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

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Did Ravana from Ramayana lust over Goddess Parvati?

I was reading an answer on quora which states that Ravana lusted over Goddess Parvati. Did Ravana lust on goddess Parvati ?
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does any authentic vedic scriptures depict Sri Ram alone as the ultimate parabrahman

In the present era many people worship Shri Ram as bhagavan , many people see him as merely an incarnation and many people consider him to be just an ideal man. But other than Sri Valmiki Ramayana , ...
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Relation between Rama and sita?

If Nimi and Kukshi were sons of Ikshvaku then how could Rama and Sita marry? If they shared common ancestry then they would become brother and sister in relation, right? please elaborate.
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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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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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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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In Ramayan, where is it mentioned that Atikaya held the trident of Lord Shiva?

There is a story that says that once Atikaya went to Kailash and for some reason Lord Shiva got angry and he released his powerful trident on Atikaya. However, Atikaya caught hold of the trident and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 Rama see all women as his mother?

Kausalya was the mother of Rama. Did Rama show to all other women the same respect that he showed to Kausalya?
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How many son(s) and daughter(s) did Vibhisana and Indrajit have?

Did Vibhisana have any son and daughter? and Did Indrajit have any son and daughter? Any mention in Ramayan? Did Vibhisan have any son/daughter after marring Mandodari?
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Ramayana of how many mahayugas are available now?

Valmiki ramayana is said to be the Ramayana of 28th mahayuga. As per my knowledge, Padma purana contains the Ramayana of 24th mahayuga. Are there any more Ramayanas of other mahayugas? In total, ...
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What Sri Vaishnava works discuss Dasharatha's Sharanagati to Parashurama?

The Rahasyaratnavali is a short work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan on the subject of Sharanagati, complete surrender to Vishnu as a means of attaining Moksha. And Vedanta Desikan ...
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What is phalashruti for Bala Kanda parayana of Valmiki Ramayana

In which text the phalashruti for parayana of Balakanda of Valmiki Ramayan has been mentioned? And what is it?
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How do you get a name (apart from birth) in the scriptures?

As I know, there are characters that have the name "Dhananjaya" (Arjuna) to conquer many kingdoms, but I have not seen that Karna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Bhima or Bharata have that name. Also that one of ...
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Did Rama tell lie while departure from Ayodhya

Consider the following slokas from Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. Rama again and again saw that Kausalya, his mother who was crying thus, running after that chariot as though dancing, ...
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Relation between Laxmi poojan and returning of Lord Rama on the same day

Is it just a coincidence or is there any relation between Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya from 14 years of exile and the worshipping of Goddess Laxmi on the same day i.e. Diwali
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Neglect of Lava/Kusa by Rama

Lord Rama was surprised to encounter Lava and Kusa who challenged his power unknowingly before Ashwamedha Yagam. Why did he not bother to inquire or keep track of his children's progress for so long ...
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Which characters of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are also mentioned in the Vedas?

By characters, I mean people (kings, queens and sages) like Daśaratha, Rāma, Janaka, Sītā, Viśvāmitra, Vasiṣṭha, etc. and not gods/mythological beings like Indra, Agni, Śiva and Viṣṇu. And by Vedas, ...
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How do gods decide when to incarnate and when to assume a human form bypassing the birthing process?

In both Rāmāyaṇa and Mahābhārata, we see Indra taking a human form during what appears to be emergency situations. When Indra wants to rob Gautama off of his ascetic power he suddenly decides to take ...
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Are there cities / kingdoms that occur in both Ramayana and Mahabharata?

In particular is Kurukshetra of any importance in Ramayana and Ayodhya in Mahabharata?
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What is the basis to say Rama didn't worship Shiva when his mother clearly did?

From Ayodhya Kanda - Book Of Ayodhya Chapter [Sarga] 25: smR^itir dhR^itiH ca dharmaH ca paantu tvaam putra sarvataH | skandaH ca bhagavaan devaH somaH ca sabR^ihaspatiH || 2-25-11 sapta R^...
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Kamba Ramayana with English Commentary

I am interested to have an English Commentary on Kamba Ramayana with the original verses in Tamil. It may be a particular sitr, but I am interested in the same in form of a-book, priced or free. ...
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What was the reason behind carving Lord Ram's name on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge?

