Even today so many among us believe in superstitions. An astrologer predicted about ‘the Tiger King’ that he would be killed by a tiger. He ‘killed’ one hundred tigers yet was himself ‘killed’ by a tiger

Question: Even today so many among us believe in superstitions. An astrologer predicted about ‘the Tiger King’ that he would be killed by a tiger. He ‘killed’ one hundred tigers yet was himself ‘killed’ by a tiger. How did the superstitious belief ‘prevail’? [CBSE (AI) 2015]

Answer: A few days after the Maharaja killed the hundredth tiger, it was the third birthday of his son. The Maharaja desired to give him some special gift on this occasion. He purchased a wooden tiger from a toy shop and gifted it to his son. That day, the Maharaja and his son were playing with the wooden tiger. The surface of the toy was rough since it had been carved by an unskilled carpenter. A tiny splinter pierced into the Maharaja’s right hand. He pulled it out. But the next day, the infection spread even in the Maharaja’s right arm. Within four days, it developed into a pus-forming sore spreading all over the arm. Three famous surgeons were called from Chennai. They performed the operation. Even though the operation was successful, the Maharaja passed away. Thus, the hundredth tiger took its revenge on the king. This shows that the superstition's prophecy did eventually prevail. The 100th tiger was not killed by the king. However, it died. But with regard to the king, the 100th tiger appeared in the form of the inanimate tiger, that caused the death of the king.


Even today so many among us believe in superstitions. An astrologer predicted about ‘the Tiger King’ that he would be killed by a tiger. He ‘killed’ one hundred tigers yet was himself ‘killed’ by a tiger


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