posted on Oct, 15 2011 @ 10:06 PM
Ramayan - a time of insecurity for Arya Kings
1. King Dashrath takes his army along-with when going to Janakpur for marriage of his sons.
2. Prince Bharat takes his army to Dandak forest when he goes to meet his brother Shri Rama.
A keen reader should ask why?
What is the need of an army in a marriage? or when going to meet a brother?
The answer lies in the bad security situation at that time, not in tradition. There is no tradition to take an army to a marriage.
King Dashrath was an emperor. His life was always at risk. Anti-Arya forces had grown strong at that time, and an attack on the emperor or crown
prince could have happened at any time.
Kekayi sent Shri Rama to Dandak forest with the hope that he would not last long there. This forest was frequented by Rakshas and Yaksha people. Of
course she did not know the powers that Shri Rama possessed, otherwise she would not have dared.
The proponents of 'band-bazaa-baarati' in modern marriages give an example of Ramayan. This is absolutely wrong. Veda is against waste of money.
Veda advises people to live a simple, unpretentious life. Taking a historical event out of context is absolutely wrong.
Waste of money in Marriage
Vedic marriage is a very simple affair with family members and close friends participating in an 'agnihotra' in bride's home, or in Gurukul. The
food prepared for 'Yagna' is served in marriage also, which consists of rice, two types of lentils, two types of vegetables, two yoghurt dishes
(kadhi, and raita) and one milk dish (kheer), The 'prasad' of 'Yagna' - typically sweet fragrant rice - is also served as a sweet dish.
This seven course lunch is only served after the main ceremony. Rest of the meals can be as simple as normal meals - which consist of rice, optional
roti, one lentil, optional one vegetable, one yoghurt dish, and optional one sweet dish (kheer, laddu, sweet fragrant rice, etc.)
Again Ramayan is quoted often for the tradition of dowry.
The clan of Ikshwaku Kings was made up of pious and brave kings, who would never do anything against Dharm. The marriage of each prince was officiated
by a Ritvij who was an expert of Veda. Please note that a marriage involving dowry can never be blessed by a Learned person, as per rules laid down by
There was tradition of father giving daughter 'stree-dhan' or some clothes, jewellery, cows etc. of his own desire. It was not necessary and
marriages of Dwij can never be done on the basis of dowry, else that person will be considered 'shudra'.