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

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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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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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Had striding of Vali towards 4 oceans daily occurred before formation of Himalayas?

In Ramayana, Surgiva narrates the strength and speed of Vali as follows: समुद्रात् पश्चिमात् पूर्वम् दक्षिणाद् अपि च उत्तरम् | क्रामति अनुदिते सूर्ये वाली व्यपगत क्लमः || ४-११-४ "Before the ...
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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 more?
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How many shlokhas are there in the Valmiki Ramayana?

Bibek Debroy in the article 10 Sanskrit texts everyone must read says: 1. Valmiki Ramayana - Valmiki was the first Sanskrit poet. He invented the shloka. In roughly 25,000 shlokas, this is the ...
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Why did Lord Rama ask mother Sita for Agni Pariksha?

What is the reason for Lord Rama to ask Mother Sita to give Agni Pariksha? What do the scriptures say about this?
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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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Ramayana for Children

I am planning to read a book for my child and wanted to read Ramayana. Can you please recommend a good, preferably pictorial book for reading to children. I have seen a few by Arshia Sattar , Bulbul ...
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Had Ravan tried would he have been able to lift Angad's feet?

In the Ramayana, there is an incident in which Rama sends Angad as his associate for a final try of avoiding war. Then seeing Ravan's ego and attitude Angad challenges all the warriors in his palace ...
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is Parasurama Kund a holy place and is this the correct location?

There is a place called Parsuram Kund and I wonder if it has something to do with Lord Parasurama. This place is on the Brahmaputra River, as you can see on the picture below. Click on the image for ...
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Where does Rama Shlaka Prashnavali work?

Following is the image of Tulasidaskrit Rama Shlaka Prashnavali. You can find it in RamaCharitaManasa of Tulasidasa. First ask any question in mind and we have to select a box by eyes closed.. the ...
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Who are the forest deities mentioned in the Aranya Kanda?

According to the Valmiki Ramayana, Ravana abducts Sita by carrying her forcibly. By looking at Ravana grabbing Sita, forest deities were terrorised. tam dṛṣṭvā giri śṛṃga ābham tīkṣṇa daṃṣṭram ...
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Ramayana ( Uttar Kandam ) [duplicate]

Is Uttar Kandam of Ramayana fake ? Where luv and Kush born ? Did Really Shri Ram leave Mata Sita ? Did original Valmiki Ramayana end after coronation of Shri Ram as King of Ayodhya ?
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How to understand these words of Rama regarding Sita?

Consider the following verse from Valmiki Ramayana spoken by Rama. "Without being asked, I myself would have gladly offered even Sita with kingdom, even my life, loved ones and wealth." [7, ...
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Verse in ramanyan when Sita warns Ravan to dare not touch her

What is the verse when Sita warns Ravan of touching her in Lanka
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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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What is validity of different translation of word“ Mamsah”?

I have come across the many translations where "Mamsah" is translated as fruit or as root vegetable. As I am attaching here. The original translation As per my belief should be तां तदा दर्शयित्वा...
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In the Rāmāyaṇa, were ṛ́ṣi Vaśiṣṭha & mahārānī Sumitrā in sāmīpya mukhti after Rāma's birth?

Since they were aware of Rāma's divinity, were ṛ́ṣi Vaśiṣṭha & mahārānī Sumitrā in sāmīpya mukhti? What about Vālmīki, the 8 kids, and the Junior Queens (Sītā's sisters)?
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Was Rama sinful?

Valmiki Ramayana Aranyakanda 63:4 I might have definitely, habitually, and desirably committed damnable deeds in my previous births, and now the result of those impious deeds is very much ripened and ...
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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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Book recommendation for Srimad Valmiki Ramayana ( with commentary )

It will be extremely useful if some one here can recommend a good translated version of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, either in English or Kannada. I have considered C. Rajagopalachari's edition, but I am ...
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Was Rama Avatar of Vishnu or Brahm?

I always read and listened that Rama was avatar of Vishnu, But I was listening to RamCharitManas katha by Shri Prembhushan Maharaj.During the katha he said , according to Puranas Rama was avatar of ...
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What are the references from Puranas regarding the life span of Lord Rama?

Lord Rama is said to be of Treta of 24th chaturyuga while current is 28th. Some references to support this are: Treta yuge chaturvinshe ravane tapseh shakshyat | Ram dashrtathi prapiye sagane ...
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What scriptures describe replacing the Pranayama Mantra with Shlokas?

When Dvija males do Pranayama, they chant an expanded version of the Gayatri Mantra, known as the Mahasavitri Mantra. Sri Vaishnava lecturer U. Ve. Mukkur Lakshminarasimhachariar Swami had said this: ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Shiva?

Traditionally, the Ramayana is attributed to Valmiki. The Hindu tradition is unanimous in its agreement that the poem is the work of a single poet; the sage Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama and a ...
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Which scripture mention Lord Rama reached Ayodhya on Kaartika Amavasya (Deepawali) after 14 years of exile?

Deepawali is the one of the main festival of India. It is celebrated because Lord Rama has reached Ayodhya on this day after gaining victory over Ravana (mainly in northern part of India). Deepawali ...
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Why did Dasharatha perform Ashwamedha to beget children?

Reference: Balakanda 8th Sarga Why did Dasharatha propose performance of Ashwamedha to beget children? Ashwamedha is primarily to establish supremacy over other kings. I am unable to understand the ...
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Why was Vali doing Vedic rituals?

At the time of Vali's death, there was an question and answer exchange between him and Lord Ram. One of the points raised by Vali was that as he is a forest dweller, and living like animal (eat and ...
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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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kurukshetra War

Ramayana happened in 24th Treta Yuga whereas Mahabharata happened in 28th dwapara Yuga then how come Shri Ram's Descendant King Brihadbala fought in mahabharat war . Because there is gap of 4 chatur ...
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In the time of Ramayana & Mahabharata, which gods were worshipped outside India?

Ramayana and Mahabharatha happened Before Christ. We are aware of Ramayana & Mahabharatha happened in Hindu Land. But i wonder what about the rest of the population in the world at that time. ...
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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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Did Lord Rama reach Ayodhya after 20 days from Dusherra?

I've came across this question in Quora which got so many answers according to their view. I think some answers are utterly incorrect. Moreover one answer says it took 1 yr 18 days to return to ...
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What happened to Ravana's body after his death?

As per this YT Video, it is said Ravana's body antim samskara never happened and some tribe people tried to cure him but couldn't make any success. Is this really true? If not what really happened ...
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Did Brahma give Dasharatha his name?

In a Hindu mythology trivia quiz written by Devdutt Pattanaik on the app QuizUp, the following question was asked: What name did Brahma give to King Nemi for his capability of driving his chariot ...
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Did Mandodari marry Vibhishana after Ravana was killed?

Is it true that after lord Rama defeated Ravana and declared Vibhishana the king, Vibhishana married Mandodari?
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Miracles performed by Ram in Ramayana [duplicate]

In Ramayana, was Ram regarded as a deity and incarnation of Vishnu from the very beginning, or was he deified in subsequent editions of the epic? Did anyone ask Ram to prove his divinity? Did Ram ...

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