Did Ramayana Really Happen? Or Is It Just a Myth?

Group picture of Rama, sita, laxman and hanuman

'Ramayana' is one of the two (2) greatest epics in the Hindu Mythology, the other being the 'Mahabharata'. 'The Journey of Lord Rama' is called as 'Rama-Yana' It forms an important part of Hindu literature which is considered to be Historical!.

But did it really happen? or is it just a work of Fiction by 'Valmiki'? or is it a myth transcribed by 'Valmiki'?

What is Ramayana?


'Ramayana' is generally attributed to the Great Hindu Sage - Valmiki. The Book is estimated to be written in 5000 B.C. The original 'Ramayana' consists of 7 books named as 'Kandas'. Each 'Kanda' tells different legs of Rama's Journey towards becoming 'King of Ayodhya' after a great battle against 'Ravana - an evil King of Lanka' to rescue his beloved wife, Sita.

Many claim that the happenings of Ramayana can be proved to be Historical i.e to say that 'Ramayana' did take place in the History and 'Rama' did exist in the past. The Bridge built for Rama by his army which is called as 'Rama's Bridge' ( Adam's Bridge)  (read full article by clicking the link) and the place where he ruled i.e Ayodhya still exists in India - Supports this claim.

But till now, Ramayana is not considered as historical because of lack of evidence to prove its existence. If 'Ramayana' is proved to be historical, then the unsolved mystery of 'Rama's Bridge' will be solved as well.

Rama directing vanaras to build Rama's bridge
Image credits : Nithin

About Rama's Bridge


It is estimated that 'Rama's Bridge' is constructed in around 5000 B.C, with the use of wood and stones. This supports the claim of Ramayana being Historical. It is also backed by the construction method used to build the bridge is mentioned in the Valmiki's text.

Although Valmiki mentioned it as a History, the exact time period of living cannot be determined because he has used 'Yugas' i.e Rama lived in 'Tetra yuga' to be specific. But he has forgotten to specify which yuga scale was used when mentioning 'Tetra yuga'.

Because, 'Each yuga can range from 10 years to as wide as nearly 4,320,000 years!'.

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Ramayana is not a mythology you can see its example are rama bridge,rame swaram temple, ayodhya, and you can also check a lot of proof in YouTube or by googling.

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According to Indian text books. Indus valley civilization began around 2500 BC. Two epics Ramayana and Mahabharata written in Later Vedic Period ( 600 BC - 600 AD ).
If this is True then why not Lord Rama , Hanuman or else mentioned in Vedas , Brahamans , Aranyakas , Upanishads etc ? As i believe Ramayana happened before 2500 BC.

Some ppl says vedas were wriiten long before ramayana thats why vedas mentioned in ramayana. Lets assume if this is true & Books are hoax ( distorted history by british) which i am reading ..... then , why were the statues of Lord Rama , Hanuman not found in excavations of Indus Valley Civilizations like Harappa , mohenjodaro , chanhudaro , Lothal , kalibangan , Banawali , Dholavria , Surkotada , Daimabad ........ while statues of other deities were found there.

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That's because during those times only the supreme gods or the absolutes were worshipped and not human beings. Even though Ram was an avatar of Vishnu he was still a person(and much more). Because that was the whole point of being incarnated as a human being so that the gods could show the masses that through right action and dharma good will always triumph over the evil. Remember that people of those times were much more advanced and intelligent. And moreover, idol worship and temple-building in hinduism began only after 100-200 A.D.

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It was a myth there is no archeological evidence or scientific evidence.
No timeline. Not even a single coin was found..
It was a story...
Vedas were written by Aryans.
Aryans came from central Asia.
It means they are not Indians.
They created yama Agni and all this dieties.
But there is not even a single foreign country or even other books proclaim about it..

No social book will consider Ramayana as history...
It was just profane history

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Even before Valmiki composed Ramayana, it existed as a folk tale often narrated by bards during yagas etc. Narada was one such bard (referred as Sutas). It was Narada who briefed Valmiki, and he in turn elaborated the same into the great magnum opus. The folk tale perhaps has its roots on a real time event, and what exactly it was is highly speculative. Valmiki Ramayana is faulted by historians for mistakes in the Geographical facts. Also it refers to Greeks, sakas etc and are known in India after Alexander. Linguistically also it falls in line with post Panini Sanskrit. The Ramayana known to us through Valmiki is fiction. The bridge etc are incidental and will not pass close scrutiny.

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Puranas were written to expound the vedas. The vedas are very abstract and esoteric. In order to teach vedic philosophy, these wonderful stories were written so the humans mind can relate to thiese abstract concepts..All puranas are highly allegorical.

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But Ramayana was written by Valmiki when Sita was abandoned by Shri Ram and was living with her kids Luv and Kush. So how could it has existed as a folk tale?

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is there any proofs of Ramayana in tamilnadu bcoz Sri ram must cross tnadu to reach lanka

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You are referring to the uttara kanda. If Valmiki could have written is now seriously disputed by historians. From linguistic point of view this appears to be a later insertion. Ramayana as we have it today has been modified, ammended knowingly or mischievously over a period of time.

