1. Death of Lord Rama
Born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya, Lord Rama is referred within Hinduism as Maryada Purushottama, literally the Perfect Man or Lord of Self-Control or Lord of Virtue. His life and journey is one of adherence to dharma despite harsh tests and obstacles and many pains of life and time. A lot of people are not aware of how Sri Rama died. The answer to this question is extremely fascinating as it holds several mysterious and enthralling stories. Read on to know…
2. The event of Rama’s death
Some people also say that death is not a term used with Avatars of Vishnu. All Avatars appear to restore Dharma and then they return to Vaikunta. Disappearance of Sri Ram from earth happened when he entered voluntarily into the Sarayu River. This divine event is described as the death of Lord Rama. The story of the disappearance of Sri Ram is mentioned in many Hindu scriptures. This story of His death is from the Padma Purana.
3. What happened after Rama returned to Ayodhya?
Sri Ram ruled for eleven thousand years and performed numerous ‘yagnas’ for the benefit of his people. His sons and the sons of his brothers were made kings in many part of the large empire that he ruled. During this period Sita Devi also disappeared from earth when she was taken back by Bhudevi (Mother Earth). Luv and Kush grew to be just rulers like their father. Then came the time for Rama to leave for the heavenly abode…
4. When a sage came to meet Lord Rama
One day a sage came to Rama and asked him for a private audience. The Saint said that no one should enter the room in which they were having the conversation. Sri Ram directed Lakshman to guard the door of the room and said that if anyone entered the room during the conversation he will be put to death. In some versions of Ramayana, it is said that this saint was none other than Kala Deva, or Time.
5. When a sage came to meet Lord Rama
The sage appeared to remind Rama that the objective of his appearance on earth was complete and it was time for him return to Vaikunta. While Lakshmana was keeping a watch, the short tempered sage Durvasa approached him and demanded entry. He was furious when he was stopped. He threatened that he will lay a terrible curse of destruction on Ayodhya and its inhabitants and on the entire Raghu clan. Lakshmana was in a fix!
6. …and Lakshmana surrendered
Lakshmana weighed the pros and cons. He concluded that his death would indeed be a lesser calamity than the entire population of Ayodhya being destroyed. So, he admitted Durvasa and received the punishment gladly. Lakshmana deci¬ded every act of his, on the touchstone of either Rama’s wish or the general good. Soon Lakshman realized that this particular situation was the play of time for Him to disappear from earth. He readily agreed to the play of Kala (Time).
7. This is how Rama avatar died
He then walked into the Sarayu River and took the form of Ananta Sesha. Sri Ram who came to know about the death of Lakshman decided that it was time to end His Avatar. He then handed over His responsibilities to his sons and bid adieu to all. Lord Rama walked deep into the Sarayu River and disappeared. Soon in the same spot Srihari Vishnu appeared resting on Ananta Sesha and blessed his devotees.
8. Rama’s death: An alternate ending
Another mythological story of Lord Rama’s death goes like this…one day, Rama was informed that it was time for him to die. He understood that those who take birth have to experience death. “Let Yama, come to me. It is time for me to return to Vaikuntha, my heavenly abode,” he said. But Yama, the god of death, dared not enter Ayodhya as he was afraid of Hanuman who guarded the gates of Rama’s palace.
9. Rama’s death: An alternate ending
To allow Yama’s entry, it was necessary to distract Hanuman. So Rama dropped his ring into a crack in the palace floor and requested Hanuman to fetch it. Hanuman reduced himself to the size of a beetle and entered the crack only to discover that it was no crack but the entrance to a tunnel that led to Nag Lok, the land of serpents. Hanuman met Vasuki, the king of serpents there and informed him of his mission.
10. Rama’s death: An alternate ending
Vasuki took Hanuman to the centre of Nag Lok where stood a mountain of rings! “There you will surely find Rama’s ring,” said Vasuki. Hanuman wondered how he would do that as it was like finding a needle in a haystack. But to his delight, the first ring that he picked up was Rama’s ring. To his astonishment, even the second ring he picked up was Rama’s ring. In fact all the rings that made up the mountain were identical. “What is the meaning of this?” he wondered.
11. Rama’s death: An alternate ending
Vasuki smiled and said, “This world we live in goes through cycles of life and death. Each life cycle of the world is called a kalpa. Each kalpa has four yugas or quarters. In the second quarter or Treta Yuga, Rama takes birth in Ayodhya. Then one day his ring falls into the subterranean realm of serpents through a tunnel. A monkey follows it and Rama on earth dies. So it has been for hundreds of thousands of kalpas. All these rings testify to that fact.”
12. Rama’s death: An alternate ending
Vasuki continued, “The mountain keeps growing as more rings fall. There is enough space for the rings of future Ramas.” Hanuman realised that his entry into Nag Lok and his encounter with the mountain of rings was no accident. It was Rama’s way of telling him that he could not stop death from coming. Rama would die. The world would die. But like all things, Rama would be reborn each time the world is reborn.
13. A spiritual lesson
This cyclical view of life is the essence of Indic thought. But the period of colonial rule and later political developments led to distortions in our understanding of the Ramayana. That is why everyone wants to locate Rama in history and geography, and fight over dates and addresses – instead of looking at the larger picture. Rama is timeless and universal and so cannot be fettered to any period or place.
14. How much time has passed of lord rama death?
Nearly 1,750,000 years. Man has been on the earth a lot longer than generally accepted. Space images taken by NASA reveal a mysterious ancient bridge in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka. The bridge is made of a chain of shoals 18 miles long. The bridge’s unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is manmade. Legends as well as archeological studies reveal that the first sign of human inhabitants in Lanka date back to about 1,750,000 years ago the same as the bridge’s age.
by Jaydeep Parmar Quora.com