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

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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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According to Valmiki Ramayana, was Hanuman a human being or a monkey (vanara)?

Hanuman is one of the central characters of Ramayana. He's revered as a great devotee of Shree Rama and worshiped as an avatar of Shiva. He's also known as the son of Vayu. We see his images, statues, ...
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Powers of Hanuman, made forgotten or Locked up?

As per Ramayana, Hanuman was made to forget about his powers due to his mischievous behavior as explained here. But, it makes more sense that the powers were more of locked-up within him, instead of ...
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Did Sugreeva have a child?

Did Sugreeva have a son (or a daughter perhaps)? If so what is his name? I have heard that he had a son but I am not sure about the name.
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Contradictions between Ramayana and Aitareya Brahmana while describing about Shunahshepa

Two variants are there in describing about Shunahshepa as far as I know. One is narrated in Aitareya Brahmana, Chapter VII and another is narrated in Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Khanda Chapter 62. Both are ...
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Who is Jambavan an incarnation of?

Jambavan an under appreciated character in the Ramayana(most people focus on Hanuman but it should be made clear it is Jambavan who made Hanuman aware of his immense spiritual prowess) is a steadfast ...
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What scriptures describe Vaishampayana making Janamejaya interested with a single verse?

The second poem of Nammalwar’s Thiruvaimozhi describes Vishnu without actually naming him until the last verse, where it calls him Narayana. Page 13 of this book, summarizing one of the Sri Vaishnava ...
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What was the relationship between Ravan and Tadaka?

I remember watching some mythological in which Ravan calls Mareech his mama i.e. maternal uncle. But Mareech and Subahu were the sons of Tadka so does that make Ravan the grandson of Tadka? I checked ...
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Can the 4,000 years old mural etched into the Darband-i-Belula cliff, Iraq be linked to Sri Rama and Sri Hanuman?

A mural found in Iraq: An Indian delegation undertook an expedition in Iraq in June to look at a mural from circa 2000 BCE that the Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan believes represents an image of Lord ...
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Was the name mArIcha (मारीच), a demon in Raamayana, adopted from the word marīcikā (मरीचिका)?

marīcikā (मरीचिका) means mirage. https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mar%C4%ABcik%C4%81&iencoding=deva&lang=sans&action=Search Mirage means an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be ...
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Birth Rashi of Lord Rama

According to Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama was born in Punarvasu nakshatra. The first three Padas of Punarvasu lie in Mithuna rashi and the last Pada lies in Karkataka rashi. Valmiki does not mention ...
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How did Hanuman know that Ravana abducted Sita?

Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana while introducing themselves and their situation to Hanuman and Lakshmana told the following to Hanuman "He who aspires to keep up the well-being of all ...
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Why Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana to Hanuman even he knows?

Jataayu tells to Rama that Ravana abducted the Sita "Oh, boy Rama, blest is your eternality, for whom you are searching as with the search of a rejuvenescent herb in the vast of forest, Ravana ...
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Was Maareecha's taking form of a deer in Ramayana an interpolated story?

Maareecha , a demon and an associate of Ravana, appears in 2 episodes of Valmiki Ramayana. In Bala Kanda, while trying to defile the Yagna of Sage Viswamitra, he was thrown into the Ocean by the ...
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Raavana's dress code during abduction

Ravana came to seeta's place in disguise of an ascetic. I want to know exact description of what actually he looked like? From head to toe.
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Why did ravana send his warriors one by one?

Ravana was a good tactician . He sent Indrajit first to destroy the army .He started realising that Rama is no usual warrior so he deliberately woke kumbhakarna up . But he never sent a combination of ...
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Is it true that there were roadside trees in Ayodhya according to Valmiki Ramayana?

Is it mentioned anywhere in Valmiki Ramayana that there are plants or trees on the sides of road in Ayodhya?
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Who were the sons of Varuna killed by Ravana?

In Yuddha Kanda, Chapter 7, when the ministers are eulogising Ravana about his qualities, they say that the four sons of Varuna were killed (defeated?) by Ravana. śūrāḥ ca balavantaḥ ca varuṇasya ...
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Which chapter in Skanda Purana contains the greatness of Ramayana?

Is there any conversation in Skanda Purana between Narada and Sanatkumara about the greatness of Ramayana? If yes, then what is the number and name of the chapter?
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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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According to Dvaita, are there puranic examples where Ishwara(God) or anyone(Sages and Saints) who has turned anybody's Jeevatma into Jada?

As random as the question may seem, it was the response of a person, from Dvaitha school, to my question can God convert Jeeva into Jada? And he said "coming to your question of if Paramatma can ...
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Timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vedas, and Upanishads

Can someone please give timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharta, Vedas, and Upanishads?
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What is the oldest version of Ramayana? [duplicate]

I am not looking for answer based on faith, like Valmiki Ramayana is oldest because Valmiki was Rama's contemporary. I am looking for reference from academia comparing different versions of Ramayana ...
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Why does SB 9.10.9 say that it was Rāma (and not Lakṣmaṇa) that disfigured Śūrpaṇakhā?

