Ramayana Facts That Only A Few People Know Of
The epic Ramayana penned down by Adi Kavi Valmiki holds a special place in the heart of every Indian. Over the years, its popularity has only increased with many TV serials and movies being made on the legend. The epic Ramayana needs no introduction, the story is popular and known to every one of us.
The story revolves around the exile and ‘vanvas’ of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman, Goddess Sita’s kidnap by Demon King Ravana and Ravana’s death by Lord Rama on Dussehra. Dussehra symbolises the victory of good over evil and is celebrated on the tenth day of Navratri every year.
While there are many Ramayana facts and stories popular among the crowd, there are many unknown facts about Ramayana. On the occasion of Shubh Dussehra, let us have a look at some of the interesting facts about Ramayana-
Goddess Sita Was Not King Janak’s Biological Daughter
It is a lesser-known Goddess Sita fact that she was not King Janak’s biological daughter. She was born to the Goddess of Earth, Bhumi Devi. King Janak found Goddess Sita as a child while ploughing the Earth for a ritual and adopted her as his daughter, considering her to be a boon from Bhumi Devi. It is one of the most interesting Ramayana facts that was depicted in the various adaptations of Ramayana.
Lord Lakshman Was Also Known As ‘Gudakesh’
It is an unknown fact about Ramayana known to a few people that Lord Lakshman did not sleep during the 14 years of exile. He was also called ‘Gudakesh’ which translates to ‘defeated sleep’ as he conquered the human need for sleep. Another interesting fact about Ramayana is that Lord Lakshman’s wife Urmila slept both his and her share of sleep so her husband could stay awake to protect Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. She slept for a period of 14 years and only woke up once Lord Lakshman returned to Ayodhya. This is an intriguing fact about Ramayana that only a few people know of.
The Legend Of Ever Sleeping Kumbhakarna
There is an interesting story and an unknown fact about Ramayana behind the ever sleeping Kumbhakarna. Kumbhakarna was pious, intelligent and so brave that Lord Indra felt jealous and threatened by him. Along with his brothers, Ravana and Vibhishana, he performed a huge yajna to appease Lord Brahma. When it was time to ask for a boon from Lord Brahma, his tongue was tied by Goddess Saraswati, at Lord Indra’s request. So instead of asking for ‘Indraasana’, he asked for ‘Nidrasana’. This is a lesser-known fact about Ramayana that is seldom depicted in Ramayana adaptations.
The Different Versions Of Ramayana
Aside from the Ramayana penned down by Valmiki, many other authors have written different versions of Ramayana. The famous TV serial Ramayan was based on Valmiki’s Ramayana as well as Tulsidas’ Ramacharitmanas. It is an unknown fact about Ramayana that a derived version of Ramayana known as ‘Ramakien’ is Thailand’s national epic.
King Dasharatha Was Also The Father Of A Daughter
Lord Rama’s parents and brother are quite popular in Indian mythology. But it is a lesser-known fact about Ramayana that Lord Rama also had a sister named Shanta. She was birthed by Kausalya and was much older than her four brothers. Another Ramayana fact associated with the same story is that King Dashratha gave his daughter to Romapada’s King Angadesh and his Queen Varshini upon learning that they had no children.
Unknown Facts About Lord Rama's Brothers
It is known to everyone that Lord Rama is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. But it is an unknown and interesting fact about Ramayana that his brothers too were avatars. Lord Lakshman is known to be the incarnation of Sheshnag, Bharata is known to be an avatar of Sudarshan-chakra and Shatrughna is an avatar of Conch-Shell. The Sudarshan-Chakra and Conch-Shell were carried by Lord Vishnu at all times. Many people are unaware of this Ramayana fact.
The Story Of Lakshman Rekha
The episode of Lakshman Rekha is the most discussed of all the episodes of Ramayana. As showcased in the many adaptations of the epic, Lakshman draws a line around his hut in the forest. It is an unknown fact about Ramayana that no such episode is mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana. The story in the text is such that Lakshman goes ahead to search for Lord Rama requesting the deities of the forest and Pancha Bhootas to protect Sita.
The Significance Of Ravana And Kumbhakarna’s Birth
An interesting fact about Ramayana is that Demon King Ravana and Kumbhakarna are considered to be the incarnations of Jaya and Vijaya, the gatekeepers of Vaikuntha. Due to their disrespectful behaviour, they were denied entry into Lord Vishnu’s world and were also cursed by Lord Brahma’s sons, Kumaras, to be born on Earth. To solve this problem, Lord Vishnu gave them two options, either to be born as his devotees for 7 life cycles or to be born as his enemies for 3 life cycles. They chose the latter option and it would be 4 years less from their Lord.
The Story Of ‘Rama Setu’ And ‘Adam’s Bridge’ Are Related
It is a known fact about Ramayana that Lord Rama’s vanar sena built a bridge for him to conquer Lanka and rescue Goddess Sita. This incident is about 1,750,000 years old. A while ago, NASA discovered a man-made ancient bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka, proof for Ramayana’s existence.
How Did Lord Rama Die?
The epic Ramayana ends with Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman returning to Ayodhya. But the journey after this is unknown. It is a lesser-known Ramayana fact that Lord Rama abandoned his life after taking ‘Jal Samadhi’ in the river Saryu after Goddess Sita was returned to her mother, Bhumi Devi.
We wish everyone a Shubh Dussehra! May you win over all the obstacles you encounter in life!