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Meghanad in Ramayana – Story of Meghnad in Epic Ramayan

In the epic Ramayana, Meghanad was the son of demon King Ravana and Mandodari. Meghnad means ‘one whose speech was like the thunder.’ He was the greatest warrior in the army of Lanka and he was noted for his formidability.
Meghanad had defeated Indra, the king of Devas, and had thus got the name Indrajit.
To free Indra, Brahma appeared before Meghanad and gave him the boon that he will not be defeated in any battle if he performs a yajna to his kuldevi Nikumbala. So before venturing into a battle, Meghanad performed the yajna and a chariot would appear and he used to go to battle in this chariot and remained invincible.
Thus Meghanad was able to defeat Sri Ram and Lakshman. He was able to capture both the brothers using the divine weapon Nagapasha. But Garuda appeared on the scene and rescued the brothers.
Lakshman was mortally wounded by Meghanad. He had used his magical powers and disappeared into the sky and use the arrow ‘Shakti’ against Lakshman. Hanuman bought the magical herb…

On Why Ramayana is History – Ithihasa

Noted writer and former professor of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Ka. Va. Na. Sarma recently gave a speech on the subject why Ramayana is history – Ithihasa. His speech was based on astronomical and geographical data. The Hindu reports  Rama lived in the same Vaivaswata manwantara as the present generation and belonged to 24 mahayuga and going by the ice age that ended in 8000 BC some computerised calculations put his year of birth as 5,114, he said. He considered 4,366 BC and 3,618 BC also as possibilities and veered around to the view that the latter was the year of Rama’s birth.  Rama was a modern man belonging to homo sapiens adept at using bow and arrows, Mr. Sarma said. The journey of Rama, the Ramayana, could be mapped right from his journey with Viswamitra to Midhila where he married Sita.  Rama Sethu was constructed to Lanka with pumice stones and it might not be one continuous bridge and the description of crossing the ocean in the Ramayana supported it, he said b…