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Jalal-ud-din-Mohammad Akbar, also known as Akbar, was one of the most famous Mughal kings and he reigned India during the 16th century. Akbar, unlike other Mughal emperors, was keen to have talented people in his court irrespective of their religion. He had nine gems in his court and amongst them, Birbal was widely considered the most intelligent. A Brahmin by birth, Birbal’s original name was Mahesh Das and he met Akbar first time when he helped Akbar and his courtiers find the way back to their kingdom after having lost their way while on a hunting trip. Akbar and Birbal’s friendship lasted for 30 years before Birbal became a casualty of a war with North West tribes and it is said that Akbar went into a deep mourning for 2 days on hearing this and didn’t eat any food.

Numerous Akbar Birbal stories from this time have been passed on from one generation to another in which Akbar will test Birbal’s skills by throwing him into tricky situations and Birbal had to use his wit to get out of them.

Chimes Radio brings a collection of such bedtime stories for kids to enjoy. Each audio story while having a touch of fun also has a strong moral lesson for children.

Akbar Birbal Stories- Hindi Moral Tales Chimes Radio

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Jalal-ud-din-Mohammad Akbar, also known as Akbar, was one of the most famous Mughal kings and he reigned India during the 16th century. Akbar, unlike other Mughal emperors, was keen to have talented people in his court irrespective of their religion. He had nine gems in his court and amongst them, Birbal was widely considered the most intelligent. A Brahmin by birth, Birbal’s original name was Mahesh Das and he met Akbar first time when he helped Akbar and his courtiers find the way back to their kingdom after having lost their way while on a hunting trip. Akbar and Birbal’s friendship lasted for 30 years before Birbal became a casualty of a war with North West tribes and it is said that Akbar went into a deep mourning for 2 days on hearing this and didn’t eat any food.

Numerous Akbar Birbal stories from this time have been passed on from one generation to another in which Akbar will test Birbal’s skills by throwing him into tricky situations and Birbal had to use his wit to get out of them.

Chimes Radio brings a collection of such bedtime stories for kids to enjoy. Each audio story while having a touch of fun also has a strong moral lesson for children.

    The New Minister (नया मंत्री)

    The New Minister (नया मंत्री)

    It is known by all how much Akbar was fond of Birbal and considered him to be one of his dear friends. But one day Akbar got frustrated with him and Birbal, unable to understand Akbar’s mood, kept on cracking jokes on him. Suddenly Akbar burst out in anger asked Birbal to leave his palace and never return back. Birbal left in peace thinking that once Akbar's temper cools down, he will be summoned back to the court.
    Days passed by but no one from the court arrived to fetch him. Akbar tried to replace Birbal with a new minister but no one could meet up to the standards of witty Birbal. Therefore, Akbar decided to spread the word that whoever will answer his questions properly will be appointed as the next minister in his court.
    On the day of the meeting, Akbar’s other ministers started asking questions "How many shells are there in the seafloor?" Some aspirants answer lakhs, some crores but one man named Chandan answered: "The count of total human eyes in the world is equal to the number of shells in the seafloor." Chandan answered all the other questions with wit and was able to impress everyone in the court including Akbar. Akbar was very happy to meet someone equally intelligent as Birbal and decided to make him the next minister. But Chandan rejects the offer saying that he cannot meet the standards of great Birbal, and suggested instead to Akbar to look for him properly and call him back in his court. Akbar said he would really be happy to meet Birbal and on hearing that, Chandan slowly removed his turban and fake beard. Surprisingly, it was Birbal in the disguise of another man who came to meet Akbar. Akbar was happy to see him again and appointed Birbal back to his old position.
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    • 6 min
    Birbal's Polenta (बीरबल की खिचड़ी)

    Birbal's Polenta (बीरबल की खिचड़ी)

    Once on a cold winter day, Akbar and Birbal were walking by the lake. Out of curiosity, Akbar stopped and put his finger into the freezing water and immediately took it out saying, “I don’t think anyone can sustain a night in this cold water”. Birbal took that as a challenge and said that he would find someone who can do it. Akbar promised a sum of 1000 gold coins to whoever could spend a night standing in the cold water of the lake. Soon, Birbal found a poor man who spent the entire night standing in the freezing water. In the morning, when poor man was taken to court for the reward, Akbar asks him what made him able to stand in the freezing water whole night and the man replied, “My lord, I kept looking at a lamp that was burning at a distance, and spent my entire night looking at it”. On learning this, the emperor refused to offer the reward as he felt it was the warmth of the lamp which helped the man. The plot continues on how Birbal taught Akbar through a demonstration that the poor man deserved his reward.
     
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    • 3 min
    Badshah Ka Tota (बादशाह का तोता)

    Badshah Ka Tota (बादशाह का तोता)

    Once lived a religious man who had the learned the art of training parrots. He would catch parrots with his charm, teach them manners, and then sell them to noblemen at a high price. So one day the man came to the court of Akbar and offered him a parrot.
    Akbar ordered a servant to look after the parrot very carefully and never give him news of any bad happenings with the parrot. But due to the change of environment, the parrot fell sick and died. The poor servant got very scared and thought that Akbar would kill him now as the parrot was very close to the emperor. He immediately went to Birbal seeking his help. Birbal then informed Akbar that his parrot has become a saint- who just looks up, neither eats nor moves. Akbar immediately visits the parrot and discovers that he has died. He understood Birbal's smartness and his mistake in the end.
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    • 4 min
    Sone Ki Bali (सोने की बाली)

    Sone Ki Bali (सोने की बाली)

    Once an attendant in Akbar’s court broke one of Akbar’s favorite flower vase and when he was questioned, the servant lied thinking that Akbar will punish him since it was his favorite vase. But the truth was found out and the servant was expelled from Akbar’s court because of the lie. Birbal, on the other hand, tried to explain the general human tendency of lying which is always not just to cover up flaws or bad deeds but sometimes human beings lie not to break the other person’s heart. Unable to understand Birbal’s philosophy, even he was asked to leave the court by Akbar. That was when Birbal decided to teach Akbar the depth of his argument with the help of golden wheat.
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    • 9 min
    Zidd Par Are Bachche Ko Manana (जिद्द पर अड़े बच्चे को मनाना)

    Zidd Par Are Bachche Ko Manana (जिद्द पर अड़े बच्चे को मनाना)

    Once Birbal was late to the court of Emperor Akbar. When he was asked for the reason, Birbal explained how he was stuck with his crying kids which caused him the delay in getting to the court. Akbar thought Birbal was lying and thus he was not impressed with the answer. To convice Akbar, Birbal decided to pretend like a kid and show Akbar the challenges one face when trying to convince a crying kid throwing tantrums all day long.
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    • 5 min
    Realizing Wrong Habit (गलत आदत का एहसास)

    Realizing Wrong Habit (गलत आदत का एहसास)

    Akbar was quite disturbed and tensed about his son’s bad habit of sucking his own thumb. He tried a lot to cure this habit, but nothing worked. So he summoned a saint in his courtroom for help. After listening to the problem, the saint told that he would come after a few days with a solution and left. This behavior of the saint made Akbar angry but after few days when the saint came back, he simply explained the boy about the consequences of his bad habit and the boy promised never to do it again. Angry Akbar and other courtiers decided to punish the saint for his past behavior but like always Birbal explained the bigger lesson in it.
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    • 3 min

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