Buckingham Palace and the Ramayan Connection
Queen Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee live in Buckingham Palace.
It so happened, a few months back, that as a step towards introducing Dhruv to our Hindu custom and mythology, daddy started telling him the story of Ramayan every night before sleep. The story and its title have been changed a bit to suit Dhruv’s curiosity, interest and simplicity to ‘King wali story (A King’s story)’.
Dhruv’s version of Ramayan aka King wali story –
Once upon a time there was a king named Dashrath. He had 1..2..3……3 queens Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee. They had 4 children Ram, Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan. When all children grow up Ram gets married to Sita. Then King Dashrath wants to make Ram the new new king. But Manthra, a friend of Kaikayee influences the latter to make Bharat the new new king and to send Ram to jungle. Ram goes to jungle with Sita and Laxman. There in the jungle Ram and Laxman kill a lot of dinosaurs (the demons and the rakshas have been substituted by dinosaurs for the sake of familiarity). Then the king of all dinosaurs, Godzilla whose name is Ravan comes and kidnaps Sita and takes her away with him. Ram and Laxman search for Sita everywhere but they cannot find her. Then Hanumanji, the Monkey God comes to their rescue. He takes them to the Godzilla Land, Lanka where Ram kills Ravan and gets Sita back. At the end, Ram, Laxman and Sita return happily to their home.
In the month of June this year, we had been to London on a vacation. As we stood outside the Buckingham Palace, I informed Dhruv “Do you know who lives in the Buckingham Palace? The Queen lives in the Buckingham Palace.”
He repeated after me ” Queen lives in Buckingham Palace.”
And then, to my surprise and amusement, he added further”Queen Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikayee live in Buckingham Palace.”
Oh yes, why not…I realised. He knows the names of the 3 queens so when I mentioned ‘Queen’, he immediately found the co-relation between the 3 queens and the palace.
Queen Elizabeth, my heartiest apologies.