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Rama, the protagonist of Ramayana. Considered an avatar of Lord Vishnu by some while others like the Ramanandis consider him the source of all avatars.

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Where is the meeting of Rama and Hanuman in their childhood mentioned?

I have read somewhere that rama firstly met hanuman when he was 5, As per the story Lord Shiva took a madari form and took Hanuman with him to let him meet his lord. and later when they arrived ...
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What do the scriptures say about the eight generals of Lord Rama?

I am currently reading the Yog Vasishth and it is throwing up a lot of interesting details. In Chapter 2 of Book 1 we find the following statement: 28-29 The eight ministers of Rama — Dhrishta, ...
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Looking for that passage or verse from Ramayana where Rama acknowldeges the power of Bhakti

So pleased with Hanuman at a certain time in Ramayana Lord Rama declares that by dint of his love and Bhakthi Hanuman has become in fact even more powerful than himself (Rama)... a sort of win-over. ...
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Ram Raksha or Shiva Raksha : Which one was written first?

Ram Raksha Stotra (श्रीरामरक्षास्तोत्रम्) is a Sanskrit stotra, hymn of praise, used as a prayer for protection to Lord Rama. This stotra is Written by Budha Kaushika Rishi. As I discuss in this ...
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Did shambuka attain heaven?

Padma purana 89-90a “O you descendant of Raghu, O you good one, you have done this mission of the gods. O Rāma of a great vow, take (i.e. choose) whichever boon you like. By your deed this śūdra has ...
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Was Manusmriti the constitution of Ram Rajya?

In Sarga 18 of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama explains to a dying Vali as to why He attacked him behind his back. Rama categorically explains all the questions put by Vali in the ...
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Can i chant nama of lord Rama without initiation?

Is it ok to chant ramanama without initiation? I am chanting without initiation until now. Is it ok to chant ramanama without tulasi beads?
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How many sampradaya are there of lord ram?

I know few like Ramdasi, Ramanandi, Ramsnehi so want to know a full list of names & if possible some basic info of those each sampradaya
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Difference between Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu bows

Kodanda and Sharanga are bows of Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu respectively. Are both of them same or different? If different ,in what aspect they differ?
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Did Lord Rama show Vishwaroopa Darshan to Sati Devi?

I know Krishna showed his Vishwaroopa Darshna during Mahabharatha War. But Shiva Puranam by DSR Anjaneyulu, which was translated to English from Telugu by RM Chella says, Rama had shown Vishwaroopa ...
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Why did Sita had to end her life in the way she did?

Sita believed that Rama was lord Himself and accepted his wish by taking the pledge, why did she took such a pledge which would eventually end her life and separate her forever from Rama while she ...
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Did Ikshvaku Rama rule Ayodhya or Vishnu avatara Rama?

As we know the purpose of Rama avatara was to liberate Ravana, and for this purpose Vishnu had to forget his divinity. But in the Yuddha Kanda, after the Agni Pariksha, all the devas headed by Brahma ...
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Does the tradition of writing Rama Koti have any scriptural basis?

Rama Koti is a practice in Hinduism in which a devotee of Rama writes the name of Rama in a book for one crore times. Is this tradition of writing rama koti mentioned anywhere in the scriptures or ...
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Was Rama Avatar a result of four different curses?

The Ramayan tells us that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama on the request of the demigods when the three worlds were being tormented by the tyranny of Ravan. But the Yog Vasishtha adds an interesting ...
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If Goddess Sita is the daughter of Bhumi Devi, then how can we say Lord Ram is an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu?

Lord Vishnu has 2 wives: one is Shree Mahalakshmi and the other is Bhumi Devi, as mentioned in the following shlok which many people say in the morning: ॥ विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं ...
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Why Lord Ram is called Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna Purna Purshottam?

I have heard many people saying Lord Ram is Maryada Purshottam and Lord Krishna is Purna Purshottam. Could any one please tell me why is it so. and what is the difference between Maryada Purshottam ...
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Does the Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali concept have any basis in Scriptures?

The Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali or Sri Ramashalaka Prashnavali The answers/predictions in Ramacharitamanas Prashnavali or Sri Ramashalaka Prashnavali (राम शलाका प्रश्नावली) are based on the ...
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Why didn't Mārīca seek refuge in Rāma like Vibhīṣaṇa did?

