He had eight advisors. Tenali Rama was one among them. He was very clever and spontaneous. Sri Krishna Devaraya had some special kind of brinjal plants in his garden. The brinjal was very rare kind and curry made out of it was very tasty which was loved by the emperor. Once the emperor had arranged dinner for his advisors and the brinjal curry was served.
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When he was very young, his father passed away and he grew up to be a very carefree child who was found always in the company of naughty boys of the village. When he was wandering aimlessly through the streets of the village one day, he met a sage who advised him to pray to Goddess Kali. Listening to his advice, Ramakrishna went and prayed to Goddess Kali sincerely by chanting mantras. After repeating it eleven crore and eleven times, Mother Kali appeared.
She looked terrifying with thousand faces. Soon after he saw her, he took her blessings by touching her feet and immediately burst in to peals of laughter.
Seeing him laugh uncontrollably, Goddess Kali asked him to tell her the reason for his laughter. It is really hard for us to wipe our single nose with two hands. I was wondering how you would manage to wipe your thousand noses with two hands if you caught cold.
The smile and the sense of humor of the boy pleased the Goddess. She blessed him and offered him two glasses, one with milk and one with curd. Asking him to choose one among them, she told him that he would be blessed with knowledge if he chose milk and he would be rich if he chose curd. Ramakrishna thought for a second and told the Goddess that he would be able to choose, only if he had a closer look at both the glasses. Trusting him, the Goddess handed over the glasses to Ramakrishna.
In a split of a second, the clever Ramakrishna drank both. Mother Kali Devi was very annoyed with him and wanted to curse him. He immediately bowed before the mother and explained that life would be complete and comfortable only if one had both fame and money. Pleased by his presence of mind and outwitting quality, The Goddess blessed him to attain fame, money and also the ability to make people laugh.
Ramanna was observing the strangers in the city. He saw four people, who were thieves, going into an inn. They gave a bundle of money to the keeper of the inn. The inn-keeper was an old lady who was recently been widowed after the death of her husband. You please preserve this box with you. You should give this box only if all of us come together and claim for it.
But do not give it to any one of us if we come alone. After wandering around for some time in the city, the men again reached back to the inn. But before they entered the inn, they had some serious discussion amongst themselves. The thief went inside and asked her for the money box. As I promised before, I will give the box only if all the four of you come together. They sent me to get the box. She came out and asked the rest of the thieves whether she could give the box to him.
They nodded their heads in agreement. So she went inside, got the box and handed it over to him. The thief took the box and quietly escaped from the back door. After some time, the remaining thieves got a doubt and went inside the inn. They could not find their friend anywhere. Hence, they went to the innkeeper and asked her for the money box. She said that she had given it to their friend as they suggested earlier. Immediately the three men got angry and scolded the old woman.
The poor old woman kept quiet. We told you to give the box when all of us come and claim for it. But you gave it to only one person. That box contains thousand rupees. You have to pay that money. Otherwise we will complain to the authorities. I asked all of you before giving it to him. With your permission only I handed over the box to the fourth one of your group. I am just a poor inn — keeper. How could I give it to you?
The thieves did not care for her words. They held her shoulder and dragged her on to the street. She kept crying. At last they took her to the judge. The judge listened to their versions and gave his judgement. He ordered the old woman to pay thousand rupees to the three men. But where could she get thousand rupees?
In addition to this there was no mistake from her side. So, she cursed the judge for miscarriage of justice. Ramanna saw her in pain and was aware of the whole incidence. He is not looking into the problems of the people. He is a fool to appoint such judges.
It is his duty to see that justice prevails, but he is ignorant. Such a king will have a quick downfall. That is why we have arrested him and brought here. What brings you here to this city? My name is Ramanna.
I have heard about your wisdom. Please, tell me now, what is my mistake and why are you blaming me? You should be responsible. Come on, please tell me the mistake made by the judge. I will try my best to rectify it. It is said that ten culprits can walk away free but it is a grave sin to punish an innocent person. The old woman is innocent and she was punished for no mistake of her by this judge. I have heard that you are a just man and you are always fair. Now I need your help in solving this problem.
What will be your verdict in this case, please do let me know? Ramanna asked both parties to narrate their side of the story. He heard both the versions intently and thought for some time. It is also agreed that per the terms and conditions she can give the box only when all the four of you come together. So now the three of you go home and come back with your fourth friend to get the box back. Till then the old woman has no obligation to return the box to only the three of you.
The poor old woman blessed Ramanna and the entire court bursted into cheers and claps on this judgement. Your judgments should not confine to one village. You should stay in this court. I would like to appoint you to be our new judge. Please accept my request. Please tackle all the complaints that come to our court fairly and give your valuable judgments. Then no one can blame me and curse me and everybody will be happy.
The Horse Painting One day, Krishnadevaraya displayed his portrait in the court. An the courtiers appreciated the painting and the artist. Surprisingly, Tenali Rama remained silent.
The Emperor was surprised at this. In fact, it is incomplete. It shows only one side of your face. A painting need not be complete. One has to imagine a lot to judge the merit of a painting. It is very easy to criticize. Tell me, can you draw anything like this? I doubt whether you can even hold the brush, leave alone paint any object.
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His life[ edit ] Tenali Ramakrishna was born in a Telugu-speaking Niyogi Hindu Brahmin family  as Garlapati Ramakrishna, in a village called Thumuluru currently a part of Tenali Mandalam during the late part of the fifteenth century, while it is widely believed that he was born in Tenali. His father was Garlapati Ramayya , who served as a priest in the Ramalingesvara Swami temple in Santharavuru. Ramayya died when Ramakrishna was young. His mother Lakshamma returned to her native place in Tenali to live with her brother. As per a well-known tale, the Vaishnava devotees of Vishnu who were powerful those days thought one caste was superior and another inferior; they treated people according to their caste.
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When he was very young, his father passed away and he grew up to be a very carefree child who was found always in the company of naughty boys of the village. When he was wandering aimlessly through the streets of the village one day, he met a sage who advised him to pray to Goddess Kali. Listening to his advice, Ramakrishna went and prayed to Goddess Kali sincerely by chanting mantras. After repeating it eleven crore and eleven times, Mother Kali appeared. She looked terrifying with thousand faces. Soon after he saw her, he took her blessings by touching her feet and immediately burst in to peals of laughter.