We all know how the story goes, Ravana abducts Sita while Rama and Sita are on exile, Rama with the help of Hanumana and others saves her. Diwali marks the end of Rama’s exile. As a skeptic, I couldn’t help but imagine, was it all real?
Upon researching it was found that there is some evidence that the Ramayana happened, such as the presence of the city of Ayodhya (which still exists), but there is no solid historical or archaeological evidence to prove the existence of the Ramayana. Before we start, I just want to put it on the record that we are all entitled to our faith, and do not wish to push my opinion onto anybody. We can all believe in what we believe in!
Historians and archaeologists have often repetitively said that the Ramayana is simply a myth.
1. The Character of ‘Ravana’
As kids, we knew Ravana as the scary ten-headed monster. He is depicted as the ‘King of Rakshasas’. But let’s be real, ten heads? Some say that the ten heads were symbolic, and that it made him as powerful as ten scholars or it represented ten emotions of the divine mother. We’ve also heard things like Ravana was good, which could be true because the great Saint Valmiki wrote the Ramayana(one side of the story). To add to that, Ravana is worshipped in some parts of the world and there’s a long scary debate which questions if he was the anti-hero or not?
2. The Adam’s i.e. Setu Bridge
In the Ramayana, the bridge was created by Rama and Lakshmana with the assistance of Hanuman and the Vanara army to reach Lanka in order to find Sita. Made of limestones shoals, between Pamban Island (off the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu, India) and Mannar Island (off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka). The biggest controversy related to this bridge questions if it was man-made, or not? There have been contradicting evidences. One of the most significant being the report from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which found no evidence for it being man-made.
3. The Crossover Between Humans and Deities
All Indian mythology deals with transactions between humans and deities. This brings us to the question that arose when the universe started- Is God real? Well, who knows? What matters is what we choose to believe in. We live in a democratic country, freedom to religion yada yada.
4. The Rise of The Picture of Hanumana
A few years ago, a picture of Hanumana arose and we got to know perhaps Hanumana was still alive. Even though that was’t humanely possible, people believed it. However, soon after, it was proved that picture was a mere oil painting. Now, that, makes me question the credibility of it all. And the age old theory- Humans Lie! 😛
Valmiki. Who is Valmiki? Apparently, he was the one who wrote the Ramayana, and let me just say, I’ve read it. He writes pretty well. Of course, it’s no comparison to my favourite fiction, Harry Potter. The Ramayana could simply be a fiction. I’m not sure, Saint Valmiki sounds pretty legit though! Many believe that Valmiki simply exaggerated the facts, and Ramayana was a simple story of a fight between two kingdoms. There are also some discrepancies as to whether Ram actually ruled Ayodhya or not. To those who question Valmiki, please enter the dark, dark dungeons of the internet and well, google it. You might find some very surprising things. Hint- there’s a website that starts from Q and answers all your questions.
Something to think about, right?
What’s more important is for you to think about…
…all that weight you put on during Diwali from all that food!
About the Author:
Engineering student, Procrastinator, Ambivert. Love books and movies. I live by the saying “Don’t try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night.”