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

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Were horses killed in the ashvamedh performed by Lord rama?

Lord rama performed ashvamedh and that too without a wife, who did the ritual killing, and were animals actually sacrificed?
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What's the source of the story that involves hijras (transgenders) and Rāma?

Devdutt Pattanaik in this YouTube video discusses gender and sexuality in Hinduism. There he mentions an incident from the Hijra Rāmāyaṇa that involves the transgenders and Rāma. From Wikipedia, here'...
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Why did Vaidya raj Sushen heal Lakshmana but never heal Surpanakha (who had her nose and ears cut off), in Ramayana?

Vibhishana informed Sri Rama about a physician, Sushena, who lived in Lanka. Hanumana was asked to bring him. He brought Vaidya Sushena, together with his house. Vaidya Sushena, well aware that he was ...
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what is the story of Krishanu the archer?

Rigveda alludes a story where a falcon steals Soma from the heaven and gives it the Manu/Indra for sacrificial purpose. The Soma is guarded by fortification and it is protected by an archer name ...
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Why was Mother Saraswati so unfair with KumbhaKarna?

We all know the story that to stop KumbhaKarna from asking boon from Brahma, all Gods eulogized Saraswati to enter KumbhaKarna's mouth to ask- "I may sleep for years". And Mother Saraswati did it! ...
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Why is Ramayana known as Sharanagati Grantham?

In SriVaishnavism Ramayana finds a special place in hearts of Bhagwatas(Sri Vaishanvas) and it is known as Sharanagati Grantham. What is the specific reason to call it Sharanagati Grantham. Note: I ...
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Where is Vālmīki right now?

This answer claims that, Vālmīki, the author of Rāmāyaṇa, is still alive: Valmiki is still living. He was also present during the conversation between Yudhishthira and Bhishma which is recorded in ...
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Why didn't Mārīca seek refuge in Rāma like Vibhīṣaṇa did?

Often times, we end up in "to be or not to be" situations where the heart (manas) tells us one thing to do, but our mind (buddhi) says something else. The speaker in this YouTube video (Telugu) ...
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Do manuscripts of Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them?

Do manuscripts of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata have footnotes in them? For example, in Rāmāyaṇa at the end of the war, when Hanumān visits Sītā to relay the news of Rāma's victory, she tells him ...
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How did Sita marry Ram and Varuni marry Varuna?

Bhumidevi is the wife of Lord Vishnu. Her daughter is Sita. If this is so, how did Lord Vishnu/Rama marry his wife's daughter? Lakshmi,who comes out of the ocean of milk,is considered the daughter of ...
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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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Who was the KALARATRI that was mentioned in Sundara Kanda?

While declaring that he was a messenger of Sri Rama, Sri Hanuma admonishes Ravana, who practiced severe austerities and got so many boons, and yet abducted Sita. लक्षिता इयम् मया सीता तथा शोक परायणा...
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Did the Sages in Ramayana era , residing in Forests, pay any tax?

The Kings, who are the rulers of their kingdoms, need funds to administer his kingdom. In Vedic era the kings used to collect cess at the rate of 1/6 of the earnings of the people in their countries, ...
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Any scriptural references of Hanuman being known as Giridhara- Upholder of Mountain?

"Giridhara" literally means Holder of the Mountain. When Shri Krishna wanted to break the ego of Indra, Shri Krishna lifted Govardhan mountain on his finger. After this He was given the name ...
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Who was the guru of Vibhishana?

I found the following dialogues between Shri Hanuman and Vibhishana while going through Sundara Kand of Shri Ramcharit Manasa. And I came to know that Vibhishana is a true devotee of Lord Shri Rama ...
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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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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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What is the first Sloka in Ramayana?

Valmiki keeps on wondering about Maanishada... sloka and Brahma says it is Saraswathi's grace and it is considered as the first sloka. Then what about the conversation between Sage Narada and Valmiki, ...
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What is Ravana gita, is it ever mentioned in any puran?

I have heard of Ravana gita many times in which purana is it mentioned and please give the verses too.
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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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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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Where can I find an English or Hindi Translation of Agastya Ramayana?

Is there a translation of Agastya Ramayana for free online?
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When was Vasavadatta praised in Sita’s assembly?

Madal is an ancient Indian practice where a man rejected by the woman he loved would go around riding on a fake horse made of palmyra stems badmouthing the woman, in an effort to embarass her into ...
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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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What are the different endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata as seen by the sage crow Kakabhushundi?

I have read that Kakabhushundi was a crow that had seen 11 different endings of Ramayana and 16 of Mahabharata. If this is true, what are the other endings of Ramayana and Mahabharata?
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Is Maricha a yogi?

Maricha in Ramayana becomes deer. Is it due to his power of yoga? If not, how he attains such body?
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What does Lord Rama wear?

As Vishnu & Krishna idols or pics are shown wearing makarkundal, kaustubh gem, Srivatsalanchhan & such things. What is the right attire of Lord Rama as told in Texts to be shown wearing? At ...
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Where did Ravana keep his Mulabala forces?

