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Publisher:Penguin Books
Published In:2000
ISBN-10:0140298665
ISBN-13:9780140298666
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:1.50 lbs
Pages:pp. viii + 696, Glossary, Notes

The Title "The Valmiki Ramayana" is written by Valmiki . This book was published in the year 2000. The ISBN number 0140298665|9780140298666 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. This book has total of pp. viii + 696 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Penguin Books. We have about 114539 other great books from this publisher. The Valmiki Ramayana is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

One of India's two greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time engaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience.

Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the Earth of the terrible demon Ravana. Exiled for fourteen years because of his stepmother's fit of jealousy on the eve of his coronation, Rama enters the forests of Dandaka with his beautiful wife Sita and devoted brother Laksmana. Sita is abducted from the forest by Ravana who takes her to his isolated kingdom on the far side of the southern ocean. The two brothers set out to rescue her and. Along the way, make an alliance with a dispossessed monkey king Sugriva. At the end of a bloody war Ravana is killed and Sita reunited with her husband, and victorious Rama returns to Ayodhya to claim the throne that is rightfully his.

An idealized heroic tale ending with the inevitable triumph of good over evil, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of Family relationships, love and loss, duty and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions. All this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, Gods and celestial beings, wondrous Animals and terrifying demons.

In her translation Arshia Sattar has successfully bridged both time and space to make this ancient classic accessible to the present-day English reader.

About the Author

Valmiki is almost indisputably The Author of the Sanskrit Ramayana even though it is quite likely that the story of Rama's life was in circulation before Valmiki gave it its present form. As a poet and composer, Valmiki acts within the story that he tells. Later legend has it that Valmiki was a bandit who was converted from his life of looting and pillaging by Rama's grace. His devotion then inspired him to compose and recite the story of Rama's adventures. While it is impossible to establish conclusive dates for Valmiki's life and there is nothing outside the Ramayana itself to prove that he was a historical figure, it is believed that this Sanskrit text was composed between 700 and 500 B.C. Abridged : Arshia Sattar
Cover Design : Bena Saren

Contents

Translator's Note
Introduction

1. Childhood
2. Ayodhya
3. Wilderness
4. Kiskindha
5. Beauty
6. War