Who Is Rama
Lord Rama is one of the most important deities in the Hindu religion. He is considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is considered to be the seventh avatar of Vishnu. He is also called ‘Maryada Purushottama’, owing to the fact that he had al the quality that were upped to be present in an ideal man. In South and South East Asia, followers of ‘Vaishnavism’, consider the life of Rama as the guiding example of a good life on earth. Lord Rama in spite of being a prince is said to have lead a very simple life and never compromised on his principles despite the hardships that he had to face in his life on earth.
Rama was the eldest son of King Dasharatha and was forced into exile by Dasharatha’s third wife, Kaikeyi. To keep up his father’s promise, Rama went to the forest and spent the life of an ascetic. The relationship between Rama and his younger brother Laxmana is considered to be the ideal relationship between two brothers. When Rama abandoned the throne and went on exile, his wife Sita and his brother, Laxmana accompanied him. His younger brother Bharatha looked after the kingdom, in the name of Rama.
The epic of Ramayana is associated with Rama where his life is described in detail so that it sets an example for Hindus. Rama married Sita in a swayamvara that was organized by Sita’s father, Janaka, the King of Mithila. However, when in exile, the King of Lanka, Ravana kidnapped Sita, which was the main reason for the war between Rama and Ravana. The fierce battle that lasted for many days resulted in the death of Ravana. Even today, the death of Ravana at the hands of Rama is celebrated in the form of festival of Dussehra all over the world.
Diwali is another festival that is celebrated all over India in order to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Diwali was celebrated foe the first time when Rama returned to Ayodhya with Sita and Laxmana. Diwali is the largest festival for the Hindus all over the world. Rama and Sita had two children in the form of twins, Lava and Kusha. They were born in the forest after Rama banished Sita from Ayodhya, owing to his moral responsibility as a King. Rama was not only a good ruler, but also a great warrior and scholar, trained under the guidance of Rishi Vashishta and Rishi Vishwamitra.