Daadi aur Naani ki Kahaniyan is our take on the classic old Indian traditional Hindi moral stories for kids. Popularly known as the Panchatantra stories, these are best bedtime stories for kids. Panchatantra stories are narrated in Hindi where animals have been used as protagonist to play lead characters of the stories. The purpose is not just to entertain the kids but also to help them understand the basics of life and teach them important lessons on morality and empathy. In other words, these stories are the hindi moral value stories for kids to help them be a better person. In this podcast series, our grandmothers are narrating the Panchatantra stories to young listeners in their own unique and caring style.
Brief history of Panchatantra Stories: Panchatantra Stories are an ancient collection of animal fables written originally in Sanskrit language around 200-300 BC. These tales are attributed to Pandit Vishnu Sharma who was tasked by a King Amarasakti of Mahilaropyam in the south of India to impart knowledge and wisdom to his three princes. So Pandit Vishnu Sharma used these oral stories which have been passed on from generations to enlighten the princes within a period of six months.
Panchatantra is divided into Five (Panch) core Teachings (Tantras) with each part having a frame story with other stories interwoven within it. These five parts are – Loss of Friend (Mitra bhed), Winning of Friends (Mitra Labh), On Crows and Owls (Kākolūkīyam), Loss of Gains (Labdhapraṇāśam) and Ill Considered Actions (Aparīkṣitakārakaṃ). All Panchatantra stories have animals as lead characters with human virtues and vices. Being the most frequently translated Indian text ever, these children stories have been adapted in every major Indian language, additionally in more than 50 languages the world over and are also available as panchatantra books, panchatantra audiobooks and panchatantra cartoons in the market. All “Daadi aur Naani Ki Kahaniyan” are available as podcasts under stories section of the Free Chimes Radio mobile apps – available in Google and Apple App stores.
The Fall and Rise of a Merchant (व्यापारी का पतन और उदय)
In the city of Vardhaman, there lived a king who came to know about a wise and intelligent merchant named Dantila in his kingdom. King offered Dantila the responsibility of the kingdom and was highly trusted by the king. On the occasion of his daughter’s wedding, Dantila arranged a lavish ceremony where he invited all the king, ministers, noblemen, influential people and also the common men of the kingdom. He noticed a personal servant of the king sitting on a seat of noblemen. Furious Dantila ordered the guards to throw the servant out of the ceremony and that was when the servant decided to have his revenge and raised a plot against the merchant to spoil his image in front of the king.
One day when the King was half asleep, servant went into his bedroom on the pretext of cleaning it and managed to plant a seed of suspicion in king’s mind against the merchant. King not sure what to do, started to withdraw merchant’s privileges. When merchant realized that this was the servant’s doing, rather than getting angry, he sought servant’s forgiveness for insulting him at the wedding. In return the servant obliged and corrected what he has changed to help the merchant regain king’s trust and his lost glory.
This panchatantra story teaches us two important lessons. First that we should treat everyone with respect and equality irrespective of their social status and secondly that we should not believe everything which is told to us by anyone and use our own judgment before making any decisions. Listen to this hindi moral story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Lion and the Clever Hare (शेर और चतुर खरगोश)
Once lived a ferocious lion in the forest who used to hunt numerous animals in a single day for his pleasure but would only eat one or two for food. With their decreasing count, all the remaining animals got concerned and decided to make a deal with the lion. They proposed that they would bring one animal to the lion every day for his meal if the lion stops hunting animals for his pleasure. Seeing merit in their argument, lion agreed to it.
Subsequently, one animal was randomly selected each day to be lion’s food until it was the turn of a little clever rabbit who with his cunning-ness plotted to get rid of the lion for good. When rabbit went to the lion, he tricks the lion into believing that there is another lion in the jungle now to challenge his authority. On hearing this, lion gets very angry and asks rabbit to show him where his competitor lives. Rabbit takes the lion to a well where lion sees his own reflection in the water and jumps into the well to fight it and eventually drowns. This panchatantra story teaches us to not get scared by the size of our adversaries but keep trying with our best efforts to overcome any challenge. Listen to this kids hindi moral story in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Story of Blue Jackal (नीले सियार की कहानी)
Once lived a clever jackal under a tree. But on an unfortunate day, the tree fell down and the jackal was injured severely. Somehow he managed to go in a cave nearby where he stayed for a few days thirsty and hungry. After staying hungry in the cave for few days, he decided to hunt again for the food by going out but couldn’t catch a prey due to his injury. Soon he was chased by a group of dogs and he managed to escape the forest but accidentally entered the house of a dyer and fell into a vat of blue dye. When he returned back to the forest, his new appearance surprised everyone and no other animal was able to recognize the jackal. That’s when he came up with a clever idea and claimed himself to the messenger of god and king of the jungle. All the other animals started to serve him and he enjoyed a very luxurious life till one day he heard other jackals howling nearby and his natural instinct forces him to join them. When other animals saw him doing this, they realize he is just a jackal and punishes him for his misdeeds.
