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

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Did the Ikshvakus feed on Flesh?

Hindu mythology have illustrated several times, how kings (Dashratha in Ramayana), go for hunting. The purpose of hunting has always/mostly been to enjoy the sport and obtain the skins of the animals ...
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Vijayadashami - Reference of Arjun's victory

Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent.In the southern, eastern, northeastern, and some northern states of India, ...
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Who taught archery and other weapons skills to Lord Rama?

Vashishtha is considered as the family priest of the Raghu dynasty and teacher of Lord Rama and his brothers. This is what Wikipedia says about him In the Ramayana, he was the family priest of the ...
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How to reconcile Vasishta's statement on eldest son inheriting throne with Dasratha's proclamation?

As seen in this answer Dasratha invited the assembly to debate his decision to coronate Rama and presented the pros and cons of Rama's candidature with a neutral viewpoint. But as per verse 35 of the ...
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Is Vasistha an (Biological) ancestor of Rama?

There is a story in Mahabharata that says about some key events in the life of Vasistha. It is a conversation between a Gandharva and Arjuna. In that conversation, it is clear that Vasistha ...
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Is there any mention of practice of writings during Ramayana or Mahabharata?

Did people use to write down things in Sanskrit or Prakrit during Ramayana or Mahabharata period? Had the concept of written language been invented?
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Ramayana and Mahabharata epics age period [duplicate]

We are in the 21st century. How old is the Ramayana and Mahabharata in terms of centuries?
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Cyclic nature of time in Ramayana

Many scriptures in Sanathan dharma says about cyclic nature of time at many places. Consider some of the excerpts From Mahabharata Hundreds and thousands of great-Kalpas, hundreds and thousands of ...
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Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman, Balram & Lord Krishna

What were the Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman according to Valmiki-Ramayana, Balram & Lord Krishna according to Vyas-Mahabharata? I mean age difference between Elder brother Lord ...
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Did Ravana compose any music?

In T.V. serials, Ravana is always portrayed as a demon and never shown as a musician. Did Ravana compose any music?
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Which calendar was followed during Mahabharata and Ramayana?

There are so many astronomical evidences given in Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is said that there are about 500+ in Ramayana and 200+ in Mahabharata. I wonder, What calendar they followed
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On what basis does the author of Ancient India say that the original Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa contained only 6,000 or 12,000 verses?

In Ancient India, which served as a textbook for Class XI students in India during the 1980s, the author, Ram Sharan Sharma, makes the following claim about Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa: The two epics and the ...
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Where in the Vedas is the verse Sītā refers to in Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa found?

In Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, while trying to convince Rāma that he should let her accompany him to the forest, Sītā makes the following statement wherein she refers to a verse/mantra from the ...
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Why is evil so strong?

Ravana, Duryodhana, Kansa have two things in common. 1: They all are evil & 2: They are extremely powerful. Why is evil so powerful when compared to a normal person? A normal person of Ayodhya or ...
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Were there public events for sports and recreation which were followed in Ancient India? [duplicate]

In both Ramayan and Mahabharath, there are references to marriage alliance being made through tests of skill. If so, were there public events like the Olympics or World Cups of today which were ...
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Is it true that Ravana was invited when Rama established a Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram? [duplicate]

I keep hearing a story which follows as Rama needed a bridge to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. He decided to conduct a Yagna to worship Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. As he ...
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What led to the downfall of Kingdom of Ayodhya?

Ram ruled Ayodhya for 11000 years and then left his mortal abode. What happened to Ayodhya post Ram's demise and what led to its ultimate abandon as King Vikramaditya found Ayodhya in an abandoned ...
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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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When did the last meeting between Rama and Hanuman occur?

I am asking this question according to the Valmiki Ramayana only. AFAIK, Hanuman and Rama had a meet during the coronation of Rama for the last time. But, did they meet after that according to Valmiki ...
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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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Who is the three headed son of Ravana

In Ashok.K.Banker 's Ramayana he has written that in the forests of Chitrakoot Khara and Dushana were led by a three headed demon named Trisiras leader them against Ram. Grieved at the giants' ...
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Was the concept of Sakambari in Durga Saptasathi, taken from the deeds of Anasuya of Ramayana?

Sage Atri introduces his Wife Anasuya to Sri Rama, as follows: दश वर्षाण्य् अनावृष्ट्या दग्धे लोके निरन्तरम् || २-११७-९ यया मूल फले सृष्टे जाह्नवी च प्रवर्तिता | उग्रेण तपसा युक्ता नियमैः च अप्य् ...
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Did Ravaan kill Surpanakha's husband?

While scrolling through Surpanakha's page on Wikipedia, there it was written that Ravaan had eaten Surpanakha's husband (Vidyutjiva) Here is a part of the page --------- At the time of conquering ...
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Which scripture mention about Lord rama eating fruits eaten and bitten by shabri? [duplicate]

Valmikiramayana.net says: By the way, where is the scene of Rama eating fruits and eatables bitten and tasted by Shabari? Has this old woman not offered the fruits to the guests, or just said that ...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

from sabha parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of Iri; more than ...
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What is the story of Kakabhusundi [duplicate]

When I searched for Kakabhusundi on wikipedia, it was written that ----- The conversations happen between Shiva and Parvati, Sages Bharadwaj and Yajnavalkya and finally Kakbhushundi and the king of ...
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What is the story of Kubera's sons?

