The Wishing Tree [A Rajasthani folktale from India]
Written by Swati Joshi
May 13, 2020
And what he saw!??
The traveller sat under the tree and started thinking, ‘I wish there’d be some cool, clean water so that I could quench (satisfy) my thirst!’ And there it was, a pitcher full of cold water was kept just next to the place he was sitting.
Actually, the tree he was sleeping under was a “Kalp-Vriksha” (कल्पवृक्ष), a magical tree known for granting all the wishes one does under its shade! Whatever one wishes for comes true under a Kalp-Vriksha!!
After sleeping for some time, the traveller woke up, the lady was still there standing near his feet. He thought to himself, “This can’t be real as I know this is a desert and things can’t appear out of nowhere! There must be something magical behind all this…’
The traveller further thought, ‘Thank God I’ve wished for all the good things to happen. What if I wished that there had been a demon in front of me, almost ready to eat me up!’
And as it happened every time, a demon appeared right before the traveller. The demon roared, ‘Stupid man, get ready for being my prey! I am going to eat you up..’ Howling, the demon sprung on the traveller. Trembling in horror, the traveller thought, ‘O God! I wish this demon would disappear!’ All of a sudden, the demon disappeared and everything was back to normal.
The traveller left the place and started walking. He could not know about the magical powers of that Kalp-Vruksha.
‘What was all that? Was it a dream? Whatever it was, I must be careful about what I think!!’
Thinking of what happened, the traveller went on his way…