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It will be extremely useful if some one here can recommend a good translated version of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, either in English or Kannada.

I have considered C. Rajagopalachari's edition, but I am not sure if it's Valmiki Ramayana or Kamba Ramayana.

Regards

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    If you want the original translation you can always visit valmikiramayan.net – Surya Aug 5 '17 at 9:23
  • Do you want a physical book or a web-version? – Pandya Aug 5 '17 at 12:37
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    Sanskritdocuments and IITK have some useful links. – Pandya Aug 5 '17 at 12:43
  • @Pandya I am looking for a physical copy . Thanks for the links though – Vamsi Krishna B Aug 5 '17 at 13:01
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One of the users mentioned Gita Press, which is a good translation. Here is the link:

http://book.gitapress.org/product-category/topic/ramayan/

Another is by Parimal Publication, Delhi. Here is the link:

http://www.parimalpublication.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=7&product_id=218

Rajaji's version is an abridged one. It is good, but it skips some details for a well intended reason (to make it readable by all groups of people including a middle school kid).

Also there is an English translation by Smt. Kamala Subramaniam published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

https://www.amazon.com/Ramayana-Kamala-Subramaniam/dp/8172764324

But keep in mind that this is also an abridged version, albeit larger than Rajaji's one.

And there are many versions on the Internet like other users pointed out.

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Gita Press Gorakhpur has a hard bound edition of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit with English meaning / commentary in two volumes. If stocks still exist, the publication is very good.

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    Can you add names of commentators and online links if possible? – The Destroyer Aug 6 '17 at 3:30
  • Bhushan, Tilak, Siromani are some of the names of the commentators that jump immediately in my mind. There are a few others. Here is the link, and expand the drop down box on the left with caption Commentary valmiki.iitk.ac.in/… Note that they are still adding commentaries for later khandas. – Vidyarthi Nov 26 '19 at 21:15
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If you are looking for an English translation of Critical Edition of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, you can buy:

You can borrow Vol. 1, Bālakāṇḍa at archive.org and see if you like the series.

This translation includes notes from various commentaries:

  • Cg:  the commentary called Bhūsaṇa (the name of the commentary on Bālakāṇḍa is Maṇimañjīrā, on Ayodhyākāṇḍa is Pītāmbarā) of Govindarāja
  • Ck:  the commentary called the Amṛtakataka of Kataka Mādhavā Yogīndra
  • Cm:  the commentary called Tattvadīpikā of Maheśvaratīrtha
  • Cmu: the commentary called Munibhāvaprakāśikā - author unknown.
  • Cna: the commentary of Sarvajña Nārāyaṇa (as cited by Lokanātha Cakravarti)
  • Cr:  the commentary called Śiromaṇi of Bansidhara (Vaṃśīdhara) Śivasahāya
  • Crā: the commentary of Rāmanuja
  • Cs:  the commentary of Satyatīrtha
  • Ct:  the commentary called Tilaka of Nāgeśa Bhaṭṭa, composed in the name of Rāmavarmā
  • Ctr: the commentary called Dharmākūtam of Tryambaka Yajvan
  • Cts: the commentary called Taniślokī of Ātreya Ahobala
  • Cv:  the commentary called Vivekatilaka of Varadarāja Uḍāli (Uḍāri)

Another English translation based on the CE of Rāmāyaṇa is the one by Bibek Debroy available in 3 volumes, with little or no commentary:

  1. Valmiki Ramayana, Volume 1 (Bāla and Ayodhyā kāṇḍas)
  2. Valmiki Ramayana, Volume 2 (Araṇya, Kiṣkindha and Sundara kāṇḍas)
  3. Valmiki Ramayana, Volume 3 (Yuddha and Uttara kāṇḍas)
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