This panchatantra story teaches us to stay true to what we really are and not try and pretend to be someone else as one day we will be caught. Listen to this hindi moral story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Sparrow and the Monkey (गौरैया और बंदर)
Once upon a time, there lived a sparrow along with its family on a tree in a dense forest. During one stormy winter night, a monkey that took shelter on the same tree to save itself from the cold and rain. The sparrow on seeing the monkey started giving him unsolicited advises about how he should be living his life. This made the monkey very angry and he breaks the nest of the sparrow for good.
This panchatantra story teaches us to be careful when we are giving unsolicited advice to others. Listen to this hindi moral story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Tit for Tat (जैसे को तैसा)
Once there lived a boy whose name was Jirdhan. He suffered a huge loss in his business and decided to travel around in search of opportunities to earn money. With no special possession left in the house, he decided to keep his 20 kg heavy iron scales with a merchant and left. With hard work, he earned handsomely and after few years returned back to his native place. When he went to the merchant and requested him to give back his heritage, the merchant told him that mice had eaten his iron scales.
Jirdhan understood that the merchant was lying and he decided to teach him a lesson. He told him that he is going to take a bath on the river bank and if merchant wanted to send his son too, he can take him along. Merchant believed him to be an honest person and sent his son along. Jirdhan then hid the merchant’s son and returned back alone. Upon inquiry by merchant, he told him that eagles have picked up his son and flew away. When the matter went to the local judge, merchant is forced to commit his theft and return Jirdhan his prized possession in return for his son.
This panchatantra story teaches us an important lesson that we will be treated the same way as we treat others. Listen to this kids hindi moral story in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Talking Cave (बोलने वाली गुफा)
One day a lion was searching for food. He was very old and weak and unable to catch his preys by chasing them. Suddenly the lion saw a cave on his way and upon inspecting inside he found it to be empty. That gave the lion an idea and he thought to himself, “ If I stay here, the owner of the cave is bound to return and that’s when I’ll jump upon it and make it my meal.” He waited patiently till the night fell and the jackal who actually lived in the cave came back. Jackal saw the footprints of the lion and he got suspicious.
Jackal decided to trick the lion and started asking cave why the cave was not speaking to him today. Lion thought that may be cave actually does speak to Jackal every night and decided to call him in himself today. On hearing lion’s voice, Jackal got certain that lion is hiding inside and he ran away from the place to save his life.
This panchatantra story in hindi teaches us an important lesson about how we should be always cautious and how we can defeat the biggest enemies in our life by using our wisdom. Listen to this kids hindi story in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Right Mind and Wrong Mind (सही दिमाग और गलत दिमाग)
Once upon a time, there were two friends in a small village named Dharmabuddhi (Right-Mind) and Paapbuddhi (Wrong-Mind). One day, the wicked of the two, Paapbuddhi, suggested to his friend ith Dharmabuddhi that they can earn good money by selling goods in other cities. Dharmabuddhi agreed to his suggestion and they left for trying their luck. After earning a good amount of money, when they were returning back, Paapbuddhi made a cunning plan to steal his friend’s share too. He asked his friend to hide the money under a tree on the way to not to catch the eyes of their villagers.
Then one-day Paapbuddhi stole the money for himself and blamed Dharmabuddhi for it in front of all village elders. Dharmabuddhi had now understood the plot of his friend and took the matter to a magistrate. Paapbudhi cleverly suggested that the tree under which the money was hidden will speak the truth and planted his own father inside it’s hollow base. Dharmabudhi knew this and set the tree on fire and Paapbuddhi’s father has to eventually come out, exposing his son’s evil trick.
