Here is another interesting story from the Panchatantra album. Once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin with his wife in a village. Both of them were sad, as they had no children. Every day, they prayed to God in the hope, that one day they would be blessed with a child. Ultimately, the god blessed them with a child. The Brahmins wife gave birth to a baby, but the child came to be a snake. Everyone was shocked and advised them to get rid of the snake as soon as possible.
The Brahmins wife remained firm and refused to listen to any one.
She loved the snake as her son and didnt care that her infant was
a snake. She brought up the snake with love and care. She fed him with
the best food she could arrange for. She made a comfortable bed in a box
and made him sleep on it. The snake grew up and his mother loved him all
the more. On one occasion, there was a wedding in the neighborhood; the
Brahmins wife began to think of getting her son married. But the
question aroused, which girl would marry a snake?
Although, she had a belief that she would definitely get a girl for her
son. One day, when the Brahmin returned home, he found his wife in
tears. He asked her, What happened? Why are you crying? She
didnt answer and kept on crying. The Brahmin asked again, Tell
me what hurts you so much?" Finally, she said, I know you dont
love my son. You are not taking any interest in our son. He is grown up.
You dont even think to get him a bride. The Brahmin was
shocked to hear such words. He replied, Bride, for our son? Do you
think any girl would marry to a snake?
The Brahmins wife didnt respond, but she kept on crying. On
seeing her crying like that, the Brahmin decided to go out in search of
a bride for his son. He traveled to many places, but found no girl who
was ready to marry a snake. At last, he arrived in a big city where one
of his friends lived. As the Brahmin had not met him for a long time, he
decided to meet him.
Both of the friends were happy to see each other after a long time and
spent a good time altogether. During the conversation, the friend
happened to ask the Brahmin that why he was traveling round the country.
The Brahmin said, I am looking for a bride for my son. The
friend told him not to go any further and promised his daughters
hand in marriage. The Brahmin was shocked and said, I think, it
would be better if you see my son before deciding this.
His friend refused saying that he knew him and his family, so it was
not necessary to see the boy. He sent his daughter with the Brahmin in
order to get married with his son. The Brahmins wife was happy to
know this and quickly started making preparations for the marriage. When
the villagers heard about this, they went to the girl and advised her
not to marry the snake. The girl refused to hear to them and insisted
that she had to keep her fathers word.
Accordingly, the marriage between the snake and the girl took place.
The girl started living with her husband, the snake. She was a devoted
wife and looked after the snake like a good wife. The snake slept in his
box at night. One night, when the girl was going to sleep, she saw a
handsome young man in the room. She was frightened and was about to run
for help. The young man stopped her and said, Dont fear.
Didnt you recognize me? I am your husband.
The girl didnt believe him. The young man proved himself by
entering into the snakes skin and then came out of it once again
as the young man. The girl was really happy to find her husband in a
human form and fell at his feet. From that night onwards, every night
the young would come out of the snakes skin. He used to stay with
his wife till daybreak and then would slip back into the snakes
One night, the Brahmin heard voices from his daughter-in-laws
room. He kept a watch and saw the snake turning into a young man. He
rushed into the room, seized the snakes skin and threw it into the
fire. The young man said, Dear Father, thank you very much. Due to
a curse, I had to remain a snake until somebody without asking me,
destroy the snakes body. Today, you have done it. Now, I am now
free from the curse." Thus, the young man never became snake again
and lived happily with his wife.