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Baalgatha : Children's Bedtime Stories

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Baalgatha means childrens' stories. We will bring to you Ageless Children's Stories from India and around the world. We source our content from Panchatantra, Jataka, Aesop's Fables, and other classic stories. Soon, we will introduce original content created by contemporary authors. Every week, Baalgatha release two stories, alternating in English and Hindi. Baalgatha is India's first podcast to be delivered over WhatsApp. Visit www.gaatha.co to learn more.
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access_time3 days ago
This is a story carries a message that greed is bad. This story is based on the Gold Giving Serpant from the book Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs.

You may find a lot of similarities with The Golden Swan from the Jataka Tales, and also the hen that laid a golden egg- stories that have different characters and animals but carry a similar meaning. Both these stories will be published in a future episode of Baalgatha Podcast.

You can learn more about this story by visiting [gaathastory.com/gold-giving-serpant](https://gaathastory.com/gold-giving-serpant)

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at contact at gaathastory dot com, or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site. You can learn more about this tale by visiting the gaathastory.com

You can subscribe to Baalgatha Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Book My Show Jukebox, Saavn App and now on Google Podcasts. Visit baalgatha.com to learn more. Form there, you can also leave us a review on your favourite podcasting app or site, we will greatly appreciate it!
access_time7 days ago
Today we bring to you a user contributed story- Room of Memories by Gauri Awasthi. This is the second time we are publishing a story by Gauri- last year, she was the winner of the Baalgatha Sotrytelling Competition, which she won for her story [The Grey Brown](https://audioboom.com/posts/5681064-the-grey-brown-a-story-by-gauri-awasthi).

Room Full of Memories is a story of a little girl Emily who has to do a task she hates- cleaning her room. But as she is left with no choice- thanks to an ultimatum by her mother, she begins to find things in her room that bring back fond memories. Listen to this beautiful little story to learn more.

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com?Subject=Baalgatha-Podcast), or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site. You can learn more about this tale by visiting the [gaathastory.com](https://gaathastory.com)

You can subscribe to Baalgatha Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Book My Show Jukebox, Saavn App and now on Google Podcasts. Visit baalgatha.com to learn more. Form there, you can also leave us a review on your favourite podcasting app or site, we will greatly appreciate it!
access_time10 days ago
This is a beautiful tale from Africa which tells us how the Frog became the King of the Marshes and the Swamps. We thought this story was particularly interesting given the time of the year- by early July, the monsoons have spread across most parts of India, and you might hear the croaking of frogs every now and then.

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com), or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site. You can learn more about this tale by visiting the [gaathastory.com](https://wp.me/p9pH1r-4)

You can subscribe to Baalgatha Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Book My Show Jukebox, Saavn App and now on Google Podcasts. Visit baalgatha.com to learn more. Form there, you can also leave us a review on your favourite podcasting app or site, we will greatly appreciate it!
access_time15 days ago
Today we bring to you a delightful little story from Japan, about two frogs. One of them lives in Osaka, while the other stays in Kyoto. One day, the decide to visit each other's city. They do now know each other, of course, but when they meet half way on the top of a hill, they become friends. During the process of the conversation, they are curious to see each other's city. What do they discover? Does the frog from Osaka like Kyoto? What about the frog from Kyoto?
Listen to this story to learn more. 

You can subscribe to Baalgatha Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Book My Show Jukebox, Saavn App and now on Google Podcasts. Visit [baalgatha.com](https://baalgatha.com) to learn more. Form there, you can also leave us a review on your favourite podcasting app or site, we will greatly appreciate it!
access_time19 days ago
Kabir was a poet and saint who lived in Northern India in the 15th century. His writings have influenced Hinduism's Bhakti movement and his verses are found in Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikhs. His early life was in a Muslim family, but he was strongly influenced by his teacher Ramananda. 

We bring to you this special episode to mark the 500th death anniversary of Sant Kabir. His profile was compiled from Wikipedia and other public domain sources by Gaatha Story. Narration by Sheerali Biju.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 Noncommercial International License. If you use this audio edition of Sant Kabir's Profile, please attribute it to [Baalgatha Podcast](https://baalgatha.com).

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at contact at gaathastory dot com, or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site.

And Now, introducing the Baalgatha Channel on Telegram App! You can subscribe to the channel to receive updates when ever a new story is published.

