Rama the Steadfast: An Early Form of the Ramayana

Rama the Steadfast: An Early Form of the Ramayana

by Valmiki
     
 

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Warrior-prince Rama is about to be crowned Young King, when he hears the devastating news that his father, King of Ayodhya, has been tricked into banishing him to the forest. His devoted wife Sita insists on accompanying him in exile, but the evil ten-headed lord Ravana has fallen deeply in love with the beautiful princess and steals her away. Aided by Hanuman,

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Warrior-prince Rama is about to be crowned Young King, when he hears the devastating news that his father, King of Ayodhya, has been tricked into banishing him to the forest. His devoted wife Sita insists on accompanying him in exile, but the evil ten-headed lord Ravana has fallen deeply in love with the beautiful princess and steals her away. Aided by Hanuman, mighty captain of the monkeys, Rama sets out across the world to find her and destroy Ravana in a deadly battle. Rama the Steadfast was composed in the oral tradition in about the fifth century BC and has been retold over the generations ever since. With its fantastical characters ranging from monsters to apes, a very human hero and its profound moral purpose, it is one of the greatest of all Indian tales.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140447446
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
385,167
Product dimensions:
4.92(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Brockington is Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on Sanskrit literature, especially epics, and is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit studies.

Mary Brockington has published on the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Harivamsa, and on traditional tales and early literature in Europe and South Asia.

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