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I started research about this topic & found two different articles in which both the authors claimed that, not only the incidents, but also a few characters of Mahabharat were affected by Ramayan's characters! They mainly pointed out the following characters,

1) Yudhisthir. His character was close to Ram, as both dedicated themselves in the service of truth & Dharma. Both were calm & full of mercy. None of them became angry when they were deprived & banished, & both of them easily welcomed their grief. The great sage Markandeya also compared the condition of Yudhisthir with that of Ram during Vanavas. In Van-Parba, when Dharmaraj asked if there is anyone who had suffered like him, then that sage retold the story of Ram. We find there a smaller version of Ramayan in Van-Parba.

2) Arjun. Both the authors claimed him as the Lakshman of Mahabharat! They wrote, Lakshman & Arjun are similar in their heroic nature. Both are Mahavir, & protected their elder brothers during the time of adversity. Besides, both had brotherly love towards their elders, & both were "Jitendriya"! Last but not the least, both of them suffered Vanavas for almost same reason!

(I have a little addition here; I think the incident, in which Yudhisthir had to banish Arjun for 12 years, was affected by the incident of Lakshman-barjan. Lakshman had to enter into Ram's chamber violating his order, just to save the people of Ayodhya from curse of Durbasa. Arjun also had to enter into Yudhisthir- Draupadi's room, just for welfare of a Bramhin! Both were then punished by their elders!)

3) The author has claimed that, Bheem is the new creation of Mahabharat who is not affected by Ramayan, but he thought Bharat & Satrughna became the Nakul & Sahadev later in Mahabharat!

 (I could not support this theory till now, as I could not find any similarity between Bharat & Nakul. Can you find any point to support it?)

4) Later one of the authors said that, Bheem was created with a small part of Kumbhakarna.

5) Vidur can be considered as the avatar of Vibishan, as both of them were the embodiment of justice & were unable to tolerate any unfairness, even if it is done by his near & dear ones!

6) Duryodhan can also be considered as Ravan. Both were proud of own power, both had the lust of power & wealth which became the cause of their death.

7) They considered Avimanyu as the part of Indrajeet, as both fought like real hero till his death.

(But I did not find any other similarities! They don't have the same type of character. Besides, their processes of death were not similar. What do you think, friends?)

8) The Babhrubahan incidents of Manipur are close to the Lav-Kush incidents of UttarKand. Both are the first meeting between father & son, & in both cases, father was defeated by his son! Then the reunion became easy.

Thus, Ramayan has a great impact on Mahabharat. Now I want to see what you are thinking about this topic. 

 

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Very interesting and informative post Sema! Clap Thanks so much for sharing. Big smile  I only got to skim over it, will be back later to read fully and comment more.

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Wow, this is indeed an interesting topic! How could you find all those similarities! Beautiful! You could definitely write a thesis on this or something! Another thing in common is that in Ramayan, some of the characters who turned on Ravan fought against him, with Shri Ram, at Lanka. And in the Mahabharat, Arjun had to fight his own relatives, with Krishna as his saarthi. In both, they are supported by God and have to go against their families.

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Oh wow, aMAZing thread, Urmi!Day Dreaming It's sooooooo interesting and informative, thanks a bunch for sharing this with us.Hug

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Posted: 27 January 2011 at 7:39am | IP Logged

Wow, awesome posts Lola and Shivang! Clap Clap Very informative, I learnt so much! Embarrassed

Sita Maiyya & Draupadi- neither of them were born, they only physically manifested/emerged, Sita from the earth and Draupadi from the yajna fire.



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