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The story of Sitaji’s curses in Gaya is found in the Ānanda Rāmāyaṇa, Yātrā Kāṇḍa, Sixth Sarga, though in a slightly modified form than the question. An Introduction before the curses: As per this Kanda, Ramaji and Sitaji had gone for a pilgrimage to many places, one among them being Gaya. In the morning, they went to the Phalgu river for a bath, where ...


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It is pertinent to note that although Rishi Agastya drank the ocean the earth was not devoid of water i.e. seas, rivers etc. were still around. This can be confirmed from Vana Parva. After Devas had slain the Kalakeya demons, they asked Sage Agastya to replenish oceans but he replied 'That water in sooth hath been digested by me. Some other expedient, ...


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As per the Puranas, the Ramayana War was fought for a total of 87 days with occasional halts for a period of 15 days, thus making the number of days of actual fighting 72. The starting tithi is: Māgha Śukla Dvitīyā(The second tithi of the bright half of the month of Magha) The ending tithi is: Caitra Kṛṣṇa Caturdaśī(the fourteenth tithi of the dark half of ...


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The oriental propensity for exaggeration, embellishment, mythologization and conscripting of purported history for spiritual instruction it is impossible to say what actually took place in any form of verifiable detail. For example the alleged long and detailed conversations between the characters cannot possibly have actually taken place, since there were ...


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The commentary by Govindaraja throws some light in this respect. It says: सीतां धनुर्भङ्गकाल इति भाव:। Sita at the the time of the breaking of the bow, such is the indication. The simple answer being Shri Rama would’ve given marrying Sitaji, in favour of Bharata at the time of the breaking of the bow despite himself being the one to fulfill Janaka’s vow. ...


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Firstly let’s note that the abduction of Devi Sita by Ravana was informed to Shri Rama by a dying Jatayu, much before the meeting with Hanuman: Oh, boy Rama, blest is your eternality, for whom you are searching as with the search of a rejuvenescent herb in the vast of forest, Ravana stole that lady and my lives, too - VR 3.67.15 Though he was asked by ...


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It doesn't look like peace talks were on the table as both Rāma and Sugrīva had already made up their minds that Vāli should be eliminated. http://valmikiramayan.net/utf8/kish/sarga5/kishkindharoman5.htm "Oh, Raghava, my brother denounced me, he even made me an enemy of his, such as I am I am living in these forests with scare and fear, and with ...


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Yes, the root of Hanuman (हनुमान्) is really hanumat (हनुमत्). As per vyakarana rules of Panini’s Ashtadhyayi, the word is formed by adding the मतुँप् (matum̐p) suffix to the word हनु (Hanu), meaning jaw. Logic: Panini’s Ashtadhyayi gives the following sutra for the suffix: तदस्यास्त्यस्मिन्निति मतुँप्॥ ५।२।९१ Meaning: that which belongs to him (or this) (...


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This one was really difficult. Most of the traditional commentators have said that this verse refers to those studying Taittiriya Shakha. But Kataka's commentary mentions that Kausalya had an independent Purohita by name Tittiri Maharshi. So, Taittiriya refers to his group and not the vedic shakha. "तित्तिरिमहर्षिः कौसल्यायाः प्रत्येकपुरोहितः" ...


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