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

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How was Jatayu able to fight with Ravana?

As I heard, Jatayu was able to fight Ravana and almost won. How big he was in size and using what power was he able to fight with Ravana? Do any scriptures say about his power? What are the other ...
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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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What was the reward given by Sri Rama to Jatayu for fighting Ravana?

Jatayu has a very significant place in the Ramayana epic. When Jatayu saw the mighty Ravana abducting Sita {Goddess Lakshmi} he put up a courageous fight to free Sita {Goddess Lakshmi}, from the all ...
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What is the story of son of Indra in the form of a crow was punished by lord Rama?

Is there any story that a son of Indra in the form of a crow was punished by lord Rama with his Brahmastra? I always listen to it.
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Who is the Rakshasa named Ravani in Ramayan?

Who is the Rakshasa named Ravani in Ramayan? Is Ravani the charitor of Ravan or the son of Ravan? It is said that Ravani was more powerful than Ravan and sometimes he bounds Indra with his magical ...
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Who killed Ahiravan or Mahiravan?

I was thinking that Ahiravan and Mahiravan are two different Rakhasas but according to the answer of this question, I found both are two different names of same Rakhasa and he is a brother of Ravan. I ...
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What happened to the Vanara Sena who had died in the Ramayana war?

What happened to the Vanara Sena after the Ramayana? describes about the vanaras who had returned from the war with their lives. But What happened to those Vanara Sena who had died in the war, who ...
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Did Sita come to see lord Rama and Laxman when they were lying on the battle field?

I have heard that Sita had come to see when lord Rama and Laxman were lying on the battle field after Indrajit stuck down them with Naga-phasha. Did Sita come to see? and who has brought up her to ...
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In Ramayana, how was Nala able to build the Rama Setu? [duplicate]

As per normal human thinking it is impossible to build a bridge on sea. Then how could Nala, a mere vanara, build the Rama Setu across the sea?
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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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Exactly when did Vishvamitra become Brahmarshi?

In Bala Kanda of Valmiki Ramayan, Vishvamitra's war with Vashishta is mentioned. After his defeat, he leaves for penance and becomes Rajarshi. Indra sent menaka to disturb his penance. Menaka later ...
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Does Ramayana have any explicit mention of Dattatreya?

Dattatreya is an incarnation of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara together. Does Valmiki Ramayana have any explicit mention of Dattatreya?
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Did the Churning of the Ocean happen again in the Vaivasvata Manvantara?

One of the most famous incarnations of Vishnu is Kurma the tortoise, who helped the gods during the Churning of the Ocean. Now I had always assumed that the story of the churning of the ocean only ...
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How come demon Mayasura appear in both Ramayana and Mahabharata? [duplicate]

As per Vayu Purana, Ramayan happened in 24th Tretayuga and Mahabharat happened in 28th Dwaparayuga. Mayasura is mentioned as the father of Mandadari in Ramayan. In Mahabharata, he comes out of snake ...
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What is the story of Budha grabbing the Star Rohini?

During the episode of Sita's abduction in the Valmiki Ramayana, it is mentioned that Budha grabs the Rohini in firmament. इति उक्त्वा मैथिलीम् वाक्यम् प्रिय अर्हाम् प्रिय वादिनीम् || ३-४९-१५ अभि...
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What does the Ramayana say about floating stones of Ram Sethu?

According to the Ramayana epic, Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to Lanka to rescue Sita from Ravana. I could see many images of Ram Sethu between Sri Lanka and India in Google Maps and it is ...
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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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Feminist's claim that the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata were written by male writers

How do you go about refuting a feminist's (male or female) claim that the Vedas, epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata were authored by male persons, so no wonder some of the principles, ideologies and ...
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Why some Hindu Scriptures are against women?

Lord Indra himself has said, 'The mind of woman cannot be disciplined; she has very little intelligence.' " Rig Veda 8.33.17 Women are powerless, have no inheritance, and speak more humbly than even ...
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Negative Characterisitcs of Women - Ravana

Women are generally loving and we worship women in the form of Lakshmi, Saraswati, Parvati, Durga and others. Our scriptures also tell us to respect women. However, this YouTube video says that some ...
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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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When do Lava and Kusha sing the song in Ramayana?

In the Ramayana of Ramanand Sagar, there are only 3 Events when Lava and Kusha meet Shri Rama. First when they have sung the song in Ayodhya, and after the fight against Lord Rama. In the last ...
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Who added the interpolations in hindu mythology? Why were they added? How is it decided that it's a possible interpolation? [duplicate]

Uttar-kand of valmiki ramayana is called an interpolation, similarly few chapters of balkand are interpolations.
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How did Krishna get Vishnu's Sharanga Bow?

As I discuss in this answer, the divine architect Tvashta (AKA Vishwakarma) created two powerful bows, the Pinaka bow for Shiva and the Sharanga bow for Vishnu. Brahma once got Vishnu and Shiva to ...
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Was Moksha (liberation) not considered as one of the Purusharthas in Ramayana period?

