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Tales of Lord Jagannath: The Anecdote of Arjun Mishra

July 8, 2015 | By

This interesting anecdote brings to life a simple truth: never, ever doubt the word of the Lord. Good and bad happen with his will. He rewards patience and faith and as long as these virtues are there the end will be a fulfilling one.

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Tales of Lord Jagannath (Arjun Mishra)

Arjun Mishra was a devout person who spent much of his time reading the Gita.

Arjun Mishra was a devout person who spent much of his time reading the Gita. He was so busy in his devotional pursuits that often he would not bother to even go out and earn a living.

One evening his wife told him, “You keep yourself occupied in reading Gita and forget about your family?”

“What happened?”

“Nothing much. There is not a grain of rice in the house. We will have to sleep hungry. But what is the point in telling you. All you care about is your own interest. Nothing else seems to concern you.”

Arjun Mishra was at that instant reading a passage in which the Lord had assured that the one who turned to him had no cause for despair.

‘I don’t quite believe this line anymore. If it were true why would I have to suffer so much,’ Arjun Mishra murmured and scratching the line went out of the house.

Tales of Lord Jagannath (Arjun Mishra)

‘I don’t quite believe this line anymore. If it were true why would I have to suffer so much.’

It soon began raining. An hour later there was a knock   and Arjun’s wife opened the door. She was surprised to see two youngsters, one fair and the other dark, entering the house carrying lots of food stuff.  As they placed their burden down, the lady observed a deep scratch on the dark boy’s back.

“What happened to you my child?”

“Mother, your husband got angry with me when I found it difficult to lift this burden and inflicted this on my back.”

The two youth then left the house.

Sometime later Arjun Mishra returned to his house.

“How could you be so cruel towards a tender boy?” demanded his   agitated wife and quickly told him about the two youngsters who had come to deliver the food material.

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Arjun Mishra was surprised. He had not sent anyone with food or anything else. In fact he had gone looking for work and because of the rain he had been unable to get anything to do. He had come back with empty hands and a heavy heart, ready to face his wife’s anger.

Arjun Mishra sat in silence pondering over this strange mystery. Soon the truth dawned on him.  The two boys were none other Balabhadra and Krishna. What the boys had brought was Mahaprasad.  Bhagvad Gita was as good as the body of Krishna and the scratch he had made on the text was reflected on the back of the Lord.

Stunned Arjun Mishra  bowed his head before the Lord and sought his forgiveness for casting doubts on him and his  word.

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These stories have been republished from the book Tales of Lord Jagannath by Ramendra Kumar. This book is available on and has been published by:
B K Publications Pvt. Ltd.

The opinions shared by the writer are personal.


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Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) is a children’s writer with 38 books to his name. He has won 34 awards in the competition for writers of children’s literature organised by Children’s Book Trust (CBT), over the years. He also dabbles in satire, poetry, fiction and travelogues. His writings have been translated into 15 Indian and 14 foreign languages and have also found a place in text books, as well as national and international anthologies. A much sought after inspirational speaker and story teller, Ramen has been invited to participate in several conferences and festivals. These include the IBBY Congress of Children’s Writers in Denmark (2008) & Greece (2018) and Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (2019), apart from many literary events across the country. In the Congress held in Greece he was the only writer from India to be invited to chair two sessions. An Engineer and an MBA, Ramen is former General Manager & Chief of Communications, SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant. He is the father of two children who are bonsai celebrities in their own right. While Ankita is a youth icon and a travel blogger with an Instagram following of 76K, Aniket creates cool Apps and designs covers for his Dad's books. His website is
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