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

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Why did Lord Rama give a second chance to Ravana, but not to Vali?

In Ramayana, Lord Rama gave a chance to Ravana to surrender and sent Angada as his ambassador for peace conciliation. This was because mercy befits a warrior. Why didn't Rama, for the same reason, ...
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References to Varanasi in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

An ongoing study by IIT Kharagpur shows that civilization may have existed in Varanasi as long as 4500 BC. My question is inspired by this study. What are the references available to Varanasi or ...
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What is known about the Original Ramayana?

In a comment, a user says: Is this event present in itihasapuranas or other canonical Sanskrit scriptures? Ramayana is shatha-koti-pravistara (100 crore shlokas) of which only 24K are available on ...
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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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Was Ravana a vegetarian?

Ravan was half-brahmin and half-demon.His father,the great rishi Vishrava belonged to the Pulastya clan and mother Kaikasi originated from the asura clan.Since he was a brahmin and was the greatest ...
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What was the age of Sita at the time of marriage?

I've read the claims that she was a child at the time of marriage. Is that really true? What scriptures tell about the marriage age of Sita?
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Conch use in Mahabharata and Ramayana

Conch Shankha Can you provide all references in Mahabharata and Ramayana where Conch was used? I feel during the start of Mahabharata war, every day and last day the couch was used. Was the Conch used ...
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The time period Rama and Sita lives in Ayodhya after returning from Vanavasa and other Ramayana details

This sick post in Twitter makes me angry. It says Rama and Seetha lived in Ayodhya for 12 years and then was in Vanvas for 13 years together, so it is 25 years and Seetha never conceived, but soon ...
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On which day goddess Sita was born?

Although, goddess Sita's birth as per most scriptures, specifically the original Valmiki Ramayan is said to be non-uterine (ayonija), still the day of her being discovered by king Janaka maybe ...
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Why Hanuman not considered a king even though his father was a king?

Why Hanuman did not become/considered a king even though his father was a king? Who ran the kingdom after Kesri (hanuman's dad) if hanuman did not take his place?
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Birth of shree raam

We all know the tithi of his birth, but on which weekday was he born? The tithi is mentioned in both the ramayan but I can't find mention of weekday
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Who was the Shishya of Rishi Pulatsya, sent a message to his grandson, Ravana through Vibhishana?

When Ravana got the news of Lord Rama's arriving at the opposite side of sea along with Vanarasena ready to fight with Ravana, Ravana asked his councillors "Give me proper advice." His ...
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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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Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? And is Rāma justified in killing him without a second chance?

In Uttara-kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, we see Vālmīki narrate the story of Śambūka. Questions: Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? Is it because Śambūka was a śūdra or is it because he was doing Tapasya for the ...
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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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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

There is a story over the 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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Why did Shri Ram kill Shambhuk? [duplicate]

I was recently reading the Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana and came across Chapter 76. Perhaps the most controversial question of all times. Chapter 76: Hearing the words of Rama of imperishable ...
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Anomaly in birth chart of Sri Rama? Kindly clarify

Valmiki says Rama was born on a Shukla Navami. Distance between Sun and Moon is > 96 deg. He also says Sun is exalted which is in Mesha Rashi( 0 to 30 deg). The he says Moon is in Punarvasu ...
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Were there two types of monkeys who fought for Rama?

समुत्तिष्ठन्तु ते सर्वे हता ये युधि राक्षसैः | ऋक्षाश्च सह गोपुच्छैर्निकृत्ताननबाहवः || ६-१२०-१३ "Let all those monkeys and bears along with long-tailed monkeys, who have been killed in battle, ...
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Does every character in the Ramayana follow their dharma?

I was watching this video about the Ramayana. Towards the end, it says that several characters in the Ramayana can be called the hero in the context of Hindu beliefs and traditions, because they all ...
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Cyclic nature of time in Ramayana

Many scriptures in Sanathan dharma say about the cyclic nature of time in many places. Consider some of the excerpts From Mahabharata Hundreds and thousands of great-Kalpas, hundreds and thousands of ...
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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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Bhusundi ramayana english or hindi translation

Is translation of Aadi Ramayana (spoken by lord brahma ) online available?
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King of Mithila after Janaka

Who became king of Mithila after Raja Janaka (Sita's father) passed away? Did Sri Rama inherit that being Janaka's son in law?
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Did Lord Ram destroy Ram Setu after evacuating Sita ji?

Ram-setu is mentioned as a bridge in multiple records by famous travelers. There are sources which states that the bridge was above sea-level till 1480 AD. But there is a legend which claims that Lord ...
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Where is the Sharavali river that Sugriva gave directions from?

