Ramayana has been an integral part of our childhood. The story of legendary Rama, his wife, Sita and his brother, Lakshmana who fought with Ravana and put an end to evil is heard by everyone. However, there are many more unheard, untold stories about Ramayana that makes it more legendary than what it is now. On this occasion of Dusshera, we bring you such stories to make up your day.
Lord Ram Also Used To Wear Peacock Feather In His Mukut
Peacock feather (Mor Pankh) was first used by Lord Sri Ram during his visit to Janakpur “Dhanush Swyambar”.” Lord Sri Ram with lakshman went to Janakpur Vatika to collect some flowers for his Guru Vishwamitra Muni “Puja”. When Maali of Vatika saw Lord he was so astonished to see such charming and elegance of Lord that he immediately intact Mor Pankh to his lord Crown. Suddenly Mata Sita saw Lord Sri Ram in her Vatika and she also infatuated to watch Lord in his Mor Pankh. After wedding Mata Sita said Lord that she wanted him always in Mor Mukut form. Lord told that it was not correct to pluck always More Pankh but Mata Sita did not agree to. When Lord Saw Mata Sita sad and unhappy for this. He immediately given word to Mata Sita that he would always be with Mor Pankh from his next Avtar as Lord Sri Krishna. On hearing this Mata Sita was very happy and told that she would have been waiting for your next avtar in form of Sri Krishna and she wanted always Lord with Mor Mukutdhari.
Hanuman Was An Incarnation Of Lord Shiva
When Agni, the god of fire, gave Dasharath, the king of Ayodhya, a bowl of sacred dessert to share among his wives so they may have divine children, an eagle snatched a part of the pudding and dropped it where Anjana was meditating, and Pavana, the god of wind delivered the drop to her outstretched hands. After she took the divine dessert, she gave birth to Hanuman. Thus Lord Shiva incarnated as a monkey, and was born as Hanuman to Anjana, by the blessings of Pavana, who thus became Hanuman’s godfather.
Meghnath Was Lakshman’s Son-In-Law
Ravana’s son Meghnath was cursed that he would be killed by the lord of snakes. To counter his fate, Meghnath married Sheshnaag’s daughter Sulochna, which made Laskhman (Shahsnaag’s reincarnation) his father-in-law. Meghnath thought that Sheshnaag won’t kill his own son-in-law. However, Lakshman killed him during the war.
This Is Why Ravana Didn’t Mistreat Sita
Ravana used to get the woman of his desire and he could go to any length to do so. Kuber’s son cursed him when he tried to mistreat Rambha that his head would burst into three parts the next time he touched a woman without her consent. This was the reason why Ravana could not force Sita devi to marry him.
Ravana And Kumbhakarna In Their Previous Births
They were given two choices – either they could be born 7 times as normal mortals and devotees of Vishnu or 3 times as powerful enemies of Vishnu. Eager to be back with the Lord, they choose the latter one. Ravana and his brother Kumbhakarna were born to fulfill the curse on the second birth as enemies of Vishnu in the Treta Yuga.
The curse of first birth was fulfilled by Hiranyakashipu and his brother Hiranyaksha in Satya Yuga when they were both vanquished by Varaaha and Narasimha. And the curse of third birth was fulfilled by Dantavakra and Shishupala in the Dwapar Yuga when they both were slated by Krishna.
Lakshman’s Wife Urmila Slept For 14 Years
Lakshmana requested Goddess of sleep (Nindra) to go to his wife Urmila. As he would not sleep for 14 years. He will stay awake day-night and watch for dangers in forest while his elder brother and sister-in-law sleeps in peace.
Urmila in return accepts her husband’s dedication towards his elder brother and agrees to sleep for 14 years. In night she would sleep for her and in day she would sleep on-behalf of her husband.
Kuber Was The Actual Ruler Of Lanka
Kuber, the Lord of Wealth, was the stepbrother of Ravana and the actual ruler of Lanka! Out of the ten Prajapatis created by Lord Brahma- Sage Pulatsya was the father of Vishrava. Vishrava-a scholar par excellence, he earned great powers through Tapasya, which in turn, earned him great name and fame amongst his fellow Rishis. Bharadwaja, in particular, was so impressed with Vishrava that he gave him his daughter, Ilavida, in marriage. Ilavida gave Vishrava a son, Kuber, the Lord of Wealth.
The accounts of Vishrava’s far-reaching Yogic powers reached the ears of the Asura, Sumali, and his wife, Tataka. Both sought to increase their own powers through alliances with mighty Kings and Rishis. They decided that their daughter,Kaikesi would make a worthy wife for Vishrava and orchestrated her chance encounter with the Rishi. Vishrava fell in love with Kaikesi and fathered Ravan and his brothers. Hence, Ravan was a Brahmasura.
Vishrava’s son Kuber then inherited Lanka and shared all his wealth his half-brothers including Ravan. Kuber was actual ruler of Lanka- the ancient city which was created by Vishwakarma for Lord Shiva. But Vishrava later asked it from Shiva as a dakshina and gave it to his son Kuber.
However, after getting all kinds of booms from Brahma, Ravan considered himself the most powerful of the lot and demanded entire Lanka from Kuber. When Kuber did not pay heed to his demands, Ravan fought Kuber and conquered Lanka.
And these are just the chunks of untold stories of Ramayana. There’s many more. Let us know if you know any.