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Posted: 25 November 2012 at 9:42am | IP Logged

The Vasistha Ramayana , which is one version of the Ramayana written by Valmiki , in its Adi parva refers to the ancestry of Dasaratha , his birth and how he became a king in the Solar dynasty . This reveals an unknown story about Dasaratha ' s youth , marriage and about his female child . Adbhuta Ramayana and Adhyatma Ramayana also refer to this subject .

                             When King Aja of Kosala died , his son Dasaratha was only eight months old . When he attained the age of 18 , he became the ruler of Kosala . He was a powerful king . The King of northern Kosala agreed to rule under his patronage . He had a beautiful daughter , Kausalya , whom Dasaratha wanted to marry . The King agreed ; but did not know that he and Dasaratha were closely related , coming from the same clan  ...  sagotra .

                            The demon King of Lanka , Ravana , wanted to marry Kausalya . He came to know from Brahma that his death would be at the hands of a divine son born to Dasaratha and Kausalya . Ravana became furious and decided to kill Kausalya even before her marriage . But Mandodari , his wife , pleaded with him not to commit stree hati  ( the sin of killing a woman ) . She suggested that the marriage could be prevented by separating Kausalya from Dasaratha . Ravana agreed . He sent a few demons to kidnap Kausalya , put her in a box and float it in  the river Sarayu so that she would not have a chance to survive and thereby preventing the marriage of Dasaratha with Kausalya .

                             One day Dasaratha was crossing the Sarayu river . He saw a box being thrown into the river by some persons from a hillock . Dasaratha jumped out of his boat and retrieved the box after fighting with the men . He was surprised to see Kausalya inside the box and thus saved her . Sage Narada who appeared there said it was the right time for the marriage of Dasaratha and Kausalya . Shortly the marriage was solemnised .

                            Soon Kausalya gave birth to a female child which unfortunately had a handicap in its leg . The child was named Shantai . The palace doctors could not remove the handicap . Sage Vashistha said the handicap was due to the marriage between close cousins -- of the same gotra . He suggested she would become normal if given in adoption to a divine couple ... ( ?  ) . Dasaratha and Kausalya gave the child in adoption to Romapada , the king of Angadesa . Shantai ' s disability vanished with due care and treatment . Romapada performed the marriage of Shantai with Rishyasringa Maharishi .

                             It was after Shantai was given in adoption that Dasaratha got married to Sumitra and Kaikeyi with the hope of getting  healthy children . As he had no issue even after that  Dasaratha arranged for the Putrakameshti  Yaga on the advice of sages . It was Rishyasringa who performed the Yaga and enabled Dasaratha to beget four sons .

                            The unknown story in the Ramayana highlights that Shantai was Sri Rama ' s elder sister  . It also brings to light the ancient wisdom in the ill effects of consanguine marriages .

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Posted: 25 November 2012 at 12:34pm | IP Logged
Fascinating.  I was unaware of this prelude.  Thank you for sharingThumbs Up

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Posted: 25 November 2012 at 9:08pm | IP Logged
This is very fascinating! Why does not Sri Ram or any of his kul ever speak of this sister?  Do they not consider she is of the family as she is adopted into another house perhaps?

Thank you so much for sharing the story!

Vaise, is it not strange how many people get put into boxes on rivers in stories?Confused

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Posted: 25 November 2012 at 10:22pm | IP Logged
thanks thanks, ya its true

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Posted: 26 November 2012 at 4:05am | IP Logged
I knew Dasharatha had a daughter Shanta... whom he had given away for adoption...and I knew about the Rishyasringa connection. but didn't know about the whole story mentioned here.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 at 2:13am | IP Logged
Thanks  Superdil. I knew that Dasharatha had a daughter by the name Shanta but was not aware of the whole story.
There is a story relating to Rishyashringa and his marriage to Shanta. In fact, that was 50% fiction created by legendary Malayalam writer M T Vasudevan Nair. The movie is called 'Vaishali' which is considered as one among the all time classic films of Mal cinema. The movie is still popular today and everyone here would relate to Vaishali and Rishyashringa rather than connecting him to Shantha.

In the movie, the story is like Lomapada, king of Angrajya was fed up of the famine since last 12yrs (due to  a curse) and astrologers suggest that Rishyasringa, son of Vibhandaka should perform a mahayaga at Angrajya. But Vibhandaka never allowed him to be out from the Ashram and thus he hasn't even seen someone else other than his father and animals. So the only way they could bring him to Angarajya was to seduce him. For that, he orders Vaishali, daughter of a Devadasi (It is said that Vaishali is Lomapada's own daughter born to the Devadasi) to seduce Rishyashringa. Vaishali and her mother agrees on one condition that if she succeeds, the king should accept her as his daughter in public. After all hurdles and difficulties, Vaishali succeeds in seducing and bringing him home. He performs the yaga and Angarajaya is blessed with a showerfall. Even though the king was willing to accept Vaishali as a token of gratitude, the minister prevents him from that and persuade him to have Shanta married to Rishyasringa. Soon Vaishali and her mother gets killed in a stampede.

Anyone interested can have a try on this movie. Take my word, you will definitely crave for a 2nd time watch. It is indeed a perfect classic work..!. Excellent scripting, direction, cinematography, first class performance from all actors, inimitable music by Bombay Ravi..!

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I didn't know this...thanks for sharing. 




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i had no idea that Ram had an elder sister. Thanks for sharingSmile

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