He was against of abduction of Sita and advised Ravana to return Sita to Rama and apologize. Ravana opposed the advice of his younger brother and threw him out calling him a coward. Subsequently he joined Rama’s army and played a vital role in making strategies against Ravana and defeating him. He was the one who knew the secrets of Ravana and his son Meghnadha. Vibhishana had a ‘sattvic’ nature and he was the one who stood beside Hanuman when he was humiliated by Ravana.
Bharata was the son of Dasharatha’s second and favorite wife, Queen Kaikeyi. The other two were twins, Lakshmana and Shatrughna whose mother was Sumithra. In the neighboring city the ruler’s daughter was named Sita. When it was time for Sita to choose her bridegroom (at a ceremony called a swayamvara) princes from all over the land were asked to string a giant bow which no one could lift. However, as Rama picked it up, he not only strung the bow, he broke it.
Sita shaped their lives together and made all the decisions of the household. As a pious wife, and more for the love of her husband, she insisted on accompanying him to the forest. Lord Rama listened to her rationale, and eventually conceded to take her with
who underwent difficult trials and tribulations to prove their chastity. Among all of them Sita is always considered as a role model for Indian women. She is the heroine who is part and parcel of Indian hearts and lives even today. One can find her references in all the religious and domestic roles expected to be followed by women. In sharp contrast to her, one will find hardly any reference of Draupadi as a role model for women.
Wendy Doniger calls Sita the ‘official role model’ for Indian women and laments, ‘How different the lives of the actual women in India would have been had Draupadi, instead of Sita, been their official role model! Many Hindus name their daughters Sita, but few name them Draupadi . According to Dungier the women of Mahabharata are extremely prominent, feisty, and individualistic, in part as a result of changes that were taking place in the social structures at the time of the reception of the text. There are some women in Ramayana who behave badly, like Kaikeyi, Manthara- the hunchback women or Ahalya- the archety- pal adulteress. The differentiated images of women in the Ramayana led to another major split in Hinduism, for though the Brahmin imaginary made Sita the role model for the Hindu women from this time onward, other Sanskrit texts as well as many dialect versions of Ramayana picked up on the shadow aspect of Sita, the passionate Sita, an aspect that is also entrenched in this first text, only partially displaced on to other, openly demonic
Vidura urged the king to get rid of the child but Dhritarashtra refused to follow his advice.8 Kaurava's animosity towards their cousins intensified at the sight of Pandu's sons exploits. Bheeshma appointed Drona, a great master of arms, to teach the boys. Drona proposed a contest to exhibit the princes's dexterity. However, a stranger appeared and challenged Arjun. It was Karna, son of Kunti and the god of sun, whom she abandoned in a basket on a river.
Empowering subordinates has examples in his handling of Sugreeva, Hanuman, and the members of the vanara sena. Helping subordinates grow and succeed by gently guiding them towards tasks fitted best for them and by providing inspiration and motivation is evident from the same instances. But more than all these Rama embodies the characteristic of putting the followers before himself. In the battlefield when Lakshmana is killed by Meghanad, Hanuman brings the miracle herb mritasanjivani. Rama insists that all the vanaras who were killed in the war be resurrected before Lakshmana.
Being kind he gave option to Arjuna only because he wanted to help Duryodhana too,who has arrived before Arjuna seeking his help. Click here to know famous Shri Krishna Bhajans: Krishna Bhajan Death Of Lord Krishna Was A Curse Death of Lord Krishna was also pre-destined. Gandhari has given a curse to Lord Krishna that the entire Yadav clan would be destroyed by themselves. After 36 years of war,the same happened. The entire clan diminished by killing each other.
Every culture has its own way of controlling the behaviour of its women in accordance with its patriarchal values. They are transmitted from one generation to the other through its myths and rituals. When Radha violates and crosses the lines of husband-wife relationship, she is reminded of the Ahalya myth. Ahalya is punished by her husband, Sage Gautama, for her infidelity. She was discovered in bed with Indra, the king of the gods, who, in order to dispel her doubts, disguised himself as her husband.
I did know anything apart from knowing Valmiki Ramayana but after reading this book I got know many things like Ram never questioned, but accepted it as a part of life, nor I knew that Sita was a girl with young mind full of questions and moreover that Lakshman never slept in the entire exile period but in his place his wife Urmila slept, like these they were many characters and each character had aspects. The book kept me engaged from the very first page, and I got to know many more facts related to our mythology. At the end of each section of the story there is a vignette. In that vignette, not only author gives his thought but also tells us which version he has referred to. I liked the way author has mentioned “Within infinite myths lies an eternal truth/who sees it all?