The volume comprises interesting and scholarly papers on different themes of the Ramayana tradition including history, literature and art. This is an attempt by scholars to explore further the possibility of studying a historically popular tradition in order to bring into light some new researches related to the Tradition.
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The Ramayana is a living tradition not only in India but also in several countries and continents world over. Since ancient times it has been in limelight and the source of ethical and moral values to Indian society. But at the same time it has been questioned and is being questioned every time whenever there is any tension or crisis not only in India but also in the international arena. Whether it is a social, political, cultural or religious issue, debate starts among scholars on the Ramayana tradition. The conflict between good and bad even today is equated with Rama- Ravana conflict.
Ramayana tradition starts with the Valmiki Ramayana and more than three hundred other Ramayanas with different versions have been composed so far. Even the Valmiki Ramayana has some interpolated parts in the form of Uttarakanda and some parts of Balakanda. But all that is treated as the part of Ramayana not only by common readers but sometimes by historians also. There are some events in the spurious parts on the basis of which historians of social and gender issues try to either condemn or justify certain great characters of the Epic. But we cannot exactly do the same without understanding chronological sequence of the evolution of the Epic and the tradition in historical context. A parallel can be drawn to understand the Ramayana tradition with that of Ganga River, the holiest river of Hindus.
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