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A Comparative Study of Adhyatma Ramayana and Valmiki Ramayana
by Dr. Mrs. Lalita Kuppuswamy
Hardcover (Edition: 2005)
Vidyanidhi Prakashan, Delhi

Item Code: IDI734
Price: $37.50
Shri Goswami Tulsidas Ramayana (Khemraj Edition)
by Pt. Jwala Prasad ji
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Khemraj Shrikrishnadass

Item Code: NZA204
Price: $35.00
The Ramayana: A Linguistic Study
by Satya Vrat
Hardcover (Edition: 1964)
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

Item Code: ILL52
Price: $25.00
Epics Collection: Enduring Stories from The Mahabharata and The Ramayana (Set of 10 Titles of Comics)
Paperback (Edition: 2013)
Amar Chitra Katha

Item Code: NAF426
Price: $35.00
The Ramayana of Valmiki
by Makhan Lal Sen
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd

Item Code: ISL76
Price: $55.00
The Secrets of Different Ramayanas
by Pt. Madhavacharya Shastri
Paper back (Edition: 2006)
Madhav Vidya Bhawan, Delhi

Item Code: IDJ562
Price: $10.00
Valmiki Ramayana: Sundarakanda (With Selected Commentaries)
by Prof. P.M. Nayak and Prof. P. Geervani
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

Item Code: NAF754
Price: $75.00
Valmiki Ramayana: Kishkindkanda (With Selected Commentaries)
by Prof. P.M. Nayak and Prof. P. Geervani
Hardcover (Edition: 2012)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

Item Code: NAF753
Price: $75.00
Srimad Valmiki-Ramayana Volume-I
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Gita Press, Gorakhpur, India

Item Code: IDJ168
Price: $28.50
Srimad Valmiki-Ramayana Volume-II
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Gita Press, Gorakhpur, India

Item Code: IDJ169
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Curses and Boons (In The Valmiki Ramayana)
by P.G. Lalye
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Bharatiya Kala Prakashan

Item Code: NAF700
Price: $68.00
Goswami Tulsidas' Geetawali and Barvai Ramayan with Ram Raksha Stotra
by Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Abhishek Prakashan, Delhi

Item Code: IDI633
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अद्भुत रामायण (संस्कृत एवम् हिन्दी अनुवाद) -  Adbhut Ramayana
by महर्षि वाल्मीकि (Maharshi Valmiki)
Paperback (Edition: 2006)
Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office

Item Code: HAA774
Price: $15.00
Adhyatma Ramayana (In Two Volumes)
by Commentary by Sri Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia Sri Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Chaukhamba Surbharti Prakashan

Item Code: IHF022
Price: $95.00
Quotations from Valmiki Ramayana (Sanskrit Text with English Translation) - Arranged Subjectwise
by Dr. Nagender Pandey
Hardcover (Edition: 2002)
Delhi Sanskrit Academy

Item Code: NZA095
Price: $25.00
ANANDA RAMAYANA: Attributed to The Great Sage Valmiki (2 Volumes)
by Translated into English by Shanti Lal Nagar
Hardcover (Edition: 2006)
Parimal Publications

Item Code: IDF389
Price: $105.00
Adbhuta Ramayana
by Commentary by Sri Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Chaukhamba Surbharti Prakashan

Item Code: IHF020
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रामायण महातीर्थम्: Ramayan Mahatirtham
by कुबेरनाथ राय: (Kuber Nath Rai)
Hardcover (Edition: 2007)
Bharatiya Jnanpith

Item Code: HAA292
Price: $25.00
Valmiki Ramayana: Ayodhyakanda - Volume I
by Dr. P.M. Nayak & Dr. P. Geervani
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati

Item Code: NAC844
Price: $75.00
Valmiki Ramayana : Ayodhyakanda Volume-II
by Dr. P.M. Nayak & Dr. P. Geervani
Hardcover (Edition: 2010)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati

Item Code: NAC865
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Valmiki Ramayana: Aranyakanda
by Dr. P.M. Nayak & Dr. P. Geervani
Hardcover (Edition: 2011)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati

Item Code: NAC834
Price: $75.00
Valmiki-Ramayana [Two Volumes]
Hardcover (Edition: 2004)
Gita Press, Gorakhpur

Item Code: IDG005
Price: $60.00
श्रीमद्वाल्मीकीय रामायण कथा सुधा सागर: The Nectar of Valmiki Ramayana
by आचार्य कृपाशंकर रामायणी: Acharya Kripashankar Ramayni
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Geeta Press Gorakhpur

