A story of bravery
A story of bravery2 mins 199 2 mins 199
Once our state Orissa was full of dense forests and rulled by different kings during the period of British India. Gadjat and Mughalbandi two types of regimes was conrtinuing. The Mayurbhanj District was being rulled by a benevolent and idealistic king at that time. That region was full of jungles dominated by a large numbers of royal Bengal tigers. Some of them were maneaters whose terror was rocking the surrounding tribal villages.
The generous king himself was a martial artists and expert swashbuckler. So he did not inform the Government and himself proceeded to the spot for enquiry. During Brirish rule the tiger hunters were being rewarded by the Govt. The victim was a tribal woman who had been killed by a maneating tiger while collecting fire woods in the forest.
The deadbody was found out and tied with a rope rounded up to a tree trunk. A Mancha( scaffolding ) was arranged for the king on another tree top. The king with two attendants sat on the scaffolding and waited for the maneater. The drummers returned to their village with hue and cry to their village so as to divert the tiger's attention. It was moonlit night and the tiger appeared out of the bush and stealthily walked to the kill after sometime.
Then the tiger started eating the corpse. The king was alert and suddenly jumped down from the tree with his long sharp sword though he was a best gunner and did not want to use the gun. The tiger at once sprang over the king and the king stroke off the head of the tiger's head. Now the maneater was dead divided into two pieces. Then the king stood on the dead tiger and had a snap shot.
( This is a factual story told to me by my late grandpa who was well known to the royal dynasty )