Thursday, December, 02,2021

The Defeat of the ten-headed one

RAMAYAN HAS ENTHRALLED GENERATIONS AND TO DATE, THE CHARM OF THE STORY OF LORD RAM AND KING RAVAN HAS NOT DIMINISHED. I WOULD NOT BE WRONG IN SAYING THAT THERE IS NO PERSON IN INDIA WHO HAS NOT BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS STORY BE IT AS A KATHA, COMIC, ART, POETRY, MUSIC, MOVIE, THEATRE, SERIES, NOVEL OR A CARTOON MOVIE! CITY FIRST WISHES ALL ITS READERS A HAPPY VIJAYA DASHMI!

The Ramayan is a simple story with a clear protagonist and antagonist, there are hardly any side stories like in the Mahabharat but it is magical and life-changing to read/watch or listen to Ramayan.

I was fortunate enough to hear the Ramayan from both my grandmothers and as my granny told me to learn from Ram about obedience and duty, I remember being horrified when my grandfather passed a remark that there was lots to learn from Ravan also. For me, at that tender age, Ravan was a villain who forcibly took away the beautiful Sita and put Ram and Laxman through such tribulations.

As I grew up and learnt about life, I grew to respect if not admire Ravan, I fought to understand a little of the depth of the teachings of Ramayan that ‘the victory of good over evil’ is a fight within ourselves, I forgave Kekayi for her desires and even today. I am still trying to learn from this greatest epic of all times.

Today is a special day in the Hindu calendar, after nine days of Navratri, which is replete with symbolism of vanquishing evil and reverence, comes Dusshera.

Remember, Navratri is not just about fasting, puja and Dandiya – the nine days contribute to our well-being, knowledge and enlightenment, we must dig deep down to reap these benefits.

Pray to Mata Rani to empower you and finally liberate you! Vijayadashmi, the day of Victory teaches us that reverence and gratitude in our life will lead to success and happiness! In our culture Dussehra was always about dancing, feasting, community get-togethers and this year- as we have ‘defeated’ corona (for now) let us bring back the joy and gaiety of Vijayadashmi. Shed all inhibitions and immerse yourself in Ram bhakti and seek blessings!

 

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