Why does the Śūrpaṇakhā incident in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.10 differ from the version found in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa? Canto 9: Liberation CHAPTER TEN The Pastimes of the Supreme Lord, Rāmacandra ...
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Why did lord Rama take help of Sugriva?

What is the significance of Lord Rama seeking help from Sugriva? As Lord Rama is avatar of Lord Vishnu so I think he might know who abducted Sita Mata and where he kept secondly it was his personal ...
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Why vibheeshana did not choose to be neutral?

Vibheeshana loved his family . It was plausible for him to be neutral and not take sides with sri ram . why did he choose to end up in the camp of sri ram inspite of possiblity of being killed ?
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What are sacrifices done on new moon and full moon where a part is thrown for Rakshasas?

Sage valmiki uses many metaphors and writes in a poetic sense while explaining an incident in the Valmiki Ramayana. There are hundreds of usages of Upama and rupaka alankara which is used to explain ...
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Did Mandodari marry Vibhishana after Ravana was killed?

Is it true that after lord Rama defeated Ravana and declared Vibhishana the king, Vibhishana married Mandodari?
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In the painting shown who is the person standing on stairs in front of the throne?

In the painting shown who is the person standing on stairs in front of the throne?
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Is Maricha a yogi?

Maricha in Ramayana becomes deer. Is it due to his power of yoga? If not, how he attains such body?
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Were the native people of Lanka, Tamilians?

Does the Ramayan or any scripture describe the native people of Ravan's Lanka as in how they were or which language they spoke?
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Did Lord Ram visit this place during his exile?

According to this question's answer, it has shown the approximate path of Lord Ram's travel during the exile, but Nashik has not been mentioned here. According to the Wikipedia page of Nashik, it is ...
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Bharat bringing sandals of Lord Rama

It is said that Lord Rama moves to the forest with his empty feet without wearing any sandals. When Bharat went to forest to bring him back to Ayodhya but returns with Lord Rama's sandals (Paduka). ...
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What does Lord Rama wear?

As Vishnu & Krishna idols or pics are shown wearing makarkundal, kaustubh gem, Srivatsalanchhan & such things. What is the right attire of Lord Rama as told in Texts to be shown wearing? At ...
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Why Ramcharitmanas received more popularity than Valmiki Ramayana?

I have seen majority of people having Ramcharitmanas and even temples keep many copies of Ramcharitmanas rather than Valmiki Ramayana for Akhand Ramayan Paath. Why has Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas, ...
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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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Is the rivalry between Sugriva and Vali overdramatic?

It is explained that Vali (also called Bali in North India) was a proper and powerful king. In the beginning also, there is no incident of rivalry between Sugriva and Vali. While chasing Dundubhi ...
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Did Rama see all women as his mother?

Kausalya was the mother of Rama. Did Rama show to all other women the same respect that he showed to Kausalya?
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Jatayu's fight with indra

The answer to this question How was Jatayu able to fight with Ravana? says that jatayu went to fight indra. Any description available for that fight?
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How many son(s) and daughter(s) did Vibhisana and Indrajit have?

Did Vibhisana have any son and daughter? and Did Indrajit have any son and daughter? Any mention in Ramayan? Did Vibhisan have any son/daughter after marring Mandodari?
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Lord Rama's path to exile from Ayodhya in today's India

I would like to know if we can trace a path of Lord Rama's exile journey from Ayodhya to Sri Lanka. The towns he visited on his route. Prominent stop overs, like Shabari visit, deer hunting location,...
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How knowledge of weapons (shastra) शस्त्र got lost?

How did the knowledge of great weapons like Bramhastra got lost in Hinduism tradition? As can be seen in Ramayan and Mahabharat, Gurus used to give knowledge of weapons to their shishya which were ...
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What was the story of sage Kandu killing a cow following his father's words?

Rama is known as embodiment of Dharma. He followed his father's words and went to exile for 14 years. When Rama was ordered to leave the city to leave to forest, his mother Kaikeyi and his brother ...
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How Hanumanji being a monkey learned the Vedas?

How Hanumanji being a monkey learned the Vedas? Sudras are not supposed to read the vedas...in that case how he got the sacred thread and had access to the vedas? In fact from that perspective, ...
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Ramayana of how many mahayugas are available now?

Valmiki ramayana is said to be the Ramayana of 28th mahayuga. As per my knowledge, Padma purana contains the Ramayana of 24th mahayuga. Are there any more Ramayanas of other mahayugas? In total, ...