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

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Story of Kubera, the treasurer of the Gods

Kubera(also known as Kuber or Kuvera) is known as the "treasurer of the Gods".How did he get that coveted responsibility? What is the story explaining this?
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Does Ramayana mention Seeta performing sandhyAvandanam?

There is a mention that Hanuman while in Lanka anticipates Seeta to visit river bank to perform Sandhya vandanam Can someone post the reference? Either of the above scenarios.
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Why didn't Rāma leave his ring back in Ayodhya before setting out to the forest?

It is well-known that, in Kishkindha Kāṇḍa, before Hanumān begins his search for Sītā, Rāma gives his signet ring to Hanumān which he later hands over to Sītā saying: O illustrious lady! I am a ...
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Is sitting on a camel in a dream inauspicious?

Currently I am reading Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. In this kanda, there is a sarga/chapter named Trijata Swapnam meaning the dream of the ogre Trijata. She narrates her dream to other ogres and ...
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What was the name of the Sage in the story narrated by Sita?

Sita narrated an old episode about a Sage(Rishi) to Sri Rama, in the Dandaka forest.The narration is as under:- Once upon a time, oh, dexterous one, there was a pious and true worded hermit in some ...
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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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Was Seeta ji born as a blessing from Shiva?

We know that Shri Rama took birth to rid the three worlds of the tyranny of Ravana. But I recently came across a verse in the Valmiki Ramayan that says that Seeta was also born for the same purpose! ...
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What was hanuman doing with sugreev on the mountain?

I mean sugreev was there because he was hiding from his brother bali, but what was hanuman doing with him? I mean how hanuman met sugreev
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What is the dharma behind Lord Vishnu in killing of sage Bhrigu's wife?

Explanation : 1. In Ramayan serial Sage Bhrigu's wife gave shelter to Asuras and refused to hand over them to Lord Vishnu and devas. 2. In end Lord Vishnu killed sage Bhrigu's wife with his ...
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When was Ramayan written before or after it happened?

I think Ramayan is written after it happened. but i also listen that it was written before it happened.
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Who is Agastya's brother in the Ramayana?

In the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita are on the way to the ashram of the famous sage Agastya when they first stop by at the ashram of another sage: While viewing beautiful ...
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What events in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa can be explained only if Rāma was a God?

In Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, are there any superhuman feats that Rāma performed that a layperson could not have performed? I'm looking for feats such as Hanumān flying over the sea to reach Laṅkā (a feat ...
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What boon did Lankini (demoness of Lanka) get from Brahma?

Before entering Lanka, Hanuman fell Lankini, the demoness of Lanka, with a single decisive blow using his left fist. Lankini then recollects a boon that Brahma had given her earlier. What boon (वरदा...
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Which characters of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Daśaratha, Rāma, Janaka, Sītā, Viśvāmitra, Vasiṣṭha, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu. And by Vedas, ...
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Is there any scientific or historical evidence that Ramayana is true? [duplicate]

I wanted to know whether there is any scientific or historical proof that the stories and events mentioned in Ramayana are true or is everything just a made-up story?
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Was Śatānanda the son of Gautama or Indra?

It is generally believed that Śatānanda was the son of Gautama and Ahalyā. But was Śatānanda born before Indra had the brief affair with Ahalyā? How do we know Śatānanda was not the son of ...
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What is Ahalyā's birth name?

Is 'Ahalyā' the real name of Gautama's wife or is it an acquired name? At least, the Monier-Williams dictionary seems to think it's an acquired one. The word is listed as a + halyā: अ-हल्या (A-...
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Why did Lord Rama pray to the Sea God when he had Nala and Neela to assist him?

Nala and Neela who were very powerful monkeys and mischievous in their childhood used to throw away objects in the water just for fun. when they threw away a certain sage in the water,they were cursed ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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Why Sita had ornaments with her during her stay in Exile

After meeting Sri Rama at Mt. Rishyamuka, Sugreeva promises to bring back Sita from whatever place she is held captive. He informs Sri Rama that he has seen Sita travelling overhead in the sky while ...
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Is any other religion or civilization mentioned in Mahabharata, Ramayana or other Hindu holy books?

Recently, I had a discussion with my friend regarding which civilization of the world is the most ancient. We've been through some Wiki links according to which more or less Sindhu Civilization is one ...
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Sita's reply to Maha Sati Anasuya-Advice on Stri-Dharma

Sri Rama and his consort Sita, met Maharishi Atri at the Maharishi's hermitage, during the early part of their exile. After introducing his wife Anasuya as a great ascetic, the Maharishi requested Sri ...
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What was the reason behind the clash between Vashishtha and Vishwamitra?

I am not sure but I heard that there was some clash between Vashishtha and Vishwamitra before the Ramayana. We can say like the cold war. But in Ramayana, both were worked with Ayodhya happily. If ...
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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 actual birthplace of Sita ji according to scriptures?

Recently Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was in Nepal at the Janaki Temple in Janakpur which is supposed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita and I came to know about this place due to the news ...
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'Whatever happens, happens for good, is this verse found In any scriptures?

