He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife.
He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity.
Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.
About The Author:
Devdutt Pattanaik is a doctor who worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for fifteen years, before turning his passion for mythology into his profession. He has authored over 600 articles and 30 books on the relevance of sacred stories, symbols and rituals in modern times. His books include:
Myth=Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology
Book of Ram
Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana
7 Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art
7 Secrets of Vishnu
7 Secrets of Shiva
7 Secrets of the Goddess
Devlok series for children
Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology
99 Thoughts on Ganesha
Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management