King Krishnadevaraya and the queen were very fond of flowers. So there were many varieties of colourful and beautiful flowers in the palace garden. The king and queen visited the garden every morning and evening, they instructed the gardeners to take care of the garden well.
There were many varieties of roses in the garden. The gardeners used to pluck the roses, take them to the queen every day. But, on some days they did not bring the roses. So, the queen was angry with the gardeners and enquired them the reason for not bringing the roses. But the gardeners did not have an answer.
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The queen angrily angrily asked, “Why are you not answering? Tell me the reason. Do you pluck the roses and sell them in the market?”
“No, Your Majesty. Don’t mistake us. We never think of treachery to the kingdom,” replied the gardeners.
“Then, why can’t you bring the roses here?” asked the queen again angrily.
“Oh! Queen! The roses are stolen in the garden. We are not able to find out how the roses are vanished away from the garden. Please forgive us.”
“Okay, you can go. I shall tell the king to strengthen the security,” said the queen. Then the gardeners bowed their heads and went out. The queen then went to the king to complain about the theft of roses in the garden. The king was shocked to hear about the theft. The queen also asked the king to strengthen the security in the palace garden.
The king immediately asked the minister to appoint guards’ to take care of the garden and to catch the thief. The next day, the garden was surrounded by guards’. The guards’ were very alert and did not let anyone inside the garden other than the gardeners.
The guards’ noticed a small gap in the fence. A man’s head was peeping inside the fence through the gap, they immediately acted very fast and caught him red-handed. The held him very tight, that the man could not escape. The guards brought him out of the fence, he had roses tied to his lap. The guards presented him to the chief guard and confined him in the prison.
The chief guard immediately met the king and informed him about the theft and how he was caught red-handed. The chief also told the king that the thief had the roses tied to his lap. The chief also mentioned to the king that the thief was none other than the son of Tenali Raman. The king got really angry and asked the chief to bring Tenali Raman immediately.
As soon as Tenali Raman came to the king he said “Oh! King! The guards have imprisoned my son for theft of roses in the garden.”
Then the King said “Tenali, don’t you know that your son has been caught red-handed?”
“Oh King! My son won’t involve in such kind of theft, please enquire thoroughly to know how far it is true and then come to a decision,” said Tenali Raman.
The king ordered the guards to bring Tenali’s son there immediately. As the king ordered the guards brought him there.
Seeing him, the king asked Tenali Raman, “Is he your son?”
“Yes, your majesty,” asserted Tenali and requested him, “He won’t involve in thefts. Please believe me.”
“Tenali, though I repeatedly tell you, you don’t accept the crime. Guards, disclose the roses from his lap and show them to Tenali,” said the king.
The guards tried to take out the roses from his lap. But to their disappointement there was no rose.
“What are you doing, guards? Take out the roses,” urged the king.
But the guards were perplexed and told the king, “Three are no flowers” and added, “we caught him red-handed. But we are confused to see there are no flowers.”
“Oh King! Please believe us at least now. We do not have such a worse character,” said Tenali with contented mind.
The king thought for a while and not able to take any decision he let Tenali and his son go. They took leave of the king after thanking and greeting him.
Then the king called the guards near to him and asked, “Are you sure that he had the flowers?”
“Yes, your majesty, we are sure. We caught him red-handed and confined him in the prison,” said the guards.
The king again thought for a while and decided that Tenali might have played some tricks. The king further asked the guards, “When you brought Tenali to me, did he speak anything to his son?”
“Yes, your majesty, when he came along with us, he told something to his son.”
“What did he say to him?”
“He said that one who uses one’s mouth wise can survive. Such a dumb one like you can’t be benefitted in any way”
“Oh! Tenali has very wisely instructed his son. He too has wisely behaved.”
“We can’t understand anything, my dear king.”
“When Tenali told him on the wise use of the mouth, his son has eaten all the roses. That’s all,” said the king to the guards and he appreciated Tenali’s wisdom. The guards too came to understand the wisdom of Tenali.