In 5th Sarga of Bala Kanda of Ramayana, I have stumbled upon the following sloka (4th). तदिदं वर्तयिष्यावः सर्वं निखिलमादितः | धर्मकामार्थसहितं श्रोतव्यमनसूयया || १-५-४ Being such a legend, ...
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Do any authentic scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayan talk about Shambuka's story (from Uttara Kanda)? [duplicate]

According to the Ramayana, Shambuka, a Shudra ascetic, was slain by Rama for attempting to perform penance. This act of Shambuka was perceived by Rama as the act in violation of dharma as he believed ...
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Was Manusmriti the constitution of Ram Rajya?

In Sarga 18 of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama explains to a dying Vali as to why He attacked him behind his back. Rama categorically explains all the questions put by Vali in the ...
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Which Divya Prabandham commentators discussed this Kishkindha Kanda verse?

In the beginning of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana reach the banks of the lake Pampa, and Rama laments as all the beautiful things he sees around him reminds of Sita, ...
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Is uttarkand an interpolation theory new or some old texts give references to it? [duplicate]

This is what the blog narayanastra says: objections against the authenticity of these two kANDas are modern. Such objections are fit to be rejected by Vedantins. The Vedantins who commented on the ...
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Multi headed or handed Gods in Vedas?

I started reading a book called “Some aspects of Ramayan and Mahabharata” by Bibek Debroy. (You can borrow it here https://archive.org/details/someaspectsofram0000debr/page/15/mode/1up) First chapter ...
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Which epic happens in Kali yuga, like Ramayana happened in Treta yuga and Mahabharata happened in Dwapara yuga?

The epics Ramayana and Mahabharata happened in Treta yuga and Dwapara yuga respectively. Likewise, is there any epic which will take place in Kali yuga?
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Why is Sundara Kanda more glorified than other Kandas of Ramayana?

In most of the hindu homes as well as temples, it is a customary practice to have sessions of Sundara Kanda on either day of week (preferably Tuesday). My question is What makes Sundara Kanda more ...
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How did Hanuman's tail catch fire?

As I know and I've heard from my Hindu friends that, someone put the fire on tail of Hanuman and he lit the whole island of Lanka. My question is, how did Hanuman's tail catch fire or to be more ...
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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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Who was Swayamprabha?

In the Ramayan, Hanuman and other Vanars come across Swayamprabha residing in a magical cave while searching for Sita. I wanted to know who this lady was and what was her ancestry. Another online ...
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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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In Ramayan, where is it mentioned that Atikaya held the trident of Lord Shiva?

There is a story that says that once Atikaya went to Kailash and for some reason Lord Shiva got angry and he released his powerful trident on Atikaya. However, Atikaya caught hold of the trident and ...
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Why nobody has written a counter of Dr. Ambedkar's “riddles in Hinduism” And “ annihilation of caste”? [closed]

There are number of derogatory claims by Dr. Ambedkar in these books. https://velivada.com/2019/04/13/the-riddle-of-rama-and-krishna-by-babasaheb-ambedkar/ https://navayana.org/products/riddles-in-...
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Importance of penance in life

I have been once informed by my GURUDEV that everything one gains in life is because of some or the other penance performed earlier,i.e., we have enjoyments at the cost of losing something or being ...
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How many sons did Kesari have, other than Sri Hanuman?

Shuka, Ravana's aide, describes the individual strengths of the various commanders in the army of monkeys, mentioning their names one by one, in detail, in Yuddha Kanda of Srimad Ramayana. While ...
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Where Epics and Puranas are mentioned as 5th Veda?

There are 4 vedas - Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. But in several places few scriptures are mentioned as 5th Veda, such as: Mahabharata The boon-giving great one then taught ...
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How Valmiki existed 5000 BCE and 500 BCE? [duplicate]

It is widely accepted that Lord Rama existed 5000 BCE Sage Valmiki wrote Ramayana epic in 500 BCE Valmiki taught Lav and Kush(twin sons of Lord Rama) The problem is pretty clear. Is it that ...
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What was the curse given by Dashratha to Kaikeyi?

When Dasharatha was dying due to exile of Rama, what was the curse given by Dashratha to Kaikeyi and which was taken back when Rama urged after finishing the war with Ravana?
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Why does Vishnu marry two wives

Why does Vishnu marry two wives since in Rama avatar, when the demoness asks him if he will marry her he says that he already has a wife?
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Who was the eldest among the sons of Lord Rama and his brothers?

In Ramayan Lord Rama and his brothers have sons who is the eldest among these children.
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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 ...
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On Identity of Sage Valmiki

Rishi Valmiki is the author of the Great Epic Ramayana. What are whereabouts of his earlier life? I have heard something like this about him (that he was dacoit) is there a way to prove or disprove ...
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What were the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata witnessed by KakaBhusudi? [duplicate]

Back Story :- I posted this on a subreddit Hinduism about a month ago. And my question is from a response that I got The Story (you should give it a read): Title :- I found something fascinating in ...
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Does Lord Parashurama have link to Ikshvaku dynasty?

As per Mahabharata Vana Parva , Parashurama's maternal grandfater was King Prasenajit. As per Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda Sarga 110 verse 13, one of Lord Rama's ancestor was Prasenajit Are they ...
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What are the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata as seen by the sage crow Kakabhushundi?

I have read that Kakabhushundi was a crow that had seen 11 different endings of Ramayana and 16 of Mahabharata. If this is true, what are the other endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata?

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