The Story of Rama:A Mythological Novel

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Hence, whether Rama existed or not cannot be decided on base of scientific or historical findings. This is basically associated with religious sentiments of millions of people therefore government interference is unwanted. In the mean time some of the scientists, based on astronomical data, have propounded that Rama existed around BC.

In such a perplexing situation it becomes very difficult for common masses to arrive at any conclusive view regarding the existence of Rama. Hence, before deriving any conlusions we have to first analyse various facts regarding Rama and his epic Ramayana. Maharishi Valmiki wanted to write an historical epic which can act as guiding principle for future generation.

He was in dilemma over this issue. When he consulted Narada Muni. Narada Muni then suggested Valmiki to write about Rama, son of Dasratha who was born in the clan of Raghu. Here one should remember that Valmiki wrote Ramayana long after the period of Rama. This facts goes contrary to the prevalent legend that Valmiki wrote Ramayana before Rama was born. Similarly Mahakavi Kalidas wrote Raghuvansham. This books throws light on lineage of Raghu and also states various kings who ruled after Rama.

So, now the point of argument is that if Rama was a mythological character than how Valmiki could provide history of forefathers of Rama? Whereas in Raghuvansham how Kalidasa has provided details of forefathers of Rama and his various Santatis successor who ruled after him.

In present times various books dealing with stories of Rama are prevalent in India and around the world. We will throw light on this issue in the latter part of this article. Before dwelling on this point, first of all we have to understand that our great Maharishies has systematically divided period of shristi in Manvantars. Each Manvantar is furthur divided into chaturyugis. Each chaturyugis consist of Krita satyuga , traita, dwapar and kaliyuga.

Present Manvantar is Vaivast Manvantar.

Already 27 chaturyugies of this Manvantar have passed. This is the 28 th chaturyugi and first charan period of this chaturyugi is in continuation. It is well known fact that Rama was born during the latter part of traita. Hence, if we assume that Rama was born in the present chaturyugi then it means he was born at least 10,00, years ago. The period of his birth may be more then this. However, Vayu purana provide us the correct chronological period of Ramayana. If we take Vayu purana period into consideration then period of Rama goes to atleast 1,80,00, years back.

This view is also supported by the fact that when Hanuman went to Lanka in search of Sita, there he saw elephants having four teeth. Another interesting fact that has been mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana is that the paternal home of Bharat and Shatrughan was in a country where mode of transportation was vehicle being carried by dogs or deer. When both the brothers returned to Ayodhya from their maternal home they crossed many places covered by snow and were wearing wollen clothes.

Which place does this episode points to has to be ascertained. So those who claim that Rama is only a mythological character we are providing them some more proofs which will establish that before the advent of Christinity and Islam Rama was revered throught out the world as an international cult figure. The Deccan Herald, dtd 15 dec , at its front page gave a news which state that in Elista, capital of Kalmyk in Russia, story relating to Ramayana had been published.

The news furthur state that various legends of Ramayana are popular among people of Kalmyk. Various version of Ramayana are already stored at libraries in Kalmyk.

The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic

The news clearly state that legends of Ramayana are very popular since time immemorial. Domodin Suren, a Russian writer, has compiled various legends popular among Mongolian and Kalmyk peoples. That book deals with various legends popular along the coast of Volga river. This manuscript is in Kalmyk language. In Leningrad also various books dealing with stories of Ramayana in Russian and Mangolian languages are preserved.

In china, collection of Jatak stories relating various events of Ramayana, belonging to AD. Another book, of AD, relating story of plight of Dasratha after Rama was ordered to go for Vanvasa is still found in China. This is the oldest Sanskrit literature available in Srilanka.

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Till today majority of population adore and revere Rama and Sita. Various rock inscription belonging to AD are found in Khmer region of Combodia.

These rock inscription are based on stories of Ramayana. Various temples constructed during the reign of Khmer dynasty depicts the story of Ramayana on their wall.