All websites and television shows say Lord Ram's Name was carved on the boulders of Ram Setu Bridge that was built by Vanara Army. ACCORDING to SCRIPTURES: Nala had a Boon that he can make stones ...
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What are some well-written and accurate Ramayana books based on Valmiki's original work?

What are some well-written and accurate Ramayana books that I can use? By accurate I mean those that stay true to Valmiki's original Sansrkit work.
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Is Ayodhya's location true?

Valmiki Ramayana, Balakanda, ChaturVimsha sarga, verses 8-9: Mansarovar is on Mt.Kailasa, and from Manasa sarovar flows a river close to Ayodhyapuri. Because this has originated from a lake, saraH,...
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Looking for the book that says Ramayana and Mahabharata took place lacs of years Before Christ

When I was a student (during 1978-79), I had a book on Ancient Indian History with chronological events (from Vedic times to Modern India), in which the author arrived at date of Ramayana some 7 lac ...
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What is the significance of the name Kumbhakarna?

Kumbhakarna was the brother of Ravana. What is the meaning of this name? Is there any significance behind this name? Wiki says it means pot-eared. By this logic, Karna was named after an ear. I find ...
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When did Narakasura perform his atrocities on Svarga?

Narakasura, the son of Lord Varaha and Bhudevi, is quite famous. It is because of him that Lord Krsna was able to get the name Murari, Narakari, as well as whole festival dedicated to him (Deepavali). ...
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What are the kriyas Swahakaram and Vashatkaram means?

In Balagandam Sarkam 52 (I think), the following passage appears in Tamil: Which when I translate: Then Vasishta said "Maharaj (addressing Vishwamithrar), I will not give Sabahalai in lieu of ...
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Was Shwetaketu born in a previous Kali Yuga?

As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhrishtas heard sacred verses directly from the gods during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation), and ...
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How would warriors know what astra is fired on them to counteract accordingly?

In the epic wars like Ramayana and Mahabharata, How would warriors know what astra is being fired on them? It is just a matter of time till the astra reaches the warrior. So, how would one ...
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Story of Mrit Sanjeevni Mantra and Sanjeevni Plant

Can any one shed light on Mrit Sanjeevni Mantra and how it came in existence, is it any way related to sanjeevni plant that is in Ramayana. Is the sanjeevni plant just medicine effect like "jadi ...
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Did Ravana wear a sacred thread?

Did Ravana wear a sacred thread? If I get any sastric reference it will be helpful
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Did any Rishi tell that Lord Hanuman would compose Brahma Sutra Bhashya?

I read somewhere, that in Valmiki Ramayana, a Rishi predicted that Lord Hanuman would compose Brahma Sutra Bhashya in future. Is this true? Where exactly in Ramayana is it mentioned?
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Did Lakshmi come out of Samudramanthanam in the Ramayana version?

In the twitter feed of eminent Srivaishnavite lecturer/teacher Velukkudi Krishnan - somebody asked the above question.
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Did Shurpanaka take revenge on Ravana using Sita?

I have come across some hear say versions like Shurpanaka took revenge on Ravana using Sita, for the killing of her husband Vidyutjihva.. We have the description of killing of shurpanaka husband in ...
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What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death?

What happened to Surpanakha after Ravana's death. I heard some stories related to her which I refused to believe in. I couldn't find any post which mentions what happened to her. Is there any ...
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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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Whom is bharata referring “queen mothers” Or “raajadaaraaH” here?

In Yudhakand-127-3, Let bards well-versed in singing praises and Puranas (containing ancient legends, cosmogony etc.) as also all panegyrists, all those proficient in the use of musical instruments, ...
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Authenticity of Hanuman searching for Rama's ring and realizing the nature of time

There is a story over internet and the story goes like this When the time came for the departure of Rama, Yama says to Rama that he cannot able to come to earth because of the presence of Hanuman....
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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?