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Sunday, August 26, 2007

About Panchatantra

Panchatantra is a collection of Hindu fables originally written in Sanskrit. It is believed to be written about 200 B.C. by a Hindu scholar called Vishnu Sharma.
It is believed that around 200 B.C., a king called Amarasakthi who ruled the city-state of Mahilaropyam in the southern part of India had commissioned Vishnu Sharma to educate his three sons who were not very bright. To educate these princes who are dull witted, Vishnu Sharma composed tales that could be easily understood while imparting lifes lessons at the same time.

These tales are divided into five parts and are known as Panchatantra (This word can be roughly translated to five strategies)

Mitra Bhedha (The Loss of Friends)

Mitra Laabha (Gaining Friends)

Suhrudbheda (Causing Dissension Between Friends)

Vigraha (Separation)

Sandhi(Union)

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