Gopal Bhand and Mahagyani Class 6 English Lesson 13

Gopal Bhand and Mahagyani Class 6 English Lesson 13

Raja Krishna Chandra ruled over a part of Bengal about two hundred years ago. His court jester was Gopal Bhand. Though Gopal Bhand had not studied books, he was a very wise man.

Once, a very learned man, Mahagyani Pandit came to the court. He spoke all the Indian languages fluently and perfectly. He had good knowledge of philosophy and religion.

He answered all the questions very wisely. People were amazed to talk to him but no one could identify his mother tongue.

Whenever they asked him, he smiled arrogantly. He said, “A truly wise man will easily know my mother tongue.”

Raja Krishna Chandra was very upset. So he announced a reward for anyone who could tell the Pandit’s mother tongue.

All the scholars listened to Mahagyani attentively. But no one could identify his mother tongue.”Shame on you”, said the king angrily. All the scholars were silent. Gopal Bhand stood up hesitantly. He said, “Your Highness, give me a chance.” “How could you tell?”, asked the king. “Your Highness! I won’t talk. He will tell you himself”, answered Gopal Bhand.

The next morning the king was walking in his garden. Gopal Bhand ran up to him quickly and said, “I have told Mahagyani Pandit that you are going to honor him with a garland of roses.” “What!”, said the king surprisingly.

The next moment the king saw Mahagyani Pandit walking in expectantly. He was in silk clothes.

Gopal Bhand hid himself behind the hedge. As soon as the Pandit came near the hedge, he put his leg out and tripped the Pandit. The Mahagyani pandit fell down on the freshly watered ground. He sat up and shouted at Gopal Bhand in his mother tongue.

Gopal Bhand said, “Your Highness, now you know, what the Pandit’s mother tongue is!”

Mahagyani Pandit got up and said to Gopal Bhand, “You wise man, you have trapped me intelligently,” and he went away.

Reading Comprehension

A.) Read the statements and say whether they are true or false:

a.) Gopal Bhand knew many languages. False

b.) Mahagyani was a proud man. True

c.) The King had many scholars in his court. True

d.) The Pandit had good knowledge of dance and music. False

e.) Raja Krishna Chandra ruled over Bengal. True

B.) Answer the questions:

a.) Who was Gopal Bhand?

Answer: Gopal Bhand was a court jester in the court of Raja Krishna Chandra.

b.) Why did the Raja announce a reward?

Answer: The Mahagyani Pandit claimed that only a truly wise man could know his mother tongue. The Raja announced a reward to anyone who could tell the Pandit’s mother tongue.

c.) Why did Gopal Bhand hide himself behind the hedge?

Answer: Gopal Bhand hide himself behind the hedge to trip the Pandit so that he could fall down and shout in his mother tongue.

d.) Why was the king angry?

Answer: The king was angry because there was no one in the court who could identify the mother tongue of the Pandit.

e.) Why did the Pandit curse Gopal Bhand?

Answer: Gopal Bhand used his trick of making the Pandit fall on the freshly watered ground which made the Pandit angry and cursed Gopal Bhand.

f.) Which language did the Pandit curse Gopal Bhand in?

Answer: The Pandit cursed Gopal Bhand in his mother tongue.

C.) Riddles

1.) He was a ruler.

He ruled over a part of Bengal.

Who was he?

Answer: Raja Krishna Chandra

2.) He was a court jester.

He had not studied books but he was a wise man.

Who was he?

Answer: Gopal Bhand

3.) He spoke all the Indian languages fluently.

He had good knowledge of philosophy and religion.

Who was he?

Answer: Mahagyani Pandit


A.) Fill in the blanks with the correct word. Choose the words from the list given below:

a.) Gopal Bhand was a jester in the court of king Raja Krishna Chandra.

b.) Everyone speaks their mother tongue fluently.

c.) Dr. S. Radhakrishna was a great scholar.

d.) Travellers should be alert about their luggage while traveling.

e.) The police identified the thief by his clothes.

B.) Find the words:

a.) My first letter is in tap and set

My second letter is in read and not in the lead

My third letter is in sit and in him

My fourth letter is both in pot and pan

Who am I TRIP

b.) My first letter is in hat and hen

My second letter is ‘I’

My third letter is in dog and din

I am Mr. HID

C.) Give rhyming words for:



A.) Fill in the blanks using the ‘ly’ forms of the words in bold:

Example: Lalita was cheerful. She talked cheerfully.

a.) The lamp was bright. It was shining brightly.

b.) The snail is slow. It moves slowly.

c.) The boy was foolish. He answered foolishly.

d.) The sum was easy. They solved it easily.

e.) The girl is smart. She talks smartly.

B.) Mrs. Rai is a teacher of English. She has made some notes about her students. They are given below.

Seema – write – perfect

Answer:  Seema writes perfectly.

Sita – speak – fluent

Answer: Sita speaks fluently.

Ashu – read – nice

Answer: Ashu reads nicely.

Savy – spell – correct

Answer: Savy spells correctly.

Rita – write – careful

Answer: Rita writes carefully.

Salma – listen – attentive

Answer: Salma listens attentively.


A.) Read the passage carefully:

Using the clues given below write the description of a TIGER. Clues:

Tigers are members of the cat family. They live in India. The tiger is a big cat. It is about 3 meters long and weighs more than 200 kilograms. It is yellow in color. Both males and females have black stripes. The tiger can swim in the water and jump very well. It has powerful claws.

The tiger lives for about 15 years.

B.) Write five sentences about one of your classmates. Use the information given in the table. The first one is done for you:

Example: Raju always gets up early.

1.) Meetu reads books often.

2.) Minu never tells lies.

3.) Ritu sometimes paints pictures.

4.) Ritika always watches T.V.

5.) Shubham usually plays football.

6.) Ajay never makes mischief.

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