He submitted to the apex court Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that at least in three places in Valmiki Ramayana
, it is mentioned that Sri Ram was born in Ayodhya.
"Sita Speaks: The Voice of the Heroine in Sundarakanda of the Valmiki Ramayana
." In Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asia Tradition, ed.
(16) The Valmiki Ramayana
: Critical Edition, 7 vols., eds.
was based on objective truth about Ram.
(36) Among textual sources, perhaps the most well-known and influential is the Sanksrit Valmiki Ramayana
, which the opening titles of the film identify as the basis of Paley's story, although the film is clearly informed by other versions of the text as well as secondary literature on the epic's meaning and significance within Hindu culture.
Ramayana, the celebrated epic of India, portrays many decision situations that can be analyzed to gain some insights into this matter; however, for the purpose of this article, we will focus on one particular episode portrayed in the 17th and 18th chapters of the Book 6 (Yuddha Kanda) of the Valmiki Ramayana
To insist that Rama was a Vaisnava god already in the Valmiki Ramayana
reduces the epic from a powerful human drama to a desiccated, syrupy and often absurd theology, (7) however clever the commentators' theological somersaults are.
In recent days, few scholars and politicians are pressurizing the country to accept Valmiki Ramayana
as the only Ramayana and definitely, it will have many negative effects for Indian culture.
End sex- discrimination and become the harbinger of giving the pledge of equality to all." The character of Shurpanakhi, the sister of Ravana, is portrayed with great sympathy and different from the Valmiki Ramayana
Vayu, the god of wind, has a relatively substantial role in a number of the stories told in the Balakanda of the Valmiki Ramayana
, and a mention of the Wind God's role here would reinforce Lutgendorf's understanding of the importance of Vayu in the mythology of Hanuman (none of these stories, however, directly involve Hanuman).
After the editor's introduction, the first two articles, one by Robert Goldman and one by Sally Sutherland Goldman, deal with the Sanskrit Valmiki Ramayana
. The next three articles are devoted to regional versions of the epic: William Smith reviews the Ramayana versions of eastern India (Assam, Bengal, and Orissa) since medieval times; Mandakranta Bose more narrowly examines how the feminine is represented in Rama stories in Bengal; and Paula Richman concentrates on south Indian responses to Rama's beheading of the low-caste ascetic Sambuka in three twentieth-century Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada plays.
Some remarks follow on the development of Hanuman's character in the Valmiki Ramayana
, its changes between the Valmiki Ramayana
and the Ramacaritamanasa, as well as Tulasi Dasa's own perception of Hanuman.