As per Ramayana, the average age of humans is much much higher in Treta yuga compared to Kali yuga. As per Ramayana, after returning from his exile Rama ruled the kingdom for eleven thousand years.
But what was his age when he achieved the biggest achievement, killing Ravana.
At the time of Yaga Rakshana
When sage Viswamitra asked Dasaratha to send Rama to protect his Yagna, in one of the slokas, Dasaratha said that Rama is barely 16, hence wouldn’t be able to fight with dangerous demons.
In the same trip, Rama lifted the Sivadhanus and married Sita. Hence by the time he got married, he was around 16 years old.
At the time of going to forest
When Hanuman found Sita in Lanka, once she got confidence on Hanuman, she narrated their story. In that conversation, Sita told Hanuman that they lived in Ayodhya for 12 years after their marriage before they left to forest.
Based on that, by the time they left for forest, Rama’s age was around 28 Years.
At the time of war
After that they stayed in forest for 13 years when Ravana kidnapped Sita and imprisoned her for one more year. Rama killed Ravana by the end of 14 years and returned back to Ayodha directly from Lanka on Pushpaka.
So by the time Rama killed Ravana, he would be at 42 years old.
Though Rama ruled the kingdom for 11 thousand years, the first 42 years of his life was full of miseries and adventures. With all the experience he gained in that period, he established the ideal world – Ramarajya.
What was Ravana’s age when he died
It is interesting to find out the age of Ravana by the time he got killed. Please leave a comment if you have any account of the same.
(courtesy: panchananaramayanam.blogspot.in )
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