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Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably as a hard copy but online would work as well. P.S: Not the Gita Press ones

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http://valmikiramayan.pcriot.com/ Here you can read for free , difference is that this website has removed uttara kanda while gita press has included uttara kanda.

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.21755/page/n17/mode/2up Here also Uttara Kanda has been removed

https://archive.org/details/ShrimadValmikiRamayan-SanskritTextWithHindiTranslation-DpSharma10/ShrimadValmikiRamayan-SktHindi-DpSharmaVol01-BalaKanda1927/page/n35/mode/2up Here hindi translation is there and uttara kanda is present too but font is not that good .

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  • Any other options than the Gita Press ones for the hard copy?
    – Zaitor7
    Sep 11 at 5:50
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    @Zaitor7 Gita press one is highly recommended and regarded as most authentic.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Sep 11 at 8:37
  • @TheLittleNaruto Gita press 's translation is most authentic , but they don't decide whether some verses are interpolated or not . Oriental Institute of Baroda has written critical edition of Ramayana where all those verses which were not present in different manuscripts of ramayana present all over india have been removed . Sep 11 at 9:29
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    @Raghav I feel a genuine reader would be able to identify the interpolated verses.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Sep 11 at 10:04
  • @TheLittleNaruto well to identify interpolations major help comes from Vedas , because whatever goes against vedas is definitely interpolation and beauty of Vedas is that samhitas are fully preserved . Now in case of Ramayana , problem is there are basic evidences which support both presence and absence of uttara kanda , so a common reader like me won't be able to decide . However a highly qualified Sanskrit and Vedic scholar might be able to decide whether Uttara Kanda is interpolated or not. By the way , you want me to share english translation of critical edition of valmiki ramayana ? Sep 11 at 10:46

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