“The Ramayana” is a long epic poem, originally written in Sanskrit language. It is presumed to have been written sometime between 5th and 2nd centuries BCE. It is generally believed that the great Hindu sage and famous Sanskrit poet of the time, Valmiki, is the author of the book. It is considered to be one of the two great works of Indian Literature, the other being The Mahabharata, the longest epic in the world.
The Ramayana is regarded to be one of the most sacred books of Sanatana Dharma, generally called Hinduism. It has its highly respectable and sacred place in the Hindu literature. Through this poem, the author explores the significant themes such as perfect man, duties of relationships, romantic love, sacrifice, family, renunciation, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal king, and the ideal wife, etc.
Ready Reference Treatise: The Ramayana
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: History and Background
Chapter Three: Plot Overview
Chapter Four: Characters
Chapter Five: Complete Summary
Chapter Six: Critical Analysis