I have been into Indian Mythology this week and I am fascinated by it. Maybe it’s because I am mother that I want to know about it so that I can teach it to my daughter 🙂 . I want Baby A to know our culture and our mythology stories. I remember that I had a bunch of stories from Amar Chitra Katha which my father gave it all to a library 😦 . I want my daughter to read it and know about all our Gods and Goddess. There are 2 epic stories in Hindu culture and they are Ramayana and Mahabharata. I am going to talk about these two mainly and stories around it. Since its going to be a long one, I decided to write them in a 2 part series 😀 .
I have heard the stories in my childhood and also read the Amar Chitra Katha stories but I never knew that there is version of Ramayana. Apparently, in Jain Ramayana, Ravana is the father of Sita, isn’t that fascinating? I started researching about it and found stories of how Ravana might be the father in some wonderful blogs. I read some wonderful stories in a blog and I can’t seem to find them today 😦 . I should have saved those. In Thailand Ramayana, Hanuman is portrayed as mischievous womanizer and they portray Ravana as the lover who lost his kingdom and his life over his love for Sita. Whereas in India, he is considered as the evil guy.
In the blog I mentioned, there was an article about Sita thrown out of the palace in the end and Rama was the one with a fault. The story was about how Rama thought Sita was unfaithful to him and banished to forest. And he was questioned by Ahalya (a woman who was turned to stone by a sage and then the curse was broken because of Rama) about how can he suspect Sita when she was with him during his exile and did not even look at Ravana. And he said that he needs to do his duty to his kingdom since some of his subjects were questioning Sita’s chastity. But the lady asked What about his duty towards his wife, the one he is suppose to protect? This led me to question about what would have happened after? Should Sita just forgive Rama for accusing her? What about his sons? How can they forgive him for accusing their mother? The story’s end with happily ever after in most of the books but what did happen?
I really want to read about such interesting twist in the stories which you never hear about. I am going to find the blogs and add it when I find them. I am going to talk about Mahabharata in the 2nd series. The books which I have wanted to read about Hindu Mythologies are
- Prince of Ayodhya by Ashok Banker
- Asura, Tale of Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan
- Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee
- Jaya by Devdutt Pattanaik
Blogs to check out