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A Hindu epic, written by sage Valmiki. It is the story of Lord Rama's life.

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Azwar's interpretation of Ramayana

I heard that as per the compositions of Azwars, The Ramavatara took place not to kill Ravana and Kumbhakarna, but to correct bhAgavata apacharam. 1) First of all, is that true? Is that mentioned in ...
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Multi headed or handed Gods in Vedas?

I started reading a book called “Some aspects of Ramayan and Mahabharata” by Bibek Debroy. (You can borrow it here https://archive.org/details/someaspectsofram0000debr/page/15/mode/1up) First chapter ...
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Sins and parihara for killing Brahmin [duplicate]

Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a brahmin, and didn't do anything as parihara. ...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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Why crossing seas does not yield fruit? [duplicate]

I read that act done after crossing the seas would yield no fruit. I also heard many Gurus in India do not travel abroad. Why is this restriction? Rama crossed the ocean but you may say it's ...
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Shouldn't there be time dilation when Riksharaja took Vali and Sugriva to Brahma lok?

We know at least two incidents where individuals experienced time dilation as per our scriptures - 1) King Kakudmi traveling to Brahma lok with his daughter Princess Revati 2) King Muchukunda fighting ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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What should be the correct posture for reading/listening Hindu scriptures?

I have listened from my parents and other respected people that Bhagwat Geeta paath and Ramayana paath should be studied only at holy places. This question arises many times. So my questions are: ...
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Reference to the demon Naraka in The Ramayana and interpretations

In The Yuddha Khanda of The Ramayana, Trishiras says the following: shambaro deva raajena narako viSNunaa yathaa Some think this is NarakAsura who was slain by Lord Sri Krishna in later times (...
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Why do we not have the technology used by Ravana, or others in EPICs? [closed]

My questions are about all the supernatural weapons and things used. If everything was oral tradition, I agree and respect that as well. Why isn't that available like Vedas and other things? You can ...
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Was Dasratha at fault to receive a Curse for killing a boy unintentionally?

If Dasratha did not kill Shravan intentionally, then why was he cursed for an accident ? It was not his intention to kill any human being. It was just that he thought there was a animal and he shot ...
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Clarity regarding Vali's father and his golden pendant

If not mistaken Vali's father is Indra. But in the sarga on Vali's fight with Dundubhi in Kishkindha Kanda there is a verse which says Vali wore the pendant given by his father Mahendra http://www....
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Are Kodanda and Sharanga bows same and how did Lord Rama get it?

Kodanda is the bow of Rama ( not sure if it has any other names). Is it same as Sharanga of Vishnu? How has Rama come in possession of Kodanda?
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Is Valmiki Ramayana copied from Dasharatha jataka? [duplicate]

The stories of Ramayana and Dasharatha jataka are very similar. As we all know that valmiki was of dwapar yug, so valmiki Ramayana should be older than Dasharatha jataka. But there is no clear ...
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Where is the Sharavali river that Sugriva gave directions from?

In the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, Sugriva sends Vanaras in all four directions to look for Sita. He describes the locations they’ll come across when they go in these directions in this chapter ...
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What is the basis for the story of rivalry between sage Viswamitra and sage Vasistha?

Sage Viswamitra was the composer of Mandala III of Rig Veda. the Aitareya Brahmana and Brihaddevata mentions Sage Viswamitra as the king turned Sage, having 101 sons. However, his rivalry with ...
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Was Lord Ram banished after he was married for 12 years? [duplicate]

Please see this verse which says that Goddess Sita resided in Ayodhya for 12 years before she left with Lord Ram and Lakshman http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/aranya/sarga47/aranyasans47.htm#Verse4 ...
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Ramayana ( Genealogy of Shri Ram ) [duplicate]

Vedas tell that human can live upto 100 years with a maximum of 400 years . So if we still assume that Ramayana happened again in current chaturyuga ( 28 th treta yuga ) Dwapara Yuga which is of 8,...
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Why scriptures show demons(Rakshasa) as evil while they protect people?

Whenever we read our scriptures, we see the demons(Rakshasa) as people having evil powers and they always busy in troubling others. But I was stunned when I read the etymology of Rakshasa in Ramayana. ...
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HELP - The book that illuminates the learnings/ideas/message that Mahabharata and Ramayana seek to portray through their stories and characters

I want to read Mahabharata and Ramayana but I also want to know the underlying messages or learning that they seek to illustrate so Is there any book which illuminates the learnings and ideas of ...
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Any books with Ravana as Hero?

Is there any book ,which is written from Ravana's point of view ? Like the book containing details regarding why he performed certain actions which are treated bad in Rama's point of view. Example ...
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Was Vasista a jivan mukta?

Vasista is known to be a guru of Lord Rama. It is well known that he is one of the rishi in sapta rishis. Was he a jivan mukta?
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Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra from Ramayana?

List of Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra or anything; Recited_Chanted by Lord_Rama. I know about Bala Atibala Aditya Hrudayam are there any more?
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Had striding of Vali towards 4 oceans daily occurred before formation of Himalayas?

In Ramayana, Surgiva narrates the strength and speed of Vali as follows: समुद्रात् पश्चिमात् पूर्वम् दक्षिणाद् अपि च उत्तरम् | क्रामति अनुदिते सूर्ये वाली व्यपगत क्लमः || ४-११-४ "Before the ...
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is Parasurama Kund a holy place and is this the correct location?

