Did lord Ram eat meat? You ask this question to your grand parents. You will be stared at and / or perhaps a slap (depending on the degree of their staunchness towards Ram). Is there a word called “staunchness”? How does it matter. I hope you understand what I wanted to say with that word. Did Ram eat meat? How does it matter. You will still do what you are doing.

But the topic is a bit controversial because, even today it is very difficult for people to think about the possibility that  Ram ate meat. It is news worthy only if Ram does as He was positioned as an ideal human being. One wife, one word, vegetarian etc. There are not many discussions about whether Shiva or Krishna ate meat. They are not positioned similarly.

There are only a very few contexts in Ramayana (Most of the versions) that come close to the topic of Ram and meat. Closest is from Valmiki Ramayana, Sundarakanda, Skanda 36, Sloka 41, says: “Na mamsam Raghava bhunkte, na chaiva madhu sevate, Vanyam suvihitam nityam bhaktamsnati panchamam.” This line can be read and understood in multiple ways which again is non-conclusive. I also heard a TV program other day which said that Ram ate meat. The reasoning is that Ram is a kshatriya and all kshatriyas eat meat to be strong enough for the kind of activities they undertake.

Another reason for ambiguity on this topic might be that most of the writers were Brahmins and they do not eat meat. (Valmiki also subsequently became a Brahmin).

But really, what is the point? You can say that its all based on people’s belief. Those who believe that Ram did not eat meat did not eat in the name of God and preached others also not to eat. Not that they did all what Ram asked them to do. Is it really belief then? It all boils down to what you want to do. If you want to eat meat go and eat. If you dont want please stay away.

Do not take God’s name to reason yourself. I don’t think Ram ate meat. I believe in Ram. But, I eat meat because I like it. By the way, my grandmother knows that I eat meat. She and I both do Puja everyday. She does not ask me to leave meat and I dont ask her to start eating meat. Life is so simple. Are you listening sena men?