Epics
Sita kills Ravana
The Adbhuta Ramayana, has a very interesting and an unusual episode of a strong Sita, not found anywhere, except in an Odiya version.
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In the Mizo tradition, Lusariha or Ravana has seven heads. He is invincible because of a boon from Rama and Khena’s father. However immortality is a gift only meant for the gods and Lusariha is told that that he is safe from everyone, except a small monkey. Now this is
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  The brothers Rama and Khena (Lakshmana) were twins in their mother’s womb. But even before they could come out, they sensed the danger waiting for them in the world outside. A demoness had heard about their impending arrival and was standing guard near their mother to eat them the moment
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The Ramayana is sung as much as it is narrated and read in different parts of the country. The songs cover a large number of issues but rarely do they retell the entire epic. They try and capture a moment from the story, or raise questions about a relationship or
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As a young and diligent student in the ashrama of Rishi Veda, Uttanka found himself in a dilemma one day. His guru had to leave the hermitage to perform a sacrifice for the kings and had left Uttanka in charge. While Veda was away,  the women in the ashrama came
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We all know about Sita’s abduction by Ravana, but what is not so well known is that Sita was abducted once earlier in the epic too. This incident was used as an act of foreshadowing, which is an important narrative device in epics and plays. In the aranya kanda, i.e. soon
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In the Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is where the great battle between the Pandavas and Kauravas was fought. It has been set down in the texts and in popular imagination as the place where dharma triumphed over everything else, restoring order to the universe. The point is that war is and was
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The episode of Shabari in the epic Ramayana has been a well known story of devotion and often cited as an example of gods craving for nothing except devotion, irrespective of caste and/or gender. Much has been written and shown when it comes to Shabari. An elaborate version is found
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Among the Karbi tribe in North East India, the Ramayana is preserved as an oral tradition in the songs and performance arts of the region. The Karbis trace their origin to the Treta Yuga and believe that they are the descendants of a people who fought with Rama in his
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Shantanu, king and father of Bheeshma the great grandfather of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Mahabharata, is a familiar figure. The stories about his infatuation for Satyavati and his marriage to Ganga and his son Devavrata who came to be known as Bheeshma for the terrible vow that he undertook are
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