This panchatantra story in hindi teaches us that we should always be honest and don't seek to get more than we rightfully deserve. Listen to this hindi moral story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Foolish Heron and The Mongoose (मुर्ख बागला और नेवला)
Once upon a time there lived a group of herons on a tree. In the hollow trunk of the same tree dwelt a snake which ate the young herons before they grew. Out of sorrow the heron approached a crab and asked for his help. The crab listened to heron’s problem and suggested a way to the foolish heron which will get rid of both the snake and the herons too who were always fighting with the crabs.
Crab advised heron to put some pieces of meat from mongoose’s cave all the way to snake’s house in the tree. The trick worked. Chasing the bytes of food, Mongoose reached snake’e place and eat it but then also found his way to heron’s home and ate all of heron’s family members too.
This story teaches us an important lesson that we should not blindly follow any advice that is given to us but think about all its consequences. Listen to this hindi panchatantra story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Weaver's Knowledge and Decision (बुनकर का ज्ञान और निर्णय)
Many years ago, there lived a weaver who weaved beautiful costumes but could only manage to earn money sufficient enough to cover his meals. He left his village for earning more money in a different city where he earned 300 gold coins and decided to return back to his wife. On his way back he lost his money and had to return back to the city again. This time he earned 500 gold coins but lost all of them again.
Sad weaver decided to end his life when God asked him to make a wish and he asked for huge amount of riches for himself. God in order to provide him with wisdom asked him to visit the house of a man again where he really sees how ill-solicited wealth makes the life of everyone in the household miserable versus when the money is made honestly, even if poor, is put to good use.
This story teaches us an important lesson about the value and merits of money earned by genuine efforts and how to utilize it. Listen to this hindi story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Rat's Wedding (चुहिया की शादी)
Once lived a saint in a beautiful ashram on the banks of river Ganga. One fine day while he was bathing in the river when an eagle dropped a rat directly into the hands of the saint. Since he had no child of his own, the saint transformed the rat into a little girl and decided to raise her as his own child along with his wife. They took care of her, educated her and with years she grew older.
Saint’s wife talked to the saint about their daughter’s marriage and the saint agreed to find an appropriate groom for her. Saint presented number of great option like Sun, Clouds, Air, Mountain as groom to her but she rejects all of them and finally settles down on rat as her groom.
This panchatantra story for children teaches us that however we may try but we cannot change the underlying personality of someone. Listen to this hindi moral story in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
Elephants and the Rats (हाथी और चूहे)
Once there lived a large group of rats and their king in a deserted town. The town was situated between a forest and a lake. In the forest lived a group of elephants and their king. When the forest started to run dry and elephants started to die of thirst, someone informed elephants about the lake across the town. Elephants crossed the town in search of water and in the process, they crushed many rats under their huge feet. When this became a daily process, the rat king decided to talk to the elephant king to apprise him of this and request him to change their path to the lake. Hearing this, the humble elephant king apologized and agreed to change the route. There came a time when the elephants were in trouble as King’s men started to catch them. One day the Elephant king got trapped in the nets. When no other elephant came forward to help him, he called for the rat king to his rescue who along with other members of his rat clan was pleased to return the favor.
This panchantantra story for children teaches us as important lesson that a friend in need is a friend in deed. Listen to this hindi moral story in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Monkey and the Bird (बंदर और चिड़िया)
Once there was a bird that lived on a tree. On one cold winter night, a group of monkeys came to that the tree for shelter and noticed a pile of leaves next to it. They decided to light a fire to keep them warm but they had no fire with them. Then one of the monkeys saw a glow-worm, firefly, and thought if they would catch it and put it on leaves then the leaves would lit up. The bird sitting on the tree advised them that it won’t work and kept on suggesting them to try to rub the sticks to light a fire. On bird’s repeated interruptions, one of the monkeys finally got very upset, caught the bird and threw it on a tree.
This panchatantra story teaches us an important moral lesson to not to give our advice unless we are asked for it. We cannot teach fools who are not willing to listen. Listen to this hindi moral story for children in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.
The Foolish Friend (मूर्ख मित्र)
Once lived a foolish monkey in the palace of a noble king. He respected and loved the king very much. One day when the king was sleeping, the monkey stood there to guard him. Suddenly monkey noticed a fly that would come and sit on king’s chest even after the monkey swayed it away. The foolish monkey got angry, picked up a sword and took aim on the fly sitting on the king’s chest. The fly got away but the king was badly injured.
This panchatantra story teaches us to be careful of a foolish friend who can cause us more trouble than an enemy. Listen to this hindi moral story for kids in our free Indian Chimes Radio mobile application, a radio & podcast platform for kids.