25 Really Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know about Lord Rama

Ramayana, one of the two epics is a symbol of our rich culture, spiritualism and heritage. The Ramayana introduces us to Lord Rama, an incarnation of the Supreme Lord Vishnu. Being the most important of Lord Vishnu’s avatars after Lord Krishna, Lord Rama’s tales are aplenty.

What’s really intriguing about Hindu mythology is that you would continuously decipher new things once you get down to it. Here is a collection of some really interesting facts about Lord Rama that you may not have heard or read anywhere.

1) Lord Rama walked the Earth 1.2 million of years ago

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Though the real text has been dated back to 4th or 7th BC, it is widely regarded that Lord Rama walked the earth around 1.2 million years ago – which was the Treta Yuga!

2) He acknowledged Ravana’s wisdom

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Lord Rama had asked Laxmana to seek some political knowledge from Ravana while he was dying since he knew that Ravana had the profound knowledge of politics and dharma, and was a devoted Brahman.

3) Man vs God

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It’s interesting to know that in Valmiki’s Ramayana, Ram is described as an outstanding human being or ‘Maryada Purushottam’ while in Tulsidas’ Ramcharit Manas, he is described as God.

4) Lord Rama wasn’t a “Purna Avatar”

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Since Ravana could only be killed by a human, Lord Rama was not made a “purna avatar” or pure incarnation as Lord Krishna, who had all 16 “kalas” compared to Lord Rama’s 14.

5) His bow could wipe out an entire army – and it did!

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Lord Rama’s bow was called Sharang. It was forged by the God architect Vishwakarma along with another powerful bow, Pinaka, which was gifted to Lord Shiva. It was one of the most powerful weapons and was used to kill strong warriors like Kumbhakarna and Ravana. Sharang was also used by Lord Krishna to fight evils during the Dwapar Yuga.

6) His name is the 394th name in Vishnu Sahasranama

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Lord Rama’s name comes in at the 394th place of the Vishnu Sahasranama, which is a compilation of the thousand names of Lord Vishnu.

7) He had an elder sister

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Lord Rama also had an elder sister who went by the name of Shanta.

8) The Ram Rajya extended for 11,000 years

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Lord Rama’s rule over Ayodhya was regarded as its golden period. This “Ram Rajya” extended for a mammoth eleven thousand years!

9) Lord Rama wanted to wield the Brahmastra twice

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Brahmastra is considered to be the most destructive weapon in Hindu mythology. Lord Rama wanted to use this ultimate weapon twice, one against Jayanta and the other against Sagara.

10) He was challenged by Lord Parshuram

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Parshuram, another incarnation of Lord Vishnu, had once challenged Lord Rama to string Lord Vishnu’s bow. Lord Rama accepted the challenge and achieved the feat quite easily. Parshuram then realised that he was no ordinary human being.

11) Legend has it that he gave stripes on the back of squirrels

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The white stripes on the back of a squirrel are said to be the fingerprints of Lord Rama! When Lord Rama saw squirrels helping in the cause of building the bridge on the sea to Lanka, he caressed them with his hands and the stripes got imprinted on their backs.

12) Valmiki’s Ramayana doesn’t portray Lord Rama breaking Lord Shiva’s bow

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Lord Rama had lifted and broken the bow of Lord Shiva during Sita’s Swayamvar – this fact has only been mentioned in Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas. Valmiki’s Ramayana doesn’t contain this fact.

13) He went into exile at a very young age

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Lord Rama had to go into exile when he was just 27 years of age.

14) Lord Rama left for Vaikuntha after taking Jal Samadhi

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Lord Rama took Jal Samadhi in the Sarayu River and consequently left the earth forever.

15) He let Sita win a swimming race

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When Lord Rama, Sita and Laxmana were in exile in the Dandakaranya forest, Lord Rama and Sita had a swimming race. Lord Rama was well ahead of Sita in the race but decided to slow down and let her win because he wanted to see her happy.

16) He took every soul from Ayodhya with him as he left for Vaikuntha

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When Lord Rama left for Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu, he took with him each and every soul from Ayodhya, which was repopulated by his heirs.

17) He fooled Lord Hanuman

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Lord Hanuman guarded Ayodhya so viciously that he wouldn’t allow Lord Yama to come in and take away Lord Rama with him. But Lord Rama knew that he had to go when the time came, so he dropped a ring into the earth through a crack on the floor and sent Lord Hanuman to fetch it. Lord Hanuman, in search of the ring, reached the Land of Serpents where its King showed him a box full of Rama’s rings. He told Lord Hanuman that in the “Kal Chakra” every time Rama has to die, he drops a ring so that Hanuman could be sent to fetch it. This goes on in a loop!

18) Lord Rama fought Jambavantha as Lord Krishna

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Lord Rama once gave his word to Jambavantha that he would fight him in a duel, but not as Lord Rama. He kept his word and fought and defeated Jambavantha in Lord Krishna’s avatar.

19) Lord Rama’s name has a special meaning

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Lord Rama’s name was given by Vashishtha Maharshi, the guru of the Raghu dynasty. His name had a significant meaning, as it’s composed of two “beeja aksharas” – the Agni Beeja (Ra) and the Amrutha Beeja (Ma). While the Agni Beeja served to vitalize his soul and body, the Amrutha Beeja rejuvenated him from all the fatigue.

20) His lucky charm was the magical chariot

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Indra Dev sent a magical chariot to Rama as a gift when he was fighting Ravana. Lord Rama killed Ravana boarded on that chariot and it is considered to be his lucky charm.

21) Rama pacified Laxmana and showed him the future

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Laxmana was enraged when he came to know that Lord Rama was to be sent into exile, and asked him to fight Dashratha and become the king. Lord Rama pacified him by showing him what the future holds.

22) Vaali, in his next birth, killed Lord Krishna and got his revenge

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Lord Rama prophesied that Vaali would kill him in his next birth and thus take his revenge. Vaali was reborn as a hunter and was the one that caused the death of Lord Krishna.

23) Manthara’s revenge

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Lord Rama, as a child, once threw his toy playfully and it hit Manthara’s hunch back. Manthara took her revenge through Kaikeyi and sent Lord Rama on a 14-year exile.

24) He showed Lord Hanuman why finding Sita was so important

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Lord Hanuman, being a Brahmachari, didn’t like the idea of Prince Rama so grieved by the loss of his wife. Thus, Lord Rama chose Hanuman to search for Sita so that he would know how special and precious she was.

25) Lord Rama had to give death sentence to Laxmana

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Lord Yama once came to meet Lord Rama in private, disguising himself as a sage and warned that anyone disturbing them would meet his death. While Laxmana was guarding the door, sage Durvasa came and wished to enter the room. Laxmana refused, to which the enraged Durvasa warned that he would eliminate the whole of Ayodhya. Laxmana thought it would be better to sacrifice himself rather than the whole of Ayodhya, and so Laxmana went into the room to convey Durvasa’s message. Lord Yama then prevented Lord Rama from giving beloved Laxmana the death sentence and instead told Him to disown Laxmana. Eventually, Laxmana left for Vainkuntha.

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