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

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Slavery in Ram Rajya

Here ओशो-राम-राज्य-कैसा-था Osho is claiming that there was slavery in the Rama's time and women were bought and sold. Are there any verses that mention the same or any proof that there was slavery ...
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Do jambavanta is dalit? [duplicate]

Many south people tell that Jambavanta is dalit it is true what Ramayana and other scriptures are telling about jambavanta varna .
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What is the varna of Jambavan?

Many people in South India say that Jambavan is a dalit. Is it true? What do Ramayana and other scriptures say?
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who arrived first in satyug?

who arrived first in satyug ? Lord Ram or lord krishna According to this Lord krishna arrived first in satyug but Valmiki written ramayan before Ved Vyas- Mahabharat So here im confused
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Who is Matanga rushi?

What are the names of Matanga rushi's father and mother? Were children of Matanga rushi Brahmins? how did Matanga rushi change his caste? Was Jambavanta a Chandala?
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List of critical edition of Hindu texts?

I have read Critical edition of Ramayana [will start with CE of Mahabharata too]. I was wondering if anyone have the list of critical editions of other Hinduism text?
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Relation between Rama and sita?

If Nimi and Kukshi were sons of Ikshvaku then how could Rama and Sita marry? If they shared common ancestry then they would become brother and sister in relation, right? please elaborate.
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Is there any connection between Hanuman of Ramayana and the monkey King who journeyed to the west?

Is there any truth in saying they are the same.Even though both stories are completely different? Monkey king was an important part of a Chinese folk story. He was a demi God and he was an immortal. ...
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What was the conversation between Ravana and Lakshmana when Ravana was on death bed [duplicate]

Please provide verse too and sources. What are the conversations between them and where it is mentioned with verse numbers. There are no shastric evidence in other questions
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What is Ravana gita, is it ever mentioned in any puran?

I have heard of Ravana gita many times in which purana is it mentioned and please give the verses too.
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A forgotten episode of “RAMAYANA”-AKAL BODHAN OF RAMCHANDRA

This is written in "RAMAYANA" once Ramchandra ready to worship Devi Durga became impatient because Devi Durga was not listening to his prayer. The worship was arranged so that Pandavas ...
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How to reconcile mention of word Taittiriya in Ramayana?

In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa (Ayodhyā kāṇḍa), Sri Rāma instructs Lakṣmaṇa to gift dasis to brahmins studying Tattiriya (school of Yajurveda). kausalyām ca yāaśīrbhir bhaktaḥ paryupatiṣṭhati | ācāryaḥ ...
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Did Shurpanaka take revenge on Ravana using Sita?

I have come across some hear say versions like Shurpanaka took revenge on Ravana using Sita, for the killing of her husband Vidyutjihva.. We have the description of killing of shurpanaka husband in ...
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“Moksha” and Arms and Weapons [closed]

Is the attainment of moksha the final stage of Hinduism? after achieving the goal they again take arms and weapons in their hands?>> because working is better than remaining idle. Those who ...
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Did Rama told Ravana to “go today, come tomorrow”?

In Tamil version Kamba Ramayanam by Kambar, it is said during war, one day on the verge of Ravana's defeat, Rama gave chance to Ravana, to go today and come tomorrow for fight. Does this appear in ...
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Is there any older text than Valmiki Ramayan that reference Hanuman

We know that among the different Ramayans, the oldest one is Valmiki Ramayan. Is there any other text before Valmiki Ramayan that talks about Hanuman? (with reference please).
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Laxman v/s Parshuram? [closed]

When Ram pulled apart the Shiv Dhanush, a conversation took place between Parshuram and Laxman, I had a concern that, if a battle have had happened, who could have won the individual battle? As they ...
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Death of Ravana, his Karma or Destiny?

On the battlefield when Rama shot an arrow to kill Ravana, Laxman was directed by Rama to go and get his best advice. The first thing Raavan told Lakshman was that one should complete any auspicious ...
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Where is Sita Rama’s date of marriage mentioned?

Shri Sita Rama’s marriage is celebrated on the Vivaha Panchami day which falls on the 5th date of Shukla Paksha of the Margashirsha/Agrahayana month. As per this site, the said date has been mentioned ...
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How has the killing of Shambuka been described by the Srivaishnava tradition and what justification, if any, has been given for the same

As per this site, Kulasekara Azhwar indicates the incident of Shri Rama killing Shambuka in verse 749, Chapter 75 of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham. Does the Srivaishnava tradition (scriptures and ...
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What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death?

What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death. I heard some stories related to her which I refused to believe in. I couldn't find any post which mentions what happened to her. Is there any ...
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Did the Ikshvakus feed on Flesh? [duplicate]

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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