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…

Why do South Indians worship Ravan and respect Ravan more than Rama?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: Thank you for the A2A. I’m not sure if I understand your question completely. I am a South Indian and I’m yet to come across anyone who actually ‘worships’ Raavan or ‘respects’ Raavan more than Lord Shri Ram in my native place. In Kerala, the month of Karkitakam (also known as…

What does Ramayan tell us? Has it teachings too?

Thank you for the A2A. The Ramayana was set in an ideal period when the demarcation of right and wrong were very clear. A person and his deeds were right or they were wrong. There was no in-between as is seen the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata has more ‘teachings’ because of this. The knowledge it expounds…

How do Ramayan and Mahabharat share a common universe?

Raakhee Venugopal’s answer By common universe, I presume you are referring to the society in which both the Mahabharata and the Ramayana are set in. My answer is based on this presumption. During the time period of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Aryavarta or the Indian Subcontinent basically had the same kingdoms and ruling…