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

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the ramayana book

Ramayana is the story of Lord Ram, and I have come with a deep passion for reading the epic story of Lord Ram, and as far as I know it was written by Valmiki during Mother Sita's stay at the ashram, ...
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According to Valmiki Ramayana, was Hanuman a human being or a monkey (vanara)?

Hanuman is one of the central characters of Ramayana. He's revered as a great devotee of Shree Rama and worshiped as an avatar of Shiva. He's also known as the son of Vayu. We see his images, statues, ...
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Why did Lord Rama pray to Goddess Durga? [duplicate]

Lord Rama is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Goddess Durga being the external (Maya) potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, why did Lord Rama perform a Yagya of Goddess ...
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Where did Rakshasas live during the time of the Ramayana?

Where did Rakshasas live during the time of the Ramayana? According to the Srimad Bhagavata Purana, Rakshasas, Pisachas, ghosts, etc live in Antariksha loka, which is basically Bhuva Loka, which is ...
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Birth Rashi of Lord Rama

According to Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama was born in Punarvasu nakshatra. The first three Padas of Punarvasu lie in Mithuna rashi and the last Pada lies in Karkataka rashi. Valmiki does not mention ...
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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., a kind of ...
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Do Rama's sacrifical posts still exist in Ayodhya?

The Sankalpa Suryodaya is an play by the 13th century Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan. At one point in the play, a king goes around the world in a Vimana looking for a good place to meditate. He ...
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What do Sri Vaishnava commentaries say about Dasharatha's use of “śrīmān”?

In the Ayodhya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Dasharatha decides to make Rama the Yuvaraja or crown prince, he makes the following announcement to the people of Ayodhya: caitraḥ śrīmān ayaṃ māsaḥ ...
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Was 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. Was there any warrior who fought on his own power? I mean the power created by himself and not acquired from ...
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Have anyone seen golden arch at Gandi Kshetra?

Have anyone seen golden arch built by vayu for Rama, at Gandi Kshetra, British officer Thomas Monroe has apparently seen? Is it visible to those who're turiya?
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Why is Ravan considered a Rakshasa?

Ravana's father was a Brahmin while his mother a Rakshasi. Then why is he considered a Rakshasa, Rather than a Brahmin. Is it because of his actions?
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Why wouldn't Sita go back to Mithila after she was abandoned by Shri Rama?

After Sita was exiled by Rama,why didn't she go back to Mithila? Isn't she Mithila's princess?Even if she didn't go, why couldn't Janaka arrange for his daughter Janaki's protection in the jungle?
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Contradictions between Ramayana and Aitareya Brahmana while describing about Shunahshepa

Two variants are there in describing about Shunahshepa as far as I know. One is narrated in Aitareya Brahmana, Chapter VII and another is narrated in Valmiki Ramayana, Bala Khanda Chapter 62. Both are ...
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What scriptures describe Vaishampayana making Janamejaya interested with a single verse?

The second poem of Nammalwar’s Thiruvaimozhi describes Vishnu without actually naming him until the last verse, where it calls him Narayana. Page 13 of this book, summarizing one of the Sri Vaishnava ...
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Boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva

Ravana was said to be a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva.And it is said that Ravana obtained some boons from Lord Shiva, after doing a lot of penances. What are the boons given to Ravana by Lord Shiva?
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Why was Sundara Kanda named as such?

I have come across the following verse in one website. sundare sundaro ramah sundare sundari katha sundare sundari sita sundare sundaram vanam, sundare sundaram kavyam sundare sundarah kapih sundare ...
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Where is the bridge that was built between Sri Lanka and India in the epic Ramayana?

I have a question about our epic ,Ramayana .It was said that Lord Srirama built a bridge between India and Sri Lanka with the help of his vanara senna ,if so where is that bridge ?
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Powers of Hanuman, made forgotten or Locked up?

As per Ramayana, Hanuman was made to forget about his powers due to his mischievous behavior as explained here. But, it makes more sense that the powers were more of locked-up within him, instead of ...
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Did Sugreeva have a child?

Did Sugreeva have a son (or a daughter perhaps)? If so what is his name? I have heard that he had a son but I am not sure about the name.
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Was the story of adultery of Indra in the story of Ahalya a PRAKSHIPTA?

If Lord Indra is a "womaniser" as described as in the Puranic Literature, can anyone tell as to how many women fall prey to him? Only Ahalya's story occurs to me. So we have to closely examine the ...
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Did Lord Rama's wife Devi Sita belong to Nepal? In which place did she stay during pregnancy?

The Wikipedia article suggests that Sita was either from Bihar or Nepal: Born: Either present-day Sitamarhi district, Bihar, India or Janakpur, present-day Nepal (both the places were part of the ...
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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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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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Was Maareecha's taking form of a deer in Ramayana an interpolated story?

Maareecha , a demon and an associate of Ravana, appears in 2 episodes of Valmiki Ramayana. In Bala Kanda, while trying to defile the Yagna of Sage Viswamitra, he was thrown into the Ocean by the ...
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Who is Jambavan an incarnation of?

Jambavan an under appreciated character in the Ramayana(most people focus on Hanuman but it should be made clear it is Jambavan who made Hanuman aware of his immense spiritual prowess) is a steadfast ...
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Can the 4,000 years old mural etched into the Darband-i-Belula cliff, Iraq be linked to Sri Rama and Sri Hanuman?

