We have always been listening to the stories of Sita abduction and Ravana undying desire of power. But there is lot more to know about it. Ranging from the birth of our hero (Rama) and heroine (Sita) after we are left with some golden hair strands of Sita in earth. The Ramayana is just not the story, it has more to offer in every aspect of society.
- 1.Male Dominance: Many women were killed or mutilated on the grounds of them being demons: Taadka is the first among them and Surpanakha is the most well-known. And the list doesn’t stop here, others such as Ayomukhi, Simikha, Surasa, Lankini etc. The interesting part is all are the metaphors for wild and untamed nature. There is clearly acceptance of male violence against woman. The incident of Mandodari marrying Vibhishana after Ravana death is also the symbol of escaping from the Sati Prtha.
- Origin of Caste System: Ramayana has very cleverly established the Varna (caste) system in our society. The origin of rules started from the age of “Prithu”. And forming the rules and regulations for the perfect king. Ramayana also established the guidelines for the expected behaviour of the King. We are well known about the fact of aham and atma . Aham is the imagined notions of who we are and how we want others to see us.
- The Shiva Bow: The well versed chapter of Sita swaymavar is known to all, but the history of Shiva bow lies with goddess Shakti. As Shiva is the supreme tapasvi, had destroyed hunger. The hunger which is originated from the man’s desire. Thus in order to satisfy that hunger , a man conducts yagna and tapasya. Whereas yagna is done without tapasya, we exploit other people’s hunger to satisfy our own. Thus a corrupt society comes into existence.
Tapasya is like the shaft of the bow. Yagna is like the string of the bow.Individually they do not create a bow. Thus Shakti and Shiva joins yagna and tapasya, forming a bow . Which is also a symbol of all the relationships in the world.