Hey! My name is Shelby! I recently read the Indian Epic Ramanyana, and I was so obsessed with learning more about it that I decided to take a trip India. The epic was so interesting that since I was only going to be there for a short amount of time, I wanted to learn about it as much as possible. I must say that India is filled with so many wonderful things.

The first city I decided to go to was the City of Palaces, Mysore. The Mysore Palace is the most famous palace in the city. It was so beautiful and enormous. At night I took this picture, and it was amazing to see all of those lights all around the whole palace. I know it took them a long time to do that. I set up a tour to see what historical things I could find that correlated with the epics I have read. The first room they took us to was the library. It had hundreds of books, diary entries,  and amazing pictures all about Indian Epics, especially the women. 

There were so many interesting characters in these stories, but I was particularly fascinated with the women: the good, the bad, and the ugly! They varied from the pure, sweet, and innocent to the mean, selfish, and evil. Some were so beautiful that you would not be able to take your eyes off of them, but then there were some that were so hideous that you did not even want to look at them. Even though they had a lot of different physical characteristics, the one thing they had in common was their strength. I can say that they were strong no matter if their strength was used for good or evil.

While looking in the Mysore library, I found something on the beautiful Sita, and it was her dairy. She was the daughter of King Janaka, and the beloved wife of Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya. She is the prototype of how a woman is supposed to act. She always stays loyal to Rama no matter what situation she is placed in. Her diary entries were from her days in her dad’s palace to her time being captured by Ravana. Her diary entries really reveal what a beautiful person Sita is on the inside and outside.

The second character was the young and beauty Kaikeyi, and I also found her diary in the library.  She is one of the wives of King Dasaratha and the mother of Bharata. She gets all of the attention because she is so much younger and prettier than the other wives. She is a very conceited woman. Her diary dates back to when she saved King Dasaratha’s life until the day Rama returns from exile. In the end, you will find out that if she regretted sending Rama into exile or if she thought she did the right thing.

Surpanakha was another character that I wanted to know more about. She is the sister of Ravana, the Demon King. She is a very unattractive creature. Her diary covers the time that she met Rama in the forest to the end of the war between Rama and Ravana. Her diary entries presents some of her past that influenced some of her future decisions, so you will really get to see what type of a person Surpanakha really is.

After visiting the City of Palaces, Mysore, I really got a better understanding of just how important these women were in the Ramanyana, and if it had not been for them, Ravana the King of Demons would still be alive.

For the first Story Click: Sita

Image Information: Beautiful Palaces