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The Little Bowman
Once there was a dwarf who had experienced all the
Vedas and eighteen other branches of Studies
under the management of the greatest teacher of
the time in Taxila. As he was also a great
archer and he was also called as "The Little Bowman".
The Little Bowman had the dream to become the
royal archer but because of his short figure he
was not anywhere found to be suitable for the
same. However, he still, without
being upset he thought, "Why don't I find
out a person who is big in size to enter into this royal
service, behind whom I shall actually act as a
Very soon, he found a muscular weaver, who he
come close to and questioned, "What is your name
"Bhimasena", the weaver replied.
"Weave no more, O friend! I shall soon make you
very rich. No country has an archer like me.
Yet, no king employs me because I am a dwarf.
But you have a look that attracts every king to
employ you. So I will take you to the king where you
would pretend that you are a great archer. I
would perform the duty of the archer by hiding
behind you. The king will surely employ you and
pay you ample salary. In this way we shall both
The weaver agreed and they both went to the
king. Bhimasena was employed as a royal archer
and the little man became his page.
One day, the local people came to the king to
complain about the danger of a area man-eater
tiger. The king called Bhimasena and hand over the responsibility to kill the tiger.
As Bhimasena had no experience of hunting he was
very much distressed by the royal authority.
Bowman advised him,
"You must go to the place where the tiger lives but don't
contact the tiger alone. You must gather up the
people of that area with bows and arrows and
to the spot. After reaching there you stay
behind some thicket and let the people move
and kill the tiger. When the tiger be killed you
then make a sudden appearance and annoy them for
killing the tiger, which you wanted to
catch alive to follow the royal order. You then
ask the people to bring the offender, who had
disobey the royal order. The people would then
keep their lips tight and no one would come
forward to tell who had killed the tiger. Thus,
the king would believe that you are the one, who
had killed the tiger."
In the same way, the Little Bowman kept on helping
Bhimasena. But the person as the time passed on
became unappreciative, self-important and insulting to
Little Bowman. This made the dwarf think of
teaching a lesson to the fake archer at an
A few months later, when a unfriendly neighboring
king begin with a dynamic battle and attacked,
the patron king ordered the Bhimasena to go and
shoot the enemy parade. Following the command of
the king, he marched towards the battle-field on an
elephant's back. And behind him sat the little
bowman. But when he looked at the advancing enemy
parades he was terrified and fell down on the
loads of the elephant's dung.
Little Bowman, who was sitting behind him, then
took the opportunity of taking the command.
He first shouted at Bhimasena, "O Bhimasena! You
show off too much. You promised that you can kill the
enemy king but when the time comes you can't
even stay on the elephant's back. Now, you go
and wash yourself clean. I will save you and
He hoist the battle cry and dashed into the
fight. Soon, he broke the enemy camp and
captured the enemy king alive and brought him
before his king. This made the king very
contented. He honored him and selected him as the
chief of the royal army in the credit of his
bravery. Little Bowman then sent back the
weaver to his native place and provided him with some