While scrolling through the Wikipedia page of Lord Kubera, I saw that it was written Kubera's son's wife was Rambha who was raped by Ravana. So, what is this story? Also, His sons were cursed into two ...
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Did Hanuman sneak into Ravana’s palace to steal three arrows?

I read somewhere that during the Ram-Ravana duel, when Lord Ram couldn't defeat him, Hanuman entered into Ravana's palace and stole three arrows which were meant to kill Ravana and then offered it to ...
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How many times did Lord Paraśurāma extirpate kṣatriyas?

In Valmiki Ramayana (Balakanda, Sarga 75), Bhagavan Parashurama says: Oh, Rama, on hearing the unregenerate and highly perfidious murdering of my father, I rancorously extirpated Kshatriya-s as and ...
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Is the adhyatma Ramayana part of the brahmanda purana?

It is traditionally accepted that adhyatma Ramayana is a part of the brahmanda purana but according to Wikipedia it was written in 14th century.Does that mean it was added later to the brahmanda ...
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Is Shri Rama biological son of Dashratha?

In VR balakand-26-11 "Then Dasharatha on entering palace chambers spoke this to queen Kausalya, "Receive this dessert to beget your son."". In my opinion which hints about ...
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How to explain timing of ramayana [closed]

How can ramayana be 7000 years old if Iceage ended 10000 ago,how do they become developed so fast, and if it occurred in some other yuga, then how do we still have Ram setu.
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Where can I find an English or Hindi Translation of Agastya Ramayana?

Is there a translation of Agastya Ramayana for free online?
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Where does the `real Ayodhya` lies and where does the Lord Ram born?

Recently, the Prime Minister of Nepal K.P. Sharma Oli said that the real Ayodhya lies at Thori in the west of Birgunj(in Nepal), and also he added that Lord Ram wasn’t born in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. ...
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Was Vibhishana powerful?

We all know that Vibhishana was a Brahmin-Daitya/Brahmin-Rakshasa and was an ardent follower of Lord Rama. But I think he didn't kill even a single person in the Rama-Ravana war. So, in my view, he ...
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MoolRamayanam how to get a copy

Many years ago (mid 60s) the sahitya syllabus of the pramana patriya course at the Sanskrit University in Benaras included the Moolaramayanam. A very slim volume which summarised the whole epic in a ...
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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, ...
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Exactly when did Vishvamitra become Brahmarshi?

In Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayan, Vishvamitra's war with Vashishta is mentioned. After his defeat, he leaves for penance and becomes Rajarshi. Indra sent menaka to disturb his penance. Menaka later ...
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Does Ramayana have any explicit mention of Dattatreya?

Dattatreya is an incarnation of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara together. Does Valmiki Ramayana have any explicit mention of Dattatreya?
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How come demon Mayasura appear in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? [duplicate]

As per Vayu Purana, Ramayan happened in 24th Tretayuga and Mahabharat happened in 28th Dwaparayuga. Mayasura is mentioned as the father of Mandadari in Ramayan. In Mahabharata, he comes out of snake ...
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Who added the interpolations in hindu mythology? Why were they added? How is it decided that it's a possible interpolation? [duplicate]

Uttar-kand of valmiki ramayana is called an interpolation, similarly few chapters of balkand are interpolations.
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When do Lava and Kusha sing the song in Ramayana?

In the Ramayana of Ramanand Sagar, there are only 3 Events when Lava and Kusha meet Shri Rama. First when they have sung the song in Ayodhya, and after the fight against Lord Rama. In the last ...
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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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Is uttarkand an interpolation theory new or some old texts give references to it? [duplicate]

This is what the blog narayanastra says: objections against the authenticity of these two kANDas are modern. Such objections are fit to be rejected by Vedantins. The Vedantins who commented on the ...
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Do any authentic scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayan talk about Shambuka's story (from Uttara Kanda)? [duplicate]

According to the Ramayana, Shambuka, a Shudra ascetic, was slain by Rama for attempting to perform penance. This act of Shambuka was perceived by Rama as the act in violation of dharma as he believed ...
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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

There is a story over internet and the story goes like this When the time came for the departure of Rama, Yama says to Rama that he cannot able to come to earth because of the presence of Hanuman....
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In Ramayan, where is it mentioned that Atikaya held the trident of Lord Shiva?

There is a story that says that once Atikaya went to Kailash and for some reason Lord Shiva got angry and he released his powerful trident on Atikaya. However, Atikaya caught hold of the trident and ...
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Importance of penance in life

I have been once informed by my GURUDEV that everything one gains in life is because of some or the other penance performed earlier,i.e., we have enjoyments at the cost of losing something or being ...
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How Valmiki existed 5000 BCE and 500 BCE? [duplicate]

It is widely accepted that Lord Rama existed 5000 BCE Sage Valmiki wrote Ramayana epic in 500 BCE Valmiki taught Lav and Kush(twin sons of Lord Rama) The problem is pretty clear. Is it that ...
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Which Divya Prabandham commentators discussed this Kishkindha Kanda verse?

In the beginning of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana reach the banks of the lake Pampa, and Rama laments as all the beautiful things he sees around him reminds of Sita, ...

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