The Prince and the Snake

Once there was a kingdom and the people lived there were very happy. But the King himself was sad and worried. A devilish snake had entered his son’s body. Neither medicine nor magic worked to cure his son.

When the prince grew up, he thought, “It is because of me that my father worried.” And one day, he left the palace. Wandering, he came to another kingdom. He found an isolated temple and started living there. He begged for his food.

The king of that kingdom was cruel. But he had a kind and beautiful daughter so king was unhappy with his daughter. The king thought, “She is always talking to me low of my hard work. I must marry her to a beggar. Then she will know what hard work is.”

So, when the beggar prince came to beg for food in the palace, the cruel king forced him to marry his daughter. The prince and his new bride started going to the isolated temple for living. On their way, they stopped to take rest. The princess went around in search of food, while her husband went to sleep.

When the princess came back, she was shocked to see a snake sitting on her husband’s mouth and there was another snake sitting nearby. They were talking among themselves. “Why don’t you leave the body of the prince? He is so kind and gentle”, said one snake. “You too are evil! You attack passers-by. You should not be telling me what to do,” replied the snake sitting on the mouth of the prince.

The Prince and the Snake

The princess killed both the snakes with all her courage. When her husband woke up, she told him about the two snakes and the prince was happy. Then he told her who he really was and they set off to the prince’s palace. The king was delighted to see his son back. When the king learned that the devilish snake was killed, his joy knew no bounds. The prince and the princess lived happily for a long time.