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

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Was absence of mention about brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana indicates that it had been composed much earlier to them?

I tried to find any mention of brAhmanas, upanishads, aranyakas in Ramayana, as they were supposed to have been composed in post vedic period, as Ramayana was. The following slokas are from 5th ...
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Did Maa Saraswati help manthara convince Kaikayi?

Is it true that Maa Saraswati helped manthara convince Kaikayi by poisoning her mind and seek the throne for Bharat coz else Rama not knowing what was the purpose of his birth would have ruled as king ...
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What is the mystery of ayOnija (अयोनिज) births?

We will come across Sita in Valmiki Ramayana, as ayOnija - अयोनिज, a non-uterine birth. Similarly, in Mahabharata, we read about Draupadi and Dhristadyumna, who are also ayOnijas, borne out of fire. ...
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What is the specialty of Rama Rajya?

There is already a question on this topic Rama Rajya, but the content of this question is different. And, hence, it is not a duplicate. Sri Mahatma Gandhi said about Rama Rajya (Rule of Sri Rama) as ...
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What is the story of Alambusha, demon son of sage Rishyasringa?

Alambusha, AKA Shalakantaka, was a Rakshasa (demon) who fought on the Kaurava side in the Mahabharata war. As described in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata, he was the one who killed Arjuna's son ...
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Ravana Brahmana or Asura? [duplicate]

How could Ravana be an Asura and Brahmin at the same time? Although he was born Brahmin (as son of Pulasthya Brahma) did he become or get declassified as Asura after his egoistic sin ? Are there ...
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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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Why is Budha's name written in Ramayana? [duplicate]

Why is Budha's name written in Ramayana? Ayodhya Kand 109:34 यथा हि चोर स्स तथा हि बुद्ध- स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विद्धि। As a thief, so is Buddha. Know that Tathagatas are atheists. Budha ...
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Were both Valmiki Ramamyana and Vyasa's Mahabharata contemporaneous accounts?

I think Valmiki appears in Ramayana and Vyasa in Mahabharata. Is it true that they recorded what they saw directly and were not retelling what they had heard?
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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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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Azwar's interpretation of Ramayana

I heard that as per the compositions of Azwars, The Ramavatara took place not to kill Ravana and Kumbhakarna, but to correct bhAgavata apacharam. 1) First of all, is that true? Is that mentioned in ...
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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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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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What should be the correct posture for reading/listening Hindu scriptures?

I have listened from my parents and other respected people that Bhagwat Geeta paath and Ramayana paath should be studied only at holy places. This question arises many times. So my questions are: ...
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Sins and parihara for killing Brahmin [duplicate]

Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a brahmin, and didn't do anything as parihara. ...
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Did Ikshvaku Rama rule Ayodhya or Vishnu avatara Rama?

As we know the purpose of Rama avatara was to liberate Ravana, and for this purpose Vishnu had to forget his divinity. But in the Yuddha Kanda, after the Agni Pariksha, all the devas headed by Brahma ...
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Dating the Battle of Ten Kings relative to the Ramayana and Mahabharata

Related to this question though much more specific: are there any clues we can glean about the historical situation of the Battle of Ten Kings relative to the Ramayana or other well known events? ...
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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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Why crossing seas does not yield fruit? [duplicate]

I read that act done after crossing the seas would yield no fruit. I also heard many Gurus in India do not travel abroad. Why is this restriction? Rama crossed the ocean but you may say it's ...
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Shouldn't there be time dilation when Riksharaja took Vali and Sugriva to Brahma lok?

We know at least two incidents where individuals experienced time dilation as per our scriptures - 1) King Kakudmi traveling to Brahma lok with his daughter Princess Revati 2) King Muchukunda fighting ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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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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Why do we not have the technology used by Ravana, or others in EPICs? [closed]

My questions are about all the supernatural weapons and things used. If everything was oral tradition, I agree and respect that as well. Why isn't that available like Vedas and other things? You can ...
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What is the basis for the story of rivalry between sage Viswamitra and sage Vasistha?

Sage Viswamitra was the composer of Mandala III of Rig Veda. the Aitareya Brahmana and Brihaddevata mentions Sage Viswamitra as the king turned Sage, having 101 sons. However, his rivalry with ...
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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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Was Dasratha at fault to receive a Curse for killing a boy unintentionally?

If Dasratha did not kill Shravan intentionally, then why was he cursed for an accident ? It was not his intention to kill any human being. It was just that he thought there was a animal and he shot ...
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Reference to the demon Naraka in The Ramayana and interpretations

In The Yuddha Khanda of The Ramayana, Trishiras says the following: shambaro deva raajena narako viSNunaa yathaa Some think this is NarakAsura who was slain by Lord Sri Krishna in later times (...
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Why did Vali fight with Sugriva?

