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

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Good and clear photos of original Sanskrit Manuscript of Mahabharata in full

Are there any good photos ie easy to read and good lighting of the whole Mahabharata and Ramayana including the accused "interpolated" options? Please include a Manuscript with headers for ...
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Itihasa and Dharmashastra, Nitishastra and Dharmasutra

What were the rules used by the famous kingdoms during the events of Ramayana and Mahabharata? If none is provided would it be fair to assume that the Dharmasutras were the sacred law? Also if not ...
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What is the mantra for Putra Kameshti Yagna?

In 15th chapter of Bala Khanda of Ramayana, before performing Putra Kameshti Yagna, Rishyashringa said :- "I will procedurally conduct the ritual contained in the preamble of atharva-veda with ...
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Can Shudras not attain heaven?

"By your grace, this Shudra will not be able to attain heaven!” I understand most of Shambuka's story and don't see it as a later interpolation, but this verse translated correctly that a Shudra ...
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Dharmashastras used in Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharta

Dharma/Niti shastras were used in Ram Rajyam and other popular kingdoms in Mahabharata and Ramayana.
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Shukra Neeti in Mahabharta and Ramayana?

Is Shukra Niti a real text if so, was it used to govern Ram Rajyam or kingdoms in Mahabharata? If not is it mentioned if so how. Is this a good substitute for Dharmashastras? I am confused. Are their ...
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Right way to learn Shri Ramcharitmanas in Awadhi for someone who does not know Awadhi

I want to read and understand Shri Ramchatrimanas in its original Awadhi language and quite serious about it, tried multiple time but not able to.I can read Hindi but find it difficult to read/...
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Did Ram become Chakravarti Samrat?

Did Ram conquered whole of Aryavrata ? Did he become Chakravarti Samrat ? Did the rule over all over Aryavrata or only Kosala Janpad ?
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What was the War Cry in Ramayana and Mahabharata war?

I saw somewhere that in both Ramayana and Mahabharata, the warriors of both sides(as in Ramayana and Mahabharata most of the characters were Shiva devotees) used to say "Har Har Mahadev" as ...
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Is it true that in Valmiki Ramayan Ram is described as only a human prince?

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 ...
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Who was the dearest person to Ram?

In Krishna avatar, Arjun was dearest to Krishna. In Ram avatar,who was the dearest ?
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Do sources state that in Rama's kingdom of Kosala a wife who stayed in a different man's house could not remain married to her husband?

In the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama decides to banish Sita because the citizens of his kingdom are unhappy about her remaining with him after she spent so much time imprisoned by Ravana (the citizens ...
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Did Sita Mata posess Siddhis/Riddhis

Did Sita Mata possess the eight siddhis and nine riddhis, which she gave as a boon to Lord hanuman (as noted in Hanuman Chalisa)? If she did possess, then why did she not escape from the hands of ...
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Why was Ahilya saved by Rama, even though she could see through Indra's disguise?

From Valmiki Ramayana, translated by Shulman and AK Ramanujan: 'Listen, Raghava, I'll tell you whose ashram this was and how it was cursed by a great man in anger. It was great Gautama's, this ashram ...
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Where can I find a searchable text of Valmiki Ramayana online?

I want to be able to search across the entire Valmiki Ramayana for certain words or phrases. The IIT Kanpur webpage has divided the text across sargas which you have to click to different pages to ...
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SriRangam Ranganathaswamy - the kula devata or kula deivam of Sri Ram?

