Interesting Facts in Ramayana
All of us know that janaka is the name of Seetha's father. But Janaka is actually the name given to the clan. The name of Seetha's father was Seeradwaja Janaka. He was a great scholar, a king, had attained mastery over upanishads and veda. He had studied under the great yagnvalkya. He ruled the kingdom of videha from its capital Mithila. Hence Seetha is also called Vaidehi and Mythili. Seetha, ocourse, was found in the earth when Janaka was ploughing the land. She is therefore the daughter of Mother earth. But since, Janaka grew her up as his own daughter, she is known as Janaka's daughter.
His wife was Sunayana and had two daughters _ Seetha and Urmila. Sita married Rama and Urmila married Lakshmana. He had a brother by name Kushadwaja. Kushadwaja had two daughters - Mandavi an Shrutakirti who married Bharatha and Shatrugna respectively.
Do you know how Dasharatha got his name?
Dasharatha was a very great king known for his valour and archery. He was sometimes invited by Indra himself for a war with the asuras. He could fight in 10 directions at a time. When he went to the heavns to help indra, the asuras would banish and would try to deceive the devas through maya and magic. But dasharatha could fight in all the directions simultaneously and win the war for the devas. Since his chariot could turn in 10 directions at a time, he was known as Dasharatha (one who could turn his chariot in 10 directions at the same time).
Who built a highchair with his tail?
All of us know that Hanuman went in search of Seetha. He crossed the ocean and had seetha's darshan too. But he was trapped by Indrajit, Ravana's son and was taken to Ravana's court. There he advised Ravana to mend his ways and return Sita to Rama. This advise was anyway ignored. When the war between Rama and Ravana was inevitable, Rama gave one last chance to Ravana. He sent Angada, the son of Vali as a messenger to Ravana. When Angada went to Ravana's court, Ravana did not have the courtesy to even offer a seat to a messenger. Angada then, as a show of his power, made a high chair with his own tail and sat at a position higher than Ravana's seat. Many of them think it was Hanuman who made a chair of his tail. But it was actually, Angada who did this act.
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