Lord Rama was the son of Dashrath, king of Ayodhya. His mother’s name was Kausalya. Rama is also known as “Maryaada Purshottam.” Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu who killed demon king Ravana and restored dharma on the earth. He was an ideal king of all times. Rama was very handsome and his skin had a bluish shade. Ramarajya is the phrase used in India for best governance. He used to treat his subjects as his children. He sacrificed his beloved wife, Sita, for the sake of people’s satisfaction.
Interesting Facts About Lord Rama
The epic Ramayana is based on the life of Lord Rama, a life where each event is a big lesson, from each we can learn much. Among those many amazing events and stories, here are Most Interesting And Lesser Known Facts About Lord Rama.
1. Rama’s Return to Vaikuntha
Rama would not return Vaikuntha as Hanuman wouldn’t allow Yama to enter Ayodhya in order to claim Rama. To divert Hanuman’s attention Rama dropped his ring through a crack in the floor and sent Hanuman to fetch it back for him. After going down Hanuman reached the land of serpents and asked the King for Rama’s ring. The king showed Hanuman a vault filled with rings all of which were Rama’s. He told a shocked Hanuman that when in the cycle of time a Rama is to die he drops a ring down the crack so that a Hanuman can be diverted from his guard.
2. Rama – The 394th Name of Vishnu
According to Vishnu Sahasranama, a list of thousand names of Lord Vishnu, Rama is the 394th name of Lord Vishnu.
3. Rama’s Sister
Lord Rama also had an elder sister, Shanta, daughter of Dasharatha and Kaushalya.
4. His Admiration For His Devotees
Lord Rama always admired his bhaktas. Once during the building of the bridge to Lanka, Lord Hanuman was hefting huge mountain tops into the sea to build the bridge to Lanka. He noticed a tiny spider brushing small particles of dust into the water with its legs to assist Lord Rama. He was about to brush the spider out of the way of his own serious work, when Ramachandra admonished him, saying, “Give up your pride! This spider’s devotional service is just as satisfying to me as yours. You are serving me according to your capacity, and he is serving me according to his capacity.”
5. Lord Rama Sent Lakshman To Learn From Ravana
While Ravana was dying, Lord Ram asked Laxmana to go up to him to learn all that Ravana had to offer. At his behest, Ravana rendered a discourse in politics and dharma to Laxmana.
6. The Golden Period – Rama Rajya
It is believed, Ayodhya was ruled by Lord Rama for eleven thousand years. This golden period was adjudged as Rama Rajya.
7. Rama Didn’t Have All the Kalas
According to some belief, Rama Avatar is not considered to be a purna avatar. His incarnation was having 14 Kalas and only Shri Krishna avatar has all 16 Kalas. This was done on purpose because Ravana had a boon and he was not immune against humans. If Rama avatar had been the purna avatar, he would not have classified as a human. He is also called as Purna Purusha. The two missing Kalas were Paripurna & Swarupavasthitha. This explains why he had to take help from monkeys and he cried as a normal human when Sita was abducted.
8. The Naming of Lord Rama
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.