There are claims that Lord Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam in Tamilnadu is the kula deivam or kul devata of Lord Rama. Is there any truth to it?
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How hanuman ji killed akshayakumar if kaal was imprisoned in ravana's prison

Ravana had tied all nav-grahas and also imprisoned kaal. Is it true then that kaal can't take anyone's life in ravan's kingdom without his permission? If yes, then how Hanuman Ji killed Akshayakumar ...
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Explanation gap in one of the translations of Uttarakand of ramayana... Please read below

In Hari Prasad shashtri's Ramayana translation of uttarakand, we read durvasa narrating the curse of bhrigu that eventually made Rama bare separation with his wife, there are no such Sanskrit verses ...
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Treatment of Chandalas

Within Ithihasas there seems to be bad treatment of Chandalas as Bhishma recounts. By Chandala I mean a child born to a Brahmin mother & Shudra father. Are there any alternative treatments ...
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Laws for Dasa and Dasis

So from an answer previously, I heard how Rama Rajyam employed slavery ie Dasa and Dasi to be gifted to Brahmins. I have a few questions, however. Number one how does one become a Dasa or Dasi? What ...
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Cosmology in Hindu text

So I have a few questions. Number one what is the shape of the Earth as per Hindu text and what represents the current planet Earth? I know people have interpreted Bharatvarsha and Bharatkhanda to ...
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Rama advises Lakshmana not to speak ill of Kaikeyi and instead of speak well of Bharata - what is the original verse?

In the Ramayana, Lakshmana is praising Bharata and blaming Kaikeyi. Rama stops him and asks him to simply praise Bharata, but not blame Kaikeyi. Which verse was this?
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Treta Yuga started in 2,163,102BCE and ended around 975,102BCE-867,102 BCE and humans didn't exist then. How did Ramayana occur?

Also is it such that every Earth only sees 1 yuga cycle? And for some who will say that Ramayana happened in 24th treta and this is 28th treta, What about the various temples and places and mansions ...
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Are there any touching Sanskrit verses pertaining to Lakshmana leaving Sita at Valmiki's ashram?

Looking for any emotional verses about Lakshmana leaving Sita at Valmiki's ashram.
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Did King Janaka feel remorse for marrying his daughter into the Ikshvaku dynasty?

Every father would like his daughter to be happy after marriage. However, Devi Sita had to suffer a lot for a princess after her marriage with prince Ram. Does the Ramayan has any passages that ...
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What is Lord Rama's janma nama?

One of my friends said it starts with 'ha'. Could anyone kindly let me know the birthname of Lord Rama please?
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Why are Hindu gods portrayed as fallible and flawed like Greek/Roman gods?

Among the stories from Mahabharat, Ramayana, Purana, etc I have heard, it seems Hindu gods are very fallible - they make mistakes, they commit crimes, they get angry, they harass people, they get ...
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Did Lord Ram command Laxman to have Sita executed? (As opposed to being taken to Valmiki's hermitage)

Paraphrasing a reddit post, the poster claimed to have read a certain Kannada translation of the Valmiki Ramayana by an individual named N Ranganatha Sharma, where Ram asked Laxman to have Sita ...
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A question regarding conduct of war in Vedic age?

Pranam, I have heard that in Mahabharata times they used to destroy cities of enemies.. Hanuman burnt Lanka..and also Lord Indra is called Purandara.. But in past 2000 years we rarely find Hindu kings ...
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Conversation between Lord Ram and Daṇḍakāraṇya sages exact verse

I am trying to identify the exact verse for the conversation from Adhyatama Ramayana that happened between Lord Rama and Daṇḍakāraṇya sages. Where the sages expressed their desire to become Lord Ram's ...
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Languages of Mahabharatha and Ramayana

What were the languages of communication among ordinary people in times of Ramayana and Mahabharata? During war and in courts, marketplaces and travel Sanskrit could not have been used as it is more ...
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Where is Shani mahatmyam found?

In which scripture/Purana/Itihasa is Shani Mahatmya found? I mean the story of Vikramaditya and Sani dev?
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A question regarding Brahmana marriage?

