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

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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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Are Kodanda and Sharanga bows same and how did Lord Rama get it?

Kodanda is the bow of Rama ( not sure if it has any other names). Is it same as Sharanga of Vishnu? How has Rama come in possession of Kodanda?
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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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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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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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When was sage Valmiki accused of killing a Brahmin?

In this chapter of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, different sages tell Yudhishthira about the benefits they received by praying to Shiva. In particular, the sage Valmiki, author of the ...
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How could Hanuman fly to Lanka and expand his size when his bones would have snapped under his weight?

How could Hanuman increase his size when according to square-cube principle his bones would simply have snapped under his weight?
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How did Sita marry Ram and Varuni marry Varuna?

Bhumidevi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. Her daughter is Sita. If this is so, how did Lord Vishnu/Rama marry his wife's daughter? Lakshmi,who comes out of the ocean of milk,is considered the daughter of ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Urmila Really Sleep for Fourteen Years?

It is a well known fact that Urmila did not accompany her husband Lakshmana to the forest for fourteen years, but remained behind in Ayodhya. I have come across a story, that Lakshmana accompanying ...
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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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Why didn’t Rama shout words of assurance after Mareecha mimics his voice?

Just as Mareecha is about to die, in a moment of brilliant trickery, he mimics Rama and shouts, “Alas Sita! Alas Lakshmana!” स प्राप्त कालम् अज्ञाय चकार च ततः स्वरम् | सदृशम् राघवस्य एव हा सीते ...
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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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Why are Ahalya,Tara, Mandodari, Kunti, and Draupadi called panchakanyas?

There is a poem written by Tagore on Panchakanyas. All the ladies mentioned above are called panchakanyas. Is there any significance that they are called so? Why did Sita didn't make it on the list?
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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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Are there canonical Sanskrit scriptures besides various Ramayanas which relate events involving Rama?

In particular, do Puranas have additional material involving Rama, not counting different versions of events in Valmiki Ramayana?
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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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Which king was more powerful between Kārtavīryārjuna and Rāvaṇa, and did they ever share their thrones with each other?

[This is a question I'd asked on Yahoo! Answers some time ago which did not elicit any particularly helpful responses thereat.] Both the thousand-armed Hehaya king Kārtavīryārjuna and the ten-headed ...
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Reference to Sri Anjaneya holding gadha (mace / club)

In many Hindu temples and pictures, Sri Anjaneya Swami is portrayed with gadha (mace / club) on one of his hands. I am seeking to understand the origin of this depiction. As far as I know nowhere in ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Besides Sita, how many other women did Ravana kidnap?

I recently saw a spiritual TV episode on Sundara Kanda and in that the host said that prior to Sita, Ravana kidnapped 25 or so women (I can't recollect the exact number). Is this true? Could someone ...
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What are the significances of reading Sundara Kanda (सुन्दरकाण्ड)?

In addition to the aforementioned question, I would also like to know the proper procedure & time to recite or read the same.
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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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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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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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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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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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Was Shri Rama named by Maharishi Vashishtha?

If so, was there any specific reason behind choosing that name?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Rig Vedic Indra only Sri Rama?

According to Rig Veda (and other Vedas) Indra is the all pervading and supreme being: In every figure he [Indra] hath been the mode... Indra assumes many form by his Maya (6.47.18) He who is Lord of ...
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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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