There is a place called Parsuram Kund and I wonder if it has something to do with Lord Parasurama. This place is on the Brahmaputra River, as you can see on the picture below. Click on the image for ...
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Who are the forest deities mentioned in the Aranya Kanda?

According to the Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana abducts Sita by carrying her forcibly. By looking at Ravana grabbing Sita, forest deities were terrorised. tam dṛṣṭvā giri śṛṃga ābham tīkṣṇa daṃṣṭram ...
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Where does Rama Shlaka Prashnavali work?

Following is the image of Tulasidaskrit Rama Shlaka Prashnavali. You can find it in RamaCharitaManasa of Tulasidasa. First ask any question in mind and we have to select a box by eyes closed.. the ...
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Ramayana ( Uttar Kandam ) [duplicate]

Is Uttar Kandam of Ramayana fake ? Where luv and Kush born ? Did Really Shri Ram leave Mata Sita ? Did original Valmiki Ramayana end after coronation of Shri Ram as King of Ayodhya ?
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What are the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata as seen by the sage-crow Kakabhushundi?

I have read that Kakabhushundi was a crow that had seen 11 different endings of Ramayana and 16 of Mahabharata. If this is true, what are the other endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata?
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How to understand these words of Rama regarding Sita?

Consider the following verse from Valmiki Ramayana spoken by Rama. "Without being asked, I myself would have gladly offered even Sita with kingdom, even my life, loved ones and wealth." [7, ...
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Ramayana for Children

I am planning to read a book for my child and wanted to read Ramayana. Can you please recommend a good, preferably pictorial book for reading to children. I have seen a few by Arshia Sattar , Bulbul ...
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Verse in ramanyan when Sita warns Ravan to dare not touch her

What is the verse when Sita warns Ravan of touching her in Lanka
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Had Ravan tried would he have been able to lift Angad's feet?

In the Ramayana, there is an incident in which Rama sends Angad as his associate for a final try of avoiding war. Then seeing Ravan's ego and attitude Angad challenges all the warriors in his palace ...
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Was Rama sinful?

Valmiki Ramayana Aranyakanda 63:4 I might have definitely, habitually, and desirably committed damnable deeds in my previous births, and now the result of those impious deeds is very much ripened ...
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In the Rāmāyaṇa, were ṛ́ṣi Vaśiṣṭha & mahārānī Sumitrā in sāmīpya mukhti after Rāma's birth?

Since they were aware of Rāma's divinity, were ṛ́ṣi Vaśiṣṭha & mahārānī Sumitrā in sāmīpya mukhti? What about Vālmīki, the 8 kids, and the Junior Queens (Sītā's sisters)?
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Was Rama Avatar of Vishnu or Brahm?

I always read and listened that Rama was avatar of Vishnu, But I was listening to RamCharitManas katha by Shri Prembhushan Maharaj.During the katha he said , according to Puranas Rama was avatar of ...
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What are the references from Puranas regarding the life span of Lord Rama?

Lord Rama is said to be of Treta of 24th chaturyuga while current is 28th. Some references to support this are: Treta yuge chaturvinshe ravane tapseh shakshyat | Ram dashrtathi prapiye sagane ...
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What is validity of different translation of word“ Mamsah”?

I have come across the many translations where "Mamsah" is translated as fruit or as root vegetable. As I am attaching here. The original translation As per my belief should be तां तदा दर्शयित्वा...
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Why was Vali doing Vedic rituals?

At the time of Vali's death, there was an question and answer exchange between him and Lord Ram. One of the points raised by Vali was that as he is a forest dweller, and living like animal (eat and ...
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Why did Dasharatha perform Ashwamedha to beget children?

Reference: Balakanda 8th Sarga Why did Dasharatha propose performance of Ashwamedha to beget children? Ashwamedha is primarily to establish supremacy over other kings. I am unable to understand the ...
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kurukshetra War

Ramayana happened in 24th Treta Yuga whereas Mahabharata happened in 28th dwapara Yuga then how come Shri Ram's Descendant King Brihadbala fought in mahabharat war . Because there is gap of 4 chatur ...
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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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the ramayana book

Ramayana is the story of Lord Ram, and I have come with a deep passion for reading the epic story of Lord Ram, and as far as I know it was written by Valmiki during Mother Sita's stay at the ashram, ...
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Miracles performed by Ram in Ramayana [duplicate]

In Ramayana, was Ram regarded as a deity and incarnation of Vishnu from the very beginning, or was he deified in subsequent editions of the epic? Did anyone ask Ram to prove his divinity? Did Ram ...
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Why did Lord Rama pray to Goddess Durga? [duplicate]

Lord Rama is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Goddess Durga being the external (Maya) potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, why did Lord Rama perform a Yagya of Goddess ...
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Do Rama's sacrifical posts still exist in Ayodhya?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of “śrīmān”?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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Have anyone seen golden arch at Gandi Kshetra?

Have anyone seen golden arch built by vayu for Rama, at Gandi Kshetra, British officer Thomas Monroe has apparently seen? Is it visible to those who're turiya?

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