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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 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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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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Was Ravana not able to lift Pinaka aka 'The Shiva Dhanush'?

As per the Ramanand Sagar Serial during Sita swayamvar, Ravana along with Rama and other kings visited Swayamvar. But none other than Rama was able to lift the Shiva Dhanush. Is it true?
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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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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Shiva?

Traditionally, the Ramayana is attributed to Valmiki. The Hindu tradition is unanimous in its agreement that the poem is the work of a single poet; the sage Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama and a ...
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., ...
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Mother of Sita in Ramayana

In Valmiki Ramayana, at several places Sita's mother (referred to wife of Seeradhwaja Janaka) is mentioned, but nowhere her name. In any other Purana, name of Sita's mother is mentioned? If so, where ...
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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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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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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 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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Is hetuvāda now a derogatory term? In what context did Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata use the word?

The Monier Williams dictionary defines hetuvāda as: हेतु--वाद m. a statement of reasons or arguments, assigning a cause, disputation MBh. R. I see two sources next to the meaning: MBh. ...
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When did lord Hanuman fight with Ravana?

By reading @krishna's comment on this answer, come to know that lord Hanuman was not that powerful to fight with Ravana. So when did Hanuman fight with Ravana? Read the comment below Hanuman fell ...
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Is Hanuman an avatar of Lord Shiva?

I grew up watching Ramayana and Mahabharata TV series which was telecasted on Dhoordharshan channel. I vaguely remember my grandma say that Hanuman is an avatar of Shiva to help Vishnu (Ram) to ...
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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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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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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, ...
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How many wives did Ravana have?

Is Mandodari the only wife of Ravana? Or did he have other wives too? If he had more than one wife, then why is only Mandodari famous? In which scripture(s) are others mentioned? What are the names ...
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Does Sita mention that she is a pativrata?

It is well-known that Sita is a pativratā. But does she know that she is a pativratā? I mean does she declare anywhere in the Ramayana that she is?
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How could Sri Rama communicate with the monkeys?

How could Sri Rama and Lakshmana communicate with the monkeys? It seems just impossible to any sensible person.But as it is written in our scriptures, it must have some deep inner meaning. Can ...
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What Sri Vaishnava works discuss Dasharatha's Sharanagati to Parashurama?

The Rahasyaratnavali is a short work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of attaining Moksha. And Vedanta Desikan ...
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Did Rama know that he was Avatar of Lord Vishnu?

This chapter of Ramayana narrates the meeting of Garuda with Rama. न च कौतूहलं कार्यं सखित्वं प्रति काङ्क्षिणा । कृतकर्मा रणे वीर सखित्वं प्रतिवेत्स्यसि ॥६-५०-५७ "O, hero! You need not ...
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Was Valmiki (writer of Ramayana) 24th Vyasa?

Vishnu Purana: English Translation: (Source) In the twenty-fourth, Riksha (also can be written as Riksh or Ruksh or Ruksha), the descendant of Bhrigu, who is known also by the name Válmíki Kurma ...
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Where did Rakshasas live during the time of the Ramayana?

Where did Rakshasas live during the time of the Ramayana? According to the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, Rakshasas, Pisachas, ghosts, etc live in Antariksha loka, which is basically Bhuva Loka, which is ...
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Rama and Sita in the Vedas

(Rig Veda Mandala 10 Sukta 93 Verse 14) This to Duḥśīma Pṛthavāna have I sung, to Vena, Rama, to the nobles, and the King. They yoked five hundred, and their love of us was famed upon their ...
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How do the Sanskrit epics mark a turning point to Hinduism?

How do events in the epics relate to a gradual change in Hinduism, eg the game of dice, Yalsha's riddles, the war etc? Does it mark the introduction of buddhism at all?
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Why could not Ravana pick up Shiva's bow during Sita's svayamwar?

When Ravana was the greatest worshipper of Lord Shiva, why could not he pick up Shiva's bow during mother Sita's svayamwar? And is Ravana rightly termed to be the cruelest and most wicked rakshasa?
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Why does Matsya Purana say Ramayana has 525000 verses?