Many of us have heard this even in Hindi Jo hota hain acha ke liye hota hain. Is this concept found in any scriptures of Hinduism? Is this really part of Hindu philosophy or not? Is it shown ...
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What was the story behind the Wealth rain(dhan varsha) of Kuber?

When king Raghu(ancestor of Lord Rama) Asked for money from Kuber at that time Kuber did wealth rain for Raghu. I didn't know the full story. Is there any scripture reference to it?
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Is there any story where Ravana came to perform a Yagna for Lord Rama?

I read a story on a forum which is as follows: Rama needed a bridge to be built across the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. The night before they started their preparations, he ...
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If Rama used Brahmastra on Ravana, why didn't Ravana turn to ashes?

Question 1: Did Lord Rama really use the Brahmastra on Ravana to kill him? If he did use it, then, Ravana's entire body should have turned to ashes. It would have even created a major natural ...
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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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Use of Sanjeevini(संजीवनी) booti(herb) in Mahabharata

Most people may know that Sanjeevini(संजीवनी)is a lithophytic plant. In Hinduism, this plant is well known, and it is mentioned in the Hanuman Chalisa as well as below: लाय सँजीवनि लखन जियाए। श्री...
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Why Hanuman became staunch devotee of Lord Rama?

I know Lord Shiva showed his love towards Lord Vishnu by incarnating as Hanuman during Rama Avatar. But Hanuman didn't know he was incarnation of Shiva/ Vayu. (i think he still doesn't know it). I ...
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Is the verse about Rāmāyaṇa containing 24,000 ślokas present in the critical edition?

The following verse from the website valmikiramayan.net indicates the total no. of verses present in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. चतुर् विंशत् सहस्राणि श्लोकानाम् उक्तवान् ऋषिः | तथा सर्ग शतान् पंच षट् का...
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Can the time lapsed from Ramayana to Mahabharata be inferred from scriptures?

We know Ramayana was before since Mahabharata talks about the killing of Ravana. If one looks at material life, nothing much seems to have changed. If anything Ramayana had superior technology such ...
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Clarification about Ikshvaku lineage

As per story, Raja Harishchandra was 33rd descendant of Ikshvaku family. Bhagiratha was 44th and Rama 63rd. Raja Harishchandra worked on ghats of Benares cremation grounds on banks of Ganga but Ganga ...
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Were horses killed in the ashvamedh performed by Lord rama?

Lord rama performed ashvamedh and that too without a wife, who did the ritual killing, and were animals actually sacrificed?
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Are there cities / kingdoms that occur in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?

In particular is Kurukshetra of any importance in Ramayana and Ayodhya in Mahabharata?
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Why couldn't or why didn't Lord Rama withdraw his Brahmastra when Arjuna could?

There are a few instances in Ramayana about Lord Rama firing Brahmastra weapons but couldn't withdraw it saying that a Brahmastra weapon never goes waste, but we see in Mahabharata that Arjuna while ...
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Did the armies in Ramayana and Mahabharata have medical corps?

I am not talking about Hanuman bringing the Sanjivani herb. Were there regular doctors attached to these armies and how did they treat the injured?
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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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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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Did Rama have multiple wives?

I strongly believed that Rama has a single wife, Sita. But I know that Krishna has multiple wives. But this blog says that Rama has multiple wives and it's told in Valmiki Ramayana. Is it true? Did ...
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Whether Chhaya Sita / Maya sita is mentioned in valmiki ramayan or in which scripture first?

Ravana kidnapped not real sita, but Maya Sita; and later during Agni pariksha the real Sita comes back from fire. ref: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Will-the-real-Sita-stand-up/articleshow/...
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Why Ahalya,Tara,Mandodari,Kunti and Draupadi are called panchakanyas.

There is a poem written by Tagore on Panchakanyas. All the ladies mentioned above are called panchakanyas. Is there any significance to be called so? Why did Sita didn't make to the list.
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Is invincibility in a battle dharma or adharma?

Background: Many warriors like Bhishma, Indrajit, etc., had boons which made them invincible in a battle. Even Karna had Kavacha and Kundalas which made him invincible (or almost immortal) in any ...
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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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Does Hanuma actually know Ravana's wife Mandodari by her name when he sees her the first time?

AFAIK, Valmiki as the writer of Ramayana, is describing the events of Ramayana exactly as the characters themselves perceive and experience those events. So he doesn't add anything more or anything ...
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Was Tantric upasana (Vamachara) a relatively new concept (or) in existence in ancient India also?

The VAAMACHARIs sacrifice animals to attain Tantric Powers, which are different from that of Yogic Powers. The Tantric Powers can attained within short time, but have certain deadly consequences. If ...
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Who are the Kimkaras?

In his journey towards the Himalayas to take the Sanjeevni Booti, Lord Hanuman sees the abodes of different Gods. It is described in the Yuddha Kanda Sarga 74 in the following verse : स ...
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Why is Uttara kanda of valmiki ramayana not repeated in retelling of ramayana in Mahabharata?

Does this prove that Uttara kanda may have been a later interpolation, as phala shruti comes before Uttara kanda. Ramayana retelling vanaparva-272-289