The Three Promises
Once upon a time there lived a person named Aditya. One day he was travelling in the forest, and Aditya was thirsty and wanted water.
He spotted a well that was brimming with water. He was close to the water source to savor the water and was shocked to witness a tiger, a snake, and a human stuck in the well. The three asked Aditya for help and promised not to hurt him.
Despite his fear of tigers and snake, Aditya is determined to save the three by putting a rope into the well.
The grateful tiger, snake, and man each said they would repay Aditya for his generosity. The tiger gifted him gold ornaments adorned with precious stones and invited him into his cave every time he was in the forest. The snake promised to aid Aditya whenever it asked for help. He was later revealed to be an expert goldsmith from Capital City and was willing to be Aditya’s forever friend and invited to visit his home.
A few years later, Aditya remembered the tiger’s promise and visited his cave a few years later. The tiger welcomed him with a warm smile and provided him with water and food. He gave Aditya the gold ornaments he had received earlier as a gift. Not knowing what to do with them, Aditya asked his goldsmith friend for help.
To his surprise, the goldsmith recognized the ornaments as those he had made for the king’s younger brother, who had gone missing a few months earlier. Hoping to claim the reward offered by the king for information about the prince’s where abouts, the goldsmith accused Aditya of killing the prince and went to the palace to report him.
Without listening to Aditya’s side of the story, the king ordered his soldiers to arrest him and put him in jail. Desperate for help, Aditya called the snake’s name loudly, and the snake appeared before him. Aditya told him everything that had happened and asked for his help.
The snake devised a plan to save Aditya from the false accusations. He bit the queen, causing her to fall ill, and spread the news that a venomous snake had bitten the queen. The king announced that he would prize anyone who could save the queen’s life.
Aditya, who was still in jail, offered to save the queen’s life so that no one was present in the room except him. The king agreed, and Aditya entered the queen’s room and called the snake’s name. The snake appeared and removed the poison from the queen’s body, saving her life.
The grateful king asked Aditya what reward he wanted. Aditya asked the king to listen to his story, and the king realized that he had been wrong to believe the goldsmith’s lies. He freed Aditya from jail, rewarded him with gold coins, and punished the goldsmith for his false accusation.
Ultimately, Aditya’s kindness and trust in his friends, the tiger, the snake, and the goldsmith, helped him overcome a difficult situation and proved that good deeds are always rewarded.
Moral: Not every promise can be trusted