Visit [t.me/baalgatha](t.me/baalgatha) to subscribe on your phone using the Telegram App.
access_time26 days ago
This is a story form Panchatantra which teaches us that one must leave some things to fate. If some positive this is in our destiny, it will happen no matter what.

This story is as follows; a merchant's son buys an expensive book which has only one teaching, namely, the book notes that one should leave certain things to one's fate. When his father learns about the purchase and interest in that book, he asks his son to leave the house. Listen to this story to learn what happens next.

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com?Subject=Baalgatha), or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site.

And Now, introducing the Baalgatha Channel on Telegram App! You can subscribe to the channel to receive updates when ever a new story is published. Visit [t.me/baalgatha](https://t.me/baalgatha) to subscribe on your phone using the Telegram App.
access_time28 days ago
[t.me/baalgatha](t.me/baalgatha)On occasion of Father's Day, we thought of publishing the story  A Bundle of Sticks.

This is a short story with a powerful message. A dying man calls his sons and teaches them the value of staying united. The lesson we learn from this story is that Unity is Strength.

This is a story from Panchatantra and also Aesop's Fables. On Wikipedia, there is an entire page dedicated to this story! You can learn more about this story by visiting [gaathastory.com/bundle-of-sticks](gaathastory.com/bundle-of-sticks).

Did you like this story? If so, we would love to hear from you. You can write to us at [contact at gaathastory dot com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com?Subject=Baalgatha-Bundle-Of-Sticks), or leave a review on your favourite podcast app or site.

And Now, introducing the Baalgatha Channel on Telgram App! You can subscribe to the channel to receive updates when ever a new story is published. Visit t.me/baalgatha to subscribe on your phone using the Telegram App.
access_time1 month ago
We thought of publishing this short episode on  occasion of Ramazan Id (in many parts of the world spelt as Ramadan Id). Also  known as Eid al-Fitr (ʻĪd al-Fiṭr)
According to Wikipedia, this festival is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). This festival marks the end of Ramadan fasting and is a day for celebrations. Family members greet one another and there are prayers and social gatherings. Traditional sweet dishes are prepared. 

Eid Mubarak to listeners
access_time1 month ago
Two Friends and the Bear is a classic from [Aesop's Fables](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesop%27s_Fables). Two Friends set out on a journey. They leave their village and soon reach a dense forest. There they see a huge bear walking towards them. One of the two friends climbs a tee, while the other is left high and dry on the ground. Using his presence of mind, the second friend pretends to be dead.
What happens next? Listen to this story to learn more. Or, visit https://gaathastory.com/bear-travellers to learn more about this story. If you have any comments or feedback, or; you want to send your drawing or picture to the Kids' Corner of [gaatha story](https://gaathastory.com) send us an email at [contact@gaathastory.com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com?Subject=Kids' Corner)
access_time1 month ago
You will find various versions of this story in Panchatantra, Aesops Fables.

One hot afternoon, a lion was fast asleep when a mouse entered the lion's den and jumped all around the lion, and thus woke him up. The lion caught him and was about to kill him, when the little mouse pleased with the lion to let him go.

"I will help you in return some day". The lion was rather amused to hear this, thinking, “What good can he do me. . . ” but he let him go.

A few days later, the lion was trapped in a net that was cast by some hunters. He struggled hard to set himself free but, he soon realised he was trapped. He roared with anger.

The little mouse heard the lion’s roar, and see­ing the lion caught in the net, he started gnawing away at the net at once. The mouse had sharp teeth and he soon freed the lion. Moral of the story is :"Make friends, however strong or weak they may be"

You can learn more about this story, including information on the image used for this story, by visiting [www.gaathastory.com/grateful-mouse.](www.gaathastory.com/grateful-mouse)
access_time2 months ago
This is a story about a farmer and his lazy sons. Listen to this tale to know how the farmer teaches his sons the importance of hard work. You can listen to many such amazing stories by visiting [www.gaathastory.com](https://www.gaathastory.com)

Once upon a time, a hardworking farmer had four sons. The farmer worked very hard in the field, but the sone were least interested in farming. Instead, they would spend their time lazying around. The farmer once day fell very sick, and he felt that his end was near. 

He called his sons to his side, and expressed his sadness because he had failed in making his sons realize the importance of hard working. He told the sons that there was a treasure hidden in the field, and that he wanted his sons to find the treasure.

Once the old farmer died, the sons took up their sickles and ploughs, and dug up the entire field in search of the treasure. Three months thus passed, but they did not find any treasure. However, because of their efforts, they could raise a bumper crop, and make a lot of money by selling the grains. 

