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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?

  • They have met at the time of the Ashwamedha Yagna when Luv and Kush defeated Lord Rama's army from where/ which text you got this? – hanugm Jan 18 at 8:01
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    @hanugm May be I think OP got the idea from similar sites like this one .The author exaggerated many things in this article. sites.google.com/site/grandfatherstales/part-1 , I think these stories are intended for small kids who just needs to introduce names like Rama and Valmiki , i think . – SwiftPushkar Jan 18 at 8:28
  • @SwiftPushkar Yeah. – hanugm Jan 18 at 8:37
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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.

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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.

  • Those verses seem out of place in that chapter and are clearly interpolations. Also, not present in Bibek Debroy's translation based on the critical edition. – sv. May 16 at 19:53
  • Oh wo this is interesting! Thanks for sharing – Amrit Dhara May 19 at 14:25

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