Ramayana by Valmiki

The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic. It is attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu canon (smṛti). The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India, the other being Mahabharata. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. The name Ramayana is a tatpurusha compound of Rāma and ayana "going, advancing", translating to "Rama's Journey". The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses in seven books and 500 cantos, and tells the story of Rama (an incarnation of the Hindu preserver-god Vishnu), whose wife Sita is abducted by the demon (Rakshasa) king of Lanka, Ravana. Thematically, the epic explores themes of human existence and the concept of dharma Verses in Ramayana are written in a 32-syllable meter called anustubh. The epic was an important influence on later Sanskrit poetry and Indian life and culture, primarily through its establishment of the shloka meter. Like its epic cousin the Mahābhārata, however, the Ramayana is not just an ordinary story: it contains the teachings of ancient Hindu sages and presents them through allegory in narrative and the interspersion of the philosophical and the devotional. The characters of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Hanuman and Ravana (the villain of the piece) are all fundamental to the cultural consciousness of India.

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)
  2. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)
  3. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)

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Ramayana Book Four: Kishkindha (Clay Sanskrit Library) (Bk. 4) Hardcover 3208762 $20.64 $3.99 2005
Ramayana Book One: Boyhood (Clay Sanskrit Library) Hardcover 2287719 $20.68 $13.93 2005
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Ramayana - The Story of Lord Rama Paperback 2064431 $2.99 $34.15 2011
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: The Ramayana of Valmiki (Telugu) Hardcover 4334912 $989.90 $975.33 2014
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The Rāmāyana of Valmīki Audible Audiobook 45083 $70.99 2019
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The Ramayana: A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic Hardcover 802027 $62.00 $4.65 2003
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The Ramayana: Translated Into English Prose From the Original Sanskrit; Āranya Kāndam (Classic Reprint) Paperback 3329408 $10.57 $18.01 2018
The Ramayana: Translated Into English Prose From the Original Sanskrit of Valmiki; Uttarakandam (Classic Reprint) Paperback 10450275 $13.57 $21.99 2018
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The Ramayana: Translated Into English Prose From the Original Sanskrit of Valmiki; Ayodhya Kāndam (Classic Reprint) Hardcover 4151114 $30.72 $43.30 2018
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Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom Paperback 1889773 $23.51 $17.24 2004
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Valmiki Ramayana: The Book of Wilderness Kindle Edition 561324 $5.49 2011
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Ramayana, Vol. 2 Paperback 2280580 $19.10 1992
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The Ramayana: Shortened Modern Version Hardcover 6890463 $1.97 1973
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