Rama shaved?

This post is after a really long time. Now that i have the laptop and write more often. What follows below is also a recollection of what i heard in swamiji's lecture a few weeks ago.

The Ramayana serial, by Ramanand sagar, shows Rama and laxmana with long hair made into a a jata. But they were clean shaven. However, Valmiki's Ramayana says that they had long beards too. In this regard, Swamiji added that they would use Banyan tree oil (or milk?) to their hair so that it stayed in place. And that Ramanand sagar would have taken the idea of clean shaven Rama from the popular paintings of Raja Ravi Verma. Infact the latters depictions have got grooved into public memory and now are traditional knowledge.

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