How to Celebrate Life
The name “Ahalya:” instantly makes us think of an innocent lady cheated by devendra and mercilessly cursed by gautama.
This story was retold differently by different poets. Samukham krishnappa Nayaka showcased Indra as a romantic who made frequent visits to Gautama’s ashrama and that he wanted to offer a couple of gold kalasas to the temple if he could get ahalya:, in line with the trend of the poet’s time.
Va:lmi:ki was impartial. He was very transparent in expressing both the greatness and weakness of the characters. being a maharshi, he treated Rama or ahalya: alike.
What originally happened was…
One early morning, in the absence of sage Gautama, Indra, in the disguise of Gautama entered the ashrama and expressed his interest in her. Ahalya: knowing that he was Indra, accepted since he was Devendra, the king of Devas and committed the mistake. She bade goodbye to him saying that she was successful and told him to go away to save them both. Satisfied, Indra also came out of the ashrama and seeing maharshi Gautama effulgent due to his austerity, trembled with guilt and fear.
A few thought that this as symbolic, which was not a new thought. It is from the period of Vedas.
Halam means plough. Halya means the ploughed land. Ahalya means unploughed land. Indra is the adhipathi for rains. They say that this is symbolic as the combination of these two is the happy harvest of plentiful crops.
Gautama is the farmer. Satananda, the son of Ahalya and Gautama, is the purohit of Janaka. This name itself is symbolic.
Some imagined that this story is a stage of a man getting the barren lands to harvest. As in puranas, there will be symbolism and hidden meaning that we cannot ignore. With due respect, we can consider them as a thought.
Once the story of Ra:ma:yana was thought as a conflict between the clans of a:rya and dra:vida and example of a:rya’s evilness. The philosophy established by the then historical researches was spread during those times.
Intellectuals gave consent. According to that philosophy, dra:vidas were natives and a:ryas were migrated and chased dra:vidas to south, and destroyed Dravidian civilization and tried to establish A:ryan culture.
But this was proved as baseless by historical research. Let us wait for future research studies.
Va:lmi:ki told firmly