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Akbar Birbal: How Akbar Met Birbal

Akbar Birbal Stories | 3-12 yrs | Reading Pod

Akbar used to love going out on hunting expeditions. Once, when Akbar was out on one such expedition, he and some of his courtiers lost their way somehow.

At last, they came to a junction of three roads. Akbar was very happy as he thought that now he could reach his capital, Agra through one of these roads. He was not sure as to which of the three roads led to Agra. No courtier was able to tell which road went to the Emperor’s capital.

Just then, they saw a young man coming towards them on one of the three roads. Akbar called out, “Wait up young man!” and asked him, “Could you tell us which road goes to Agra?”

The man smiled and said, “Sir, none of these roads go to Agra.”

Everybody was shocked at the young man’s audacity. Akbar kept his anger n check and asked the young man again, “What do you mean?”

The man said once more, “People travel, not roads. Do they?”

The Emperor’s anger vanished on hearing this clever reply. He laughed and said, “Yes, you are right. Tell me, what is your name?”

The man said, “My name is Mahesh Das, sir! Now tell me about yourself. Who are you and what is your name?”

Akbar said, “You are talking to Emperor Akbar, the King of Hindustan! I need fearless and witty people like you in my court.” He took off his ring, gifted it to the young man and said, “If you want to be a part of my royal court, come to meet me with this ring and I will recognise you immediately. Now, show us the way to reach Agra. All of us are exhausted and need to reach Agra before the sun sets.”

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  1. i am a grade 6 student i don’t know weather this story i true or not;complete or incomplete but i seem that birbal and akbar r unknown to me they r just a king and his advisor which they were. And when the thing goes to past this is not a historical scit.

  2. Hi Nandini,

    This is popularly supposed to be how Akbar met Birbal. Jodha Akbar is a fictional serial, so it’s possible they showed a different version, keeping how it fits their overall story in mind. Thank you for writing in! Keep reading.

  3. There are many stories that how akbar met birbal but i dont think that this one is the real one.
    I watch jodha akbar ,in that akbar met birbal when birbal handed over a funny complaint related to wives to akbar

  4. Hi Kittu,

    Thank you for pointing this out. We have modified the story accordingly. Birbal is supposed to have met Akbar when he was around 28 years old, so he would be a young man.