Tenali a small village in the Andhrapradesh was under the province of Vijayanagar, then ruled by the king Krishnadevaraya. Krishnadevaraya had eight exponents as well as scholar in his court. One of them is Tenali Ramakrishna. His actual name is Ramakrishna, but he is popularly known as Tenali Ramakrishna. That too with the blessings of Goddess Kali, his journey to fame and fortune began.
Tenali Ramakrishna is well known for his wit and humour. He is capable of solving any problem and he too will come out of any complicated situations with his power of cleverness and intelligence.
Tenali rama’s experiences are presented in the of tales for the children to learn many life lessons. There are many books on this topic where authors have tried their best to bring out the teachings of Tenalirama to the wider world.
Tenalirama is a jester in the court of Sri Krisnhadevaraya, as Birbal in the court of king Akbar. Tenalirama had struggled a lot to find a place in the Sri krishnadevaraya’s court. He was made to under gone many test to prove his mettle. From the childhood, though Rama is a clever boy, but was also very lazy. The way Rama matures and understands the nuances of life, is well narrated in the tale RAMA AND THE GODDESS KALI. All his efforts to win the king’s heart and acquire a stable job in the king’s court is quite clearly shared in the tale “RAMA JOINS THE KING”S COURT.
Rama’s competition with Rajguru Thathachariar, a senior scholar is a lesson for many. Rama settling all his debts and how he manages to save his wealth is a story with a lot of twist &turns. Rama’s special quality is his loyalty &honesty towards his king &his kingdom, this is truly captured in the tale RAMA EXPOSES THE GREEDY SOLDIERS.
Rama’s intellect was beyond comparison and he was superior to other courtiers too, but often many try to humiliate him in the presences of others in a silly way, but will find an answer to stop them. He never left his courage &boldness. These are the few lessons Tenali Rama has left for the world because of which he is remembered in the history even today.
Many tales like RAMA THE WRESTLING CHAMPION, ARTIST IN RAMA, RAMA THE SCHOLAR, RAMA’S THIN BUT STRONG COLT are the ones which brings forth the various facets of Rama. RAMA ANNOYS THE KING, is a tale which results due to his funny tales &clownish acts, but the tale too concludes happily with his same clownish act. It will definitely be a good read for children and teaches not to get serious over any issue.
Like these there are many tales teaching us many morals and ethics which are must for the humankind. Encourage children to read books and value the historical writings.
The statue of TenaliRama in Tenali town in the Guntur District of Andhrapradesh