Bhopal, July 11: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat today said here that men should read about Mandodari, the wife of Ravana, of the epic Ramayana.
"Men should read about Mandodari, wife of Ravana, to understand her importance in life," Bhagwat said, after releasing the book 'Paritapt Lankeshwari' penned by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha at a function here.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan among others were present on the occasion. Highlighting the importance of Mandodari in Ravana's life, Bhagwat said if he were to listen to her counsel, then his effigies would not have been burnt in the country.
He urged the audience, especially the men, to read the book to know about the importance of Mandodari. Sinha also spoke on the occasion, describing why she chose to write about Mandodari's character from the epic. Mahajan said that the book tells us that Mandodari, despite being Ravana's wife, sympathised with Sita whom he had abducted.
It shows Mandodari's human and humble character, she said. Chief Minister Chouhan said that Sinha should now write on another lesser-known character from Ramayana, Laxman's wife Urmila, because not many know about her life and her sacrifice.