In the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, Sugriva sends Vanaras in all four directions to look for Sita. He describes the locations they’ll come across when they go in these directions in this chapter ...
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Did Ram die by commiting suicide? And who performed his last rites?

Towards the end of Ramayana (Uttar Kand) we are told that King Ram along with several citizens of Ayodhya die by submerging in a river. Does this act count as suicide? Also, what happened to Ram's ...
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Is the proper name of Valmiki Ramayana "Srimad Valmikiya Ramayana"?

there are Youtube videos that call it that. the expanded title seems to be the correct Sanskrit name. here is the Gita Press Ramayana https://www.muzaffarpureshop.com/product/gita-press-shrimad-...
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What was Ravana's age when Sri Rama killed him?

Ravana was born way before Sri Rama, as per inferences using some texts, he was born 12 or 13 Mahayuga before Sri Rama (born - 24th Treta Yuga). From this answer, it seems that Ravana was atleast 56 ...
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What is scriptural source for the Madhwas' claim that Lord Vayu took avatar as Lord Hanuman in Ramayana and again as Bhima in Mahabharata? [duplicate]

Madhwas claim a unique thing which as far as I know, no other Hindu denomination claims explicitly that Lord Vayu was first born as Lord Hanuman to serve Lord Rama in Treta Yuga. Lord Vayu was then ...
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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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What was the age of Sita in chronological order?

This question is not duplicate of this or this Can anyone be kind enough to dive deep and provide some input for below questions: What was the age of Sita when first king/prince came to marry her? (...
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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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The story of Ramayana found in Ramacharitamanas belongs to which kalpa?

I have seen somewhere (not able to recall the source now) that Ramacharitamanas belongs to a kalpa named 'Pitri' Kalpa. Is it true? If not , then the story of ramacharitamanas is of which kalpa?
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Mighty warriors in Mahabharata and Ramayana who were left handed

Can you give references of mighty warriors in the Mahabharata and the Ramayana who were left handed in using Bow & Arrow, Mace etc weapons in battlefield ?
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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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What is validity of different translation of word" Mamsah"?

I have come across the many translations where "Mamsah" is translated as fruit or as root vegetable. As I am attaching here. The original translation As per my belief should be तां तदा दर्शयित्वा...
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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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Flying Vanaras in Ramayana times

In Ramayana among the Vanaras or Vana-naras ( = forest humans) plavagas (fly-jumpers) were a talented class; among them were Hanuman, Sugriva, Angada and others. Did they lose this faculty later on ...
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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Was Rama aware that he is an avatar of Vishnu (during his lifetime) and acted as normal or he just tried to be good human being?
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Place at one's head

I am currently reading Ramayana (a retelling by Krishna Dharma das, from here). There's a passage there that I found confusing: The distraught queen [Kaushalya] said to Bharata, “You may now enjoy ...
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Did Lord Rama win as a king but fail as a husband? Why or why not?

Rama was full of different aspects of his life, such as son, friend, brother, king but I feel that he has spread like a husband because who left his pregnant wife after listening to a washer man ...
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Confirmation on the number of verses in different editions of the Valmiki Ramayana

There is a slight confusion In the number of verses attributed to different edition of the Valmiki Ramayana in the critical edition published by BORI. As regards the critical edition, the critical ...
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Did Parashurama cede all his powers to end the confrontation with Rama in the Ramayana?

The two Ramas have a confrontation and at the end Parashruma says But I triumphed over matchless realms of heavens with my ascesis, oh, Rama, you may hash them up with that irreversible arrow... let ...
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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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Why did Lord Hanuman bring two mountains from Himalayas?

As every TV show and common man say Lord Hanuman went to Himalayas to bring Herbs and brought One Mountain. SCRIPTURE : As stated in Valmiki Ramayan : Yuddha Kanda(Chapter Sarga 74) After having ...
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Do we have references to Ramaleela being enacted in the previous yugas?

Rāmalīlā/Ramaleela (रामलीला) — Name of a dramatic performance or play, on the story of Rāma & Sītā based on the Rāmāyaṇas; (Literally - ‘Rāma's līlā or divine play/pasttime ’) is any dramatic ...
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If Ramayana is much older than Mahabharata, then why don't we find any character in Mahabharata discussing Lord Rama or worshipping him?

Parashurama, Lord Hanuman, Jambhavan and Lord Shiva appears in both(Ramayana and Mahabharata) What has been mentioned about Lord Rama in the Mahabharata?
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Do we have any references to Tamil kings in Ramayana?

Do we have any references to Tamil kings in Ramayana? Though Lord Rama goes to Lanka through Rameswaram, we dont see any reference to tamil kings in Ramayana? why they didnt support him with their ...

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