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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 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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How did Goddess Sita protect herself in Ravana's palace?

Ravana abducted Goddess Sita with evil intentions to marry her. But he didn't step forward to do so. What protected Goddess Sita from Ravana for more than six months (as far as I know) in Ravana's ...
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Did Ramayana occur 1.6 million years ago?

Many Western scholars and Indian scholars with Western mindset tried to fix the age of Srimad Ramayana, to approximately the 5th to 4th century BC. And, they succeeded to some extent in making ...
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Did the Mahabharata and the Ramayana happen in the current Yuga cycle in the current Manvantara?

The Mahabharata war has been given a date of around 3300 BC by back-tracing planetary positions from scriptural references (archeo-astronomy). The Ramayana is speculated to be anywhere between a few ...
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If Aryabhata invented zero in Kaliyuga, how could Hindus of earlier yugas describe Ravana as having 10 heads and Kauravas were 100 in number?

Since long time I've heard that the number zero was invented by the great Indian mathematician Aryabhata. Now I have two examples from Ramayana and Mahabharata: In Ramayana, Ravana had 10 heads. ...
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Was Ravana actually a villain? Or was he a devotee of Lord Vishnu?

Ravana was one of the greatest devotees of Lord Siva. He also worshiped Lord Brahma and the two of them had given him enormous powers. Among the Trimurthis, only Lord Vishnu punished him as Lord Rama. ...
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How could Valmiki write the Ramayana?

As we know, there is no mention of Sage Valmiki in the Ramayana. He was mentioned or seen only in the Lava-Kusha story. So who told the complete story of the Ramayana to Sage Valmiki? Was it Goddess ...
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Did mountains use to have wings?

I heard that in Ramayana it is stated that mountains used to have wings at one point, then somehow all the mountains lost their wings, except for one mountain which was between India and Sri Lanka. ...
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When was Ravana hit by the Sudarshana Chakra?

[Note: To be clear, I am not asking why Ravana wouldn't be harmed or killed by the Sudarshana Chakra; that's obvious. I'm asking why and under what circumstances Vishnu launched the Sudarshana Chakra ...
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Who made Lord Hanuman immortal?

From what I've read, I've concluded that Lord Hanuman is one of the seven * Chiranjeevis.* (Immortals). But I am not sure who made Lord Hanuman immortal, and why? I've heard many rumours that Lord ...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

Sri Rama was a great and just king of Ayodhya. There were some rumors reported by his subjects against the purity of Lady Sita. So, as per the Raja Dharma, Rama had to banish Sita. But was it against ...
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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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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 “Chandra” added in the name of Lord Rama?

Why is "Chandra" added to the name of Lord Rama even though he is from the "Suryavanshi" (solar) clan? Also, this title was not added to any of his brothers or his father - only to Rama himself. What ...
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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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Ages of Ramayana's characters

I have not found any specific reference in the Ramayana about: What was the age of Dasharatha when Lord Rama was born? What was the age difference amongst the four brothers (Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata ...
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What happened to the Vanara Sena after the Ramayana?

In the Ramayana, the Vanara Sena (monkey clan) made a glorious impact and registered its strong presence headed by Lord Hanuman, Vali, and Sugriva. But after that there is no major presence or mark ...
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What is the story of Mahabali's sister's attempt to destroy the world?

In the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama is hesistant to kill the Rakshasi (demoness) Thataka because she's a woman, but the sage Vishwamitra tells him that even Indra king of the gods has fought women ...
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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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Why did Lord Rama strike from behind to kill Vaali?

According to the Ramayana, when Sugriva approached Lord Rama for help in taking his kingdom and wife back from his monstrous brother Vaali, Lord Rama helped him by killing Vaali from behind without ...
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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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Why did Laxman get injured by Indrajit's 'shakti' weapon?

In Ramayana, Indrajit was able to hit Laxman by his special weapon named Shakti. Due to this Laxman went very near to death. Now Lord Hanuman went to Himalaya & brought Sanjivani. This way Laxman ...
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What are the Avatarams of Vishnu described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana?

In the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, after Rama kills Ravana and rescues his wife Sita, he tells Sita to walk through fire to (to others) prove that she is still faithful to him. She walks through ...
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What scriptures describe Shanta as Dasharatha's daughter?

