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

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Is the Valmiki Ramayana which is available to us , belongs to this Kalpa(Swetavaraha Kalpa)?

We know from various scriptures that Ramayana happened in the 24th Chaturyuga of the Vaivasvat Manvantara. But does the Valmiki Ramayana which we all have and read in our homes , belong to this ...
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Did Lord Ram destroy Ram Setu after evacuating Sita ji?

Ram-setu is mentioned as a bridge in multiple records by famous travelers. There are sources which states that the bridge was above sea-level till 1480 AD. But there is a legend which claims that Lord ...
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Do these criticism of Lord Ram Character by Ambedkar well founded or he is just maligning his character?

The Website I found the criticism , it says it's in his book , Riddles of Hinduism Rama’s birth is thus accompanied by general debauchery if not in his case certainly in the case of his associates. ...
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How did Ravana got soldiers to defeat Kubera to win Lanka?

How did Ravana got soldiers to defeat Kubera to win Lanka? Ravana was born in Brahmin orthodox family and he was born and brought up in Brahmins Kutira. So, how he got/gathered soldiers to defeat ...
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Why is the hierarchy of Kashyapa different?

As I was listening to a talk, I found out that Jatayu and Sampati are grand children to Kashyapa. After doing some research over Kashyapa, I found out that one of the wives to Kashyapa, Kudru has ...
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Which incidents have been excluded from Kambar’s Iramavataram as interpolations?

Kambar was a well known poet belonging to the 12th century, famous for writing the Irāmāvatāram, the Tamil version of Srimad Ramayanam a.k.a Kamba Ramayanam. According to the Wikipedia page of Kambar’...
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Was Diwali mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana? [duplicate]

In this news clip from WION, the anchor is saying that when Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya, the residents of Ayodhya decorated their houses with lamps. That is how the festival of Diwali (Deepavali) ...
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What to make of this Shloka in Valmiki Ramayana where it talks of flying mountains?

Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda Shloka 1.123 ( Complete - 5.1.123 Valmiki Ramayana) talks of flying mountains in KritaYuga. पूर्वं कृतयुगे तात पर्वताः पक्षिणोऽभवन्। ते हि जग्मुर्दिशः सर्वा गरुडानिलवेगि...
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How is Yajnavalkya an enlightened soul in Ramayana, but still a student in Mahabharata?

The conversation between Yajnavalkya and Janaka is very famous. Yajnavalkya instructs Janaka, which seems to imply he is already learnt and not a student anymore. But Vyasa's disciple is Vaishampayana ...
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Why is Shiva called as Brahman by Tulasidasji?

Tulasidas ji writes "jeev anek, ek srikanta" Or there are many jivas but only one god, the husband of Shri. So that would imply that one and only God is Lord Rama ie husband of Sri, then why ...
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Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English?

Where can I read Hanuman charitam in English? Is there any online pdf?
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Did Goswami Tulsidas preach Harihar bhed or Hari Har abhed?

We all have come across Padas of Ramcharitmanas like hari har ninda sune jo kana, sapne na suhahi etc. But all of the verses talk about how hari and hari are both required to be included in bhakti. ...
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Where to find the earliest unabridged version of the Valmiki Ramayana?

Where to find the earliest unabridged version (Not the abridged critical version) of the Valmiki Ramayana with Sanskrit verses? Preferably with translations into Hindi or English and also preferably ...
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What is mentioned in Valmiki's Ramayan regarding Hanuman's Brahmacharya?

As far as I remember it isn't mentioned anywhere in Valmiki's Ramayan. In certain South East Asian texts (as I'm told) Hanuman isn't shown as a Brahmachari.
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How much was Ravana able to succeed in lifting the Bow in Sita Svayamvara

According to the Holy Book Ramayana written by Sage Valmiki, when Ravana attempted to lift the Bow in Sita Svayamvara, how much was he able to succeed?
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Was Lord Rama greenish in skin color?

