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5 year old Jeevasini Patnana studies in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Jeevasini loves making up stories often and Lord Krishna is her favourite play mate. She absolutely loves playing with Legos and colours. Jeevasini is a student of Darshan Academy, Bhubaneswar.
One day I was playing with two of my good friends, Rani and Shumi in the small park near our colony.
Just then we saw a very beautiful lady walking towards us. She was wearing a red saree and had a big red dot on her forehead.
She came near and asked us, “Dear kids, I need a small help. Would you help
We looked at each other and nodded our heads.
She said, “I have come here for some important work. But I am finding it difficult to find a parking space for my vehicle.”
“Oh! That’s no problem at all. We have many empty spaces in our parking lot,” I said. My other two friends didn’t seem very happy to share this information with a stranger.
“But you see my problem is a little different. Let me show you and you would understand.”
The moment she said this, a huge and ferocious tiger came and stood near her. We started shaking with fear.
She smiled and said, “Do not be afraid. He won’t harm you.” We now understood that the lady is none other than Goddess Durga, who rode a tiger.
“Now you understand why I cannot park my ‘vahana’ in your parking lot? People will be scared to find him there, right?” Maa Durga asked.
Just as we were discussing, the lion ran away from the place at a great speed.
We could not understand anything. “This silly creature has the habit of running away. Would you like to help me find him?” she asked.
“Let’s go,” we jumped with joy.
The three of us friends, sat on one of her hands each and she started flying high in the sky. We went to the city’s busy bazaar full of shops, people and vehicles. We offered to ask people about the tiger on our own. We approached a vendor and asked, “Have you seen a tiger?”
He said angrily, “What nonsense!! Go away, naughty kids.”
Next we asked a toy shop owner, “Do you have a tiger?”
“A toy one?” he asked.
“No, a real one,” I said. “Then go and search in Chandaka forest kids.” he shouted.
We came back to Durga Maa, feeling sad. She said, “Don’t lose heart. Let’s go to that forest. In no time, we were in the middle of a deep forest. And there, sleeping peacefully under a tree was the tiger.
“You naughty tiger! It is time I teach you a lesson. Next time I will turn you into a deer,” warned the Goddess.
The tiger looked sorry. The loving mother forgave him and said, “Now give these kids a ride back home.”
We were thrilled to ride with Durga Maa on a mighty tiger. After she got us home, we requested her to stay.
She said, “Now I have to go. But I promise I will be back soon,” and disappeared. We stood there for a long time and returned home happily.