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Rama's Bridge was built in 5000 BC is what stated in this article... This cannot be true as the conclusive evidence of start date of Mahabaharat war was 16th Oct 5561 BC... hence this contruction of Rama's Bridge should have happened several thousand years ago... also it is mentioned in the article that Valmiki wrote ramayana in 5000 bc , then how come the bridge was built during the same period...

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Are bhai mere Valmiki Ramyan is different andd. Tulsidas Ramaayan is. Different.In earlier Ramayan by valniki ji Ram was. A leader of tribe,but tulsds ramayan made him Avatar of Vishnu...so clearcut observation proves they are all mythical

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There is a Rameshwaram temple of shuvji in tamil nadu on the sea shore which was created by shri Ram while making the bridge to lanka. It still ecist

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Ramayana is history . Some parts of it could have been exaggerated but there is sufficient evidence to say that it is history .

I will give three instances .

1.Dr. Suresh Vishwanath Bhave who was a Professor in Medical College in Pune was also an avid aviator . He traced the various events in Ramayana and the places where they were said to have happened . He traced aerially the path given in Ramayana , the travel from Ayodhya to Lanka and was able to correlate most of the places and happenings . Interestingly many of the descriptions given in Ramayana are possible only when seen from above , that is from the airplane . If you are on the ground , you cannot understand the description . For example the crater of Lonar is mentioned in the Ramayana . It is on a hillock , in the middle of very dense , inhospitable forest . It was not inhabited till recent times .

The book by Dr. Bhave is ramachya padchinhavar pushpak vimanane pankha pasarale (pushpak in the footsteps of Ram), complete with breath-taking aerial pictures .

A times of India news item can be seen here Re-tracing Rama's footsteps - The Times of India

2. At one point in Ramayana , Sugriv tells his lieutenant to keep going west in search of Seeta till he sees the Trishul of Shankara at night . The Trishul of Shankara is a luminous formation on the coast of Peru which is seen only at night and only from a long distance in the air . It can be seen even now . You can search for images for "Candelabra of Peru ."

3.The crater of Lonar is mentioned in the Ramayana .It is a huge circular lake , made by meteorite strike , It is on a hillock , in the middle of very dense , inhospitable forest . It was not inhabited till recent times .

Innumerable instances can be shown , which could not possibly have been poetic license , or stories put in later on , of places scattered over entire Indian subcontinent .

You can see my answer to related question on quora here
https://www.quora.com/I-know-that-the-Mahabharata-and-the-Ramayana-are-great-stories-with-great-moral-teachings-but-I-dont-have-to-actually-believe-that-it-really-happened-and-that-a-god-actually-played-a-role-in-it-What-do-you-think/answer/Anand-Ghurye?srid=CxvH&share=abd3ea4e

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After end of kalyuga.. people in next yuga would say same thing that there is no evidence that in this yuga science & technology much exist like we can't even imagine

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I agree with you.

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My question is if God came to earth as a human.. Why he came to India only?
Both time.. First as Rama and then as Krishna..

Why didn't he come to other places?
And if he did..
Why Hinduism doesn't cover that..

I am in search of answers..
Would love to be enlightened and answered..

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Read the veda puran ramayana.

You will get all answers.

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Mr Johnson.

We don't believe recent history modified by any person.

We have history of lacs year. Have u ever read about Nalanda and takshashila. The oldest university . People from other country came to read here.
There all proofs were present. But now they don't have any existence.

So if u have time then try to read ramayana, mahabharat , veda, puran.
This book when wrote no one knows. But all doubt will be cleared .

Try to read and understand.

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Please don't discuss ..

Read understand ramayana. Then come we will discuss.

This is not s simple book it's a holi pabitra book. And having true story..

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If you look into Ramayana of Valmiki only, you will have proof. Sugriva when assigning teams for searching Sita, mentions of kadamba forest, which incidentally is today's Madurai.

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The name Shri Lanka is very new, even the lankan's did not know it till 1950.
Every character and city, country is set according to Ramayana by it's blind followers.
Read the history of Lanka, bridge proof is totally fake, at that time there was a road between India and Lanka.

Read the Lankan history and then read Ramayana, everything will be clear.

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In which generation monkey were walking on two legs like a man, is there any proof?
Can ever a monkey fly like hanuman without any wings, can it be proved?

In ramayana, Ram and Rawan fight in air with their horse cart (Ghoda Gadi), can it fly :)

Can a person have more than one head

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can you give any reference to this context in any of the vedas or puranas.

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Such a great tradition can not be declared myth and fake outright. People who have read Ramayana properly will be able to appreciate the following:

It is perhaps the only epic which begins by pondering the great virtues of a human being and if it be possible that such a person could have existed. Such a person did exist and he was Rama. Rama maintained these virtues steadfastly; and he along with his spouse suffered a lot; They never gave up. The epic makes clear that citizens of that time admired these qualities. Rama won a great war; As a victor he behaved a perfect gentleman. He did not annexed the land or material & walked out with Sita only, his married wife. Compare this with all the wars that happened ever since. Certain episodes did get interpolated over time; These add colour to the epic but make it less of history. By the by what if it is history or not. Is the History as we have today all factual.

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