About the Book
Ramayana is one of the greatest epics and is
sacred to the Hindu religion written by Valmiki. This book is illustrated to
give a good insight of the stories. Easy and simple language has been the
hallmark of this edition. The book also brings out moral values required for
present day generation. The stories in this book are the results of efforts of
the entire team involved from planning till production of the printed version
in book form. It is hoped that the intended, purpose of this book meets the
reader s requirements.
The Ramayana and the Mahabharata
are the two most important epics of ancient India. The Ramayana is the older of
the two and was authored by Maharishi Valmiki at the instance of Sage Narada.
The word-Ramayana-means life-story of Rama. The
original work was in Sanskrit, though later on, Saint Tulsi Das wrote it in
Hindi poetry under the title Ramcharitmanas.
F or our readers’ convenience, this epic has
been divided into eight episodes. These episodes are as under:
1. The Childhood Episode
2. The Ayodhya Episode
3. The Forest Episode
4. The Kishkindha Episode
5. The Fascinating Episode
6. The Lanka Episode
7. The Uttara Episode
8. Lava-Kusha Episode
In South India, Kamban wrote the Ramayana in
Tamil, while Kirtivasa wrote it in Bengali.
As remarked by Saint Narada, the Ramayana came
to be a sacred book. People study it with deep devotion and reverence, not only
in India, but in some countries of, the Far East too.
By virtue of its lofty moral ideals to be followed in
day- to-day life, the Ramayana has been serving as a light-house for the people
of the whole world. Its ideals of true family-relationships, dutifulness,
purity in thinking, tolerance and loyalty are working a wonder even today in
the face of polluting western influences which are more concerned with
materialism than noble values.
The Childhood Episode
The Ayodhya Episode
The Forest Episode
The Kishkindha Episode
The Fascinating Episode
The Lanka Episode
The Uttara Episode
Lava- Kusha Episode
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