Rama Navami starts today, according to the wise folks at Wikipedia.
And as we were scrolling through our image collection of Hindu Gods, we couldn’t help but wonder whether Rama, his wife Sita, devoted brother Lakshman and Rama’s faithful soldier Hanuman really looked like their depiction in the below photograph?
Rama (center), Lakshman (left) and Sita ((right) with Hanuman (kneeling)
Special Request: If any SI reader has seen Rama, please do let us know if there’s a resemblance between the person you saw and the image (middle) above.
We’ve tried hard to catch a glimpse of Rama all these years but the fella’s been quite elusive. Maybe, he’s a little shy or, perhaps, he doesn’t like U.S.-based bloggers.
By the way, Rama Navami marks the celebration of Rama’s birth to King Dasarath of Ayodhya and his wife Kausalya.
India’s Hindus, both in the North and in the South, celebrate the festival in a big way accompanied by recitations of Ramcharitmanas, taking out procession of Rama’s deities in the streets, singing Bhajans, distribution of Prasad and drinking of Panakam (a juice made from jaggery, pepper powder and cardamom).
Ramachandraji usually likes his mango lassi curtsey of masala cuisine of NW ohio not water or ghee, also ramachandraji’s feet were pierced in the dhandakaranya hence you will notice small prick marks on his soles.
FYI according to the jaina’s, Ramachandra was the 8th balabhadra who was ahimsa personified, laxmanji was vasudev who killed the prati vasudev (raavana) in order to save the world.
In jainism, rama attained moksha after renouncing his kingdom and sita will become ravana’s future disciple (jains believe that raavana will be the next tirthankara in the next yuga).laxmanji was returned to earth only to be killed by ravaana (jains believe no one escapes karma,including gods).of course i dont agree with that,but that’s their view.
p.s hanumanji’s fav food is bran muffins ,more on this latter
1. You write: In jainism, …..sita will become ravana’s future disciple
Are you serious or is this the Ohio version of Indian mythology? 😉
2. You write: ramachandraji’s feet were pierced in the dhandakaranya hence you will notice small prick marks on his soles.
Since we’re sinners, we’ve not been blessed enough to look at Ramachandraji’s face, let alone his soles. 🙁
karuna quite recently remarked, raman oru padikathavan, hindu oru thirudan. Probably he was referring to himself and raja.
I cant wait for May 11th, Election result day in TN.
Tamil Nadu will never see Rama Rajyam. Not in the Tamils’ destiny.
Only this Asura Karunanidhi or that Hidambi Jayalalitha for the Tamils. 😉
I don’t understand why results has to come one month after the polls while it usually was only 1-2 days. Do they want some time to fudge the votes and make DMK win?
Maybe those shaniyans Azhagiri and Stalin want to make Aeroplanes or Rockets with the ballot papers. 🙁
It doesn’t matter how Ram looks. But please save TN from the Ravana Karunanidhi.
You write: please save TN from the Ravana Karunanidhi.
No can do because the Tamil pitchchaikarans (beggars) want all those color television sets, liquor, laptops, 4 gms of gold. subsidized cable TV and even sanitary napkins from the political parties.
Source: It’s raining freebies for voters in Tamil Nadu
i have been to several jain mundir’s and have studied as much as i could about jainism.they beleive also that it was laxmana who killed raavana by sending his(ravana’s) brahmastra back at him,killing the prativasudev.the jains also believe that because krishnaji killed demons he has been consigned to the third narak and that neminath,allegedly one of krishna’s cousins,was one of their “tirthankara’s”.you can read more about this here:
Endless, the nonsense Indian Hindus, Jains, Christians and Muslims spout about their respective religions.
There’s little proof or logic behind any of the arguments, yet our people blindly follow one or the other religion. 🙂
OVER 70% TURNOUT FIRST PHASE IN TN! COMMON VOTE OUT DMK FOR GOOD.
Who cares about the turnout!
The big question is whether Tamil Nadu women will finally get to wear Sanitary Napkins.
Think we’re joking? Here, Read the third paragraph in this Reuters story.
Guess, the next big scam involving Tamil Nadu (i.e. after the Telecom Scandal) will be the Sanitary Napkins scandal. 😉
actually there is proof that krishna and neminath were (are) historical personalities.read my friend wendy doniger’s book”hindus an alternative history” for more info. christianity is watered down zoroastrianism
1. You write: Actually there is proof that krishna and neminath were (are) historical personalities
Really? Sadly, there’s no proof that histrionic personalities Aishwarya Rai and Jennifer Lawrence are sitting on our lap now. 😉
2. We’ll try to Read Wendy Doniger’s book. But the book has received several bad reviews on Amazon.
Wendy’s alright, we chat all the time online via email, she always makes time to respond,considering the fact that she is head prof of history of religious studies at chicago school of divinity.she’s actually jewish, not that it matters,and has a doctorate in sanskrit from harvard before coming to chicago university to teach.
We’ll see if we can read her book soon.
We’re intrigued because of the strong, visceral reaction Wendy Doniger’s book on Hindus has provoked on Amazon.
happy hanuman(kasthabhanjanji) jayante to all my hanuman bhakta “friends”
the singer in this video regularly visits chicago if anyone wants to see him in person.
If Hanuman be your way of getting, high, Enjoy this multi-headed Hanuman.