Episode 32 – Sumanthra guides King Dasharata

In the last couple of episodes, we were able to witness the beauty and the significance of the city of Ayodhya, which was the capital of the great Ikshvaaku Dynasty. Valmiki Maharishi had been mentioning numerous good things about Ayodhya, but at the end he says that there is just one worry for the kingContinue reading “Episode 32 – Sumanthra guides King Dasharata”

Episode 31 – Everything is beautiful about Ayodhya… But…

In the previous episode, we began to look into the Ramayana text written by Valmiki Maharishi and in that, we started looking into the significance and the beauty of the city of Ayodhya – The capital of the Ikshvaaku dynasty. Eventually we also saw the various kings who ruled the kingdom and subsequently a short descriptionContinue reading “Episode 31 – Everything is beautiful about Ayodhya… But…”

Episode 30: Commencing the Ramayana story – A beautiful description of the city of Ayodhya

In the previous episode we saw the beautiful and a touching description of how Lord Rama himself listens to the Ramayana story from his two little sons, Lava and Kusha. With that, we shall now move into what Lava and Kusha sang in front of Lord Rama. Today, we shall see a beautiful description ofContinue reading “Episode 30: Commencing the Ramayana story – A beautiful description of the city of Ayodhya”

Episode 29: Lord Rama listens to his own Charithra!

In the previous episode we saw how the slokas in the Valmiki Ramayana are musically aesthetic and so pleasing for the ears of a person to listen to. Also, we saw that Lava and Kusha start singing the Ramayana and Valmiki Maharishi had made sure that the children by-hearted all the 24,000 slokas. In today’sContinue reading “Episode 29: Lord Rama listens to his own Charithra!”

Episode 28 – Sweetness of the Ramayana Slokas – A beautiful description by Valmiki Maharishi

In the last couple of episodes we were discussing the important points regarding the structure of the Valmiki Ramayana text, which has seven “Kaandams” (Parts), more than 500 “Sargams” (Chapters) and more than 24,000 slokas (verses) embedded into them. Before we actually move into the Ramayana story, we still have a few more aspects toContinue reading “Episode 28 – Sweetness of the Ramayana Slokas – A beautiful description by Valmiki Maharishi”

Episode 27 – “Utthara Kaanda” – Also an integral part of Valmiki’s Ramayana?

In the previous episode we witnessed that the Valmiki Ramayana is comprised of over 24,000 slokas (verses), fit into over 500 sargams (chapters) and 6 Kaandas. However, the seventh Kaanda, namely the Utthara Kaanda happens much later after Valmiki Maharishi had composed the Ramayana text, however, we also saw that the text that he composed,Continue reading “Episode 27 – “Utthara Kaanda” – Also an integral part of Valmiki’s Ramayana?”

Episode 26 – Structure of the Valmiki Ramayana – A detailed description

Till the previous episode we saw how Lord Brahma had blessed Valmiki Maharishi to commence writing the great Ramayana text. In the process we also witnessed the three main divine events that led Valmiki Maharishi to author this text. Further, let’s go into the details of the Ramayana text little by little from today. InContinue reading “Episode 26 – Structure of the Valmiki Ramayana – A detailed description”

Episode 25: Valmiki Maharishi commences to write the Ramayana text

Till the previous episode we saw the three major events that influenced Valmiki Maharishi to write the Ramayana. The first event was the conversation between Sage Naarada and Valmiki Maharishi (Naarada-Valmiki Samvaadham) wherein Valmiki Maharishi asks sixteen questions to Sage Naarada. In reply, Sage Naarada gives the “Samkshepa Ramayana” to Valmiki Maharishi. The second eventContinue reading “Episode 25: Valmiki Maharishi commences to write the Ramayana text”

Episode 24: Lord Brahma “rephrases” Valmiki Maharishi’s first sloka!

In the previous episode, we witnessed that at a point when Valmiki Maharishi was feeling low and sad, Lord Brahma enters into his ashram. Upon seeing Lord Brahma, Valmiki Maharishi gets surprised and he offers all the respects to him and gives him a seat (Aasanam) to sit. Lord Brahma looks at Valmiki Maharishi andContinue reading “Episode 24: Lord Brahma “rephrases” Valmiki Maharishi’s first sloka!”

Episode 23 – Lord Brahma enters Valmiki Maharishi’s Ashram

In the previous episode we witnessed the second major event that pushed Valmiki Maharishi to commence writing the Ramayana text. It is to be recalled that the first event was “Naarada-Valmiki Samvaadham” (The conversation between Sage Naarada and Valmiki Maharishi), wherein the “Samkshepa Ramayana” was born. Subsequently, Valmiki Maharishi and Sage Bharadwaja go to theContinue reading “Episode 23 – Lord Brahma enters Valmiki Maharishi’s Ashram”