The sons had learnt a valuable lesson that hard work yields great rewards.
access_time2 months ago
In this story, a group of quails lives near a forest. A bird catcher (fowler) imitates the voice of the leader of the quails and catches a few quails everyday. The leader of the quails decides to help his group. Does he succeed in his mission? Listen to this story to learn more. The moral of this story is that United we stand, but divided we fall. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (Panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time2 months ago
A King once kept a monkey as a pet in his palace. The monkey feeds on the various dishes and enjoyed the luxuries awarded by the King. Once, the King gives a sword to the Monkey. What does the monkey do with the sword? Listen to this story from Panchatantra to learn more.

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (Panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time2 months ago
This is the story about Mir, a guard in a King's Palace. Once he is invited for the wedding of a rich merchant's daughter. During the wedding, he is insulted by the merchant's servant. How does Mir respond to this insult? Listen to this story to learn more. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (Panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time2 months ago
This is a story from Bodhisatta's life. Bodhisatta once took birth as the valuer for a King. The King thought that the valuer would one day spend all his treasure, and decided to replace Bodhisatta with a dullard. The new valuer used his own judgement and paid random fees for the horses and elephants. Once a horse dealer brought 500 horses from the north, and he was offered a measure of rice in return. The horse dealer seeks the help from Bodhisatta. What advice does the Bodhisatta give? Listen to this story to learn more. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (Panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time2 months ago
This is a story from the tales of Naseeruddin Hoodja. Hoodja borrows a copper vessel (a cauldron) from his neighbor, and returns two cauldrons instead. After some time, Hoodja borrows the pot, and does not return it. What is the reason for this? Listen to this story to learn more. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time2 months ago
In this story ,a nervous hare almost leads to a stampede in a forest. Learn how the Buddha in the form of an animal comes to the rescue of  his fellow beasts. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting www.gaathastory.com. Every week, we bring you stories from India (panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: contact@gaathastory.com
access_time3 months ago
This classic story from Panchatantra teaches us a moral that whenever two persons fight, a third always gains. Two cats find a piece of cake, and enter into an argument. A monkey decides to be the judge and offers to divide the cake between the cats. What happens next? Listen to this story to learn more. 

You can listen to more such stories by visiting [www.gaathastory.com](https://gaathastory.com). Every week, we bring you stories from India (panchatantra, Jataka, Hitopadesha), and around the world. 

Do you have any comments or feedback about the stories? You can write to us at: [contact@gaathastory.com](mailto:contact@gaathastory.com)
access_time5 months ago
This is a story from Panchatantra about two friends- a lion and a dog. The lion does not get enough food and is hungry and weak. The dog, on the other hand, is very well fed. The lion asks the dog how he is able to stay hale and hearty, and the dog replies that his master gives him food three times a day. Upon listening to this, the lion replies that it is better to stay free and hungry rather than be well fed and serve a master.

The moral of this story is that there is no price for freedom. This story was previously published in Hindi on Baalgatha Podcast as बाघ और कुत्ता (Bagh Aur Kutta).

**Now you can listen to Hindi stories from Baalgatha on [BookMyShow Jukebox](https://in.bookmyshow.com/jukebox/free-music-download) and [Storytel](https://www.storytel.in/search-baalgatha)! Visit [www.baalgatha.com](https://baalgatha.com) to learn more.**

