7 Shocking Facts About Ramayana We Bet You Didn't Know!Amazing!

Blog By surbhi  |  06-04-17

These facts about your favorite Indian Epic are so shocking, even your Grandmom wouldn't have told you! Go back and read today!

#7 RAM HAD A SISTER!

#7 RAM HAD A SISTER!

You read that right. Ram, our beloved God had a sister called Shanta and his father Dashrath had hidden this fact till the very end!

After Shanta was born he gave her up to another man called Romapada and his wife Vershini. Shanta was apparently very beautiful and later went on to marry a Sage Rishyasringa. It is from them that the Rishivanshi Rajputs have descended


#6 RAVAN WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL KING OF LANKA!

#6 RAVAN WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL KING OF LANKA!

That's right. The villain of Ramayana, Ravan was not even the original ruler of Lanka. He was the demon stepbrother of Kuber - the God of wealth. Kuber was the ruler of Lanka. But seeing his popularity and power, Ravan grew jealous and overthrew him!

Kuber is known as the Lord of the Evil in Hindu Vedas, but in the Purana's he is described as a God (Deva). He also is mentioned in Jain and Buddhist texts. After being thrown out of his own kingdom, he came and settled in Alaka, a kingdom in the Himalayas. He is represented to be a dwarf of a man!


#5 LAXMAN WAS A REINCARNATION OF SHESH NAG!

#5 LAXMAN WAS A REINCARNATION OF SHESH NAG!

Everyone knows Ram was one of the Dashavatars of Vishnu, but few know that Laxman was a avatar of Vishnus snake friend Shesh Nag.!

Now you know why Laxman would keep following Ram everywhere and saving him from the troubles?

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#4 WHY DID RAVAN HAVE 10 HEADS?

#4 WHY DID RAVAN HAVE 10 HEADS?

It is said that Ravan performed a yagna for Brahma. In this Yagna he sacrificed his head 10 times, each time he cut it, it came back again. Pleased with his dedication, Brahma granted him a boon of necter of immortality that would be saved under his navel and restored his head back - all ten of it!

So here was Ravan, the greatest villain of all times with 10 heads symbolizing the 10 knowledges of 4 vedas and 6 Shastras. The 10 heads also symbolize the 10 evils of ego, attachment, regret, anger, hatred, fear, jealousy, greed, lust and insensitivity!


#3 THE MYSTERY OF LAXMAN!

#3 THE MYSTERY OF LAXMAN!

It is said that Laxman didn't sleep for 14 years all through the exile and he prayed to Goddess Nindra (Goddess of sleep) to help him with this. He did this so that he could protect his brother and bhabhi!

It is said that he was so true to his words, that once when Yam and Ram were having a meeting, Ram promised Yam that no one will intervene and whoever does, will be taken by Yam, the God of Death. But Laxman arrived to consult Ram on some matter. Knowing of the vow, he cut off his head and offered it to Yam so as to live up to his brothers words!


#2 BAJRANGBALI HANUMAN!

#2 BAJRANGBALI HANUMAN!

Once Sita told Hanumaan that she puts vermilion (sindoor) on her head for a long and healthy life of lord Ram. Hearing this, Hanuman smeared his entire body with vermilion for making Ram’s life utmost safe.

Bajrang is a Hindi term for sindoor, hence Hanuman was given a name after it, and that’s Bajrangbali.


#1 SQUIRRELS AND WHITE STRIPES!

#1 SQUIRRELS AND WHITE STRIPES!

Everyone loves squirrels. But few know that these animals got their white stripes due to Ram (Atleast that's what the Ramayan says)

While monkeys were making the Ram Setu (the bridge to reach Lanka), a squirrel tried to help them by carrying sand. Monkeys laughed at this, but Ram praised the squirrel for its dedication. Ram cuddled the back of squirrel and the stripes appeared as the finger signs.








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