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

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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, ...
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Do any scriptures say that the hunter Jara was a rebirth of Vali?

As I discuss in this answer, Krishna departed the Earth after he was shot by a hunter named Jara. Now there's a popular story that this Jara was actually the next birth of Sugriva's brother Vali, ...
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Is there any warrior who never used celestial wepons?

We know that most of the warriors used some kind of celestial weapons i.e. astra/shastra. Is there any warrior who fought on his own power? I mean the power created by himself and not acquired from ...
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What is Rakshasa, were they only in Ram period and not any more?

I could not understand who are the RAKSHASAS and if they belong only to India, Lanka or anywhere else in the world? If they were in that period then why don't they exist in today's world? How did ...
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Why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata?

To kill an animal is said to be a sin in the Sanatana Dharma. So, why did Shree Ram shoot the arrow at the deer when asked by Sita mata? What is the justification for this action?
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How do you get a name (apart from birth) in the scriptures?

As I know, there are characters that have the name "Dhananjaya" (Arjuna) to conquer many kingdoms, but I have not seen that Karna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhima or Bharata have that name. Also that one of ...
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What is the story of Kalki (tenth avatar of God Vishnu)?

I have heard that in Kalki avatar, God Vishnu will marry Goddess Vaishnav devi as promised(The promise event occurs when God Vishnu were in Ram avatar and returning to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile)....
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Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda?

Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda? As I understand Rig Veda also consist of poems and since Rig Veda is older than Ramayana, shouldn't it be called the first poem?
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Did Lord Rama recite Hanuman Kavacham before fighting Ravana?

I heard in one of the religious discourses by some Sadhu that whenever Rama used to be in trouble during war with Ravna somehow Hanuman would come and save him. Some say that Lord Rama had recited ...
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What happened to Valmiki, after the Ramayana ended?

By Ramayana ended, I mean to denote the period of time after Valmiki completed writing Ramayana. What happened to sage Valmiki?
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Which verse in Ramayana is Devdutt Patnaik referring here? [duplicate]

In this site, Devdutt Patnaik states the following: In mythology, it is said that when Rama was returning to Ayodhya from his forest exile, he noticed that the kinnaras, or queer people, were ...
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Did Rama tell lie while departure from Ayodhya

Consider the following slokas from Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. Rama again and again saw that Kausalya, his mother who was crying thus, running after that chariot as though dancing, ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman portrayed as tearing-open his chest and showing Lord Rama is within it?

I have seen many images like the following that portray Lord Hanuman tear-open his chest and reveal Lord Rama and Sita inside it. What is the story behind this?
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Which verse of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is Devdutt Pattanaik referring to?

This Indian Express article quotes Devdutt Pattanaik as saying: On tradition vs modernity Modern people invent tradition. Because modern people want to feel “liberal” and “modern”, they will ...
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Does Kamban's Ramayana make mention of Skandha Purana?

The Valmiki Ramayana mentions about SKandha, when Viswamitra narrates about it to Rama and Lakshmana. By chance do Kamban Ramayana make similiar mention either in the same context or in another ...
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Is Nandi's face depicted as Vānara in any scripture other than Vālmiki Rāmāyana?

As per this chapter of UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana: 11 नन्दीश्वरम अथापश्यद अविदूरस्थितं परभुम दीप्तं शूलम अवष्टभ्य दवितीयम इव शंकरम 12 स वानरमुखं दृष्ट्वा तम अवज्ञाय राक्षसः ...
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Relation between Laxmi poojan and returning of Lord Rama on the same day

Is it just a coincidence or is there any relation between Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile and the worshipping of Goddess Laxmi on the same day i.e. Diwali
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Was Lord Ram under Maya's influence when he wanted to confirm if Shri Bharat still wishes to continue as King?

In Ramayana, Shri Bharat visited Lord Ram after the death of king Dashratha. As soon as Shri Bharat saw Lord Ram, he embraced him and said: “Ram, our father died soon after your departure. On his ...
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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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Looking for that passage or verse from Ramayana where Rama acknowldeges the power of Bhakti

So pleased with Hanuman at a certain time in Ramayana Lord Rama declares that by dint of his love and Bhakthi Hanuman has become in fact even more powerful than himself (Rama)... a sort of win-over. ...
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Why did only Lord Rama kill Ravana?

