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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dandkaranya Aarambh

A very happy and hopeful 2016 to all you lovely people. May the almighty bless us with sanity and sensibility in order to make this world a better place to breathe in.
I too am hopeful this year doing wonders for me as my maiden book will be out soon :), I look forward to your blessings and support for my endeavor.

We will keep our exploration on with regards to the legends associated with Ramayan with an effort to answer every single question or misconception that had been raised from time to time. I have blogged at times posts that have helped in drawing a truer picture of Shri Ram countering to the "myths" those been hyped time and again. As I always say, whether you see or listen, think rational understanding the essence of it, getting to the core of it. We also gained cognizance to our amazingly unbound civilization that had gone out of our acquaintance due to our ignorance. Ignorance that was caused by the avoidance by accepting the well marketed flawed versions of the foreign rulers who ruled our countries for centuries. They were so brilliant in their strategic efforts that we still believe(alas, even a cluster of politicians and intellectuals) the Aryan theory, give me a break.  
I am grateful to our scriptures; the Vaidas, other holy books and Valmiki Ramayan(in my case) that makes us aware as well as proud of our very roots, roots that blossomed the whole Earth.

I have also received messages to throw light on other characters viz., Sumitra, Shatrughn and above all Devi Sita. First of all, thanks for your messages people, with time, I will be posting about every character, big or small, that had played important role in Ramayan. As I have said earlier, we must be open to every aspect of a particular legend, only then we would be able to reason the occurrences.

My last blog-post concluded the exile chronicles where we got to know the absence of any grudges or foul play with regards to Bharat and Shri Ram and now we understand how it all happened. Now, we will be moving forward from there.

In Ramayan, Dandkaranya was one strategic point that triggered the set of events that led to Raavarn's end. What does this word imply, well it's a fusion of two words; Dandak and Aranya. Where Aranya means forest area, Dandak is defined as punishment or punisher. Curious! one ought to be; a legend goes behind it as once this area came under the domain of Survanshees, but a curse caused desolation and cut off the area from Aryavart. We will surely learn about it in one of my forthcoming posts when we will discuss the geographies, for now I can tell you that a big region of Maharashtra and a small region of Madhya Pradesh fell under this area(in today's course). Later the rakshasas inhabited this place under Raavarn's ruling.
Shri Ram was aware of the above and after Bharat left he was looking for an opportunity. In the meanwhile, there was a huge relocation that took place among the sages those were residing in Chitrakoot. Shri Ram got to know from them about an evil entity(read : http://srirom.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-uncrowned-king-khar.html) who was responsible for their misery, they further told him that it was a regular thing to change places as being in one place for longer might end up in their destruction. They were hunted and killed by the rakshasas and hence suggested him to move too as the rakshasas looked at him as a threat, especially after he eliminated Tadka and Subahu.
Living in Chitrakoot never did any good even to Shri Ram after Bharat and the whole royal family left. The nostalgia never let him be at ease. He took this opportunity and decided to consult sage Atri for an ideal place before entering the Dandkaranya. The renowned sage not only guide them for the dreadful region but later acquainted him to a divine persona who after Vishwamitra, endowed him with divine weapons that helped him in his endeavors.
Before signing of, let me brief you about sage Atri and his wife Sati Anusuya. Sage Atri was a revered sage of those times who was respected by the devas also. Sati Anusuya(sati: an ideal wife) was a remarkable lady, who once penanced for years to end a drought in her region. Her glory surpassed to Atri's with respect to her deeds. She is the mother of Bhagwan Dattatreya and sage Durvasa. Still if someone thinks that women were inferior in those times, can't help it.

"It all starts from one place, and then history follows you"

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