The Navratri festival is probably the most vibrant festival of India. Spreading across the expanse of India it is celebrated in different hues in different parts of the country each imparting its own flavour.
This is the only festival that lasts nine days and culminates with Dushera. A celebration of the triumph of good over evil.
There are enough tales, plots and sub plots to keep an inquisitive reader engaged for months. Here is a selection of short stories. One story for each of these ten days, to learn more about what made this such an absorbing contest.
Tales of one who had ten heads, yet not a sound mind.
Tale Two – Sita
It’s true that what Ravan did was wrong but according to some stories Sita was his daughter.
It’s said that Parvati once asked Lord Shiva to get a permanent house rather than keep wandering. Lord Shiva as he is rightly called ‘Bholenath’ agreed. Since Lanka was being made for his wife, it had to be special and that’s how Golden Lanka came into being designed by Vishwakarma.
At the time of grihapravesh, a yagna had to be organized for which none other than Ravan himself was called since he was the greatest and most learned brahman of that time. After the yagna, when Ravan was asked for his dakshina, he demanded Lanka.
Then another yagna was organized by Lord Shiva and once again Ravan was the priest. On its completion Ravan was offered a fruit by Lord Shiva which had the power to make his wife Mandodari pregnant and bear him a child. On his way back, Ravan felt hungry and unknowingly ate that fruit. When he woke up, he found himself impregnated and his neck getting choked. In his attempt to cough off this choke, his daughter (later called ‘Sita’) was thrown away to some far off land. She was then found by Janaka, the future father-in-law of Lord Ram.
Read Tale Three tomorrow