Videos of Panchatantra stories in Sanskrit with English translation

April 2, 2021

This YouTube channel features the Panchatantra stories recited in Sanskrit:

https://www.youtube.com/c/panchatantra-stories

Panchatantra has stories divided into 5 tantras or chapters. These chapters are Mitrabheda, Mitrasamprapti, Kakolukiyam, Labdhapranasha and Aparikshitakarakam. Each of these tantras has a main thread story which expands on the main theme of the tantra by including many sub-stories. It is very typical to find these sub-stories presented as independent or standalone stories. While that itself has value, the main intent of the Panchatantra can be seen or understood by listening to these sub-stories in the context of the main thread story. All these sub-stories have been used to support a particular argument by the characters of the main story. So in order to get a holistic understanding of Panchatantra, it is useful to first start from the main thread story and then jump into the thread story like how it has been presented in the original Panchatantra.

Panchatantra is a combination of prose and poetry. Innumerable Subhashitas have been included from various other Sanskrit works in Panchatantra. Most of the time, in the commonly found Panchatantra translations, this wealth of learning from Subhashitas is mostly lost.

This YouTube channel is an attempt to present the stories in the same way they appear in the original Panchatantra. The stories have been slightly shortened but care has been taken to ensure that the essence of the stories isn’t lost. The story narration here retains many of the Subhashitas as well. The videos include Devanagari script along with simple English translation. Intention is to get the audience interested in the Original Sanskrit Panchatantra.

This is a work in progress but here is the list of the completed stories with their YouTube links:

kathāmukham कथामुखम्

Why was Panchatantra written?

1. mitrabhedaḥ मित्रभेदः

Thread story

Sub-stories

2. mitrasamprāptiḥ मित्रसम्प्राप्तिः

Thread story

Sub-stories

  • 2.1. hiraṇyaka-tāmracūḍa-kathā हिरण्यक-ताम्रचूड-कथा
    • 2.1.1. tilavikraya-śāṇḍilī-kathā तिलविक्रय-शाण्डिली-कथा
      • 2.1.1.1 pulinda-śūkara-śṛgāla-kathā पुलिन्द-शूकर-शृगाल-कथा
    • 2.1.2. prāptavyamartha-vaṇikputra-kathā प्राप्तव्यमर्थ-वणिक्पुत्र-कथा
  • 2.2. mandabhāgya-somilaka-kathā मन्दभाग्य-सोमिलक-कथा
    • 2.2.1. vṛṣabhānusāri-śṛgāla-kathā वृषभानुसारि-शृगाल-कथा

3. kākolūkīyam काकोलूकीयम्

Thread story

Sub-stories

4. labdhapraṇāśaḥ लब्धप्रणाशः

Thread story

Sub-stories

5. aparīkṣitakārakam अपरीक्षितकारकम्

Thread story

Sub-stories

Playlists

A few more resources on Panchatantra: