This Amar Chitra Katha narrates some amusing anecdotes of Birbal's quick wit, sharp thinking and
his sense of fairness and justice. It is his fine discriminatory sense that draw Akbar's
attention in the first story of this volume Thereafter, as one of the nine gems of Akbar's court,
Birbal truly shines.
The fact that Birbal was also a good poet is little known. He wrote under the pen name 'Brahma'
and a collection of his poems is preserved in the Bharatpur Museum. Though popularly known as
Birbal, his real name was Maheshdas. It is believed that he belonged to a poor Brahmin family of
Trivikrampur (now known as Tikawanpur), on the banks of the River Yamuna. His phenomenal success
made many courtiers jealous and, if popular accounts are to be believed, they were constantly
plotting against him.
According to legend, even his death, while leading a large military expedition to Afghanistan,
was a result of treachery. Though he was killed in battle, the expedition was successful and
managed to subdue the turbulent province. Akbar was so moved when he heard of Birbal's death that
he burst forth into a couplet and lamented, "Birbal, you never hurt the helpless. You always gave
them whatever you had. I am helpless now and yet you have left nothing for me." Akbar found in
Birbal a true friend and sympathiser.
Though popularly known as Birbal, his real name was Maheshdas. It is believe that he belonged to
a poor Brahmin family of Trivikrampur, (Now know as Tikawanpur), on the River Yamuna. It was only
by virtue of his sharp intellect that he rose to be a minister at Akbar's court. His phenomenal
success made many courtiers jealous and, if the popular accounts are to be believed, they were
ever busy plotting against him. According to the prevalent legend, even his death, while heading
a large military force on an expedition to Afghanistan, was due to treachery. Though he was
killed in the battle, the expedition was successful and subdued the turbulent province.
Akbar had found a true friend and sympathizer in Birbal. Of the few followers who belonged to the
new Din-e-Elahi faith preached by Akbar, Birbal was the only one Hindu in its folds. This Amar
Chitra Katha comprise of three volumes of the tales and escapades of Birbal, the Just, the witty
and the genius.
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