The Panchatantra is a renowned collection of moral tales and stories. Through the jungle of the speaking animals Vishnusharman has created a storehouse of wisdom in the form of short stories for children. These stories written as far back as 2000 years came to be known as Panchatantra. The influence of Vishnusharman’s stories has been vast. By the 3rd and 4th centuries Panchatantra had already been translated into Syriac and Arabic from the original version in Sanskrit written in the 1st and 2nd century A.D. Subsequently there were versions in Paisachi, Pahlavi and Prakrit (other Indian languages). Panchatantra has been translated into 50 different languages with 200 different versions. What is more interesting is that even Grimms fairy tales and Aesops fables can be t raced back to this treasure-house of animal tales created by Vishnusharman.


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