Often times, we end up in "to be or not to be" situations where the heart (manas) tells us one thing to do, but our mind (buddhi) says something else. The speaker in this YouTube video (Telugu) ...
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How did Sita marry Ram and Varuni marry Varuna?

Bhumidevi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. Her daughter is Sita. If this is so, how did Lord Vishnu/Rama marry his wife's daughter? Lakshmi,who comes out of the ocean of milk,is considered the daughter of ...
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Were Vali and Sri Rama of same age?

As per Sargas 15-17 of Srimad Ramayana, after Lord Vishnu agreed to take birth as a son of King Dasaratha, Lord Brahma ordered as follows: (The Gods become progenitors of Vanara heroes at the dictate ...
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Who was the guru of Vibhishana?

I found the following dialogues between Shri Hanuman and Vibhishana while going through Sundara Kand of Shri Ramcharit Manasa. And I came to know that Vibhishana is a true devotee of Lord Shri Rama ...
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Why wouldn't Sita go back to Mithila after she was abandoned by Shri Rama?

After Sita was exiled by Rama,why didn't she go back to Mithila? Isn't she Mithila's princess?Even if she didn't go, why couldn't Janaka arrange for his daughter Janaki's protection in the jungle?
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From where can I get english translation of BhaavaArthBodhini or Critical Edition Of RamCharitManas by Swami RamBhadrAcharya?

I would like to know where I can get either soft or hard copy of english translation of Swami RamaBhadrAcharya's critical edition of Tulsi Das's Sri RamCharitManas aslo known as BhavaArthaBodhini. I ...
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Has monogamy or eka patni vrata, as followed by Sri Rama, origins in Vedic Culture?

Rig Veda III.7.4 says mahi tvāṣṭramūrjayantīrajuryaṃ stabhūyamānaṃ vahato vahanti | vyaṅghebhirdidyutānaḥ sadhastha ekāmiva rodasī ā viveśa || Translation of H.H. Wilson is as follows: The flowing ...
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How did Hanuman know that Ravana abducted Sita?

Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana while introducing themselves and their situation to Hanuman and Lakshmana told the following to Hanuman "He who aspires to keep up the well-being of all ...
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What does Lord Rama wear?

As Vishnu & Krishna idols or pics are shown wearing makarkundal, kaustubh gem, Srivatsalanchhan & such things. What is the right attire of Lord Rama as told in Texts to be shown wearing? At ...
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How could Sri Rama communicate with the monkeys?

How could Sri Rama and Lakshmana communicate with the monkeys? It seems just impossible to any sensible person.But as it is written in our scriptures, it must have some deep inner meaning. Can ...
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What was the story behind the Wealth rain(dhan varsha) of Kuber?

When king Raghu(ancestor of Lord Rama) Asked for money from Kuber at that time Kuber did wealth rain for Raghu. I didn't know the full story. Is there any scripture reference to it?
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What's the source of the story that involves hijras (transgenders) and Rāma?

Devdutt Pattanaik in this YouTube video discusses gender and sexuality in Hinduism. There he mentions an incident from the Hijra Rāmāyaṇa that involves the transgenders and Rāma. From Wikipedia, here'...
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What kind of purifactory rite is mentioned in ayodhya kanda which uses “aiNeyaM mamsa” antelope meat?

This is mentioned in ayodhya kand- "aiNeyam maamsam aahR^itya shaalaam yakSyaamahe vayam | kartvyam vaastushamanam saumitre cirajiivabhiH || 2-56-22 saumitre= Oh, Lakshmana!; aahR^itya= ...
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Did lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita ever face dangerous wild animals during their exile in forests?

During lord Rama's exile period they killed many Asuras. And sometimes I assume that, In jungle or forest wild animals like lions, tigers,bears and others would also be present there. Did they ever ...
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Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself?

Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself of the sin of Brahma Hatya due to killing of Raavana? The Sthala Purana of Hatyaharan Teertha as it is popularly known in ...
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Previous births of Lava and Kush

Every jiva has a Purva Janma (previous birth). How about Lava and Kusha's previous birth? Any source which talks about this? Is there any particular reason for their birth?
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What is the story of Sītā (wife of Rāma) killing Śatānana Rākṣasa?

