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

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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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Did the Ikshvakus feed on Flesh?

Hindu mythology have illustrated several times, how kings (Dashratha in Ramayana), go for hunting. The purpose of hunting has always/mostly been to enjoy the sport and obtain the skins of the animals ...
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Vijayadashami - Reference of Arjun's victory

Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent.In the southern, eastern, northeastern, and some northern states of India, ...
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Who taught archery and other weapons skills to Lord Rama?

Vashishtha is considered as the family priest of the Raghu dynasty and teacher of Lord Rama and his brothers. This is what Wikipedia says about him In the Ramayana, he was the family priest of the ...
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How many shlokas are there in Valmiki Ramayana?

Bibek Debroy in the article 10 Sanskrit texts everyone must read says: Valmiki Ramayana - Valmiki was the first Sanskrit poet. He invented the shloka. In roughly 25,000 shlokas, this is the first ...
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How to reconcile Vasishta's statement on eldest son inheriting throne with Dasratha's proclamation?

As seen in this answer Dasratha invited the assembly to debate his decision to coronate Rama and presented the pros and cons of Rama's candidature with a neutral viewpoint. But as per verse 35 of the ...
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Is Vasistha an (Biological) ancestor of Rama?

There is a story in Mahabharata that says about some key events in the life of Vasistha. It is a conversation between a Gandharva and Arjuna. In that conversation, it is clear that Vasistha ...
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Is there any mention of practice of writings during Ramayana or Mahabharata?

Did people use to write down things in Sanskrit or Prakrit during Ramayana or Mahabharata period? Had the concept of written language been invented?
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Ramayana and Mahabharata epics age period [duplicate]

We are in the 21st century. How old is the Ramayana and Mahabharata in terms of centuries?
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Cyclic nature of time in Ramayana

Many scriptures in Sanathan dharma says about cyclic nature of time at many places. Consider some of the excerpts From Mahabharata Hundreds and thousands of great-Kalpas, hundreds and thousands of ...
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Does Lord Parashurama have link to Ikshvaku dynasty?

As per Mahabharata Vana Parva , Parashurama's maternal grandfater was King Prasenajit. As per Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda Sarga 110 verse 13, one of Lord Rama's ancestor was Prasenajit Are they ...
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What was the age of Sita in chronological order?

This question is not duplicate of this or this Can anyone be kind enough to dive deep and provide some input for below questions: 1) What was the age of Sita when first king/prince came to marry her?...
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Who is Suvarchala? Is she wife or daughter of Sun God?

There are several stories of Hanuman being married or a bachelor. A question was already asked before on this site. Some say that Hanuman promised Sun that he will marry his daughter Suvarchala when ...
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Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra from Ramayana?

List of Names of Mantra, Sutra, Shloka and Stotra or anything; Recited_Chanted by Lord_Rama. I know about Bala Atibala Aditya Hrudayam are there any other?
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Which calendar was followed during Mahabharata and Ramayana?

There are so many astronomical evidences given in Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is said that there are about 500+ in Ramayana and 200+ in Mahabharata. I wonder, What calendar they followed
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Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman, Balram & Lord Krishna

What were the Age differences between Lord Rama & Lakshman according to Valmiki-Ramayana, Balram & Lord Krishna according to Vyas-Mahabharata? I mean age difference between Elder brother Lord ...
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What was the curse given by Dashratha to Kaikeyi?

When Dasharatha was dying due to exile of Rama, what was the curse given by Dashratha to Kaikeyi and which was taken back when Rama urged after finishing the war with Ravana?
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Did Ravana compose any music?

In T.V. serials, Ravana is always portrayed as a demon and never shown as a musician. Did Ravana compose any music?
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What scriptures did Kalidasa use in his Raghuvamsa?

Kalidasa is most famous for being a Sanskrit playwright who wrote plays based on stories from Hindu scripture. But Kalidasa also composed epic poetry on the same subject, most notably Raghuvamsa, ...
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Who eliminated Manmatha - Lord Indra?

The story available in Puranas about incineration (burning) of Manmatha (God of Kaama) by Lord Siva is as follows: Indra and the gods are suffering at the hands of the demon Tarakasur, who cannot be ...
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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 dictate ...
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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 Sarga ...
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Who is the swan avatar of Vishnu who taught the Vedas to Bramha?

In the Kamba Ramayana, a Gandharva praises Rama as such: 2575.Oh Rama who is a boar unearthed the earth by your horn, Taking the shape of a swan , you taught Vedas to Lord Brahma, Who ...
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On what basis does the author of Ancient India say that the original Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa contained only 6,000 or 12,000 verses?

In Ancient India, which served as a textbook for Class XI students in India during the 1980s, the author, Ram Sharan Sharma, makes the following claim about Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa: The two epics and the ...
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What was the age of Sita at the time of marriage?

I've read the claims that she was a child at the time of marriage. Is that really true? What scriptures tell about the marriage age of Sita?
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Where in the Vedas is the verse Sītā refers to in Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa found?

