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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

Aamisham means meat and it also means enjoyable sense object like kingdom; it also means immense sense gratification and very pleasant and dear sense objects. Why translate this word only to mean meat?...
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Why did Hanuman fight with Lord Rama?

As far as I know, this story has no scriptural basis; it may just be folklore. The story as I remember it goes roughly as follows: the king of Kashi was once in Ayodhya, perhaps during the coronation ...
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Ages of Ramayana's characters

As you probably know, the birth of Rama and his brothers was caused by Dasharatha's wives drinking divine Payasa obtained from the fire of the Putrakameshti Yagna (ritual for having sons). As a ...
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Was Rama a god?

Yes, Sri Rama, the son of Dasharatha is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. So, he himself is the Lord. It is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana, Baala Kanda that all world had become sad because of Ravana. ...
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What is Rama Rajya?

Rama Rajya is described in Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana after Rajya-Abhishekam of Lord Rama. Here is how Rama Rajya is described: न पर्यदेवन्विधवा न च व्यालकृतं भयम् | न व्याधिजं भयन् वापि रा...
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What are the main differences between Valmiki Ramayana and Ram Charit Manas

Your above information is partly wrong. Tulsidas Ramcharitmanas was not direct word of Hanuman . Tulsidas got darshan of Hanuman guided by a Pretatama and by the guide of Hanuman he received vision of ...
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Why did Lord Rama ask mother Sita for Agni Pariksha?

In this chapter of the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana, Rama explains why he made Sita walk through fire, despite having complete trust in her: Seetha certainly deserves this pure factory ordeal in the ...
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Is the story of Sita's banishment present in any scriptures other than Valmiki Ramayana?

Do any puranas mention about Sita's second excile? Yes , as you have enquired ,Puranas do talk about mother Sita's second excile. Although not in detail as Valmiki Ramayana because it is Itihasa (...
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Why did Sri Rama banish Lady Sita when he was a witness of her fire-test himself?

UTTARA KANDA is a PRAKSHIPTA - an insertion made at a later date. As the episode of banishment of Sita finds place in this Kanda, it has to be rejected. In view of the following contradictions in the ...
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Did Rama have multiple wives?

Rama's father Maharaja Dasaratha had 3 Queens and 350 other wives. On the other hand, Rama is Ekapatni Vrata, the man who wedded only once. Sitadevi is his only wife. This is illustrated many times ...
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If Ramayana is much older than Mahabharata, then why don't we find any character in Mahabharata discussing Lord Rama or worshipping him?

In the Vana Parva of Mahabharata there is Ramopakhyana section ie. Ramayana is told there by Markandeya to Yudhisthira. One example from that section is: "Markandeya said, 'O bull of the Bharata ...
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Was there a Rama Temple in Ayodhya?

I would like so share some of the important points from the following link http://veda.wikidot.com/ayodhya, here. It provides both historical as well Archaelogical Evidences Puranas like the ...
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Where is it mentioned that Krishna and Rama Worshipped Shiva Lingam?

In Verse 19 of Yuddha Kanda - Book Of War, Chapter [Sarga] 123, Valmiki Ramayana, Lord Rama himself says that he worshiped Mahadeva. एतत् कुक्षौ समुद्रस्य स्कन्धावारनिवेशनम् || ६-१२३-१९ अत्र ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

Here is the verse from Ramayana that Rama left eating meat for 14 years. चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने वने | मधु मूल फलैः जीवन् हित्वा मुनिवद् आमिषम् || २-२०-२९ I shall live in a solitary ...
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Do animals know God exists?

Gajendra elephant got Moksha by chanting name of Lord Vishnu. Once Gajendra elephant went to a lake to drink water. One crocodile came and barked at elephant's feet. Crocodile was very strong and it ...
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Did Lord Rama reach Ayodhya after 20 days from Dusherra?

I do not know how the story of Rama killing Ravana on Vijaya Dashami and returning on Deepawali became famous. If we go through Valmiki Ramayana. It doesn't give precise information on time ...
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Why did only Lord Rama kill Ravana?

One important reason goes far back to even before Ravana was born. Ravan was actually one of the two gatekeepers at Lord Vishnu's abode Vaikuntha. Once, they stopped the four Sanat kumaras from ...
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Why Ravana of Ramayana is worshipped like god and also considered as a demon?

If we go by Uttar Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana then his act of Kidnapping Sita is also considered not bad. It is told he did it to get liberation from hand of Rama. The Story is in Section XLIII of Uttar ...
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Was Rama a god?

Valmiki Ramayana Ayodhya Kanda provides answer to this question. See Here तेषामपि महातेजा रामो रतिकरः पितुः | स्वयम्भूरिव भूतानां बभूव गुणवत्तरः || २-१-६ RaamaH = Rama; svayambhuuriva = ...
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What is Rama Rajya?

Apart from Valmiki Ramayana, Ram Rajya is described in Ramcharitmanas, Uttar Kand. Very long description has been given from Doha number 20. राम राज बैंठें त्रेलोका। हरषित भए गए सब सोका।। बयरु न ...
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Is Kusha (kush) son of Lord Rama?

Of course he is. The Ramayana says Sita gave birth to two sons, not that Vamiki cloned one from the other: yāmeva rātriṃ śatrughna parṇaśālāṃ samāviśat tāmeva rātriṃ sītāpi prasūtā dārakadvayam [...
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Did Rama really send Lakshmana to receive wisdom from Ravana after his fall in war?

Lakshmana did not have a conversation with Ravana on his death bed; there was no time to have a such a conversation, since Ravana was killed as soon as he was struck by Rama's Brahmastra (which I ...
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Anshavatar and Purnavatar - are there different types of avatars?

Yes, It certainly has a scriptural basis and there are such types of Avatars. Narada says in Garga Samhita - Goloka Khanda - First Chapter श्रीबहुलाश्व उवाच - कतिधा श्रीहरेर्विष्णोरवतारो ...
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Why is Lord Rama never mentioned in the Mahabharata?

Rama is mentioned many times in the Mahabharata: As I discuss in this answer, once while the Pandavas and Draupadi while living in the forest, Duhsala's husband Jayadratha kidnapped Draupadi, and the ...
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Where is it mentioned that chanting Krishna is more powerful than chanting Rama's name?

This comparison is actually unfair and made famous from some particular sects only. This is same how they started saying "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama, ...
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During his lifetime, did Rama know that he was a God?

Yes, Lord Rama knew that he was an incarnation. There is an incident at the time of Sita Swayamvar where when he accidently broke Lord Shiva's bow. Lord Parshuram, who was also an incarnation of Lord ...
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