The temples of Ankor are very famous for the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. These temples belong to the earlier part of AD to AD. One astonishing fact in these engraved pictures is that Hanuman and rest other Vanars are not shown with tail as against the popular belief of masses. Wether Hanuman etc are monkeys, this issue will be dealt latter. This temple was of 9 th century AD. In Indonesia another version of stories of Ramayana named Kakavin is very popular. This story was bit different from that of Prambanan. Besides that various other version of Ramayana stories were very in early centuries after christ which itself proves that Ramayana was very popular among Indonesian people before advent of Islam.

It is also an astonishing fact that first international convention on Ramayana was organized in Indonesia few years back. Local people when pronounce Loas in their language it phonetically sounds like the name of one of the son Rama. Besides temple of Vat- she-fum and Vat-pa-Kev remains depicts the story of Ramayana on their walls.

Whereas temples of Vat-pra-kev and Vat-sisket are having books containing epic of Ramayana. This book also deals with story of Ramayana popular among masses of Laos.

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Stories of Ramayana are still very popular among masses. In early centuries after Christ many kings has Rama as either prefix or suffix in their name ruled this country. Just like as in India we organize play of Ramayana, similarly various dramatic version or Ramayana are oraganised in Thailand till today. Similar dramatic version of Ramayana are still organized in various sout east asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Combodia etc. Dalang society organize nearly plays relating to Ramayana.

Various books relating to the stories of Ramayana as earlier as 15 century AD are still found in Burma. Zhang-Zhungpa, commentary of Ramayana was written by Taranath, which is not available in modern times. In Burma also various form of plays are conducted based on the stories of Ramayana.

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Effect of stories of Ramayana can easily felt in the customs, traditions and legends of majority of masses. And in the meantime, get yourself a copy of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and have yourself a good read View 1 comment. Jul 31, Lubinka Dimitrova rated it really liked it Shelves: adventure , sad , audio , beautifully-written , have-books-will-travel , history-will-teach-us-nothing , male-author , supernatural-powers , the-narrator-nailed-it , oh-yes-it-s-you-at-last.

Ramesh Menon truly deserves high praise for managing to write a retelling of this lengthy classic which is not only readable not always a given , but actually quite compelling.

Ramayana | Summary, Characters, & Facts |

Although it's quite verbose for my taste, and could tire the reader especially with these endless descriptions of the battle between Rama's and Ravana's armies , I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. Indian mythology never fails to mesmerize me, and same goes for Ramesh Menon whose rendering of The Mahabharata got me hoo Ramesh Menon truly deserves high praise for managing to write a retelling of this lengthy classic which is not only readable not always a given , but actually quite compelling.

Indian mythology never fails to mesmerize me, and same goes for Ramesh Menon whose rendering of The Mahabharata got me hooked to these stories many years ago. Last, but not least, the talented narrator contributed immensely to the pleasure this book offers. Jul 31, Monty desai rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favorite-books-of-all-time , my-favorite-life-changing-books.

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Oct 05, M rated it it was amazing Shelves: india , cultural , epic-poem , epic , hinduism , favorites , own. While R K Narayan 's version was a good intro to the Ramayana, this version has much more of an epic feel. Though the pages are dense, the prose was engrossing and enjoyable, and a great source for learning more about Hinduism.

The author obviously put a lot of passion and devotion into this work as this story is regarded as scripture to Hindus , and it shows in his descriptions of everything from the forest where Rama and Sita were banished to the gory details of the battle scenes. Interleaved with the tale of Rama and Sita, Menon includes many other stories from the Hindu pantheon, so you can get a good sense of the main Gods and their various backstories. The author also uses a lot of Hindi words, but there is a handy glossary at the back so by you can learn that "vimana" is a chariot ridden by Gods and "vanara" is the term for an ancient magical race of monkeys.

The only thing I wished for was a similar list of characters, as I could hardly keep track of all of the holy men, demons, monkeys, etc. An index would also have been handy!