It is true that Sita and her sons Lava and Kusha all stayed at the sage Valmiki's ashram (hermitage). But that is not how Valmiki came to know of the story of the Ramayana. He learnt the story earlier than that.
Once Valmiki was visited by the Devarishi (divine sage) Narada. Since Narada was knolwedgeable on a great many subjects, Valmiki asked him a ...
Valmiki Ramayana consists of 24000 verses. It is verified in Balakanda 1.4.2 itself:
चतुर् विंशत् सहस्राणि श्लोकानाम् उक्तवान् ऋषिः |
तथा सर्ग शतान् पंच षट् काण्डानि तथा उत्तरम् ||१-४-२
Sage Valmiki said Ramayana in twenty four thousand verses, in six hundred chapters, in six books, likewise an end-piece too. [1-4-2]
Does Uttara Kanda comes in ...
Let me discuss each of the three names separately:
Ramayana: As described in this chapter of the Bala Kanda of the Ramayana, after Valmiki composed his famous epic poem (a story I discuss here), he gave it three names: Ramayana, Sitayascharitam Mahat, and Paulastya Vadha:
That sage with observed sacred vows has rendered the entire epic in the name of '...
There's only one reference to Krishna in the Ramayana. In this chapter of the Uttara Kanda, Rama asks Lakshmana to find out whether anyone is waiting to see him, because Rama was distraught over Sita's exile and thus wasn't seeing any subjects for the past few days. Rama tells Lakshmana that it is very important for a king to see his subjects promptly. He ...
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 (true history) and Primarily a story of Lord Rama and mother Sita alone. Puranas are mythology (true tails) and talk about various other topics also ,rather than ...
According to Skanda Purana, Nagara Khanda, Volume 17, Chapter 124, Sage Valmiki is Brahmin by birth too.
Formerly, there was a Brahmana named Lohajangha in Chamatkarpura. He hailed from the family of Mandavya.
Initially, he was a good person devoted to his family but once, there was no rain for a long time in Chamatkarpuar. So, Chamatkarpur was affected ...
Well, your main question seems to be that if Pandu knew very well the definition of Dharma when it comes to hunting then why acted in contrary to that?
Then, it happens like that with many people all the time. It happens with the Rishis and also with the Gods.
So, even people, who are well aware of what is Dharma and what is not, end up doing Adharma. It's ...
Valmiki is Lord Ramas contemporary. For eg. In the Ayodhya Kanda Lord Rama, along with Sita and Sri Lakshmana meet Valmiki in Chitrakuta forest.
इति सीता च रामश्च लक्ष्मणश्च कृताञ्जलिः |
अभिगम्याश्रमम् सर्वे वाल्मीकि मभिवादयन् || २-५६-१६
After deciding thus Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana all with joined palms approached the hermitage and offered ...
You are right in surmising that the Putrakaameshthi Yagya may not have been required after the Ashwamedha as mentioned in this verse:
चिन्तयानस्य तस्य एवम् बुद्धिः आसीन् महात्मनः |
सुतार्थम् वाजिमेधेन किम् अर्थम् न यजामि अहम् || १-८-२
To that anguished great-soul, a thought occurred this way, "To beget sons, why should not I perform Horse ritual...[...
As you mentioned in your post, there is no reference to the incidence of Lord Rama met with Sabari and she offering him tasted berries, either in the Sanskrit Valmiki Ramayana or Awadhi Tulsidas Ramacharitmanas.
However, there is one more version. Odia Ramayana is written by Balaram Das.
Around the same time as Tulsidas wrote his Ramayana, Balaram ...
I'm giving here instances other than Rameshwaram. Lord Rama being a perfect example for every human being, prays and respects every divinities. It is also seen in Ayodhya Kanda:
वैश्वदेवबलिम् कृत्वा रौद्रम् वैष्णवमेव च |
वास्तुसंशमनीयानि मङ्गळानि प्रवर्तयन् || २-५६-३१
जपम् च न्यायतः कृत्वा स्नात्वा नद्याम् यथाविधि |
पाप संशमनम् रामः चकार बलिम् ...
Different Versions of Lord Ram Worshipping Lord Shiva by establishing a Linga at Rameshwaram
In the Chapter 3 of Brahma Kund (3rd Canto of Skanda Purana)
“Describing how Sri Ram had installed Rameshwar linga, Sutji said--'
After killing Ravan, Sri Ram enthroned Vibhishan as the king of Lanka.
While returning to Ayodhya he made a brief stop at ...
Vālmīki's depiction as a Robber
It looks like Tagore's Vālmīki-Praṭibhā is partly based on Kṛttivāsa Rāmāyaṇa. In the opening chapters of his Rāmāyaṇa, Kṛttivāsa narrates how Ratnākara, son of sage Cyavana, used to be a dacoit before transforming himself into Vālmīki Ṛṣi by meditating on the Rāma-mahā-mantra.
From Ādi-kāṇḍa Ch. 1 (Birth of four aṁśas of ...
There was a reference to Kesari, among all the vanara generals, who came in support of Sri Rama to Lanka, in Yuddha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana.
Sharana, Ravana's aide, describes the individual strengths of the various commanders in the army of monkeys, mentioning their names one by one, in detail.
भ्रमर आचरिता यत्र सर्व काम फल द्रुमाः || ६-२७-३४
Valmiki is still living. He was also present during the conversation between Yudhisthira and Bhishma which is recorded in Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata. For eg. In this chapter of Anushashana Parva, after Lord Krishna finishes reciting Mahadeva Sahasranaama to Yudhisthira and others, among with other sages, Valmiki also comments there as:
Then the ...
