Vikram and Betaal – Introduction Part 1

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Vikram and Betaal Stories

There is something fascinating about ghost stories, isn’t it? Even if we don’t like the idea of horror, we still want to know what the ghost did!

Today we start a new series in our podcast-the stories of Vikram and Betaal! Talk about a ghost story that holds so many of us in thrall—generations of Indians have grown up listening to and reading these stories.

The original Vikram and Betaal stories are very old…the  stories were written in Vetala Panchavimshati or Betaal Pachisi by the poet Somdev Bhatt from Kashmir. Guess how old they are? Almost a thousand years old!  It is believed that these were based on even older tales! These stories have been around for a long time. As with other stories here, our version has been adapted to make it more suitable for young children.    

Vikram from Vikram and Betaal is Vikramaditya, the great king of Ujjain. He was clever and brave. But who was this Betaal? We’ll have to find out more about Betaal as we move forward in the series.

Listen and Enjoy!

Vikram and Betaal – Introduction

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