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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What language did people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata use to communicate? Sanskrit?

What was the mode of communication among the people at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata? Was it Sanskrit? Did Krishna, Pandavas and Kauravas (who I think had origins near the state of Bihar, where ...
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Previous births of Lava and Kush

Every jiva has a Purva Janma (previous birth). How about Lava and Kusha's previous birth? Any source which talks about this? Is there any particular reason for their birth?
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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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What is phalashruti for Bala Kanda parayana of Valmiki Ramayana

In which text the phalashruti for parayana of Balakanda of Valmiki Ramayan has been mentioned? And what is it?
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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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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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Why was Mother Saraswati so unfair with KumbhaKarna?

We all know the story that to stop KumbhaKarna from asking boon from Brahma, all Gods eulogized Saraswati to enter KumbhaKarna's mouth to ask- "I may sleep for years". And Mother Saraswati did it! ...
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Did Lakshmi come out of Samudramanthanam in the Ramayana version?

In the twitter feed of eminent Srivaishnavite lecturer/teacher Velukkudi Krishnan - somebody asked the above question.
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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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What are the details of the story of Indra giving the Crest-jewel(chudamani) to king Janka?

The son of the wind-god,Hanuman, apprised Sri Rama(avatar of god Vishnu) about the discovery of Sita(avatar of goddess Lakshmi),on returning to Kishkindha (from Lanka).Then Hanuman delivered to Sri ...
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What is the actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

Recently Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was in Nepal at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur which is supposed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and I came to know about this place due to the news ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I have always believed that Lord Rama was a vegetarian, but after reading certain blogs I found out that there might be certain verses in Ramayana (like the one below) which indicate quite the ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Shravan's death

Why did Shravan face such a bad death? If he was so good to his parents, and overall as a son and a person, then why did he go through such pain? Did his previous janmas’ (births’) karma lead him to ...
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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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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 Lord Rama break His promise to his mother Kausalya and if so why?

Lord Rama, the seventh avatara of Vishnu is known as a personality who always keeps His word. However, the following verses from the Valmiki Ramayana struck me. चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने ...
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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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When did Mainda and Dvivida drink Amrita with the permission of Brahma?

Mainda and Dvivida are the valiant lieutenants in the army of Vānara. They are the sons of Ashwini Kumaras. Hanuman describes the plight of Lanka to his fellow vānaras and praises every Vānara ...
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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, ...
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Why did Dasharatha perform Ashwamedha to beget children?

Reference: Balakanda 8th Sarga Why did Dasharatha propose performance of Ashwamedha to beget children? Ashwamedha is primarily to establish supremacy over other kings. I am unable to understand the ...
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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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Did Dasharatha fight against the same demon Shambara described in the Rig Veda?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, Kaikeyii's evil servant Manthara convinces Kaikeyii to exile Rama and make her son Bharata as king. Manthara reminds Kaikeyii that she had received two boons ...
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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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Whose bow Sri Rama broke - Varuna's or Shiva's?

In Ayodhya Kanda, Sita, while narrating her marriage episode to Anasuya, wife of Sage Atri, states that Janaka himself received a great bow from Varuna, the god of Water (rain-god), but not from Lord ...
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Is the story of Sita's banishment present in any scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayana?

The story of Mother Sita's banishment by Sri Rama present in the Uttara Khanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, is perhaps the most controversial part of Sri Rama's story. Many Hindu acharyas such as Swami ...
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How did Dasharatha become friends with Jatayu?

In the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Rama meets the great bird Jatayu for the first time, this is how Jatayu introduces himself: But that eagle with sweet and soft words spoke to them as ...
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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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