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

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Why did lord Vishnu take Ram form

Sita's shadow was taken by Ravan, since Ram knew that then why did he wage a war against Ravan. Did Lord Vidhnu take Ram avatar primarily to kill Ravan and it was all a plan?
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Who killed whom in Ramayana?

I need a consolidated list of who killed whom in Ramayana. List should be like this: Ram - Ravan Ram - Kumbhkarn Laksman - Meghanad Laxman - Atikay Hanuman - Akshay Kumar I couldn't find this info ...
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How ancient wars was actually fought? [closed]

As we see on TV in serials like Ramayan, whenever a fight takes place, Two warriors would be there in a warzone against each other and they would shoot arrows at each other. The arrows would collide ...
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Why didn't Bharata and Shatrughna help Rama in war against Ravana?

Hanuman (on the way to Lanka while he was carrying Sanjivani) had told Bharat that Laxman was in great danger, Sita was kidnapped and Ram was at war with Ravan. Still Bharat and Shatruhgn didn't help ...
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Who is Nikumbila devi?

Who is the devi Nikumbila worshipped by Indrajit through tantric rites. Is she Maa Pratyangira or a local Lankan deity?
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Some questions regarding Valmiki Ramayana [closed]

Are only male vanaras monkey like? In all shows and serials wife of vanaras are shown as humans Is there no enounter with humans in South India is Ramayana? Arent vanaras mlechhas since they are not ...
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Time left to rescue Sita from the day of her kidnap

I have been watching Ramayana these days and the timeline of Ram's exile confuses me. (My knowledge for this question comes from the TV Serial, So please correct me If I am wrong) As per my ...
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Mantra Lekhan (Writing) and its relevance in Vaishnavism

What is Mantra Lekhan or Mantra Writing? Please provide references from the scriptures for this practice.
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Lord Indra ( Life expectancy) [closed]

Rahul Arya, a notable Arya Samaj preacher in his YouTube channel has told Lord Indra lived for 500 years and then he died. He tells that God has made our body in such a manner that a human structure ...
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What happened to the vanaras who travelled in other directions in search of Sita?

The Vanar-King Sugriva sent his forces in all four directions. But after it was confirmed that Sita was in the South, what happened to the Vanaras which travelled in other directions ? Did they rejoin ...
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Which are all Rishis whom Rama met during his Exile of 14 years?

I am interested in knowing stories of various ancient Rishis and hence I sometimes look for those stories from Puranas and Itihasas. I had watched Ramayana TV series in my child hood. Recently ...
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RAM BIRTH IN 24TH CHATYRYUG

According to matsya puran ram took avatara in tretayug of 24th cahturyuga. Currently the yug is 28th. Ram did not took avtara in this chaturyuga??
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What is the source of Ramayana Manka 108?

Ramayana Manka 108 is a famous bhajan which tells the complete story of Ramayana in 108 couplets. What is the source of this bhajan and who is the author?
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From where can I get english translation of BhaavaArthBodhini or Critical Edition Of RamCharitManas by Swami RamBhadrAcharya?

I would like to know where I can get either soft or hard copy of english translation of Swami RamaBhadrAcharya's critical edition of Tulsi Das's Sri RamCharitManas aslo known as BhavaArthaBodhini. I ...
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Real story behind Ravana's death [duplicate]

I came across two stories on how Ravana was killed by Rama but not sure which one is correct. Story 1 : Rama used Brahmastra to kill Ravana. Brahmastra was so powerful that it killed Ravana ...
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Can anyone provide the sloka, which narrates what Saraswati ji said in Ramayana? [duplicate]

When gods approached Saraswati ji to change the mind of Manthara, she said one shlok (my grandmother told me long ago). I don't remember what she said. If someone could tell me what the sloka was, ...
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Which scripture mentions the yuga in which Ramayana and Mahabharata took place? [duplicate]

As far as I know, they themselves don't mention this. Which scripture actually has this reference?
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Why did Sri Rama say that it is not possible to obtain fame and glory by conciliation even though the time period was treta yuga?

When ocean was not yielding to Sri Rama's request for 3 days , Sri Rama said the following to Laxmana "O, Lakshmana! In this world, it is not possible to obtain fame, glory or victory at the end of ...
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Are Ramayanas other than Valmiki's and Tulsidas's Ramcharit Manas read/recited as part of worship?

Are Ramayanas written by Kamban, Krittivas and others used on religious occasions?
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What is the specialty of Rama Rajya?