As we know there were many people who could have killed Ravana, like Lord Hanuman and Jambavan. But they didn't kill Ravana. Only Lord Rama did. Why?
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What are the main differences between Valmiki Ramayana and Ram Charit Manas

Valmiki Ramayana and Tulsidasa's Ram Charit Manas are 2 books containing the story of life of Lord Rama and other sub stories. While Valmiki Ramayana is considered to be the original source of Lord ...
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Difference between Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu bows

Kodanda and Sharanga are bows of Lord Rama and Lord Vishnu respectively. Are both of them same or different? If different ,in what aspect they differ?
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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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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 do Shaivas view and interpret the Ramayana and Mahabharata?

Do Shaivas accept that Rama and Krishna were incarnations of Vishnu? How do Shaivas view and interpret these Itihasas?
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Why didn't Lord Ram try to prove Mother Sita's Purity but rather chose to exile her?

Lord Ram exiled Mother Sita to follow his Raja Dharma as his peoples doubted Mother Sita's Purity. Many of the people other than Lord Ram and Lakshmana witnessed Mother Sita's Agni Pariksha King ...
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What is the story of Vishnu incarnating as a mango tree in the Dandaka forest?

The Sri Vaishnava sect has two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Vadakalais follow the teachings of Vedanta Desikan, whereas Thenkalais follow the teachings of Pillai Lokacharya. My question is ...
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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 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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Was Rishi Agastya the uncle of Ravana?

According to the Shrimad Bhagvatam Rishi Agastya was the son of Pulastya and a brother of Vishrava: The sage Añgirã and Sraddhã had four daughters and two sons, Utathya and Brihaspati. The sage ...
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Is there any mention of boon deadlock in scriptures?

Gods give boons to different people based on what they ask but what if Person A gets a boon that he will kill everyone he wars against in the next 10 years. Person B gets a boon that he cannot be ...
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Do any versions of Ramayana talk about Mata Sita swallowing Lakshmana up?

I heard from a random source that while coming back from Ayodhya, Mata Sita went to the Sarayu river with Lakshmana so that he can worship that river. Mata Sita asked Lakshamana to bring water from ...
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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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Who prescribed sanjivani when Lakshmana became unconscious?

This is a question about Ramayana. In the battle between Rama and Ravana, Lakshmana was struck with an arrow shot by Meghnad, the son of Ravana. Lakshmana became unconscious. Which healer was then ...
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How did Ashoka Vana remain unaffected by the fire?

When Hanuman set the entire Lanka on fire, how is it that Ashoka Vana escaped it. Was it because Hanuman put out the fire, or due to Sita's power or the fire did not reach there?
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Why and how did Vishwamitra obtain a Brahmin body?

What made Vishwamitra burn his old body through penance and obtain a new body. What was the point?
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Questions regarding Jewellery of Mother Sita according to Valmiki Ramayana

This is only regarding Valmiki Ramayana. Please don't include details from other versions. Please also mention original quotes from one of the original translations of Valmiki Ramayana and their ...
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what is the difference between astra & Shastra?

I want to know the difference between astra & Shastra and What type of astra & Shastra use in Mahabharata & Ramayana ?
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Neglect of Lava/Kusa by Rama

Lord Rama was surprised to encounter Lava and Kusa who challenged his power unknowingly before Ashwamedha Yagam. Why did he not bother to inquire or keep track of his children's progress for so long ...
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Did Dasaratha think of performing Putrakamesthi apart from Aswamedha Yagna that itself could give sons?

Any person, who reads Srimad Ramayana casually, and who views films and TV serials produced and developed by persons with half-baked knowledge, will say Yes the putra-kaam-eshthi yagna was performed ...
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How does ramayana mention atharva veda and brahma priest?

praaciim hotre dadau raajaa disham svakula vardhanaH adhvaryave pratiiciim tu brahmaNe dakSiNaam disham || 1-14-43 udgaatre ca tathaa udiiciim dakSiNaieSaa vinirmitaa | ashvamedhe mahaayaj~ne ...
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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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Is Hanuman the first writer of Ramayana?

Many great sages wrote Ramayana in different time and yuga. But great Sage Valmiki is the first writer of Ramayana who wrote whole Ramayana even before the story of Ramayana is completed in real life. ...