One of the most ancient and largest historical epic on the earth
–Nearly 24,000 Verses (Sloka)
–7 Main Chapters called Kanda
The Ramayana, written by the sage Valmiki, is one of the great epics of the Sanskrit language. It is rewritten in various Indic and foreign languages. Most famous by Tulasidas in Awadhi (Hindi). It tells the historical story of Rama (an avatar of Vishnu), whose wife Sita is abducted by Ravana, the king of Lanka (current day Sri Lanka). Ramayana explores human values and the concept of dharma
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Ramayana Story and Epic
Chapters (Kand) of Ramayana
Bal Kand: This chapter begins with the description of Brahmaswarup, the cosmic and celestial appearance of Lord Rama is an avatar of Vishnu, who descended to earth as a human being to remove rakshasas (demons) such as Ravana. It includes Rama's childhood and the story of Ahilya's deliverance by Rama.
Ayodhya Kand: Life in Ayodhya, including Rama's exile, the death of his father Dasarath, etc.
Aranya Kand: The forest (Aranya) chapter, which includes the kidnapping of Sita by Ravana.
Kishkindha Kand: The episode of Kishkindha. This chapter describes the killing of Bali and the initiation of the active search for Sita.
Sundar Kand: Details Hanuman's arrival and activities in Lanka.
Lanka Kand: It contains details of the battles between Rama's armies and Ravana, the killing of Ravana, and the coronation of Rama upon his return to Ayodhya from Lanka.
Uttar Kand: It includes the banishment of Sita, the birth of Lava and Kusha - the sons of Rama and Sita - and Rama's departure from the earth to Vaikuntha, the abode of Lord Vishnu.