Ramayan – The reflection of honour, loyalty and duty

In the eternal epic Ramayan, the traits of honour, loyalty and duty are portrayed by all the principal characters and impart that a life of a human is purposeful only when adhered to these principles. Honouring promises, being loyal and considering duty as the foremost responsibility is depicted beautifully.


It was not an easy life for Shri Ram to honour his promise, and that too for a promise which was not given by him, but his father and for whom Shri Ram takes up the responsibility of honouring it. Shri Ram had to forgo the comforts of the palace, the warmth and affection of his family, stay away from his parents and lead a secluded life in the unknown forest. Yet, with determination, he walks ahead as the hardships of the forest were a mere nothing to him when compared to honouring his father’s promise.

Loyalty is when one can trust the other with his life. Shri Ram’s brothers shine with this trait wherein they do not get misled by the games of power and heirship to the throne of Ayodhya. For them, Shri Ram was the only deserving heir of the kingdom and they followed it all their life. While Lakshman proves his loyalty by never leaving his brother’s side during hard times, Bharat proves it by being a representative of Shri Ram, instead of a king as wished by his mother Kaikeyi. The brothers prefer leading the same life as Shri Ram as an ascetic rather than leave him to his promise and enjoy the comforts of their family and kingdom.

Since times eternal, while Hanuman waits for his swami to come to him, the moment comes to him at the much needed time where Shri Ram needed a force of strength to reach his beloved Sita.

Hanuman with all due loyalty towards his swami never rests till he reaches his destination. It was his abundant loyalty towards Shri Ram that made him challenge Ravan in his court and blaze the Golden Lanka.

The hard gutted people never step back when it comes to fulfilling duty. Shri Ram while in his exile times, takes up the duty of destroying all the demonic forces of the Dandak forest, which is also the first warning bell to Ravan notifying his end. Lakshman does his duty by serving Shri Ram and Mata Sita giving them no place to think about hardships of their life. Bharat does his duty by rightfully.