Tenali Raman and the Horse | Moral Stories For Kids

Tenali Raman and the Horse | Moral Stories For Kids

Once, the King wanted to expand his army. So, he needed more horses. He decided to give one horse to each person in his kingdom to take care of. He also gave everyone a good supply of straw to feed the horse. Everyone except Tenali Rama was not happy with this plan. He shut his horse in one room and everyday at exactly nine o’clock he gave the horse very little straw through the window. He gave the remaining straw to his cows that became fat and healthy.

At the end of a year, the king wanted to see all his horses. All the people who were given horses to take care of brought their horses for inspection. But, Tenali Rama did not bring his horse. On being questioned, he answered that his horse had become so strong that he could not bring it to the court. The king was surprised on hearing this. He said, “Alright, I will send my chief inspector to your house tomorrow morning at nine to inspect the horse there.” Tenali agreed.

 The next morning, the chief inspector went to Tenali’s house. He had a long beard. Tenali took him to the room where the horse was kept and asked him to look through the window. When the inspector peeped through the window, naturally his beard went in through the window first. Seeing the beard, the horse thought that it must be straw that was being given to him at the fixed time. It caught hold of the beard in his teeth and pulled. The inspector shouted in pain and tried to pull his beard back. But the horse knew that this was the only food he would get all day and pulled with all his might till the inspector lost his beard.

The inspector went running to the king. He reported that indeed Tenali Rama’s horse was the strongest of them all.


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