Once we have been youngsters our famous movie maker Mr. Ramanand Sagar launched his opus magnum Ramayana on Indian tv and through these days shade Tv was a novelty in each family and, although beneath strict authorities management, the televisions had a restricted variety of channels. This teleserial was aired within the night prime time slot and we clearly keep in mind that we might not shift anyplace throughout that hour and would watch Ramayana with rapt consideration. As a toddler I keep in mind studying the unabridged Ramayana and it had taken me a few month to complete that epic. By the point I had reached the final chapters I had forgotten the intricate particulars of the sooner chapters.
Each Indian both dwelling in India or anyplace else on this world is aware of about Ramayana and the Mahabharata. In India it’s each fathers dream to have a son like Rama each brothers dream to have a brother like Lakshman, each spouse’s dream to have a husband like Rama. This epic or the Legend has a profound impact within the Indian psyche. The opposite nice epic is Mahabharata,( about which I’ve written in my earlier article titled “Dwarka and Mahabharata” ) the place there’s a point out about Ramayana. Mahabharata was an occasion that had occurred about 5300 years BC which suggests about 7000years earlier than current. Subsequently Ramayana is an occasion which precedes Mahabharata and that may additionally imply that Ramayana is 7000 years earlier than current.
Wealthy in its descriptions and poetic language, it consists of seven books or Kandas and 24,000 couplets and has been translated into many languages. The seven “kandas” of Ramayana are: “Bal Kanda”, the boyhood part; “Ayodhya Kanda”, Rama’s life in Ayodhya, till his banishment; “Aranya Kanda”, Rama’s life within the forest and Sita’s abduction by Ravana; “Kishkindha Kanda”, Rama’s keep at Kishkindha, the capital of his monkey ally, Sugriva; “Sundara Kanda”, Rama’s passage to Sri Lanka; “Yuddha Kanda” or “Lanka Kanda”, Rama’s battle with Ravana, the restoration of Sita, and return to Ayodhya; and “Uttara Kanda”, the part narrating Rama’s life in Ayodhya as king, the delivery of his two sons, Sita’s check of innocence and return to her mom, and Rama’s demise or “jala samadhi”. The Ramayana tells of the start and schooling of RAMA, (q.v.), a prince and the seventh incarnation of the god VISHNU, (q.v.), and recounts his profitable of the hand of Sita in marriage. Displaced as rightful inheritor to his father’s throne, Rama goes into exile, accompanied by Sita and by his brother Lakshmana. Sita is carried off by the demon king Ravana. With assistance from the monkey common Hanuman and a military of monkeys and bears, Rama, after an extended search, slays Ravana and rescues Sita. Rama regains his throne and guidelines correctly. Within the possible addition, Sita is accused in rumors of adultery throughout her captivity. Though harmless, she bears Rama’s twin sons in exile, sheltered by the hermit Valmiki, stated to be the writer of the poem. After a few years Rama and Sita are reunited.
The very first thing that units us enthusiastic about the legend ,not being a legend however could possibly be a real story is the truth that Ravana abducts sita and takes her in an aerial car referred to as the pushpak rath. Query is that if all of us say that this was a figment of Valmiki’s creativeness then how did Valmiki think about a flying object which might transport people over nice distance? Imagining one thing which you’ve got by no means seen earlier than is inconceivable, and can’t occur. Allow us to say that you’re informed to think about a really ferocious and blood thirsty beast then we might in all probability put a face of a fireplace emanating dragon, as we have now seen visuals of a dragon, then we might in all probability put a physique of a tyrannosaurus as we all know and have seen tyrannosaurus. Briefly we now have seen every part and we’ve taken elements of these to create a brand new factor. So Puspak rath was a kind of an aerial car and its point out within the epic, makes the epic considerably of a actuality.
The second factor that involves my thoughts is the actual fact that the monkey troopers needed to constructed a bridge to attach the southern India with Lanka ( In Ramayana Sri Lanka was generally known as Lanka ) which suggests Sri Lanka was separated from the Indian subcontinent. Dr Glen Milne of Durham College is likely one of the world’s main professional within the leading edge science of “inundation mapping”. They use a really highly effective pc program to calculate the complicated variables to supply correct fashions of historic shorelines at a selected date and a selected locality. He has finished a incredible work on the Indian shoreline from 21300 years in the past to 4800 years BC. One can see the comparative footage within the e-book titled Underworld by Graham Hancock. Sri Lanka was hooked up with the Indian subcontinent until 10600 years earlier than current. It utterly separated from the Indian subcontinent by 4800 years BC. We all know that Mahabharata was an occasion some 5300 BC ie 7000 Earlier than current and Ramayana precedes Mahabharata subsequently Ramayana might have occurred earlier than 7000 years earlier than current. Additionally to make a land bridge between India and Sri Lanka ( between Gulf of Mannar and Palk Straight ) was a frightening activity because the size was 48 Km The Encyclopedia Britannica says it was as soon as the world’s largest tombolo ? a sandbar connecting an island to a different island or the mainland ? The existence of the bridge clearly can’t be denied! Nevertheless to what extent there was guide intervention in connecting the gaps between the shoals, islands and rocks is a topic for detailed marine archaeological and geological analysis. This type of analysis has by no means been carried out nor has any staff been constituted to date. Nevertheless, there’s sufficient proof concerning the existence in addition to using this bridge in historic Indian historical past, literature and travelogues and so forth.
