There are many amazing cultures and myths all over the world, from the roman legend of Hercules to the famous greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. But the traditions, legends and mythologies of India are one of the most epic aspects of the ancient world. Since Hinduism is a polytheistic religion there are more than thousands of stories of gods and others like, ones who helped humanity and destroyed evil from the world. The two most famous Indian myths are the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Mahabharata narrates the struggle between two groups of cousins in the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kaurava and the Pāṇḍava princes and their successors. The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama’s quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the great sage Valmiki and dated to around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.
The protagonists and other main individuals of these myths are worshipped all over India at festivals such as Deepavali and Aadi. Those festivals commemorate the main events in these myths, such as Lord Rama and Sita’s return to their native state and the end of the Kurukshetra war respectively. They are one of the most famous festivals and are pre-planned so that they are perfect. People celebrate these festivals by wearing brand new traditional dresses, families getting together and burning bright sparkly firecrackers. “Indian myths are a fact. We have sufficient archaeological evidence today, to prove that these happened several centuries ago,” said Arvind Subramanyam, an Indian who believes that all these myths are true.
Mahabharata and Ramayana are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more myths in India like the story of “Amrita” an elixir that was drilled out of the ocean that can make any being immortal or the story of Goddess Durga. These are amazing legends but what makes them more fascinating and interesting is that there is proof and evidence that these stories were once true. In the story ‘Ramayana’, Lord Rama, with the help of a kingdom of monkeys, built a bridge from Southern India across Sri lanka, the kingdom of the demon Ravana, to save his wife Sita. And now in the modern world there is a bridge in the exact same place, made of rocks that are FLOATING on water. In Mahabharat, Lord Krishna was cursed that his whole dynasty, his kingdom Dwarka and everything he built will be destroyed by the ocean. “Interesting facts about Indian Mahabharata is that, today, we have the submerged dwaraka dynasty built by Lord Krishna under the ocean,” said Arvind. “Just like there are many versions of the bible, but the main essence is the same, the original teachings and words of Lord Krishna were written in scriptures and vedas, that were passed down to generations and generations, they are available to everybody even today,” he finished.
These myths are very important to the people of India and are taken very seriously. There is more proof that proves that these myths were once true, and Indian archaeologists and historians are still searching for more evidence to explain these epic tales.