This is just to maintain the writing style. These synonymous words are used in Ramayana for the same:
नव प़ञ्च च वर्षाणि (9+5)
नव वर्षाणि पञ्च च (9+5)
सप्त सप्त च वर्षाणि (7+7)
वर्षाणीह चतुर्दश (14)
चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि (14)
षट्चाष्टौ च वर्षाणि (6+8)
Kaikayi to Dashratha (2.11.26) :
नव प़ञ्च च वर्षाणि दण्डकारण्यमाश्रितः।
20,000 years according to Kṛttivāsa Rāmāyaṇa.
The name of Rāma was given by Brahmā to Ratnākara (for recitation) at a place, where he recited the said name for sixty thousand years§, seated at a place in an āsana. All his limbs were eaten away by white-ants and he became a skeleton, because all the flesh was consumed by the white-ants. Thus the bones ...
Husband being associated in wife's sins
The wife's sins definitely affect the husband. This is mentioned in the scriptures.
Mantridoshascha rAjAnam jAyAdoshah patim yathA |
TathA prApnotyasandeham shishyapApam gurum priye ||
Just like a king gets affected by the sins committed by his ministers,
a husband gets affected by the sins committed by ...
Vālmīki's depiction as a Robber in Kṛttivāsa Rāmāyaṇa
The opening chapters of Kṛttivāsa Rāmāyaṇa narrate how Ratnākara, son of sage Cyavana, used to be a dacoit before transforming himself into Vālmīki Ṛṣi by meditating on the Rāma-mahā-mantra.
From Ādi-kāṇḍa Ch. 1 (Birth of four aṁśas of Nārāyaṇa):
Brahmā with a smile, asked Trilocana Śiva, to name a ...
Valmiki was contemporary to Sri Rama. As per Matsya Purana, Ramayana happenned during 24th Treta Yuga of Vaivasvara (current) Manvantara. Valmiki composed the story of Rama through meditation as described in Chapter 2 and 3 of Balakanda. Valmiki composed not only past and present of Rama's life but also future work of Rama in advance. This clearly shows ...
While writing another answer, I searched if this story (Shabari feeding Rama 'tasted' berries) is mentioned in Sri Ranganatha Ramayanam, but it's not there. It just says that Shabari offered various fruits to Rama and then he just ate them:
However, while comparing the above to Valmiki Ramayana at valmikiramayan.net, I found the following note by the ...
Yes Valmiki appears in the Uttara Kanda, where he provides shelter in his ashrama to the banished Sita. Later events take place at his ashrama with Valmiki playing an important role in the bringing up of Lava and Kusha.
Refer link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana#Uttara_Kanda
Valmiki appears in Bala Kanda and Uttara Kanda.
The Ramayana starts with the conversation between Sage Narada and Valmiki. Valmiki inquires whether there is any man in the world with qualities of a God. He wanted to know sixteen qualities.
A thoughtful-meditator, an eternally studious sage in scriptures about the Truth and Untruth, a sagacious thinker, ...
From this article by Devdutt Pattanaik:
This story of Lakshman Rekha, the line drawn by Lakshmana around Sita's hut, comes to us from regional Ramayanas like the Bengali Krittivasa Ramayana and the Telugu Ranganatha Ramayana, written about seven centuries years ago.
It is not found in the old Sanskrit Ramayana of Valmiki, written two thousand years ...
These are good questions.
1. It seems so that Valmiki being mentioned is the one who wrote Ramayana because we know that Lord Rama came in the the 24th Maha Yuga.
See the answer here for Maha yuga details of the avatars
Yes. Vishnu Purana, Linga Purana (chapter 24) etc. mention names of Vyasa incarnations of different Maha yuga. There is Vyasa in every ...
Yes, not only is Vālmīki a character in his Rāmāyaṇa he even meets Rāma in person and gives testimony of Sītā's unblemished character.
Chapter 7 (Uttara Kanda) - Sarga 87
When night was over, the king, Raghava, went to the sacrificial
ground and summoned all the immensely energetic rishis.
Vasistha, Vamadeva, Jabali, Kashyapa, Vishvamitra, ...
No.And that is why Hanuman mistook Dhanyamalini as Mandodari.
Hanumanji reported Jamavaan that Mandodari restained Ravan.
स्त्रीणाम् मध्यात् समुत्पत्य तस्य भार्या दुरात्मनः || ५-५८-७५ वरा मन्द
उदरी नाम तया स प्रतिषेधितः |
"Springing up from the midst of those women, a royal woman named
Mandodari, the wife of that evil-minded Ravana, ran to ...
Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa from Gorakhpur Gita Press doesn't contain this verse at all. At least not in the same place i.e., Yuddha-kāṇḍa Sarga 124.
The Gorakhpur VR contains the following (verses 11-17):
मारीचदर्शनं चैव सीतोन्मथनमेव च | कबन्धदर्शनं चैव पम्पाभिगमनं तथा ॥११॥
सुग्रीवेण च ते सख्यं यत्र वाली हतस्त्वया । मार्गणं चैव वैदेह्याः कर्म वातात्मजस्य च ॥...
Continuing the answer from the verse in Baala Kaanda Chapter IV:
(2) चतुर्विंशत्सहस्त्राणि श्लोकानामुक्तवानृषिः | तथा सर्गशतान् पञ्च षट्काण्डानि तथोत्तरम् ||
This epic contains twenty four thousand verses split into five hundred chapters in Six Cantos. (Baala Kaanda: Ch IV:2) [The six cantos are Baala Kaanda, Ayodhya Kaanda, Aranya Kaanda, Kishkinda Kaanda, ...