Why are religious stories not called “mythology”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Hmm… mythology. A word I hate with a certain passion. Each time I see it being used, I feel a sense of anger bubbling within me. The word ‘mythology’ originated from several European languages with the root word ‘myth’ which is basically a study of some kind of folk stories…

Which female character would you like to be in Mahabharata?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Man, what a question. I would rather remain unborn than be any of the characters in the Mahabharata…either male or female. There’s way too much turmoil and tragedy, and emotional ups and downs in the lives of each one of those people that a sensitive…

How was Vibhishana still the king of Lanka during Mahabharata?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Vibhishana is one of the seven main chiranjeevis or immortals of Hindu mythology, the others being Hanuman, Ashwathhama, Mahabali, Kripacharya, Parashurama and Vyasa. His name is also part of the famous Hindu mantra which contains the names of the seven chiranjeevis and is chanted for…

What was Mumbai during Mahabharata times?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Although there is no direct reference to ‘Mumbai’ as such in the Mahabharata, the area currently called Mumbai was a part of the Konkana region which was a part of Shurparaka, a kingdom founded by Lord Parashurama, close to the mouth of the Narmada river. It lay very close to…