I repeat “Untold Unsung now Unearthed”
People of Ayodhya lived peacefully during Sri Ram’s
reign until one fateful day when they were struck by a
bad news–Sri Ram had abandoned Sita after a
Washerman leveled an unfair charge against her
Such was the greatness of Sri Ram that opinion of each
and every individual was given due respect irrespective
of his position and status.
One day, Sage Agastya arrived in the royal court of Sri
Ram. After the formal Salutations were over. Sage
Agastya complimented Sri Ram for killing Ravana.
Sri Ram asked Agastya–‘Who was Ravana– the
tormentor of deities? I am anxious to know about the
origin of his whole clan.”
Sage Agastya replied–Vishrava was the grandson of
Lord Brahma. His father was sage Pulastya. Vishrava had
two wives–Mandakini and Kaikasi. Mandakani’s son
was Kubera while Kaikasi was the mother of Ravana,
Kumbhakarna and Vibhishan. Kubera ruled over Lanka.
One day, Kubera, came to see his parents boarded on
his aircraft–Pushpak Viman. After he returned to Lanka,
Ravana, who was very much impressed by Kubera’s
royal appearances asked Kaikasi–“Who was this fellow?
From where did he acquire such an amazing aircraft.”
Kaikasi revealed to Ravana that the guest was none
other than his step-brother Kubera. She said–“Kubera
is the son of your step mother–Mandakini.
He has made his mother proud by his conduct but I am
ashamed of you, because of your inconsequential
existence. You are no better than a worm.”
Ravan decided to prove his mother wrong by acquiring
insurmountable power and authority. Ravana went to
the forest and performed an austere penance for ten
thousand years by standing on one foot. He fixed his
gaze at the sun and never for a moment did he remove
his gaze from it
Kumbhakarna and Vibhishan also engaged themselves
in austere penance. At last, Lord Brahma became
pleased and blessed Ravana with a vast kingdom. Ravan
then started tormenting his step-brother Kumbhakarna.
He snatched Kubera’s Pushpak Viman and drove him
out of Lanka.
Ravan then turned his attention towards the deities and
drove them out of heaven. The deities went to seek the
help of Lord Brahma who in turn took them to Lord
Even Lord Shiva was clueless about the means by which
the indomitable Ravana could be subdued.
Ultimately all of them including Lord Shiva went to Lord
Vishnu and sought his help.
Lord Vishnu assured them by saying —
“I shall take incarnation as Ram at a place called
Ayodhya. Presently, Ayodhya is being ruled by
Dashrath, who inspite of having three queens, does not
have any son. I shall manifest myself as Ram.
Don’t worry! I shall eliminate the menace called
Ravana.” Sage Agastya also told Sri Ram that Ravana
belonged to the caste called ‘Brahmrakshas’. This way,
Sage Agastya after having finished his narration looked
at Sri Ram anticipating further queries.