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The Noble Stag

As we all know, King Brahmadatta of Benaras was extremely fond of hunting. Luckily for him, on the outskirts of the city was a huge-forest filled with deer. Among them, there was a mighty stag.’

One fine day, the King had gone hunting with his courtiers. He told his courtiers, “rirWu allow even a single deer to escape, I will punish you severely.” So, the courtiers formed a tight r.) circle from which no deer could escape. Then they began to ( beat their sticks on the ground to frighten the deer hiding in the bushes and to make them run. The only way out of their circle was through a small clearing, where the King stood ready with his bow and arrows. The courtiers were beating their sticks on the ground and shouting when suddenly, a stag leapt out of a thicket.

The stag saw that the King was standing in the way. So he looked the King straight in the eye and made a dash towards him. The King was taken aback and shot an arrow towards? the stag hurriedly. Of course, it missed the mark. But the stag rolled over.

Now there is one thing that you must know about the stag. It has excellent instincts and is extremely good at dodging arrows, whether shot at from the back, front or even the tar. If an arrow is aimed at its belly, it pretends to roll over and then jumps up and runs once the danger has passed.

So when this stag rolled over, the King thought that his 41 arrow had found its mark. He lowered his bow and began to walk towards the stag. But the stag suddenly jumped up and shot past the men. When the courtiers realised that the King had been mistaken, they started to laugh.

Now the King thought himself to be an excellent marksman and could not bear the _taunts of his men. He grabbed his sword and set off into the forest in order to catch the stag. He chased the stag for quite a while and covered a long distance.

The stag came upon a hole in the by a rotting tree and filled ground that was covered by the rotting tree and filled with slime. From a distance, it could smell the dirty water and so was careful not to run over it. But the King could not sense the pit and fell right into it.

After a while, the stag realised that he was not being followed any longer. He understood that the King had perhaps fallen into the pit.

So the stag went back to the pit and saw the King struggling for his life. The stag felt very sorry for the King. He decided to save the King’s life even though the King was following him with the intention to kill him.

The stag told the King not to worry and to be brave for a while longer. He then caught a huge rock with his hind legs and lowered himself into the pit. The King caught hold of his neck and the stag climbed out onto the level ground and cried the King to safety.

The King thanked the noble stag again and again and asked him to return with him to Benaras, where he could have anything and everything he wanted. But the stag did not want anything in return for his help. He just requested the King to rule wisely and well and be kind to animals. Then the noble stag disappeared into the forest. King Brahmadatta then vowed not to hunt or hurt any animal.

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