Doordarshan official site crashes with massive traffic when the first episode of Ramayan was rebroadcast

Amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown, Doordarshan has once again brought the most awaited show “Ramayan” to entertain people.

As we know that India, at the moment, is under complete lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak which has taken away the livelihood of millions of people. It has put the entire world in a lockdown.

People are getting bored at home due to lockdown. They are forced to stay at home, roads and streets are empty during the lockdown. Amid this, People urged the government on social media platforms to bring back Ramayan. Earlier, a complete lockdown was implemented for 21 days to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, after which Twitter was flooded with messages asking for reruns of Ramayan and B R Chopra’s Mahabharat.

Two great epics of Hindu civilisation Ramayan and Mahabharat have always been a source of inspiration and knowledge for many people. Now, both are being re-telecast on Doordarshan (DD) after over three decades on the demand of people amid nationwide lockdown. Ramayan was created, written, and directed by Ramanand Sagar.

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan has been the most viewed mythology TV serial in India. It was aired during 1987-1988. Those days, people used to buy television sets for watching Ramayan on Doordarshan (DD) channel.

Once again the most popular TV series made a comeback on Doordarshan and millions of people are watching it across the country. Both episodes of the iconic mythological serial of the 80s have been broadcast, one in morning from 9am to 10am and another in evening from 9pm to 10pm.

Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan on Doordarshan became the most searched keyword on Google in India after the first episode of Ramayan was aired on Doordarshan. People were searching on Google to find out what time the series would begin and they were also trying to find an online link to watch the show.

Not only did Ramayan on Doordarshan become the top search on Google, the Doordarshan website where one could watch the channel live online crashed due to high traffic.

Even on Social networking site Twitter, four trends in the top 10 trends pertained to Ramayan, Ramanand Sagar, Lord Ram and Doordarshan.


Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan used to be telecast on every Sunday morning for a year between 1987 and 1988, the streets would appear empty as people remained glued to their television sets for an hour. Today, the series is being broadcast under very different circumstances.

Actor Kajal Aggarwal reminisced about how it took her back to childhood. “Taking me back to childhood. #Ramayan and #Mahabharat on @DDNational with the entire family!” she wrote.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.