If Vali and Sugriva are brothers then why did they fight with each other? Please explain briefly.
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Sitadevi had a brother?

In the Bhagavatam, 9th Canto, 13th Chapter, we find this verse: SB 9.13.19 — The son of Śīradhvaja was Kuśadhvaja, and the son of Kuśadhvaja was King Dharmadhvaja, who had two sons, namely ...
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Clarity regarding Vali's father and his golden pendant

If not mistaken Vali's father is Indra. But in the sarga on Vali's fight with Dundubhi in Kishkindha Kanda there is a verse which says Vali wore the pendant given by his father Mahendra http://www....
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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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Is Valmiki Ramayana copied from Dasharatha jataka? [duplicate]

The stories of Ramayana and Dasharatha jataka are very similar. As we all know that valmiki was of dwapar yug, so valmiki Ramayana should be older than Dasharatha jataka. But there is no clear ...
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Why did Lord Hanuman decide to spend his life as a bachelor?

According to Ramayana, Lord Hanuman was a Brahmachari (celibate/bachelor). Why did he decide to spend his life as a celibate? What is the reason behind it?
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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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Was Vasista a jivan mukta?

Vasista is known to be a guru of Lord Rama. It is well known that he is one of the rishi in sapta rishis. Was he a jivan mukta?
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According to Dvaita, are there puranic examples where Ishwara(God) or anyone(Sages and Saints) who has turned anybody's Jeevatma into Jada?

As random as the question may seem, it was the response of a person, from Dvaitha school, to my question can God convert Jeeva into Jada? And he said "coming to your question of if Paramatma can ...
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Why did Rama and Sita wait so long to have kids?

I just had this doubt and I'm not asking this in a bad sense. Rama and Sita get married and later they go to forest for 14 years. Then they come back to Ayodhya. Sita is then sent away when she was ...
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Was Lord Ram banished after he was married for 12 years? [duplicate]

Please see this verse which says that Goddess Sita resided in Ayodhya for 12 years before she left with Lord Ram and Lakshman http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/aranya/sarga47/aranyasans47.htm#Verse4 ...
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Ramayana ( Genealogy of Shri Ram ) [duplicate]

Vedas tell that human can live upto 100 years with a maximum of 400 years . So if we still assume that Ramayana happened again in current chaturyuga ( 28 th treta yuga ) Dwapara Yuga which is of 8,...
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Is the Uttara Kanda of the Srimad Valmiki Ramayana interpolated?

The Valmiki Ramayana consists of 7 Kandas. The last chapter called the Uttara Kanda is considered an interpolation, added in later time? Does the the Uttara Kanda mentions about sakas or Greeks? Is it ...
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HELP - The book that illuminates the learnings/ideas/message that Mahabharata and Ramayana seek to portray through their stories and characters

I want to read Mahabharata and Ramayana but I also want to know the underlying messages or learning that they seek to illustrate so Is there any book which illuminates the learnings and ideas of ...
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Why scriptures show demons(Rakshasa) as evil while they protect people?

Whenever we read our scriptures, we see the demons(Rakshasa) as people having evil powers and they always busy in troubling others. But I was stunned when I read the etymology of Rakshasa in Ramayana. ...
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Are Bala and Ati Bala mantras different from and superior to Gayatri mantra?

Sage Vishvamitra imparted a group of hymns, Bala (strength) and Ati Bala (super strength) to Sri Rama, on the southern riverbank of Sarayu. (Bala Kanda 22 Sarga 11-20 Slokas). He told the greatness of ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was worshippped in the era of Vedas, but not Ganapati. In Srimad Ramayana also, there was no mention about Lord Ganesha and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in ...
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Were Vali and Sri Rama of same age?

As per Sargas 15-17 of Srimad Ramayana, after Lord Vishnu agreed to take birth as a son of King Dasaratha, Lord Brahma ordered as follows: (The Gods become progenitors of Vanara heroes at the ...
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Any books with Ravana as Hero?

Is there any book ,which is written from Ravana's point of view ? Like the book containing details regarding why he performed certain actions which are treated bad in Rama's point of view. Example ...
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Did Ravana ever attack the Ikshvaku king Dasharatha?

During the final stages of the great war, between Lord Sri Rama(and army consisting of brother Lakshmana and vanaras) and Ravana( and his demon soldiers), Ravana could foresee his final defeat at the ...

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