Item Code: GPA206
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Sundara Kandam of Srimad Valmiki Ramayana
by Original Sanskrit with English Translation by Swami Tapasyananda
Paperback (Edition: 2005)
Sri Ramakrishna Math

Item Code: IDG425
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The Ramayana Literature
Though there are many Ramayanas, the one penned by Valmiki is said to be the earliest. It was written in the Treta Yoga, aound 4400 B.C. The text as available to us now consists of 24,253 verses and is divided into seven kandas or Books. Each kanda is subdivided into sargas or chapters (total number of sargas being 647) and these comprise shlokas or verses. Though the work is almost entirely in the shloka or the anustubh metre, bigger metres like indravajra or upendravajra have also been employed.

The seven kandas in Valmiki Ramayana are:

Balakanda

Ayodhyakanda

Aranyakanda

Kiskindhakanda

Sundarakanda

Yuddhakanda

Uttarakanda

Three pathas or recensions of the Valmiki Ramayana have been discovered so far: the Daksinatya (southern), the Gaudiya (Bengali) and the Vayavya (north-western).

There are some well-known commentaries on the Valmiki Ramayana in Sanskrit. They are:

Tilaka or Ramabhirami by Nagoji Bhatta

Siromani by Sivasahaya

Bhusana by Govindaraja

Tattvadipa, by Mahesvara Tirtha

Ramanujiyavyakhya, by Kandala Ramanuja

Vivekatilaka by Varadaraja

Dharmakutavyakhya by Tryambakaraja

Ramayana-kuta-vyakhya by Ramananda Tirtha

Most of these commentaries have been printed and are available on this website.

A ceremonial recitation of the Ramayana, especially during the Ramanavami (in April) and the Navaratri (during September-October) celebrations, is believed to confer great religious merit.

Other Ramayanas:

The influence of the Ramayana of Valmiki has been so powerful and deep that quite a few other Ramayanas have come into existence in course of time, thereby enriching our Ramayana literature. Of these, mention must be made of the Adhyatma Ramayana (4200 verses) considered to be a part of the Brahmanda Purana. Cast in the form of a dialogue between Shiva and Parvati, the Adhyatma Ramayana is a highly devotional piece of work and contains quite a few philosophical discourses including the well known Ramagita.

The /book/details/ananda-ramayana-attributed-to-great-sage-valmiki-sanskrit-text-english-translation-and-introduction-two-volumes-IDF389/">Ananda Ramayana (12,000 verses), is another popular work. It is also in the form of a dialogue, first between Parvati and Shiva, and later between Ramadasa and his disciple Visnudasa. This work contains a number of stories popular even now, such as those of Gokarna, the famous pilgrimage centre in Karnataka and the of the raksasa brothers Ahiravana and Mahiravana of the nether world who tried to help Ravana.

Then there are some other Ramayanas, also in Sanskrit, like the Adbhuta Ramayana (1355 verses) the Yogavasistha Ramayana (32,000 verses), the Tattvasangraha Ramayana and the Sangraha Ramayana.

Other Indian languages also have been enriched by the Ramayanas based on Valmiki’s Ramayana or its adaptations. The most famous is Ramacaritamanasa of Tulasidas (in Hindi) the Ramayana of Kamba (in Tamil), the Ramayan of Krttivasa (in Bengali), the Ramacaritam and the Kannassa Ramayanam of Ceraman and Kannassa (in Malayalam), the Ramavatar of Guru Govind Singh (in Punjabi), the Ranganatha Ramayana (in Telugu), the Ramacaritra of Girdhar (in Gujarati), the Saptakanda Ramayana of Sarala Das (in Oriya), the Ramayana of Madhava Kandali (in Assamese) the Torave Ramayana of Narahari (in Kannada) are some of the more well-known Ramayanas in the vernaculars.

Ramayanas outside India:

The story of Rama, either in its original form as de depicted by Valmiki in his Ramayana, or in a metamorphosed form, has travelled widely outside India. The following list of works – by no means exhaustive – gives an idea of this movement:

Ramayana Kakawin (Javanese)

Hikayat Seri Rama (Malaysian)

Ramakien (Thai)

Pha Lak Pha Lam and Khvay Thuaraphi (Laos)

Hobutsushu (Japanese)

Ramasvamedha (Nepali)

Janakiharana (Sinhalese)

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