In Ayodhyā Kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, while trying to convince Rāma that he should let her accompany him to the forest, Sītā makes the following statement wherein she refers to a verse/mantra from the ...
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Discrepancy with Valmiki's era

The question is related to when (e.g., 500 BC or 100 BC or 10,000 BC) did Valmiki, the creator of the Ramayana, live? I saw a discrepancy in this: According to Wikipedia: The Vālmīki's Rāmāyaṇa is ...
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Who is the three headed son of Ravana

In Ashok.K.Banker 's Ramayana he has written that in the forests of Chitrakoot Khara and Dushana were led by a three headed demon named Trisiras leader them against Ram. Grieved at the giants' ...
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Were Ganesh and Kartikeya mentioned in Vedas? Is Ganapati Elder to Kartikeya?

Kartikeya was mentioned in the Ramayana, but not Ganapati and his First Adoration in Pujas. Kaartikeya as mentioned in Srimad Ramayana is the same character as mentioned in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. ...
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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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Why is evil so strong?

Ravana, Duryodhana, Kansa have two things in common. 1: They all are evil & 2: They are extremely powerful. Why is evil so powerful when compared to a normal person? A normal person of Ayodhya or ...
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Was Vibhishana powerful?

We all know that Vibhishana was a Brahmin-Daitya/Brahmin-Rakshasa and was an ardent follower of Lord Rama. But I think he didn't kill even a single person in the Rama-Ravana war. So, in my view, he ...
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Were there public events for sports and recreation which were followed in Ancient India? [duplicate]

In both Ramayan and Mahabharath, there are references to marriage alliance being made through tests of skill. If so, were there public events like the Olympics or World Cups of today which were ...
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Timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Vedas, and Upanishads

Can someone please give timelines of Ramayana, Mahabharta, Vedas, and Upanishads?
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What are the details of the story of Indra giving the Crest-jewel(chudamani) to king Janka?

The son of the wind-god,Hanuman, apprised Sri Rama(avatar of god Vishnu) about the discovery of Sita(avatar of goddess Lakshmi),on returning to Kishkindha (from Lanka).Then Hanuman delivered to Sri ...
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For what reason did Dasharatha marry three women?

What is the significance of Dasharatha's marriage with three women and why was lord Rama born into a family where three mothers were there?
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Is it true that Ravana was invited when Rama established a Shiva Lingam in Rameshwaram? [duplicate]

I keep hearing a story which follows as Rama needed a bridge to cross the ocean to reach Lanka, in order to defeat Ravana. He decided to conduct a Yagna to worship Lord Shiva at Rameshwaram. As he ...
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Who divided Vedas?

According to the Vishnu Purana the original Veda was divided into four parts, and further fragmented into numerous shakhas, by Vishnu in the form of Vyasa, in the Dvapara Yuga; the Vayu Purana ...
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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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What led to the downfall of Kingdom of Ayodhya?

Ram ruled Ayodhya for 11000 years and then left his mortal abode. What happened to Ayodhya post Ram's demise and what led to its ultimate abandon as King Vikramaditya found Ayodhya in an abandoned ...
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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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Was Sudarshan Chakra given by Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu? [duplicate]

Many puranas says that Lord Shiva had given Sudarshan Chakra to Lord Vishnu. But what epics like Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata says about it? Does anybody had created it? Who was the creator of ...
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When did the last meeting between Rama and Hanuman occur?

I am asking this question according to the Valmiki Ramayana only. AFAIK, Hanuman and Rama had a meet during the coronation of Rama for the last time. But, did they meet after that according to Valmiki ...
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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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Did shambuka attain heaven?

Padma purana 89-90a “O you descendant of Raghu, O you good one, you have done this mission of the gods. O Rāma of a great vow, take (i.e. choose) whichever boon you like. By your deed this śūdra has ...
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Did Ravaan kill Surpanakha's husband?

While scrolling through Surpanakha's page on Wikipedia, there it was written that Ravaan had eaten Surpanakha's husband (Vidyutjiva) Here is a part of the page --------- At the time of conquering ...
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how did yamaraj sabha had 100 Dhritrashta , 100 Bhimas and 200 Bhishma?

from sabha parva - "a hundred kings of the name of Dhritarashtra, eighty kings of the name of Janamejaya; a hundred monarchs called Brahmadatta, and a hundred kings of the name of Iri; more than ...
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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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Was the concept of Sakambari in Durga Saptasathi, taken from the deeds of Anasuya of Ramayana?

Sage Atri introduces his Wife Anasuya to Sri Rama, as follows: दश वर्षाण्य् अनावृष्ट्या दग्धे लोके निरन्तरम् || २-११७-९ यया मूल फले सृष्टे जाह्नवी च प्रवर्तिता | उग्रेण तपसा युक्ता नियमैः च अप्य् ...
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Which scripture mention about Lord rama eating fruits eaten and bitten by shabri? [duplicate]

Valmikiramayana.net says: By the way, where is the scene of Rama eating fruits and eatables bitten and tasted by Shabari? Has this old woman not offered the fruits to the guests, or just said that ...

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