# Puzzle/Riddle of Ramayana

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*Maths riddle of Ramayana

Before Vibheeshan and his Rakshasha forces joined Rama’s forces at the Indian coast, a spy of Raavan checked out Rama’s army.

“How many are they?” Raavan said.

The spy said, “As I was hiding, I could only see the lower side. I could count 1,404 legs and 600 (small and long) tails. Somehow, it is *not matching up.*”

Ravana said, “You fool, unlike humans and Vaanaras (monkeys), bears stand on their four limbs. And, while Vaanaras have long tails, bears have short ones. Don’t worry, I have guessed their numbers.”

*How many Vaanaras and bears are there in Rama and Lakshman’s army?*

posted Nov 6, 2016
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## 2 Answers

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Banaras 500*2=1000
Bears 100*4=400
Ram n Laxman=4
Total 1404 legs

answer Nov 7, 2016
Subhash jee, you are absolutely correct! Congratulations!
Thanks
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Lets Assume
number of Vanaras = x
number of Bears = y

x+y=600
4x+2y=1404
=> 2x+y=702
x=102
y=498

number of Vanaras = 102
number of Bears = 498

answer Nov 6, 2016
Salil jee, may be you are in hurry and missed certain things. You probably got it on seeing the solution of Subhash jee... I am highly impressed  by your site! Good Luck!
Thanks Vikas for making us Proud,
Yes I missed Ram and Laxman as Subhash Ji pointed out...

Keep it up :)

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