Would you like to see your English or Hindi story published on Baalgatha Podcast? If yes, write to us at contact@gaathastory.com and we will be happy to talk to you!
access_time7 months ago
This is a story contributed by Pooja Mohan, and narrated by Sheerali Biju. Listen to this story to learn what happens when three letters of the alphabet - V,W and X get into a fight.
access_time8 months ago
This is a story from Panchatanta which teaches a moral that even the weak can overcome the powerful by applying their mind.
access_time11 months ago
On Occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the day we pray Lord Ganesh, we bring to you aa story from his life. Listen on Baalgatha Podcast.
access_time1 year ago
Two great leaders of India, Gandhiji and Shastriji, were born on October 2nd. In this episode, we narrate one story involving the life of each leader, which demonstrates their character.
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Mother's Day, we bring to you the story of Hirkani, a brave woman and an amazing mother who lived during the period of Shivaji Maharaj. Listen to her story to learn more.
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Buddha Purnima, we bring you the story of how the Prince Siddharth became the Buddha. You can learn more about this story by visiting baalgatha website at www.baalgatha.com
access_time1 year ago
In this short story, we learn a very important message: it is better to be free than to be owned by somebody.
access_time1 year ago
This is a story from Panchatantra which teaches us that it is not wise to open our mouth when it is not necessary. This story is as follows:
In a pond lives a tortoise who has two cranes for friends. Once, the lake begins to dry up because of a famine. The cranes decide to fly away to a different pond. The tortoise asks the cranes to take her with them. Listen to this story to learn what happens next.
access_time1 year ago
This is a classic story from Panchatantra, in which a dog by the name of Chitranga travels to a far away country in search of food. he is forced to live his village because it suffers from a drought. Upon going to the foreign country, he finds good food but is also attacked by other dogs. In the end, he realizes that it is better to live in one's own country. You can learn more about this tory by visiting http://www.baalgatha.com/dog-abroad
access_time1 year ago
We bring to you a folk tale from Nigeria, about a Hippopotamus and a Tortoise. Listen to this story to learn how the wily tortoise is able to outsmart the hippo.

Image courtesy: http://wordinfo.info/words/images/4-hippo-tortoise-eating.gif
access_time1 year ago
In this story, a group of hares decides to end their lives because they always life in fear of predators. When they go near a pond a jump into the waters and end their lives, they come across a group of frogs who are frightened by the chaos created by the hares. You can learn more about this story from aesop's fables by visiting www.gaatha.co/hare-frogs
access_time1 year ago
14th April marks the birth anniversary of the man behind India's constitution and a leader who worked towards the upliftment of Dalits: Babasaheb Amnedkar. Listen to this story to learn why he is so well respected and we celebrate his birthday as Ambedkar Jayanti.
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, a festival to mark birth of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god; we are pleased to publish a story about his birth. Listen to this story to learn about his parents and how he came to be born. Finally, learn how he came to be known as Hanuman.
You can learn more about Hanuman and Hanuman Jayanti by visiting http://www.gaatha.co/hanuman
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, the most important festival of the Jains, we are pleased to release a story about an incident involving the life of Lord Mahavir. This story also teaches us a moral- that we should not make hasty decisions. To learn more about this story and Lord Mahavir, visit
http://www.gaatha.co/mahavir
access_time1 year ago
On the occasion of the festival of Ram Navmi, we are pleased to publish the story of how Lord Ram was born. To learn more about this story, visit www.gaatha.co/ram-navmi
access_time1 year ago
This is a story from Jataka Tales, which tells us how a hare came to live on the moon. A Hare and his three friends decide to offer a sacrifice on the day of a festival. How the Hare makes a sacrifice is what this story is all about.

यह जातक की कहानियों की एक कहानी है, जो हमें बताती है कि चंद्रमा पर एक खरगोश कैसे जीता है। एक हरे और उनके तीन दोस्त एक त्योहार के दिन एक बलिदान देने का फैसला करते हैं। कैसे हरे एक बलिदान करता है यह जांने इस कहानी को सुनकर
access_time1 year ago
Wishing all listeners a Happy Gudi Padwa/ Ugadi/ Cheti Chand! It is interesting how the same day is celebrated under different names in various parts of India. This festival also marks the beginning of the new Year, so wishing all of you a Very Happy new Year!

In this episode, we tell you haw this festival is celebrated across different parts of India, namely, in the sates of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kashmir, Manipur, and also by the Sindhi community. We also narrate the food that is to be eaten on this day.
You can learn more about this festival by visiting http://www.gaatha.co/gudipadwa-ugadi
access_time1 year ago
We are super excited to announce that our new podcast Myths, Legends and Fairytales of India, is almost ready for release!
If you would like to be notified when the Myths, Legends and Fairytales of India podcast goes live, visit http://www.gaatha.co/mlftpodcast and sign up with your name, email address or phone number.
Today, we are including a sample from this podcast, that is, a snippet from the story The Son of Seven Queens. Hope you will like it!
access_time1 year ago
This is a story from the Storyweaver Collection from Pratham Books, in which a Hare and a Tortoise once again participate in a race. However, this time it is a race against time: they have to deliver a message to the King of the neighbouring forest, and return the same day. Listen to this story in Hindi to learn how we can achieve success by supporting one another.
To learn more about Storyweaver, visit https://storyweaver.org.in
access_time1 year ago
access_time1 year ago
The Grey Brown is a story written by Gauri Awasthi. This story was submitted by her for the Baaglatha Storytelling Competition. We found this story to be very interesting, and very different from the stories that we have published so far.
In Gauri's Own Words,
"I have written a story called 'The Grey Brown'. The genre of the story is thriller. The protagonist of this story is Nancy, a young girl, and other characters are Luna, Lily, Amelia Brown and the teacher.
The story traces a young girl going to school after Christmas holidays. She sees a statue she did not see in the school before. Strange things began and she wants to unravel the secret of the grey statue.
I like reading thrilling books and like watching thriller, horror or suspense movies, that is why I chose to write a story based on this genre.
Hope you like the story. Have a nice day."

