I came across a question on this site about Veda Vyasa, the author of Mahabharat, meeting Lord Krishna and I was wondering if similarly Valmiki also met Lord Rama sometime. They have met at the time of the Ashwamedha Yagna when Luv and Kush defeated Lord Rama's army but I want to know if they ever met before in life?
In Ayodhya Kanda it was mentioned that before constructing their hermitage on Chitrakuta mountain, Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana met Sage Valmiki.
इति सीता च रामश्च लक्ष्मणश्च कृताञ्जलिः | अभिगम्याश्रमम् सर्वे वाल्मीकि मभिवादयन् || २-५६-१६
After deciding thus Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana all with joined palms approached the hermitage and offered salutation to the sage Valmiki.
तान्महर्षिः प्रमुदितः पूजयामास धर्मवित् | आस्यतामिति चोवाच स्वागतम् तु निवेद्य च || २-५६-१७
The great sage Valmiki, who knew what is right, full of delight, treated them with honour, offered cordial welcome and requested them to sit.
Ramayana was silent as to whether the poet Valmiki, who wrote Ramayana, and the Sage Valmiki that Sri Rama met at Chitrakuta mountain are one and the same.