest in that book, he asks his son to leave the house. Listen to this story to learn what happens next. Did...


A Bundle of Sticks- A father educates his sons

[]( occasion of Father's Day, we thought of publishing the story A Bundle of Sticks. This is a short story with a powerful message. A dying man calls his sons and teaches them the value of staying united. The lesson we learn from this story is that Unity is Strength. This is a story from Panchatantra and also Aesop's Fables. On Wikipedia, there is an entire page dedicated to this story! You can learn more about this story by visiting...


About Ramzan Id

We thought of publishing this short episode on occasion of Ramazan Id (in many parts of the world spelt as Ramadan Id). Also known as Eid al-Fitr (ʻĪd al-Fiṭr) According to Wikipedia, this festival is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). This festival marks the end of Ramadan fasting and is a day for celebrations. Family members greet one another and there are prayers and social gatherings....


The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

This story is adopted from Aesop's Fables. Once, a mouse who lives in the city goes to visit his cousin, who lives in the countryside. Looking at his living conditions and the food that the country mouse eats, the town mouse invites him to visit the city and explore the life. Indeed in the city where the mouse lives, there are sweets and cakes and rick food. However, the Country mouse still decided that his humble life is better. Why is it so? Listen to this story to learn more. There is a...


The Bear And The Two Travellers (Story from Aesop's Fables)

Two Friends and the Bear is a classic from [Aesop's Fables]( Two Friends set out on a journey. They leave their village and soon reach a dense forest. There they see a huge bear walking towards them. One of the two friends climbs a tee, while the other is left high and dry on the ground. Using his presence of mind, the second friend pretends to be dead. What happens next? Listen to this story to learn more. Or, visit...


The Grateful Mouse (or, The Lion and the Mouse)

You will find various versions of this story in Panchatantra, Aesops Fables. One hot afternoon, a lion was fast asleep when a mouse entered the lion's den and jumped all around the lion, and thus woke him up. The lion caught him and was about to kill him, when the little mouse pleased with the lion to let him go. "I will help you in return some day". The lion was rather amused to hear this, thinking, “What good can he do me. . . ” but he let him go. A few days later, the lion was trapped...


The Farmer and His Sons

This is a story about a farmer and his lazy sons. Listen to this tale to know how the farmer teaches his sons the importance of hard work. You can listen to many such amazing stories by visiting []( Once upon a time, a hardworking farmer had four sons. The farmer worked very hard in the field, but the sone were least interested in farming. Instead, they would spend their time lazying around. The farmer once day fell very sick, and he felt that...