I have been reading the Eighteen Puranas in detail for the past couple of days.
Though I knew there are some differences between the Puranas, I never did realize that there could be something fundamentally contradictory between their narrative details of the Ithihasa, especially the Ramayana!
Let me highlight afew of them.
Though many of us are aware that there are various versions of The Ramayana,we assume that would be very minor,
For instance, some Ramayans state that Sita was not physically abducted directly by Ravana,”
a)The ground on which she stood was lifted by Ravana and he took of.
b)Ravana lifted Sita by her hair.
c)Sita was lifted by Ravana holding her by her hips.
But Valimiki states that Sita was abducted.
Sri C.R. Srinivasa Iyengar translates that
Ravana lifts Sita by his right hand by touching her thighs.
It shows Sita’s willingness
The point is that Ravana’s head will burst and his body will be burnt
if he touches a unwilling woman
It was a curse on Ravana”(http://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110323111752AAa7ajG)
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