There is already a question on this topic Rama Rajya, but the content of this question is different. And, hence, it is not a duplicate. Sri Mahatma Gandhi said about Rama Rajya (Rule of Sri Rama) as ...
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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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What time period during daytime is known as Vinda?

In Ramayana, Jatayu at the time of his death stated the following "In which spell of time Ravana has gone taking away Seetha, that spell is named as Vinda... if any riches are lost during that ...
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Was Moksha (liberation) not considered as one of the Purusharthas in Ramayana period?

In 5th Sarga of Bala Kanda of Ramayana, I have stumbled upon the following sloka (4th). तदिदं वर्तयिष्यावः सर्वं निखिलमादितः | धर्मकामार्थसहितं श्रोतव्यमनसूयया || १-५-४ Being such a legend, ...
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Why is Budha's name written in Ramayana? [duplicate]

Why is Budha's name written in Ramayana? Ayodhya Kand 109:34 यथा हि चोर स्स तथा हि बुद्ध- स्तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विद्धि। As a thief, so is Buddha. Know that Tathagatas are atheists. Budha ...
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Does the concept of divorce exist in hinduism? [duplicate]

Does the concept of divorce apply in hinduism?
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Were both Valmiki Ramamyana and Vyasa's Mahabharata contemporaneous accounts?

I think Valmiki appears in Ramayana and Vyasa in Mahabharata. Is it true that they recorded what they saw directly and were not retelling what they had heard?
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Azwar's interpretation of Ramayana

I heard that as per the compositions of Azwars, The Ramavatara took place not to kill Ravana and Kumbhakarna, but to correct bhAgavata apacharam. 1) First of all, is that true? Is that mentioned in ...
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Multi headed or handed Gods in Vedas?

I started reading a book called “Some aspects of Ramayan and Mahabharata” by Bibek Debroy. (You can borrow it here https://archive.org/details/someaspectsofram0000debr/page/15/mode/1up) First chapter ...
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Sins and parihara for killing Brahmin [duplicate]

Dasharatha killed a brahmin (unintentionally) and didn't leave his kingdom for forest. Pandu killed brahmin and left kingdom. Rama killed Ravana, a brahmin, and didn't do anything as parihara. ...
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Sanskrit/vedic text describing relationship between male and female

I wanted to know if there is a sanskrit/vedic text that describes as to why there is these two forms of existence of life i.e. a male and a female and what their relationship is(things like why they ...
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Why crossing seas does not yield fruit? [duplicate]

I read that act done after crossing the seas would yield no fruit. I also heard many Gurus in India do not travel abroad. Why is this restriction? Rama crossed the ocean but you may say it's ...
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Shouldn't there be time dilation when Riksharaja took Vali and Sugriva to Brahma lok?

We know at least two incidents where individuals experienced time dilation as per our scriptures - 1) King Kakudmi traveling to Brahma lok with his daughter Princess Revati 2) King Muchukunda fighting ...
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Is weekday a part of Hinduism?

There are some customs like one shouldn't wash, hair, clothes, cut nails etc. on weekdays like Tuesday, Saturday, etc. I'm curious to know whether weekdays used to exist at the time of Mahabharata, ...
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What should be the correct posture for reading/listening Hindu scriptures?

I have listened from my parents and other respected people that Bhagwat Geeta paath and Ramayana paath should be studied only at holy places. This question arises many times. So my questions are: ...
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Was Pinaka bow made by Lord Shiva himself or by vishwakarma?

As per Valmiki Ramayana & Mahabharata, Lord Shiva had made a powerful bow to destroy the sacrifice of daksha. However it doesn't mention the name of that bow. So was that bow Pinaka or was it ...
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Reference to the demon Naraka in The Ramayana and interpretations

In The Yuddha Khanda of The Ramayana, Trishiras says the following: shambaro deva raajena narako viSNunaa yathaa Some think this is NarakAsura who was slain by Lord Sri Krishna in later times (...
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Why do we not have the technology used by Ravana, or others in EPICs? [closed]

My questions are about all the supernatural weapons and things used. If everything was oral tradition, I agree and respect that as well. Why isn't that available like Vedas and other things? You can ...
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Was Dasratha at fault to receive a Curse for killing a boy unintentionally?

If Dasratha did not kill Shravan intentionally, then why was he cursed for an accident ? It was not his intention to kill any human being. It was just that he thought there was a animal and he shot ...
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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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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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What is the basis for the story of rivalry between sage Viswamitra and sage Vasistha?

Sage Viswamitra was the composer of Mandala III of Rig Veda. the Aitareya Brahmana and Brihaddevata mentions Sage Viswamitra as the king turned Sage, having 101 sons. However, his rivalry with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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