A mural found in Iraq: An Indian delegation undertook an expedition in Iraq in June to look at a mural from circa 2000 BCE that the Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan believes represents an image of Lord ...
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What was the relationship between Ravan and Tadaka?

I remember watching some mythological in which Ravan calls Mareech his mama i.e. maternal uncle. But Mareech and Subahu were the sons of Tadka so does that make Ravan the grandson of Tadka? I checked ...
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Raavana's dress code during abduction

Ravana came to seeta's place in disguise of an ascetic. I want to know exact description of what actually he looked like? From head to toe.
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What happened to the Rama Setu after Ramayana?

Lord Rama constructed the Setu from Indian mainland to then Srilanka with help of the vanara army. After the death Ravana, what happened to the stone bridge?
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Was the name mArIcha (मारीच), a demon in Raamayana, adopted from the word marīcikā (मरीचिका)?

marīcikā (मरीचिका) means mirage. https://www.sanskritdictionary.com/?q=mar%C4%ABcik%C4%81&iencoding=deva&lang=sans&action=Search Mirage means an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be ...
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Why viradha said that he should be buried in a Pit?

I was reading bengali ramayan by parashuram and came accross this . ramayan aranya kand , viradh vadh this says that it is the customary for rakshasas to get buried after death. अवटे च अपि माम् रा...
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What is the story of Kalanemi who was reborn as Kamsa?

The Sambhava Parva of Mahabharat mentions that Kamsa was a rebirth of the demon Kalanemi: "There was also born on earth a mighty Asura known amongst the Danavas by the name of Kalanemi, endued with ...
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Why Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana to Hanuman even he knows?

Jataayu tells to Rama that Ravana abducted the Sita "Oh, boy Rama, blest is your eternality, for whom you are searching as with the search of a rejuvenescent herb in the vast of forest, Ravana ...
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How did Hanuman know that Ravana abducted Sita?

Lakshmana did not tell the name of Ravana while introducing themselves and their situation to Hanuman and Lakshmana told the following to Hanuman "He who aspires to keep up the well-being of all ...
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References to Bisrakh in the scriptures

This wiki article says that Bisrakh in Uttar Pradesh is believed to be the birthplace of Ravana. Are any scriptural references available for this?
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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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Is it true that there were roadside trees in Ayodhya according to Valmiki Ramayana?

Is it mentioned anywhere in Valmiki Ramayana that there are plants or trees on the sides of road in Ayodhya?
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Why did ravana send his warriors one by one?

Ravana was a good tactician . He sent Indrajit first to destroy the army .He started realising that Rama is no usual warrior so he deliberately woke kumbhakarna up . But he never sent a combination of ...
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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 does SB 9.10.9 say that it was Rāma (and not Lakṣmaṇa) that disfigured Śūrpaṇakhā?

Why does the Śūrpaṇakhā incident in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 9.10 differ from the version found in Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa? Canto 9: Liberation CHAPTER TEN The Pastimes of the Supreme Lord, Rāmacandra ...
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Does Valmiki Ramayana or Vyasa Mahabharata or Srimad Baghavatham contain the names of ten incarnations(dashavatharas only)?

Do any one of the following scriptures contain the ten incarnations (dashavathara only) of Vishnu? Valmiki Ramayana Vyasa Mahabharata Srimad Baghavatham
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Who were the sons of Varuna killed by Ravana?

In Yuddha Kanda, Chapter 7, when the ministers are eulogising Ravana about his qualities, they say that the four sons of Varuna were killed (defeated?) by Ravana. śūrāḥ ca balavantaḥ ca varuṇasya ...
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Why did Lord Parshurama kill the Kshatriya kings?

We have heard that Lord Parashurama killed Kshatriya kings one by one. He was a very angry person. So, I want to know why he killed many Kshatriya kings? Was he alive during Ramayana and as well as ...
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Which chapter in Skanda Purana contains the greatness of Ramayana?

Is there any conversation in Skanda Purana between Narada and Sanatkumara about the greatness of Ramayana? If yes, then what is the number and name of the chapter?
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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 Ram visit this place during his exile?

According to this question's answer, it has shown the approximate path of Lord Ram's travel during the exile, but Nashik has not been mentioned here. According to the Wikipedia page of Nashik, it is ...
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Who was goddess Sita's father? Why are there multiple stories? Which one should we believe?

There have been many accounts as to who actually was the father of goddess Sita. Contrary to what Valmiki's Ramayana says, some of them states that Sita was Ravana's first child whom he abandoned; ...
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Was Rama a god?

Rama was born as the eldest son of Kausalya and Dasharatha and become the ruler of Ayodhya Kingdom. Can Rama be considered as Lord.
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Why is Indra referred to as 'Sahasraksha' in Valmiki Ramayana?

I was reading the Indra Ahalya incident in Valmiki Ramayana and other parts. I see that Valmiki has referred Indra as 'Sahasraksh' most of the times. 'Sahasraksh' meaning one with thousand eyes. I am ...
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How did lord Rama perform penance for Ravana after killing him?

In this video, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudeva says that Shri Rama performed 1 year penance in Himalayas for killing Ravana, who was a great devotee of lord Shiva. Is it true? If yes, then how did he do ...

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