“Dragon Lake Saga” (Nahango Chhat)
Once upon a time in Mastuj, an enormous dragon made a lake his den.
He preyed upon all living things, ranging from fish to animals.
With the passage of time, he began to attack humans. Whoever passed
nearby, were swallowed alive by him. The huge reptile was
invulnerable to weapons.
Arrows didn’t reach him from a long distance, while going near it
was difficult and risky. People of the area in state of worry,
requested the local King to protect them from the hideous
After consulting with his advisors, the King made a proclamation of
reward for person killing the dragon.
When this proclamation was announced, a brave man volunteered
himself for the mighty and risky job. He was summoned to the King’s
court to meet the King. After showing his willingness to do the
risky job of killing the serpent, to His Majesty, he went back to
his house. Afterwards he requested a blacksmith to make a razor-
sharp, double-handle sword.
After few days, he visited the black smith; collected the sword
from him, poisoned it, then went to his house, to say good bye to
his family, and set off on his deadly journey.
Reaching near his destination; he mounted off of from his horse,
took out his sword, hold it with stretched arms and moved towards
the edge of the lake. When the man-eater dragon noticed noise and
moments near his den, he began to move towards the direction of
moments and noises. When he took sight of a man from a distance, he
began to suck him into his mouth. As soon as he pulled the man
towards its mouth, the razor sharp blades of the sword began
slicing his mouth and making a wide gap between its jaws, poison
swiftly completed the rest of the job.
Finally, the dragon met his ultimate end. The brave man cut one of
the golden locks from the dragon’s head and galloped his horse
towards the royal court. When he reached the King’s palace with the
good news; he was given a hero’s welcome, a splendid and lavish
dinner was arranged in his owner. He brandished the golden lock to
the courtiers, received a large sum and land as reward from the
King. The local people showered on him an unfathomable love. His
tale of brevity and galore reached far and wide even still the
place in “Mastuj” is called “NahanguChhat”* (Dragon’s Lake).
Moral: Reward of bravery
*A place near Government Boys High School, Chinar, Mastuj,
District, Chitral, KPK, Pakistan.
Translator: Faheem Ahmad Khan.