Indian Mythological Drama by Kalidasa VIKRAMORVASI, URVASI WON BY HEROISM, or THE HERO AND THE NYMPH. Vikramorvasiyam meaning Urvasi Won by Valour  is a Sanskrit drama written by the ancient Indian poet Klidasa, who lived in the 4th or 5th Century CE. It is based on the love story of King Pururavas and an Apsara (celestial nymph) called Urvasi, who was renowned for her beauty. The initial story appears both in Rigveda and Mahabharatha. The play consists of five acts. The name may also be written as VIKRAMORVASI or URVASI WON BY VALOR or THE HERO AND THE NYMPH. As they make their way … Continue reading VIKRAMORVASIYAM, (NYMPH WON BY HEROISM)

Ramayana Summary 4

Rama leaves home to assist Viswamithra. King Dasaratha welcomed Viswamitra much as Indra would welcome Brahma, and as he was doing so, the King stated (while caressing Viswamitra’s feet): “I am really fortunate among men. Your presence here can only be explained by the virtue of my predecessors who came before me. Your beautiful face brightens up my day just like the sun shines to drive away the gloom of the previous night. My emotions are overflowing.You were born a king, and through the practice of tapas, you have become a Brahma rishi. And you have traveled here in search … Continue reading Ramayana Summary 4

Ramayana Summary Ch.2

The Story of Viswamitra SAGE VISWAMITRA Over the course of time, Dasaratha’s sons, Rama and Bharata, were born to Kausalya and Kaikeyi, respectively. Laksmana and Satrughna were born to Sumitra as twins. It is supposed that she got the twins because she had consumed the exquisite payasam (Sweet liquid) on two separate occasions. The sons are typically thought of as pieces of Vishnu in the same proportion as the amount of payasam that their mothers drank, which may range anywhere from a little amount to a large amount. As a result, Rama was half Vishnu. However, such computations are meaningless … Continue reading Ramayana Summary Ch.2

Ramayana Summary ch.1

The Ramayana is a Sanskrit epic that was written in India over a period of about a thousand years, with researchers placing the oldest phases of the book between the 8th and 4th centuries BCE and the 3rd century CE for later stages. One of the two major Hindu epics, the other being the Mahabharata, is the Ramayana. Part 1 The vast kingdom of Kosala, which was rendered fertile by the river Sarayu, was located to the north of the Ganga. Its main city, Ayodhya, was constructed by Manu, the illustrious leader of the Solar dynasty. It is evident from … Continue reading Ramayana Summary ch.1