The Rāmāyaṇa - "The Life of Râma"
The Rāmāyaṇa is an epic tale set in prehistorical India. One of the countries most beloved and enduring legends, it represents historical fact to millions who worship Rama, prince of Ayodhya, as an incarnation of the Hindu deity Viṣṇu. Regardless of their religious orientation, Indian's see it as a great work of literature. The story of a war between good and evil, and as a document prescribing a code of conduct that is still widely regarded today.
Rama is the hero of the legend, and the 'ayana' is his journey, both physical and spiritual.
The Rāmāyaṇa is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature. The Sanskrit poem, held by common consent in India as the very beginning of poetry, follows Prince Râma's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sitâ from the clutches of the King Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. The Ramayana consists of nearly 24,000 verses and is divided into seven books about 500 chapters.
One of the most important literary works of ancient India, it has greatly influenced art and culture in the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia, with versions of the story also appearing in the Buddhist canon from a very early date. The story of Râma has constantly been retold in poeti