Gopal Bhar

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Gopal Bhar or Gopal Bhand (Bengali: গোপাল ভাঁড়) was a legendary court jester in medieval Bengal. He was in the court of Raja Krishnachandra, the famous king of Nadia in the 18th century AD.[1] Such was the genius of Gopal that the king considered him as a Navaratna of his court. His statue can still be seen in the palace of Raja Krishnachandra.


Stories about his exploits are narrated in West Bengal and Bangladesh to this day and are immortalized in countless short stories. The stories are short, beautiful, humorous and have a specific social message. Gopal Bhar is famous for stories of his wisdom, in which he outwits other fellow courtiers and men. His stories are comparable with those of Birbal and Molla Nasiruddin.

In one story Gopal Bhar visits a sweet shop, being manned by the Halwai's son and starts eating the sweets. The child protests and asks his name, to which Gopal replies, "Your father knows me; my name is Machi (Housefly)." The Halwai inquires who it is from inside the house, to which his son replies it is housefly eating the sweets. The Halwai replies that houseflies eats sweets daily so he should not worry. Gopal eats some of the sweets, takes some more for a group of children who have asked him to get free sweets from the rather stingy Halwai, and leaves.

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  1. ^ Siegel, Lee (1987). Laughing Matters: Comic Tradition in India. University of Chicago Press, United States. ISBN 0-226-75691-2. pp. 314-318.

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