Unknown Facts about Ramayana
We have read or heard about many aspects of Ramayana from our childhood, but here are some interesting Unknown Facts about Ramayana which you may have been unaware of and these are as follows:
Lakshmana did not sleep for 14 years
Lakshmana did not sleep for a single day during the exile of 14 years. Lakshmana took a boon from the Goddess of Sleep or Nidra Devi of no sleep for 14 years so that he could protect Ram and Sita. Instead, Nidra Devi gave Lakshmana’s wife Urmila a boon to sleep for 14 years to overcome her deprivation from her husband till they return from the exile.
Rama also had a sister
Very few people know that Rama also had a sister, whose name was ‘Shanta’. Shanta was the eldest of all four brothers. It is said that once a King and his queen visited Ayodhya and they had no child. Therefore, King Dasharatha gave his daughter Shanta to them.
Rama’s brother Lakshmana was also an incarnation
Lakshmana is considered to be the incarnation of Sheshnag, which is the seat of Lord Vishnu in Kshirsagar. Bharat and Shatrughna are considered as incarnations of Sudarshan-Chakra and Conch-Shell held by Lord Vishnu in his hands.
The name of the forest where Ram, Lakshmana, and Sita were exiled in
The Forest where Ram, Lakshmana, and Sita stayed during their 14 years of exile was called as Dandakaranya, which was spread across 35,600 square miles and was considered a place inhabited by demons at the time.
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Ravana was an excellent Veena player
It is widely known that Ravana was a brilliant scholar, along with that he was also an excellent Veena player is not known by many, which is why he had a Veena symbol in his flag.
Kumbhakarna got the gift of sleep due to Lord Indra
Once Prajapati Brahma appeared in front of Kumbhkarna, and Kumbhkarna asked him for a boon. But Indra was afraid of the fact that Kumbhakarna might ask for ‘Indraasan’ which means the Indra’s charge of the heaven as a boon, so he requested Goddess Sarasvati to manipulate Kumbhakarna’s words by taking control of his tongue so he should ask for ‘Nidrasan’ which means the boon of sleep instead of ‘Indraasan’. Thus, due to Indra’s jealousy, Kumbhakarna was given a boon to sleep.
Why did Rama give Lakshmana death sentence?
It is mentioned in the Ramayana that Shri Rama had given Lakshmana the death penalty. When Shri Ram became the King of Ayodhya, Yama Deva, the god of Death, came to meet Rama. Before starting the meeting, he asked Rama to ensure that there shall be no outside interference in the meeting until the meeting ends and if so happens then Rama himself will give a death sentence to the person or object responsible. Ram appointed Lakshmana as the gatekeeper by saying the same. Meanwhile, Rishi Durvasa came there and asked Lakshmana to inform Rama about his arrival. On being denied by Lakshmana, Rishi Durvasa got agitated and started warning about cursing the entire Ayodhya. To protect Ayodhya from the curse Lakshmana reached Rama to inform him. This mistake committed by Lakshmana made Rama give him the death penalty. Laxman then immersed himself in the Sarayu river.
Gayatri Mantra forms the first letter after every 1000 stanzas of the Ramayana
Gayatri Mantra consists of 24 letters and Valmiki Ramayana has 24,000 verses in total. The first letter that comes after every 1000 verses of the Ramayana forms Gayatri Mantra.
Kuber Dev was the king of Lanka
According to the Ramayana, Kuber was given Lanka to live by his father Vishva Muni. Lord Brahma pleased with the austerity of Kuber gave him the entire North direction to rule over with the ‘Pushpak Vimaan’, a kind of bird-aircraft used to travel far off distance then. As suggested by his father, Kuber gave Lanka to his half-brother, Ravana to live. When Ravana went for the world conquest, there was a fierce battle between Ravana and Kuber, and Ravana defeated Kuber. Then Ravana had forcibly taken over the Lanka and the Pushpak Vimaan.
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