Most people are only familiar with Dasharatha's four sons - Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata, and Shatrughna. But there is a common story that Dasharatha also had a daughter. The story as I understand it ...
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What did Kashyapa do with the Earth after he received it from Parashurama?

Parashurama is a famous avatara (incarnation) of Vishnu who killed the Kshatriyas (kings) of the world twenty-one times. Since he had defeated all the rulers of the world, he obtained control of the ...
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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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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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Is Kusha (kush) son of Lord Rama?

According to Wikipedia, Lord Rama and Sita have twins named Lava (Luv) and Kusha (Kush). From childhood I have also learnt that Lord Rama had twins. While reading this question, I came across this ...
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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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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Was Rama aware that he is an avatar of Vishnu (during his lifetime) and acted as normal or he just tried to be good human being?
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Different Ramayanas

I have heard different tales of Ramayana while travelling to different parts of India. The basic story remains the same but slight differences do exist. What really concerns me is the way Ravan ...
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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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Were there toilets in ancient India i.e., during times of Ramayana and Mahabharata?

The people of Indus valley did have toilets in their homes, so were there toilets in the times of Mahabharata or Ramayana? Does any Hindu scripture mention about toilet system?
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How did Ravana get the golden city of Lanka?

In the Ramayana, we know that Ravana was the King of the golden city of Lanka. How did he get this city? I know very little other than that it was offered by Shiva.
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What is the meaning of Ramayana?

Ramayana is a sacred epic about the life of Lord Rama. Can anyone explain the meaning/etymology of the word "Ramayana?"
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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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Why did Lord Rama and Lakshmana separate?

I know at the end of Ramayana, Lord Rama and Lakshmana separated. But what is the reason for that?
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Why did Lord Hanuman forget that he has special powers?

Somehow Lord Hanuman forgets that he could fly, and has other special powers until Jaambavant reminds him of them. How and why did this happen? I've also heard that Lord Hanuman wasn't actually ...
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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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What exactly is the basis/reason behind calling Hindu epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths/mythology

Many people (specially left-leaning) like to call Hindu epic books such as Ramayana and Mahabharata as myths. So my question is what is the exact reason for the use of this word myth or mythology ...
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What is the use of chanting Aditya Hridayam?

How to chant Aditya Hrudayam? How does it help in life? What is the story behind this?
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Did Lord Rama break His promise to his mother Kausalya and if so why?

Lord Rama, the seventh avatara of Vishnu is known as a personality who always keeps His word. However, the following verses from the Valmiki Ramayana struck me. चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने ...
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Why didn't Ravana use the Chandrahasa sword against Lord Rama?

From http://ramayana.tigercoder.com/07uttara/uttara_016.html: “After being spoken to in this way by Lord Shiva, Ravana, the lord of Lanka replied: ‘O Lord Shiva, if you are pleased with me, grant ...
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What scriptures describe the story of Rama visiting Vishnu in Vaikuntha?

Most people only know of occasions in which two different incarnations of Vishnu met, for instance the encounter between Rama and Parashurama in the Ramayana. What is not as well known, however, is ...
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Why did Hanuman fight with Lord Rama?

I heard there was one occasion where a god and his devotee fought a great battle against each other. It's the case of Lord Rama vs. Hanuman. Being a true devotee, why did Hanuman fight against his ...
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Why is Lord Hanuman also referred as “Bajaranga Bali”?

The name "Bajaranga Bali" is quite famous especially in the northern parts of India. There are popular movies made with this name, such as Bajrangbali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. However these names are ...
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Core Messages of Ramayana and verses from Ramayana that one can refer, to enrich life in general

What makes Mahabharata appealing is that it's a great timeless wisdom hidden in a compelling narrative. Is there a similar theological dimension to Ramayana? What are some of the verses from ...
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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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Did Ravana have ten heads?

Did Ravana really have ten heads? Or is it a mythical concept? If he really had ten heads, who gave him this and what is the story behind it?
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Sahasra Mukhi (Thousand Faced) Raavana Killed by Sita

Siya Ke Ram is an Indian historical epic TV series on Star Plus produced by Nikhil Sinha. I'm talking about the episode telecast on 30 Aug 2016, which you can watch here Here you can see how Sita ...