Sītā with the help of Hanumān killed a Rākṣasa called Śatānana (hundred headed). What is the story of it and which scripture includes it?
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Is Ramashtakam an independent work of Vyasa or part of a Purana?

Ramashtakam which you can listen here on YouTube, is an octet on Lord Rama and is attributed to Vyasa. It also ends with the following: Ramashtakam padathi ya sukaram supunyam, Vyasena ...
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How was Hanuman able to burn Lanka down?

While searching for Sita in Lanka, Sri Hanuma saw many arches/windows/doors made of gold, some houses decorated with gold, floors studded with many precious stones. When Sri Hanuma started setting ...
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Are the medicinal plants in Sri Lanka proofs of Hanuman?

I am wondering whether the medicinal plants in Sri Lanka are really proof of Hanuman's feat of bringing the mountain of medicinal plants for Lord Ram's aid. Or is their existence just a co-incidence, ...
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What is the “folk song” about Rama described in the Brahma Purana?

In this excerpt from the Brahma Purana, the sage Vyasa describes the various incarnations of Vishnu. After summarizing the story of the Ramayana, he says this: The people who are conversant with ...
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Is dhruvaloka temporary region?

I am wondering , whether the dhruvaloka which was bestowed to Prince Dhruva by Vishnu is eternal or it will be there only for a kalpa. Here are the quotes from Vishnu purana A station shall be ...
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Which Puranas describe Ganesha pacing around a piece of ground with the name of Rama scratched on it?

Tulsidas in the Bala Kanda of His Ramcharitmanas writes: I greet the name "Rama" of the chief of Raghus, which is composed of seed-letters representing the fire-god, the sun-god and the moon-god (...
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Who are the 5 terrestrial Rishies that were mentioned in Rig Veda II.34.14?

Rig Veda II.34.14, dedicated to Maruts, narrates briefly about 5 terrestrial rishies तानियानो महि वरूथमूतय उप घेदेना नमसा गर्णीमसि | तरितो न यान पञ्च होतॄनभिष्टय आववर्तदवराञ्चक्रियावसे || ...
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Why two avatars of Lord Vishnu, Rama and Parasurama meet in the same timeline?

Lord parashurama came to fight with lord Rama when lord Rama broke the hara dhanu. Now, why these two avatars meet with each other? What was the main motivation of this occurrence? Does it mean that ...
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Why did ravana send his warriors one by one?

Ravana was a good tactician . He sent Indrajit first to destroy the army .He started realising that Rama is no usual warrior so he deliberately woke kumbhakarna up . But he never sent a combination of ...
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Did Rama tell lie while departure from Ayodhya

Consider the following slokas from Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. Rama again and again saw that Kausalya, his mother who was crying thus, running after that chariot as though dancing, ...
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Neglect of Lava/Kusa by Rama

Lord Rama was surprised to encounter Lava and Kusa who challenged his power unknowingly before Ashwamedha Yagam. Why did he not bother to inquire or keep track of his children's progress for so long ...
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What is the basis to say Rama didn't worship Shiva when his mother clearly did?

From Ayodhya Kanda - Book Of Ayodhya Chapter [Sarga] 25: smR^itir dhR^itiH ca dharmaH ca paantu tvaam putra sarvataH | skandaH ca bhagavaan devaH somaH ca sabR^ihaspatiH || 2-25-11 sapta R^...
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Were the holy names “Raam” , “Hari” and others originally used for Brahman?

So this might be a little controversial, but I was really curios what is the earliest reference of names "Hari" and "Ram" in vedic scriptures ? The way I think it is this way : Names like Ram and ...
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What was the reason behind carving Lord Ram's name on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge?

All websites and television shows say Lord Ram's Name was carved on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge that was built by Vanara Army. ACCORDING to SCRIPTURES: Nala had a Boon that he can make stones ...
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Where are the indecipherable Puranic verses discussed by Shiva?

In this excerpt from the Padma Purana, in a chapter which I think is likely an interpolation, Shiva comes to Rama's court disguised as a Brahmana and tells Rama how you can derive omens by picking ...
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Whom is bharata referring “queen mothers” Or “raajadaaraaH” here?

In Yudhakand-127-3, Let bards well-versed in singing praises and Puranas (containing ancient legends, cosmogony etc.) as also all panegyrists, all those proficient in the use of musical instruments, ...