Role of gold in Indian mythology #SpeakingOfGold

Explore how gold played an important role in the Ramayana and is equally relevant in Indian culture with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

29 Oct 2018

Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik speaks about the reference of gold which can be seen in the ancient Hindu epic – Ramayana. He discusses about how gold makes it appearance, from the use of golden plough to plough a sacred field, to Lord Rama making a statue of Sita from pure gold for performing the yajna, to Sita dropping her gold ornaments, when she gets abducted by Ravana, and many more.

The symbolism of gold in our Indian epics is widespread. Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik discusses the appearance of gold in various parts of the Ramayana; from the birth of Sita to the golden idol of Sita created by Ram, gold signifies the divine destiny that awaits her. Gold determines auspiciousness, and its removal is believed to spells ill fortune; this is explored through the differing actions of Kaikeyi and Sita. Gold is an undeniable part of the Indian epic, which when brought into focus provides perspective to significant events.