Iswara - This supreme God is beyond change, creation, and dissolution, and is known as the creator and father of all creatures.
The Story Teller - This figure, also known as The Pandit, is a very important part of the culture of a rural Indian village as the source of entertainment and enchantment.
Rama - This is the hero of the Ramayana and is referred to within Hinduism as the 'Maryada Purushottama.'
Viswamitra and Vasishta - This figure meditates in penance for a thousand years and emerges, and his purpose is to covet and acquire.
Lavana - This is the king in the first story who is visited in his assembly hall by a wandering magician.
Chudala - This figure simultaneously runs the kingdom and becomes her husband's guru in disguise while putting him through tests to discover whether he is progressing in his quest.
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