The Ramayana is a Sanskrit epic poem ascribed to the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki. It is thought of as one of the two great Indian literature, along with the Mahabharata.Considered itihÄsa, the Ramayana also plays an important role in Hindu literature (smá¹ti). It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife, and the ideal king. The name Ramayana is a tatpurusha compound of RÄma and ayana ("going, advancing"), translating to "Rama's Journey". The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses in seven books (kÄá¹á¸as) and 500 cantos (sargas), and tells the story of Rama (an avatar of the Hindu supreme-god Vishnu), whose wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the king of Lanka (current day Sri Lanka). Incidentally the first letter of every 1000 verses (total 24) make the Gayatri mantra. Thematically, the Ramayana explores human values and the concept of dharma.
This edition has been formatted for your reader, with an active table of contents. The play has also been annotated, with additional information about the work itself and also Valmiki, including an overview, history, characters, synopsis, influence, depictions in media, and biographical information.
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