Is there any scriptural reference which says that skin tone of Lord Rama is green in color ? OR is Rama somewhere depicted in green color ?
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

According to yoga Vashishtha, can past life karma be trumped by present life good deeds? In this world whatever is gained is gained only by self-effort; where failure is encountered, it is seen that ...
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Does god have compassion and empathy or is he a totally emotionless karmic intelligence system

I have seen Sadhguru saying in one of his video bytes, that god wouldn't even lift the tip of his little finger for you. Is that true? Is parabrahm a higher karmic intelligence conscious system ...
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Why Shri Ram permitted the burning of Lanka?

Why shri ram let the vanaras burnt the city of Lanka. My question arises because when Shri Ram and vanara get healed by sanjeevni and decided to continue battle, Sugriv ordered hanuman and other ...
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Ramayana and Mahabharata Epics characters language interaction [duplicate]

I would like to know in both the Holy Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, the characters interaction were in which language/s? I mean Lord Rama interacting with Lakshmana. I mean Lord Krishna interacting ...
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Which Tilak to be used for Lord Rama in art?

Which Tilak to be used for Lord Rama in art? I am making a video animation. Want to confirm which tilak should be used.
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How did Hanuman meet Sugriva

Please can someone explain, from Valmiki Ramayana, how and when Hanuman met Sugriva first time and why he took up service to Sugriva.
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Which scripture mentions Yuga length?

I am aware that the yuga lengths have the ratio 4:3:2:1 and have seen in various posts that a Kali Yuga is 432,000 years. What religious texts (Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayan, etc) mention these Yuga ...
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Lakshmana Rekha Mythology?

Can you focus light on the Lakshmana Rekha power possessed by Lakshmana in the Ramayana? Is there a Mythological story behind Lakshmana possessing this power ? Had somebody crossed the Lakshmana Rekha,...
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Where is the Kishkindha region of Ramayana located?

There seem to be a two candidates for the location of Pampa, the area where Shri Rama performed his Aranya Kanda leelas. One is in Karnataka, a very recent development. The other is in Kerala which ...
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What were the heights of Rama and Krishna?

What was the height of Lord Rama and that of Lord Krishna according to Ramayana and Mahabharata? Please answer along with the scripture quotations.
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Why did Gautama Muni curse Ahalya? Did she know about Indra before Gautama muni cursed her?

Story of Ahalya, Indra and Gautama Muni is very popular. Briefly, it goes like this. Gautama Muni went to river for bathing rituals. Ahilya, his wife was alone at the Ashram. Indra who disguised like ...
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Where was Ravana born? Do we have any mention of Ravana's birth place in any Ramayana or Purana?

Where was Ravana born? Do we have any mention of Ravana's birthplace in any Ramayana or Purana?
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Anyone from Tamilnadu who has read Kamba Ramayana and can refute this guy's arguments? [closed]

I have studied Valmiki Ramayana but not Kamba ramayana. I can also see he is at fault in a few places. but I like to hear from others. I am requesting answer from those who accept Rama as God, not as ...
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Where did lord Rama live after he got exiled, according to Valmiki Ramayana?

Where did lord Rama and Sita live after they got exiled from Ayodhya, according to Valmiki Ramayana?
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Was it possible to reject a girl if she approached a man in ancient Hindu India?

I read many places that there was a custom in ancient India. A man can not reject a girl who approaches him (Swayamagata Kanya). This was true for marriage; this was true for sex. Is this rule is ...
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Was Kumbhakarna a robot?

Indologist Nrisinghaprasad Bhaduri wrote in his book "Valmikir Ram o Ramayan" that it was told to Vanaras that Kumbhakarna was a "Yantra"(machine). However, he did not mention the ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

Was widow marriage prevalent in ancient India? I was wondering about the custom of widow marriage in India. I know a couple of examples from Ramayana. Mandodari and Tara (wife of Bali) both remarried ...
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Was Raavan really a Ved pandit, and a great scholar? What were his dharmik qualities and acts if any?

