Lesser-known Facts from Ramayana

Ramayana is the world-renowned epic of India. Verily, each one of us is conversant with the legend of Lord Rama, who was exiled from His kingdom of Ayodhya as a hermit for fourteen years on account of the wish of His step-mother, Kaikeyi. The epic narrates as to how Queen Kaikeyi was misguided by her maid, Manthara, who provoked her to grab the throne in the name of her own son, Bharata and send Rama, the eldest son of the king, to the woods for a long span of fourteen years. The legend further states that during this exile, Rama annihilated the wrong-doers, including the demon king Ravana, who kidnapped His divine consort, Goddess Sita. With the help of the great devotees like Hanumana and Sugreeva, Rama waged a war against Ravana and freed his domain, Lanka, from all atrocities. After accomplishing this task, He returned to Ayodhya and was crowned as the King, who exemplified greatness and perfection in all respects.

This is the gist of the entire epic, which on a broader note is known to almost one and all, not only in India, but across the globe. However, there are a bagful of incidents and events, which are embedded in this great text, which are probably unknown to the majority. By throwing light on these aspects, one realises that when the great ones descend on this earth, the entire cosmos enacts like a puppet in their divine hands. All circumstances tend to get accustomed as per their plan, which their supremacy and great power. It so happens at times that what is perceived by the logical minds on the outside plane, it turns out to be strikingly contrastive to the reality. The following incident from this great epic relates well to the above-stated truth. This incident is mentioned in the Ramayana compiled by the enlightened sage 'Veda Vyasa'...


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When Lord Rama was exiled for fourteen years from His kingdom, He moved to the forest of Chitrakoot with His younger brother Lakshmana and His consort, Goddess Sita...
Queen Kaikeyi (with tears in her eyes): Dear son, I seek your forgiveness for having shown a cruel disposition at the kingdom and banishing you to the forest!...

Forgiveness???

What does this secret meeting in the forest of chitrakoota? To know this and furthermore, read the complete article in Jan’19 edition of English Akhand Gyan Magazine.

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