With Gowri-Ganesha festival in an hour, recollecting the legacy of Indian mythology would be appropriate.
The greatness of these epics are the time periods when written and the grandeur of imagination incorporated into them.
To start with, the roles of the Trimurtis: Brahma-The Creator, Vishnu-The Sustainer and Shiva- The Destroyer, and the legends behind each of these deities are excellent pieces of literature, and unsurpassable for the variety and the logical intricacies in them.
I personally love the the stories of Vishnu, and his ten incarnations, which have intriguing stories interrelated in multiple frames of time.
Of all the incarnations of Vishnu, obviously apart from the versatile Krishna, I personally like Narasimha (a futuristic hybrid of man+lion, of the recent likes of liger!). The cause for his incarnation- Demon king Hiranyakashyapa, and his son Prahlaada, and the immortality boon and the shrewd cracking of the boon to kill him, awe me for the sheer diligence in the work that is so ancient.
Talking about the two major epics from Hindu mythology- The Ramayana and The Mahabharata, the latter easily beats the former with its grand scale, plenty of rich and complex characters, in an elaborate but meticulous plot. In Mahabharata, the negatives of the dominating positive, and the positives of the wronging negatives are exemplified in an impeccable manner. For, it is usual to show the right as right,and the wrong as wrong throughout. But, if observed in Mahabharata, all the facets of all the characters are excellently presented, without the prejudice of them being principally right or wrong. The various facets of characters manifested throughout the epic, with all their nuances and subtleties make it undoubtedly the best Epic written hitherto in any country in any period of time.
Although, I haven’t read these, but have heard, and been hearing the stories, or watched them on TV. They have had tremendous positive influence on me. Mahabharat, Jai Hanuman,Sri Krishna and numerous other mythology based chapters in Indian TV have come by. But, today I apprehend, even with hundreds of channels there is very little of accurate mythology being shown, and more of fabrication even in the little of these classics, to fit the imperfect society of today’s world.
With the growing global convergence, we seem to be losing firstly the cognizance of, and secondly the authenticity of such mastermind epics. Colleagues mentioned that in Chota Bheem, Bheem plays 20-20! Hope he’s not on Facebook too, else the kids might include FB to be part of the Hindu mythology…
Creativity in the real sense, is lacking today, and by properly infusing the Hindu Mythology to the newer generation we could expand their realms of imagination. And, not to forget the diverse stories from these classics which are eternal in the truest sense.
PS: Well, if you were thinking I was talking religion – Nope, it was about creativity…
Well said raghu!!The "Imagination" that you have spoken about can't bring such works down to Humanity!!"The Ramayana"(Advocating an ideal way of life) is less appealing to "The Mahabharatha" (A life with a lot of twists and turns with the Lord as the undercurrent, with a lot of entertainment) due to it's timeline.The Mahabharatha took place recently about 5000 years (called the Dwapara Yuga) ago whose carbon dated proofs are available at Mathura, Dwaraka and such other places. Whereas, The Ramayana is supposed to have taken place roughly 48.05lac years ago (Treta Yuga)!! Lo!, the reason for liking The Mahabharatha relatively is evident.Our mind can't appreciate The Ramayana, for other than liking the characters like Hanuman, Vali, Sugreeva, Jatayu, The lusty Ravana, the good hearted Vibhishana and so on… But that was the conjunction point of The Satya Yuga and The Treta Yuga where idealism was the yuga dharma!! But, we are now in Kali Yuga whose ways almost conform with that of the Krishnavatara time period., which was overfull with the people of injustice, greed, ones lacking capacity in thinking beyond a certain, and so on..The distance in the timeless proves the reason for liking The Mahabharatha better.Well!, This is not from a religious standpoint but a psycho-analysis of the human mind!!
As kids we used to watch Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan, Shri Krishna; alif Laila, Chandrakanta, Jai Hanuman etc with so much interest! These mythological shows kindled imagination of young minds. Sadly we do not find such shows on TV these days. Of course I'm not talking about religion. Just creativity 🙂