It is often heard that Raavan was one of great person to live. He was expert in Vedas, and other scriptures. He was sitar player. However, I'm not able to find any scriptures' details to ascertain ...
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Gautama and Ahalya: she didn't turn into stone?

Popular Ramayana story describes Rama touching Ahalya, in stone form, and rescuing her. But in Mahabharata, the story is completely different. Gautama asks his son to kill his wife and goes away. His ...
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Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in Vedas and Itihasa

How is Brahmarishi Vishvamitra in the vedas different from what is mentioned about him in the itihasa?
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How was Vajrajwala, Wife of gigantic Kumbhakaran in comparison to him? How did they live together?

Maharshi Valmiki in First Sarga, Uttarkand, Ramayan says that there was nothing as big as Kumbhakaran, and that he had two sons Kumbh and Nikumbh. Do we have any details about marriage of Kumbhakaran ...
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Did Rama stop the aerial car at Nandigrama itself to meet Bharata?

I have a confusion on whether Rama stopped the Pushpaka Vimana at Nandigrama itself to meet Bharata. If yes, then how Rama and Sita reached Ayodhya from Nandigrama?
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How to reconcile Rama's Vishwaroopa, Upanishads and Krishna saying he is Rama only among warriors?

Lord Rama is often known as the supreme being according to Vaishnavism. This is evidenced by many scriptural refereces: Brahma in Valmiki Ramayana 6.117.31-32 calls Rama the first/primeval and ...
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Blind obedience to father in Scriptures

Shantanu agreed to Pratipa's wish, hence had to marry Ganga. Bhishma left everything for his father's wish. Rama followed the orders of his father and left for exile even when he could have easily ...
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Does the fever curing mantra given by Dvivida found elsewhere? Is it in a mantra group family? Are any other mantras supposed to be written?

In Chapter 27 of the Kalki Purāṇa a short mantra is written by Dvivida for curing Lakṣmaṇa of a fever: समुद्रस्योतरे तीरे द्विविदो नाम वानरः Samudrasyotare tīre Dvivido nāma Vānaraḥ This is an odd ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for the claim that Europeans/White people are vanaras and belong to Hanuman's lineage?

According to some Europeans, they were treated as untouchables in the 17th century in India. According to the Nepali civil code of 1854 they were "Pani Na Chalne Chhoichhito Haalnu Naparne" ...
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Did Ravana wear a sacred thread?

Did Ravana wear a sacred thread? If I get any sastric reference it will be helpful
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What is the first Sloka in Ramayana?

Valmiki keeps on wondering about Maanishada... sloka and Brahma says it is Saraswathi's grace and it is considered as the first sloka. Then what about the conversation between Sage Narada and Valmiki, ...
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Did any Rishi tell that Lord Hanuman would compose Brahma Sutra Bhashya?

I read somewhere, that in Valmiki Ramayana, its written that Valmiki or some other Rishi predicted that Lord Hanuman would compose Brahma Sutra Bhashya in future. Is this true? Where exactly in ...
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Why Mother Sīta is shown holding lotus in Her left hand?

In almost all representations of Mother Sita with Lord Rama, She is shown with a lotus in her left hand. As evident in the following images. While it can be explained why Sri Rama is shown with Bow ...
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Lord Hanuman is called as "Pavan-putra", the son of wind. The Vedas say, there are fortynine winds. Which Pawan, helped conceive Lord Hanuman?

Krishna says in B.Gita (chapter #10) among the 49 winds, "marichi" is His own opulence. The Vedic Puranas further relate that Sage Kashyap fathered daityas (demons) from his second wife Diti....
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What is Shri hanuman siting on in the given image?

In this image, what is Shri hanuman siting on?
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Veda vyasa mahabaratham [duplicate]

Where will I get mahabarat books written by maharishi veda vyasa in India? Also I wanted to get srimad Bhagavadam by vyasa and ramayan written by valmiki. When I search for such books I don't get the ...
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Did Parashurama cede all his powers to end the confrontation with Rama in the Ramayana?

The two Ramas have a confrontation and at the end Parashruma says But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow... let ...

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