While in case of Krishna, it is 100 % explicit that he was avatar of Vishnu and god.

But in case of Ram, I have heard some people saying that Ram, in the Valimiki Ramayan is described only as a human prince/King. And not a avatar of Vishnu or God. And that Ram is made god only in 16th Century AD Awadhi book Ramcharitmanas.

So, my question is -

  1. Is Ram described as god or avatar of Vishnu in Valimiki Ramayan ?
  2. Is Ram described as god in any other Puranas ?
  • The Avatar/God concept is puranic. I believe there are a lot of traditions that don't believe in it. A lot of actual interpretations don't believe in avatarvaad. So, what you consider as a god or not is totally up to specific sampradayas only. It doesn't extend beyond that and hence debatable.
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    Commented Jan 24 at 4:40

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No. Valmiki's Rama is explicitly Vishnu himself -

  1. Word of Parashurama -

I have realized your touch of nature as that of the Immutable Supreme Being, God of Gods, the Exterminator of the demon Madhu, namely Vishnu, by the touch of your handling that bow... oh, enemy-inflamer, blessedness alone betides you.

Sarga 76, Bala Kanda, Valmiki Ramayana.

Words of Brahma -

"You are the Lord Narayana himself the glorious god, who wields the discus. You are the Divine Boar with a single tusk, the conqueror of your past and future enemies."

Seetha is no other than Goddess Lakshmi (the divine consort of Lord Vishnu), while you are Lord Vishnu. You are having a shining dark-blue hue. You are the Lord of created beings. For the destruction of Ravana, you entered a human body here, on this earth."

Sarga 117, Yuddha kanda, Valmiki Ramayana.

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