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Giridhar Ramayana - the Gujarati rendition of the great epic, Ramayana

Named after the great poet, Giridhar, The Gujarati rendition of Ramayan also known as Giridhar Ramayana’s first title was called the Sriramacaritrasammata Valmikinatakadhara. The significance of this version lies in the fact that it beautifully depicts the holy self of Sri Ram. The version revolves around the eventual surrender of Vibhishana, the brother of the evil Ravana, in front of Lord Rama. In this retelling of Valmiki Ramayan, the remarkable element is in the occurrence of Vibhishana Saranagati. Lord Rama decided to listen to Vibhishana upon his surrender and decided to pass on Lanka to him. At this, Sugriva brought up an issue to Rama regarding how Rama would stay true to his promise to Vibhishana if Ravana surrendered before him, letting Sita go. Rama answered that he would give Ayodhya to Ravana, and Lanka would be given to Vibhishana as promised.

The importance of Ramayana in Indian culture

The Ramayana distinguishes Rama as a significant avatar or manifestation of Lord Vishnu and stays the chief source for Lord Rama's worship. However, not as long as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana contains many strict religious materials such as myths, accounts of great sages, and records of commendable human ways of behaving. Every one of the books in the Ramayana tells various renditions of the same story, each speaking extensively about the qualities of faithfulness, respect, and remaining consistent with one's way throughout everyday life. In general, the Ramayana fundamentally affected the Hindu culture through lessons seen through the experiences of Rama. The 'Ramayana' reflects the most significant standards of Indian culture. It shapes the very stage for  "Sanatana Dharma." Someone as great as Vedantist, Swamy Vivekananda talked extensively about the Ramayana as the cornerstone of everything mankind needs to know about the Aryan life and knowledge.

Anyone aiming to know India's present appropriately goes through its flourishing history; to see a country's present correctly, one can't overlook its previous history and social legacy. 

The fame of the Rama story spread through India so generally that the story is heard or perused with delight and devotion in the royal residences and the huts. If we investigate the extraordinary sagas, all of the customary qualities of Indian development, along with its charitableness and inadequacy, will be revealed. The greatness of this remarkable story captivates the hearts of the rich and poor, the high-level and underprivileged, the educated and unskilled people, and the metropolitan and provincial individuals. The prevalence of the Valmiki Ramayana and the voluminous Rama Literature of numerous centuries is a landmark to the idealism of India, its high regard for virtues and its faith in a decisive win of good over evil. Similarly, the energetic reaction of the large numbers of Indians to the message of Ramacaritamanasa vouches for the well-established religious conviction and unconstrained devotion of the spirit of India.

Numerous people have heard about the yearly celebration of Ram-lila (Ram-play) which is performed religiously at the time of the harvest during the famous Dussehra celebration, in lieu of Rama and Sita’s victory of the light over darkness!! Ramayana's poetic excellence and the majestic story imply that the narrative of Rama has been continually retold by a portion of India's most prominent scholars, both in Sanskrit and territorial dialects. Apart from the well-known Ram-lila, the tale of Ramayana is a huge inspiration for dramatic artistic shows, dance dramatisations, and shadow-puppet theatres.


Q1. Was Rama a historical figure?

Rama was of an imperial race that plummeted from the Sun, and Rajput factions of the Solar dynasty, among them the leaders of Mewar or Udaipur, guaranteed Rama as their precursor, making the Ramayana a family history.

Q2. What is the Ramayana all about?

The Ramayana is an old Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama's mission to protect his adored wife Sita from the grip of Ravana with the assistance of a group of monkeys.