Maharishi Valmiki has recorded in his Ramayan- (Yuudh Kand, sarg 22 and shlokas 45-73) that Shri Rama’ s military constructed a bridge over the ocean between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka. Valmiki has narrated intimately that initially Shri Rama’s military camped in Kodikarai however discovered that place unsuitable for developing the bridge. Subsequently, the whole military was shifted to Rameswaram. Analysis was carried out by Shri Ram for 3 days to seek out out an appropriate location within the sea for setting up the land route in order that the military might cross over to Sri Lanka. Lastly, the acceptable location was recognized. Shri Nal was a well-known shilpakar, who had the experience just like that of Vishwakarma in setting up the bridges, was requested to assemble the bridge. ( 6/22/45).
After finishing up the survey, Nal declared that a bridge can certainly be constructed. The armymen of Shri Ram utilized numerous instruments and implements for uprooting timber like Taar, coconut, mango, ashoka, bakul and so on., and with the assistance of varied yantras transported these timber, stones, and rocks to the seashore. Shilpakar Nal directed the armymen to face with lengthy ropes/chains on both aspect and crammed the area in between with creepers, timber, stones and rocks and sure them collectively. The development of Ramsetu was accomplished in 5 days by connecting the prevailing land route consisting of islands, rocks and shoals. This bridge was getting used as land route between India and Sri Lanka for hundreds of years, although typically a part of it was submerged beneath the seawater. King Asoka’ s son Mahendra and daughter Sanghamitra had used this bridge to go to Sri Lanka greater than 2,300 years again.
The traditional Indians had an correct technique of time measurement. They frequently and systematically recorded the `tithis’, days marked in accordance with the phases of the Moon, the months, the seasons, solstices, equinoxes and the positions of astrologically related luminaries just like the Solar, the Jupiter, the Venus, and so forth. In different phrases, the timings of occasions have been recorded within the astronomical format. To transform this coded info on heavenly positions right into a easy calendrical timeline, all that’s wanted is a database of ephemeris. Sage Valmiki, the celebrated composer of the Ramayana data the start of Rama in Uttarayana (the Divine Half-year), within the Chaitra month, within the vibrant fortnight, on the ninth day, within the Punarvasu nakshatra, on a Monday, and underneath Karka lagna. Valmiki additional particulars the delivery with numerous planetary positions within the zodiac : Solar in Mesha at 10 deg., Mars in Capricorn at 28 diploma, Jupiter in Most cancers at 5 deg., Venus in Pisces at 27 deg. and Saturn in Libra at 20 deg. These starry configurations are so distinctive that they’ve occurred solely as soon as up to now in measurable historical past and this helps us to repair the essential date, the birthday of Rama, because the 4th of December, 7323 BC. Because of the sluggish but steady precession of the Earth, Rama’s birthday anniversary, celebrated as Ram Navami, has since shifted by about 4 months over a interval of about 9300 years.
Valmiki additional has superbly described the sky (Ayodhya 41/10), when Rama left for forest exile. He states, “Crux (Trishankhu), Mars, Jupiter and Mercury have cornered the Moon. Vaishakha and Milky Means are shining within the sky”. Crux is on line with Hasta (Corvus) on the southern aspect. On the japanese aspect of Hasta, there are Chitra, Swati and Vishakha. As seen earlier, Mars was at 303 deg. in Dhanishta. Calculations present that Jupiter was in Poorvashadha at 251 deg. Pushya was on the western horizon with the setting Moon. On the southern aspect, from the west to the east, all the opposite planets have been located. So poetically Valmiki describes the sketch as if the Moon was cornered by the planets. The outline of the sky, 17 years after the birth-date of Rama, is ideal astronomically. By doing such astronomical calculations backwards following are the dates of few occasions from the Ramayana:
Rama’s Delivery Date 4th December 7323 B.C
Rama-Seeta Married seventh April 7307 B.C
Rama Exiled 29th November 7306 B.C.
Hanuman enters Lanka 1st September 7292 B.C
Hanuman meets Seeta 2nd September 7292 B.C.
Seetu (Bridge) constructed 26-30th Oct. 7292 B.C on the ocean
The Warfare begins third November 7292 B.C
Kumbhakarna is killed seventh November 7292 B.C.
Ravana is killed by Rama 15th November 7292 B.C.
Rama returns to Ayodhya sixth December 7272 B.C.
Thus Ramayana was not only a mere legend however a historic doc of an extremely civilized, scientifically oriented, (the individuals talked about had the capability to do analysis perform mega tasks and had all of the superior conflict equipments ) civilization that existed some 9000 years earlier than current and if that be so then right here was a civilization which preceded all recognized civilization of the world. Although Epic talked about Bows and Arrows, do they remind us of hand-held or shoulder fired missiles? Maybe, sure. The Epic narrates arrows that would chase, change path and path and all the time shut in on the enemy. The fashionable weapons are aiming exactly at this. A reminder of heat-tracing missiles? Naga Paanam (Naga which means snake and Paanam which means weapon) which might kill an individual if remedial course is just not administered instantly. We at the moment are reminded of a few of the chemical weapons used now. Paasa Paanam (Passa which means that which might tie and Paanam which means weapon). These have been used to immobilize individuals briefly. Instantly our thoughts goes to stun grenades. These are a few of the weapons that have been used within the struggle between Rama and Ravana.