Sriraman Bhattachar Swami is the chief priest of the Devadiraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Therazhundur, which is the birthplace of Kamban, the Sri Vaishnava poet who composed the famous Kamba Ramayana. ...
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How could Sri Rama communicate with the monkeys?

How could Sri Rama and Lakshmana communicate with the monkeys? It seems just impossible to any sensible person.But as it is written in our scriptures, it must have some deep inner meaning. Can ...
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Are there instances in Hinduism where Dharma is cited to both support and oppose an act?

For example - the killing of Duryodhana is condemned by Baladeva and celestial beings showered flowers on the fatally wounded Duryodhana when he chastised Krishna for his acts of treachery throughout ...
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How come Ravana didn't fight the Daityas?

Did Ravana ever fight the Daityas? The Daityas and Danavas are both groups of Asuras. Daityas are children of Diti, whereas Danavas are children of Danu. In the Ramayana, I've found several ...
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What was the story behind the Wealth rain(dhan varsha) of Kuber?

When king Raghu(ancestor of Lord Rama) Asked for money from Kuber at that time Kuber did wealth rain for Raghu. I didn't know the full story. Is there any scripture reference to it?
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Story where Puloman was killed by Indrani's future husband Indra?

As per wiki/Shachi: Puloman, an Asura who was killed by Indrani's future husband, Indra. But as per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana, Puloman (or Puloma) saves Jayanta (Indra's son) in Ravana/...
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Return journey of Rama and sand Lingam at Rameswaram

Query during this Shivarathri ... Did Rama worship Shiva at Rameswaram en route to Ayodhya (on Pushpaka vimanam transit return trip ) after slaying Ravana for Brahma hatya dosham as per Ramayana?......
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does any scripture say valmiki's ramayana is the most authoritative among all Ramayanas?

wikipedia says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Versions_of_Ramayana "Ananda Ramayana is traditionally attributed to Valmiki. While it briefly recounts the traditional story of Rama, it is composed ...
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What kind of purifactory rite is mentioned in ayodhya kanda which uses “aiNeyaM mamsa” antelope meat?

This is mentioned in ayodhya kand- "aiNeyam maamsam aahR^itya shaalaam yakSyaamahe vayam | kartvyam vaastushamanam saumitre cirajiivabhiH || 2-56-22 saumitre= Oh, Lakshmana!; aahR^itya= ...
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What is the source for poet Kambar's description of Rama's physical features in Kamba Ramayanam?

Kamba Ramayanam is the most famous Tamil version of the epic Ramayana. Sometime back, I was told that Valmiki does not describe Rama's looks anywhere in his original Ramayana. Whereas, poet Kambar, ...
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Did lord Shri Ram, Laxman and Sita ever face dangerous wild animals during their exile in forests?

During lord Rama's exile period they killed many Asuras. And sometimes I assume that, In jungle or forest wild animals like lions, tigers,bears and others would also be present there. Did they ever ...
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What happened to Hanuman's son Makardhwaja after he became the king of Patala?

I need to know the detailed story of Makardhwaja the son of Hanuman. I know that he was born from sweat of Hanuman. Hanuman and Makardhwaja both met in Patala when Hanuman was searching for Rama ...
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Does anyone know the exact details of the first part of the Horse Sacrifice yagna?

I am trying to find out details of the pole and the corresponding circle type mandala in the Horse Sacrifice. Did the mandala, where the pole was placed, have orientation to the four cardinal ...
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Previous births of Lava and Kush

Every jiva has a Purva Janma (previous birth). How about Lava and Kusha's previous birth? Any source which talks about this? Is there any particular reason for their birth?
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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 was Hanuman able to burn Lanka down?

While searching for Sita in Lanka, Sri Hanuma saw many arches/windows/doors made of gold, some houses decorated with gold, floors studded with many precious stones. When Sri Hanuma started setting ...
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How can one become a Brahmarishi?

Who coined the term Brahmarishi? How can one become a Brahmarishi? Does a Brahmarishi know the future? A lot of rishi's in Ramayana seem to know the purpose of Rama's birth, how is that they know ...
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What is the “folk song” about Rama described in the Brahma Purana?

In this excerpt from the Brahma Purana, the sage Vyasa describes the various incarnations of Vishnu. After summarizing the story of the Ramayana, he says this: The people who are conversant with ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for the claim that Europeans/White people are vanaras and belong to Hanuman's lineage?

According to some Europeans, they were treated as untouchables in the 17th century in India. According to the Nepali civil code of 1854 they were "Pani Na Chalne Chhoichhito Haalnu Naparne" ...
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What's the story of Shravan Kumar's parents?

As discussed in this QnA, the name "Shravana Kumara" (श्रवणकुमार), as is genrally captured in our popular imagination, is not actually found in the Valmiki Ramayana based recensions. The old ...
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did Indrajit tell Ravana that Rama was Narayana himself?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3zrT-ccbHM In this (In Hindi) episode Indrajit tells Ravana that when he fired them at Lakshmana, Brahmastra, Pashupathastra and Narayana chakra only saluted Lakshmana ...