Ramayana is one of the most read and famous epics of all times. Maharshi Valmiki wrote the Ramayana epic. Every boy and girl in India knows the Ramayana story by heart. Every Hindu has the highest respect for this great epic, which is also given the status of a holy book. The flawless values and idealistic principles highlighted in the epic are something that is taught to every kid in a household. Given here is a summary of Ramayana epic by Valmiki.
time back, in the kingdom of Ayodhya, there lived a noble king known as
Dashratha. He had three wives, but no children. After performing an
elaborate Yagna to please Gods, he was granted with four sons. The
eldest one was called Rama and was known for his idealist values and
outlook. He is considered to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The king decided to crown Rama, as he was the rightful heir to the
But the king's second wife, Kaikeyi grew jealous and she wanted her son
to be the king. She reminded the king of a promise he gave her long back
and made him announce that hr son would be the king. Rama was exiled for
a period of 14 years. Being the obedient son and an idealist, Rama
obeyed his father and bid farewell to the kingdom and riches and donned
the robes of an ascetic.
Thus set out Rama with Sita and Lakshmana on his 14 year long exile in
the forests of India. Then one day, a Demoness saw Rama and was
mesmerized by his charming personality. She tried to seduce him but he
ignored her completely. She then tries to seduce Lakshmana, but enraged,
he cuts off her nose. Thoroughly insulted, she goes back to her brother
Ravana, the Demon king of Lanka and complains about what happened.
Ravana seeks revenge by abducting Sita and captivating her in his
palace. Determined and confident, Rama sets out to find her. He is
helped by a group of monkeys who put in their best efforts to get Sita
back from Lanka. Ravana is spoken of as a powerful demon, who was
blessed by many Gods. His only flaw was vanity.
A battle ensued between the monkey army of Rama and the demon army of
Ravana. In the end, Rama emerged victorious and was united with Sita. By
this time, their exile had ended and they returned back to their kingdom
victorious. Rama was crowned the king and he proved himself to be a
devoted ruler. The moral of this epic is good always triumphs over evil.
No matter what happens, one must never accept anything wrong and never
deter from his path of duties of life.