Ramayana is one of the greatest Hindu epics that conveys lessons on how to be an ideal human being. It was written by Valmiki. There is so much more to the heroic epic that you might not have heard of. Here are 12 such interesting facts.
1. During The 14 Years Of Exile, Laxman Didn’t Sleep At AllThis is to ensure that he guards Ram and Sita well. That’s why Laxman is referred to as ‘Gudakesh’, the man who defeated sleep.
2. Lord Rama Gave The White Strips On A Squirrel’s BodyThey (the stripes) are believed to be his (Lord Ram’s) fingerprints. Lord Rama was impressed seeing the dedication with which the squirrels helped in making the Ram Setu and patted their back.
3. During The Exile Sita Had A Different NameIt was Vaidehi.
4. The Three Sons Of Ravana Were Killed By LaxmanThey were Atikay, Meghnad and Prahast.
5. During Her Childhood, Sita Had Broken The ‘Shiv Dhanush’That’s why the condition of breaking the bow at the swayamvar of Sita was put by King Janak.
6. Lord Shiva Gave Ravana All Those HeadsBeing a devotee of Lord Shiva, Ravana sacrificed his head to impress the Lord. This happened ten times.
7. Lanka was put on fire by hanumanji. Remember?Well, the bull, Nandi had cursed Ravana that the cause of his destruction will be monkeys.
8. Urmila (Laxman’s Wife) Slept For 14 YearsIn order to complete both hers and her husband’s sleep Urmila slept for 14 years. But, she was a very low key character in the Ramayana.
9. Lord Rama Was An Outstanding Human Being As Per Valmiki’s Ramayana.But, he is referred to as God in Rama Charit Manas.
10. Lanka Was Constructed By Kuber (The God Of Wealth) For HimselfBut, he was overthrown by Ravana who was also his half brother.
11. For Keeping Lord Rama Safe, Hanuman Covered Himself With SindoorHe is also known as Bajrang Bali.
12. Lord Rama Is An Avatar Of Lord VishnuSimilarly, Laxman is an avatar of Sheeshnag (the serpent which is associated with Vishnu).
Even though you might have seen Ramayana a number of times on the T.V., these are some of the facts you could have missed out on.