Vikram and Betal Stories
The meeeting of Vikram and Betal
In this read you can come to know how vikram and betal met each other for the first time . Vikram and Betal stories are the stories that were told by the betal to the king Vikram.
Vikramaditya, a great king once ruled over a prosperous kingdom with his capital at Ujjain. He was brave as a lion , mighty as the sun and had at the same time immense love for learning and adventure. King Vikram used to reward the scholars ,and punish the evil doers in his court . During his presence in the court , numerous people came to meet him. Some brought for him gifts of jewels, gold or other precious things.
A sage once came to his court . The sage presented the king with a fruit. The king accepted his gift with the same show of courtesy with which he would have accepted a diamond. He handed over the fruit to the royal storekeeper to keep it in royal treasure . The sage then came daily to his court and presnted a fruit on every visit.
One morning, the sage gave him his usual gift just when the king was going out to inspect his treasure . The king accepted the fruit all right and went out while playing with it, tossing it up and then catching it as it came down. The fruit fell down from his hand . A monkey who was on a nearby tree quickly grabbed the fruit and cracked it open .
A precious gem fell down from the fruit . The king was surprised. The king ordered his store keeper to bring the other fruits stored in the treasure , and when they were produced before him, he was further astonished and delighted to see that each one of the fruits contained a precious gem in it.
When the sage came the next day, the king asked him: “Why you bring such precious gifts for me? “. The sage replied that he would tell The king in private . In kings secret chamber the sage said , I will ask you to do something which requires courage. But, for that, you must meet me in the center of the cremation ground near a banyan tree beyond the city, at night, on the next no moon night of the month.”Vikram hesitated for a while. But agreed to the sage with a spirit of adventure . He agreed to meet the sage at the appointed hour.
It was a dark night with a terrible wind blowing. When Vikram reached the cremation ground, he was received by the howling foxes and jackals. As he made his way through the ground, he saw in the flashes from lightning fearful faces of ghosts and ghosts staring at him or dancing around him. But undaunted, Vikram reached the banyan tree at the centre of the cremation ground .
The sage was delighted to see him. “Now, what’s the work you want me to perform?” asked the king. “At the northern-most corner of this ground stands a very ancient tamarind tree. You will see a corpse hanging from one of its branches. Go and fetch it for me. I am seeking certain occult powers which I will get only if a king brings this particular corpse to me and if I practice certain rites sitting on it,” said the sage .
To fetch a corpse that hung on a distant tree in that stormy night was not at all a pleasing task. But King Vikram braved the weather and the darkness as well and soon reached the tamarind tree.
He found the corpse hanging when he raised his torch .He climbed the tree and with a stroke of his sword cut the rope with which the corpse had been tied to the branch. The corpse fell to the ground, and started to cry . Here Vikram and Betal met for the first time.
Vikram, not knowing that the corpse was possessed by a spirit, thought that the fellow was alive. He came down and lifted up the body and put on his shoulder . At that the corpse began to laugh. Surprised, the king asked: “Why do you laugh?” No sooner had the king opened his mouth than the corpse slipped away from his shoulders and hung on to the tree by itself. Six times did King Vikram bring it down and six times the corpse escaped from his capture .
At last Vikram could realize that the corpse did the mischief only when he talked. On the seventh time Vikram put the corpse on his shoulder and began walking quietly.
He had gone only a few steps when the corpse which, in fact, was a betal (vampire,ghost ) , said: “O King, tiresome is the way. We have to walk quite a long distance , Let me tell you a tale to keep you amused!”.
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