For her award winning submission, she has received a coupon from Earth Baby, worth Rupees 500. You can learn more about this story and our young author by visiting www.gaatha.co/amelia-brown
access_time1 year ago
This is the story of a donkey who wears the skin of a lion. This is a Jataka Story. Here the ass’s master puts the lion’s skin over his beast and turns it loose to feed in the grain fields during his travels. The village watchman is usually too terrified to do anything but finally one of them raises the villagers; when they chase the ass, it begins to bray and betrays its true identity. The ass is then beaten badly.

You can learn more about this story by visiting www.gaatha.co/gadha
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of the festival of Holi, we present to you The Story of Holi. Rather, this is a collection of short tales and legends from different parts of India that are associated with this festival of colors. These include the story of Holika and Prahlad, and of course the story of Radha and Krishna.

How do you celebrate this festival? Write to us at contact@gaatha.co or send us a voice or text message at +91-9850800464
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Womens' Day on March 8th, we bring to you a story about an incredible woman- Onakke Obavva. This is a story of her bravery, but also is an example of the dedication of women.

Onake Obavva was a woman who fought the forces of Hyder Ali single-handedly with a pestle (Onake) in the kingdom of Chitradurga of Karnataka, India. She is regarded as the foremost women warriors and patriots. You can learn more about her by visiting www.gaatha.co/obavva.
access_time1 year ago
यह कहानी पंचातंत्र से है, जिसमें हम यह सीखते है की अगर हम दल बदलते रहेंगे तो हमारा कोई भी साथ नहीं देगा। चमगादड़ का उदाहरण देकर यह कहानी हमें यह समझती है। इस कहानी के बारे में अधिक जांने के लिए जाइए www.gaatha.co/swarth पर


यह कहानी अंग्रेज़ी में हम The Selfish Bats इस नाम से
प्रकाशित कर चुके है।
This is the story involving birds, animals, and the bats. There is a war between birds and animals, and the bats decide that they will support the winning party. In the end, the birds and animals sign a truce and the birds are forced to hide in the caves. This story teaches us a moral that we should not try to waiver in our decision.
The English version of this story was published on Baalgatha as The Selfish Bats. http://www.gaatha.co/bats
access_time1 year ago
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was an Indian pro-independence activist, lawyer, politician, poet, writer and playwright. On occasion of his death anniversary on 26th February, we present a story from his life- where he told the police that a pen is mightier than a sword.
You can learn more about Veer Savarkar and his story by visiting http://www.gaatha.co/savarkar
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of Mahashivratri (the grand night of Lord Shiva) we bring to you two short stories related to this festival. The first story is about a tribal who accidentally showered 1,000 leaves from a bilva tree on to the Shivlinga. In the second story, we narrate how Shiva settled a dispute between Brahma and Vishnu. You can learn more about this festival by visiting www.gaatha.co/shiva
access_time1 year ago
यह कहानी पंचतंत्र की कहानियों में से एक है। इस कहानी से हमें यह शिक्षा मिलती है की हमें सोच समझ कर निर्णय लेना चाहिए।
इस कहानी को आप हमारी वेब्साइट www.gaatha.co/wise-monkey पर भी सुन सकते है।
In this story, a wise monkey, who is leader of the monkeys, saves his clan by his presence of mind. This is a story with a moral that one needs to do their proper research before jumping for an opportunity.
access_time1 year ago
On occasion of birth Anniversary of Shivaji, we are presenting a story from his life. Shivaji was a great warrior King and he established the Maratha empire in the second half of 1600s.
In this story, Shivaji used guile to overpower Afzal Khan, who was a very powerful warrior. The moral of this story is that with wit and guile, one can overcome even a powerful enemy.

You can learn more about this story at www.gaatha.co/shivaji
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