Saturday, August 15, 2020

Story of Ravana's wife Mandodari

Story of Ravana's wife Mandodari

What effect did Mandodari's life have on a mistake and a curse?  Today we will know in today's article.


An important character of the Ramayana was Ravana's wife Mandodari, who told Ravan from time to time the difference between right and wrong deeds.  Lankapati Ravana's wife's name was Mandodari.  Mandodari was a Pativrata (Virtuous wife) woman.  Mandodari is also compared to Ahalya in terms of Pativrata dharma.  But there was a big reason behind how Mandodari became Ravana's wife.  Mandodari knew that Ravana is very cruel and tyrannical.  Despite this, Mandodari had to accept Ravana as her husband. 

Who doesn't know about Ravana's wife Mandodari?  But did you know that Mandodari was a frog in his former life. According to the description found in the Puranas, Lankapati Ravana's wife was a frog.  Today I am going to tell you about the same legend which reflects this. So let's know about it.

According to the story:-----

We have been hearing the story of Ramayana since childhood and we also know about its main characters.  But there were some characters in the Ramayana whose role was very important, but people could not know much about those .. One such character was Mandodari, most people do not have any special knowledge about the wife of Lankapati Ravana.  Let's tell you about some interesting and unheard things related to Mandodari in my special article today.

Mandodari, who you know as Ravana's wife, was a Apsara(nymph) in a previous life.  Oh!Yes, according to legend, once a beautiful apsara named Madhura reached the Mount Kailash in the absence of Goddess Parvati and went there and tried to attract Lord Shiva with her form, beauty  and art.
But then Goddess Parvati reached there and seeing her action cursed the apsara that she would remain in the well as a paddock for 12 years.  

However, later on the insistence of Lord Shiva, Mother Parvati also revealed her curse and said that Madhura can come back to her true form only after harsh penance.

Madhura became a paddock due to  mother Parvati's curse and according to her, she started doing harsh penance to get rid of the curse .. After her many years passed, when the god of Asuras, Mayasura and his apsara wife Hema wished for a daughter  and start to doing penance . Meanwhile, Madhura too became free from curse due to her harsh penance. 



As soon as she was free from curse , Madhura came out of the well, Mayasur-Hema saw their tenacity coming true and they adopted Madhura as a daughter at that very moment.  After that, Mayasur has named his adopted daughter Mandodari.  Later this Mandodari became the wife of Ravana. 

The mythological belief about the marriage of Ravana and Mandodari is that once Ravana came to meet Mayasur, he was fascinated to see his beautiful daughter there and expressed his desire to marry Mandodari, but Mayasur rejected the offer. But at the same time, Mandodari knew that Ravana is very powerful with egoistic attitude, so she agreed to marry him for fear of him and for her father's safety.

Then Ravana forcibly married Mandodari, Mandodari marries Ravana despite not wanting, because she knew that if she did not marry Ravana then my father's death was certain.  Mandodari used to try whole life to continued to make Ravana realize the truth.  By this marriage Ravana and Mandodari had three sons, Akshay Kumar, Meghnad and Atikay. 
Mandodari was a virtuous woman, but she knew that her husband was walking on the wrong path and when Ravana brought Mother Sita to Lanka, Mandodari also requested Ravana to send Sita back but the arrogant Ravan did not listen to his wife . However, when this resulted in war, Mandodari wished for the victory of Ravana by following the dharma of a virtuous woman. 
The originator of the chess game is considered to be Mandodari and in the scriptures, Mandodari has also been considered as the  CHIR KUMARI(everlasting girl).  She was one of the PANCHKANYA( five girls) who were Ahilya, Tara, Kunti, Draupadi and Mandodari respectively.  These five have also been considered as Mahasati.

Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after the death of Ravana, but before that he handed over the kingdom of Lanka to Vibhishan, Ravana's brother.  But a question also arises that what happened to Ravana's family after this?  What happened to his beloved wife Mandodari, who lost her three sons, how Mandodari spent her life ahead.  If all these questions are coming in your mind too, then let us know the answer to these questions.

Ravana, despite being a scholar, was tyrannical. He had no value for moral principles in life.  Even relatives for him did not matter.  Shriram had to come to this earth to give rid of his atrocities.



Mandodari was a religious and sensible woman full of superior thought , civilized behavior .  It is said that when Ravana asked her father for her hand when he was fascinated by Mandodari. Mandodari agreed to the marriage Ravana, due to his devotion to Shiva and he being a Brahmin. Mandodari accepted to be live with Ravana.  Mandodari opposed every wrong act of Ravana.  Mandodari had termed the abduction of Sita Mata as wrong. Mandodari always inspired Ravana for good works and prevented him from walking on the wrong path.  Even after the abduction of Sita, Mandodari had told Ravana to send Sita to Rama with respect but Ravana did not listen to her.
According to the scripture Ramayana, King Ravana of Lanka lost and died in battle with Lord Rama.  After the death of Ravana, the ongoing war in Lanka came to an end.  After the war, everyone wanted to know about Rama, Sita and Lakshmana.  But what happened to Ravana's wife Mandodari after the war.  Hardly anyone could know and few people even tried to know about it. 

After conquering Lanka by Lord Rama, after winning Ravana, Vibhishana finally became the king of Lanka.  But a question arises that what happened to Maharani Mandodari?  Mandodari As soon as this name comes, a picture of such a queen emerges in our mind, in her feet every glory of the world was available . She was the daughter of an apsara who was very beautiful and attractive.  One such dedicated queen who herself was the queen of the demon Emperor Ravana.  The queen of the gold kingdom, Mandodari is one such character of Ramayana who was never properly understood, her identity always remained confined to the wife of Lankapati Ravana.  And after Ravana's death,  her chapter is believed then it is completely finished.
If we talk most of Ramayana, then most people have more curiosity to know about Ram, his wife Sita and Ravana.  But very few people know or are curious to know what happened to Queen Mandodari after Ravana's death.

Mandodari knew that Ravana is a devotee of Lord Shiva, so she agreed to marry Ravana for the safety of her father.  Ravana and Mandodari had three sons.  Ravana was very egoistic and because of this, Mandodari knew that there is nothing but destruction on the path on which he is walking.  Mandodari tried many times so that Ravana could walk on the right path but it had no effect. Mandodari wanted Ravana to return Lord Rama's wife Sita to him, because she knew about the curse in which Ravana's death was going to happen to Lord Rama.  But when Ram Ravan war took place, she supported Ravana like a good wife.  After the war, Mandodari went to the  battle ground and was very sad to see the destruction of her husband, son and other relatives there.




Lord Rama proposed to Mandodari to marry Vibhishan after Ravana's death.  Lord Ram knew that Mandodari is a good woman.  That is why he was worried about her.  But Mandodari rejected this proposal.  On this, Shriram explained. It is said that after this, Ram once again went to explain Mandodari with both Sita and Hanuman.  After convincing everyone, Mandodari agreed and got married to Vibhishan.

It is also said that after the death of Ravana and the Lankan ministers advised Mandodari to marrying with Vibhishan and again re-establish Lanka and Mandodari did the same, but Mandodari later separated from it.



After the slaying of Ravana, these were some special things related to Mandodari, though all these things are based on legends.
Today the article written about Mandodari.  She shows the loyalty of Mandodari. Now you all can understand how the life of Queen Mandodari must have been.  While writing the article, we have tried to write all aspects of Mandodari's life, but it seems that there is something lacking in it, as if the inclusion of a story or incident is left.  That's why many things have been repeated again and again. You should read the article and increase your knowledge.  And I think of a new topic to write.  But at the same time I try to gather more information about Mandodari.
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