The glorious story of Ramayana, sung by the sage Valmiki, at the instance of Brahma also extends to a hundred crore of slokas. Brahma narrated the original Ramayana to Narada, the latter revealed it ...
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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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Surya Arghya ingredients mentioned in Ramayan and other scriptures?

Does anyone know what eight ingredients are mentioned in the Ramayana for Surya Arghya? I am also curious what other scriptures say about ingredients in Surya Arghya so mentioning those are welcome as ...
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Why was Sundara Kanda named as such?

I have come across the following verse in one website. sundare sundaro ramah sundare sundari katha sundare sundari sita sundare sundaram vanam, sundare sundaram kavyam sundare sundarah kapih ...
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Where can I find an online version of the Adhyatma Ramayana?

I am looking for an accompanied translation in either Hindi or English. A translation done by an Indian author would be preferred.
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Will I get Moksha if I commit suicide?

Ramayan preached by Sri Chaganti Koteswara Rao garu. As per Ramayan, those who listen to Ramayan will get Moksha (Phala sruthi I.e. fruits of listening). Not only the one who listened, family member ...
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How come Ravana didn't fight the Daityas?

Did Ravana ever fight the Daityas? The Daityas and Danavas are both groups of Asuras. Daityas are children of Diti, whereas Danavas are children of Danu. In the Ramayana, I've found several ...
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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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Godavari and Ramayana

I saw a YouTube video in which it is asserted that Godavari once lost its sacredness. The reason given is that the river was witness to Sita's abduction and although Sita asked the river to tell Rama ...
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Why viradha said that he should be buried in a Pit?

I was reading bengali ramayan by parashuram and came accross this . ramayan aranya kand , viradh vadh this says that it is the customary for rakshasas to get buried after death. अवटे च अपि माम् रा...
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Did Valmiki ever meet Lord Rama prior to the Ashwamedha?

I came across a question on this site about Veda Vyasa, the author of Mahabharat, meeting Lord Krishna and I was wondering if similarly Valmiki also met Lord Rama sometime. They have met at the time ...
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Why did Ram give up Sita instead of the throne?

I haven't read Ramayan and have a hazy memory of seeing it on Doordarshan. But due to current political & social climate in India with respect to mob justice and punishment by public opinion, I ...
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Division of activities in a day according to Rama

In which verses of Uttara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana Rama explain the divisions of day and the activities for each division? Is the explanation lengthy? If not, what are the divisions of a day and ...
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Is it written anywhere in Ramayana that Ravana failed to defeat Nivatakavacha and Kalakeyas?

Is it written anywhere in Ramayana that Ravana failed to defeat Nivatakavacha and Kalakeyas? If it is true then can you give me link of that section?
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Is the verse about Indra forcing himself upon Ahalyā present in the Critical Edition of Rāmāyaṇa?

The translation of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa on this site says Indra forced himself upon Ahalyā: BOOK 7: UTTARA KANDA SECTION 35 ... Thereupon she propitiated the ascetic Gautama saying, "O ...
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Is it true that Hanuman stays while preaching Ramayana?

It is a popular belief that Hanuman comes to the place where Ramayana is getting preach and stays till the end. Is that belief true?
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Who were Ahiravan and Mahiravan?

Were there any characters like Ahiravan and Mahiravan in Ramayana? What did they do in Lord Rama's battle against Ravana? I heard they captured Lord Rama and Laxmana. Can someone explain this ...
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Did lord Hanuman have a son?

As per a previous question asked on this site, we know that Lord Hanuman was a bachelor, Surya grants him a boon that he will still be a bachelor even after marriage as a Prajapatya Brahmachari ...
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Hamsa Sandesha - a real incident or a fictional work?

I was reading Acharya Sri Vedanta Deshika's Rahastraya Introduction, where I found out about the Hamsa sandesha - a collection of 110 (first part 60 shlokas and second part 50 shlokas) verses which ...
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Why don't the Vanaras use weapons?

I want to know why the Vanara never used weapons such as swords, bows, chakras, clubs, etc., since it has always been shown in Valmiki Ramayana that the Vanara as Hanuman and Sugriva used wrestling, ...