Once upon a time, a Rat(Hiranyaka), a Deer (Chitrangadha), a Tortoise (Mandhara) and a Crow (Laghupathanakamu) were best friends. The tortoise was living in the tank named Karpura Gauravam.In the abutting tree hole, the rat use to live.On the same tree the crow was living.In the neighboring bushes, the deer was living.
In the evening hours, they chit chats happily. On one day, deer didn’t cameback to its abode till the evening.The other three animals were worried.while deer did not returned to its abode, crow assured to search for it and started searching with a worry that what would have been the reason for not returning. Finally, the crow found the deer entrapped in the net laid by the hunter.
The crow descended before the deer .Deer felt very happy on seeing the crow.It requested the crow to save it.Deer assured to bring their friend Rat to cutoff the net.Immediately the crow comeback with the Rat keeping it on its back. Rat had cutoff the net with its sharp teeth and released the deer from trap.
While the three friends were walking happily, the tortoise was coming to the place of mishap. The Rat questioned the tortoise why it was coming to this place? The tortoise answered that I could not control the anxiety about the trouble to our friend Deer, even I know that both of you can save our friend. The deer kissed the tortoise saying that you are the true friend.
Thus, the four friends were happily moving to their abode.
As they passed a little distance, they observed the hunter coming in the opposite direction. On seeing the hunter, deer ran into the bushes, crow flied on to a near by tree, rat into the underground rat hole.But, the tortoise could not escape and caught by the hunter.
The hunter was happy as he caught the tortoise after escape of the deer.He tied the tortoise to the edge of the bow and started leaving to home by keeping it on the shoulder.
The deer, rat and crow worried for the tortoise being captured by the hunter.The crow asked the rat to give an idea for the release of the tortoise from the hands of the hunter.
In reply to this the rat said , in the way of the hunter, the deer will lie, as if it is dead.Then the hunter would put off the tortoise tied to the bow.Then, I will cut off the rope tied up to the bow.Thus, the tortoise can escape. The idea was well appreciated by the rat and crow.
Subsequently, the three animals ran in the way of destiny of the hunter in a shortcut quickly.The deer laid down on the road, as if it is died.The crow was acting as if it is pearcing the deer.The slowly walking hunter observed this and felt happy about his fortune of getting another deer, as he lost a caught one.He put the heavy tortoise on the ground and walked towards the deer.
Immediately the rat cutoff the rope tied to the tortoise.The crow flied saying cav,cav.The deer escaped from there. The estonished hunter looked for the tortoise. It was too late for him, as the tortoise reached the abutting tank.
The hunter was very sad for his bad luck and loosing everything.
He returned to the home.
In the original panchatantra story, the four friends happily marched to the their abode.Thereafter ,they lived happily.But, our story don’t end here, takes a little turn here.
The hunter reached the home.His wife was enrraged for not hunting.She issued instructions to her wife to take ther growing and intelligent son (now onwards “The young hunter”) along with him to the hunting from tomorrow onwards.The hunter nodded his head.
When the young hunter listened it, he enquired what happened. The elder hunter explained the whole story.The younger hunter could realise that the crow and Rat are the intelligent and cause of action.
On the next day the young hunter taken the cat along with him. He reached the tank site of Karpura Gauravam, where the 4 animals were living.This time the tortoise observed that the same hunter is coming along with a young man.He alerted all their friends.
He left the cat to catch the Rat.The