Ramayana tells us how a son should respect his parents by means of "Sravana Kumar" character.

It also tells how a wife should respect her husband by means of "Sita" character.

And how a brother should respect his elder brother by means of "Laxmana" character.

Also how a devotee should respect God by means of "Hanuman" & "Shabari" characters.

There are so many other characters like the above from Ramayana which continue to influence us, but still Bhagavad Gita is considered more prominent than Ramayana, why is it so?

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    ramayan and gita are both good, but ramayan is a story of morality and gita is a quote by God in mahabharata, – Friendy Jul 28 '15 at 9:56
  • yes Gita is a quote by god and summary of vedas.... thats why Gita is more considered than Ramayana – Bhavin Patel Jul 28 '15 at 12:31
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    Both are equally popular. Gita is popular among Vedantins. Ramayan is popular among general public. Ask everyone what God preached in the Gita, and not everyone will have an idea. But everyone will know the basic idea of Ramayan. The purpose is different. All the best – Sai Jul 28 '15 at 14:00
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    @Sai It may interest you to know that among Sri Vaishnavas, the Valmiki Ramayana is referred to as the Saranagati Shastra - the guide to surrendering to Vishnu: in the Bala Kanda the gods take refuge in Vishnu to save them from Ravana, in the Ayodhya Kanda Bharata falls at the feet of Rama, in the Aranya Kanda the sages of the Dandaka forest seek refuge in Rama to protect them from Rakshasas, in the Kishkindha Kanda Sugriva seeks refuge in Rama to fight Vali, in the Sundara Kanda Sita urges Ravana to surrender to Rama, and in the Yuddha Kanda Vibhishana surrenders to Rama after leaving Ravana. – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 29 '15 at 23:59
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    @Sai You're welcome. By the way, I just posted a question about the mantra used for Sharanagati: hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/7971/36 – Keshav Srinivasan Jul 31 '15 at 16:34
  1. Ramayana is about "maryada purushottam" Sri Ram, as a ideal man, showing how to behave in adverse conditions and to set as an example

  2. Gita is about explaining different paths to salvation, God-Devottee relation

  3. Gita is a condensed "sweet milk" from all vedas, upanishad, brahma sutra & puranas (Ramayana is one of the 18 puranas)

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