Ramayana is one of India’s oldest and greatest epics, telling the tale of Prince Rama, an avatar of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu. The book was primarily written in the form of 24,000 verses and narrates the journey of Rama and his quest to find his wife Sita who was kidnapped by the Demon-king Ravana and taken to Lanka.
The thematic elements in the saga include many important topics such as the notion of dharma, the ideal king, the ideal brother, the ideal wife, friendship and vengeance. The epic is highly engrossing and features many notable characters such as Hanuman, Laxman and Kumbhakarna.
Ramayana, despite being scripted centuries ago, holds up as a gripping and invigorating tale of love and friendship. The story covers numerous moral and ideological dilemmas and is an ideal read for people of all ages. Alongside the Mahabharata, it is still considered the grandest epic written till date. This book was published by Orient Publishing in 2010 and is available in paperback.
- The epic has been adapted into numerous mediums such as feature films, animated films, plays and television series.
*About the Author
Valmiki is one of India’s greatest writer-poets and is often considered as the first poet of the country. Before his days as a divine sage and a devout worshipper, Valmiki was known as Ratnakar, a highway robber who committed murders and robberies to feed his family. After meeting the sage Narada, he understood the error of his ways and dedicated his life to attain salvation and repent for his sins. After years of meditation and prayers, he was given the name Valmiki by a divine voice. He has written the Ramayana, one of India’s greatest epics and is also credited with composing the first sloka in Sanskrit.
- Paperback: 395 pages
- Publisher: Orient Publishing (1 January 2012)
- Language: Hindi