Hitopadesha (Sanskrit: हितोपदेश) meaning "Beneficial Advice" ) is an Indian text in Sanskrit language consisting of enjoyable stories with animal and human characters. It incorporates maxims, worldly wisdom and morals on political affairs in a simple and elegant language. This Hindu text has been very popular, widely translated into many Indian languages, as well as languages found in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe.
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A mere look at the following fun-filled pictures of India's Hitopadesha tales, would depict how beautifully our Indian sages in the most hoary past, have used the innocent animals and birds of the Great God's creation, to convey the practical Truths and Wisdom of human-life to guileless children, through entertaining stories, so that these lessons of Wisdom and Eternal Truths get indelibly impressed in their most impressionable tender minds, right in their childhood years, and is a great guide to them in their later years to lead an intelligent smart life.
In his own introductory verses, Narayana, who is believed by many to be the author of Hitopadesha, acknowledges and attributes his work to the older text Panchatantra. In his ninth verse, he states that he is indebted to the Panchatantra and 'Another Work'. The latter is unknown but possibly it's Hindu Dharmasastras
Hitopadesha differs by having only four divisions to the Panchatantra's five divisions.
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