- As a part of teaching santhai of stotras to kids in an interesting manner Adiyen sometimes encourages them to narrate stories that are related to the stotras themselves. The below story about Dadichi finds an indirect mention in the 14th verse of Shodashayudha stotram where in Swami Desika describes the vajra ayudha of Sudarshana which is different from that of Indra’s vajra ayudha made from the spine of Dadichi.
आयुधानामहं वज्रम् इत्यगीयत यः स वः ।
अव्याद्धेतीशवज्रोsसौ अदधीच्यस्थिसम्भवः ।।
The story was first narrated by Chi.Amrit Narayan of 2nd standard. The link to his version is
The link to the story that was narrated by adiyen is as below
This story is about the attitude of people in general to simply follow what others do without questioning the reason. Because of this attitude of people a beggar loses his copper vessel full of coins on the banks of Ganges. The hyperlinked audio describes his plight in a humorous manner. There is a verse in Sanskrit which summarises the crux of the story – गतानुगतिको लोकः न लोकः पारमार्थिकः । गङ्गासैकतलिङ्गेन नष्टं मे ताम्रभाजनम् ।।
During my stotra class for kids, occasionally I share stories that carry a moral message. The story is rendered by way of conversation with the kids, kindling their inquisitiveness and questioning skills. The hyperlinked audio file is on the topic आहारशुद्धौ सत्त्वशुद्धिः – Aaharashuddhau sattvashuddiH – is on the importance of food.