Believe it or Not! One Text has Two Different Stories to Tell!


I learnt something very intriguing today!

A Sanskrit poet by name Daivagna Surya Pandita wrote a Sanskrit work by name “Ramakrishna Viloma Kaavyam” in the 14th century (English-equivalent of the word ‘viloma’ is ‘inverse’). This book has forty shlokas. Each shloka makes sense both when read in from the beginning of the shloka to the end as well as from the end to the beginning of the shloka! Essentially, it is a sort of palindrome.

Now comes the best part. When each sloka is read in the forward direction, the book deals with the story of Ramayana and when each sloka is read in the reverse direction, the book deals with the story of Mahabharata.

Let us look at an example.

तां भूसुता मुक्ति मुदारहासं।

वंदेयतो लव्य भवं दयाश्री।।

The same shloka, read in backward direction goes so.

श्री यादवं भव्य लतोय देवं।

संहारदामुक्ति मुता सुभूतां।।

In the first shloka, भूसुता implies Sita and hence, Ramayana. The meaning of the first shloka is, “I pray to Sita, the incarnation of Lakshmi, who is affectionate towards a smiling Lava.”

In the second shloka, श्री यादवं implies Lord Krishna and hence, Mahabharata. The meaning of the second shloka is, “The teachings of Gita, bestowed upon us by Lord Krishna, who draws people towards him with his benevolence, destroy evil and are close to our heart.”

And there are thirty nine more shlokas like this!

Click to access raamakrshhna.pdf

Pretty cool, right?


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