Akbar Birbal

Akbar Birbal stories are definitely the most popular stories among people of all age groups. These stories are full of wit, humor and intelligence. Stories of Akbar and Birbal also convey messages of virtues and moral values. These stories are immensely popular especially amongst the kids. Many literature volumes have been found to contain Akbar Birbal stories. In other words, such stories are an integral part of rich Indian heritage.

The stories of Akbar and Birbal are inspired from historically beautiful relationship shared by the two. Akbar was one of the most famous kings in the history of India. He is credited to start several new things and brought love, peace and equality among the people of the nation. Birbal was not only a close friend of the Emperor but also used to handle administrative and military responsibilities. He was considered as a very intelligent person who possessed abundance of wit and intelligence. He was a member of inner council of nine advisors also known as Nav Ratna. Birbal was a man of wisdom and also a poet of great repute. Let’s share some of the fascinating Akbar Birbal stories.

Birbal’s Khichdi

Once upon a time, Birbal and Akbar decided to take a stroll alongside a beautiful lake. When thoughts took a turn, a simple question occurred to Birbal: How far a man can go to have money? He expressed it to Akbar, who while listening to Birbal sat down and touched the water in the lake. He at once took his hand out as he realized the stabbing cold in his hand. He exclaimed that no one would ever spend a night in this cold water for any amount of money. Birbal believed that someone could. Akbar as determined on his belief as ever challenged Birbal to bring one such being, and he would grant that man a total of one thousand coins made of pure gold.

Birbal started his search, and kept looking for this one man everywhere until he found one. This happened to be a poor guy who was desperate enough to risk a whole night of severe cold to have the gold coins reward.

Akbar when heard the news, appointed his trusty guards to make sure that the poor guy stays in water for the whole night. Surprisingly, the next morning, the poor man came to Akbar after completing his challenge, all sound and healthy, and demanded his much awaited reward. Akbar couldn’t believe it and asked that how he managed to spend the whole night out there. The poor man talked about a light post that he saw around the lake which he kept in focus all night. He believed that by keeping his attention focused on lamp, he managed to avoid thinking about cold. To his surprise, Akbar refused to give him the gold coins as he used lamp’s energy to keep himself warm.

The poor man all disappointed and hurt, informed Birbal. Birbal didn’t make it to the court next day. When Akbar inquired, Birbal conveyed the message that he can’t make it unless his Khichdi is ready. After waiting for several hours, Akbar along with his guards went to visit Birbal. Birbal had a pot of khichdi hanging from the roof of the room several feet away from the fire. Akbar asked Birbal that how he expects for a fire to cook khichdi from such a distance. Birbal very intelligently replied that the same way the poor man received warmth from a lamp post so far away from himself. Akbar once left speechless and had to pay the poor man at the end.

The Three Questions

Akbar and Birbal’s relationship was exemplary in the kingdom at the time of Akbar’s rule. It was evident to the whole court that Akbar was extremely impressed with Birbal. People would always have their eye on Birbal’s activities and behavior so they might find a glitch and thus bring him down in king’s eyes. Amongst these jealous souls, remained a specific courtier who hated whenever Akbar encouraged and praised Birbal. He always wanted to be the chief minister but sadly enough; the seat was occupied by Akbar’s very own Birbal.

The courtier finally expressed his anger to Akbar and challenged him with three questions. He demanded that if Birbal could not answer these questions, he should be demoted from the position, as he didn’t deserve to be the chief minister. Akbar, who always believed Birbal, but yet, wanted to test his wit and intelligence agreed to the challenge. He informed Birbal that if he didn’t answer these questions, he would be required to step off the seat.

The courtier asked the following questions:

How many stars span across the sky?

Where does the centre of earth exist?

The number of males and females in the world?

Birbal brought back his version of answers.

For the first question, he presented a sheep, and replied that the number of hair on this sheep exactly equals the number of stars spanning the sky, and to be sure, the courtier has full right to count them.

For the second question, he drew couple of straight lines on ground and stuck a metal rod in between them. He claimed that it was in fact the centre of the earth, and the courtier can measure it, to his own precision.

The third answer was the most witty and humorous. He replied that the number of males and females cannot be determined nor counted as there are people like the courtier who can neither be termed males nor females and in order to know the exact number, such people would have to be killed.

Akbar was surprisingly proud of his choice. As a result, Birbal continued being the chief minister.

The Foolish Brahmin

Birbal was always very famous for his generosity and his will to help people as a service to them and the country. His fame reached out to a simple but a foolish Brahmin, who wanted to be called a Pandit. This man reached Birbal and presented his query to him. Birbal was completely surprised and couldn’t understand why this foolish Brahmin wants to be a pandit. The Brahmin was an uneducated man. Birbal explained it to him that Pandits are educated and learned people, and hence the title cannot be given to Brahmin, but the foolish man kept arguing about it that he wants Birbal to convince the rest of the community to call him Pandit.

Birbal, being the witty man that he always was, came up with a unique idea. He suggested Brahmin to pretend to be angry at anyone who calls him Pandit. In fact he told him to throw stones at such people and swear at them. Brahmin, who didn’t even understand the basis of it, agreed to the solution. Birbal called upon his workers and guards, and instructed them to call this foolish Brahmin, a Pandit. As Birbal’s workers had no option but to obey his instructions, they started calling the man a Pandit. In a matter of moments, Brahmin reacted in a very explosive manner. He not only started swearing at those people but as directed by Birbal, threw stones at them and kept calling them bad names.

Soon, the crowd started gathering as a result of this sudden burst of angry shouts. It appeared to everyone that the Brahmin got irritated by this very term, Pandit, and thus they started calling him the same to tease him. Within few days the whole city had started to call him Pandit, without even realizing the wit behind it. As a result, the foolish Brahmin became extremely delighted and thanked Birbal again and again for his generosity and intelligence.