Namaste, In Manu Smriti and Mahabharata it is said that a Brahmana may first marry a Brahmana Girl then a Kshatriya a Vaishya and a Sudra girl in this order.But we see in Mahabharata and Ramayana that ...
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A question about Marriage

It is said in Manusmriti that a Brahmana may marry a Brahmana girl of his own race(same country probably) then girls of lower varnas.. In itihasas and puranas we find examples of Sages marrying ...
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Hanuman God's birth history

In Shiva Puran according to some sources it is narrated that Parvati and Shiva has had carnal relation through which Hanuman God was born in the form of Vanara and after that, not wishing to carrying ...
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If Yamuna gave way to Lord Krishna, then why didn't the Ocean (Varuna) do the same for Rama?

If Yamuna gave way to Lord Krishna, then why didn't the Ocean (Varuna) do the same for Rama? Two possible reasons I could think of are that The Ocean affects the earth's wind cycle Splitting the ...
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Was it Dharma for Sugriva to take Bali's wife as his queen?

Bali took Sugriva's wife and kingdom but did not Sugriva did same thing to Bali and his wife before ? What is difference ?
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Pandavas mingling with Yadavas; Yadavas are Rakshasas

As per Valmiki Ramayana, Yadu was cursed so that his race will not intermingle with lunar dynasty. But Subhadra was married to Arjuna of lunar race? You are an intractable Rakshasa born to me as a ...
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King Nriga's curse cure by Krishna

Valmiki Ramayana Uttarakhanda describes the curse of the king Nriga by two Rishis. It says You become a lizard and remain invisible to all beings; in that state you shalt pass hundreds and thousands ...
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Is the Janaka of the Upanishads whose guru was Yajnavalkya the Janaka of Ramayana? If so, how does the Ramayana mention Vasishtha, a Vedic rishi?

Is the Janaka of the Upanishads whose guru was Yajnavalkya the Janaka of Ramayana? If so, how does the Ramayana mention Vasishtha, a Vedic rishi, who did not live during Yajnavalkya's era but far ...
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Are there any cases of Brahmana marrying a Kshatriya woman?

It is allowed for a Brahmana to marry a Kshatriya woman taking her as his second wife(Anuloma Vivaha)..But are there cases in Puranas and Itihasas that describe a Brahmana marrying a Kshatriya first?
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Mentions of Valmiki Samhita

Mentions of Valmiki Samhita in scripture and by Acharyas in their works. Valmiki Samhita is a text which falls under Panchratric text.
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what is the longest an smallest kand in valmiki ramayana?

According to Valmiki Ramayana, there are 7 kands. what is the largest and smallest kand? and what about sargas?
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Lord Rama's marriage suffering and struggles

In the Ramayana the marriage of Lord Rama is done in the most auspicious of manner. There was selection of dates by the greatest of sages and also astrology. Yet there is suffering and struggle of ...
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kula devi/devata of Shree Rama?

Is there any mention of Kula Devi or Devata name of Shree Rama in Srimad Valmiki Ramayana?
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What were the difference between each Mahabharat and ramayan in different yugas?

I have heard many times that Mahabharat and ramayan has been repeated many times in different yugas with same results but with some minor different incidences. What were those different incidences?
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Is there any scriptural reference that there is radha naam is ra kaar and madhav naam in m kaar of ram naam?

Is there any scriptural reference of radha madhav name in ram naam ?
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How did Kakabhushundi see Ramayana and Mahabharata a different number of times?

If life is defined as a cycle of 4 yugas (sata yuga, treta yuga,dwapara yuga and kal yuga) where they all occur in order infinitely, then how did Kakabhushundi witness the Ramayana lesser times (11 ...
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What does knowing one’s soul mean?

When describing virtuous people one of the phrase that’s repeatedly used by Valmiki is विदितात्मनः valmikiramayana.net translates this to the knower of self. Bibek Debroy (Chapter 5(2), Para 3) ...
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Is Rama giving contradictory justifications for killing Vali?

I have been stuck at the Vali sarga for over a week now because there was something here that was bugging me the cause of whom I now seem to have recognised. Rama justifies the reason of killing Vali ...
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