What is the Bhagavad Gita of Ramayana

The Ramayana is one of the two great heroic poems of the Hindus. It belongs to the Smriti. These Hindu scriptures contain accounts of the gods by wise people. The Ramayana tells the life story of Prince Rama in seven books.

Prince Rama is the Hindu god Vishnu in a human form. Vishnu is one of the most revered gods of the Hindus. He is considered the sustainer of the world. Its job is to protect the gods and men and to fight evil. He did that also in the human form of Rama.

Rama was the son of King Dasaratha. He once ruled the capital Ayodhya in a great empire in northern India. Rama was to be his successor. But his mother-in-law wanted to prevent that. It caused Rama to live in the forest for 14 years. One day the evil demon Ravana appeared there. He had ten heads and kidnapped Rama's wife Sita to the island of Lanka. When Rama was fighting for them, the general Hanuman rushed to his aid with his army of monkeys. With combined forces they managed to defeat the demon and free Sita. Now Rama was considered a courageous and brave warrior, was allowed to return to the city and ascend the throne of his father. He became a wise and just ruler.

The Ramayana originated in the 4th and 3rd centuries before the birth of Christ. It comprises seven books with a total of 24,000 double verses, making it one of the longest poems in the world. Only the Mahabharata is a little longer. This is the second of the two heroic poems, has 100,000 double verses and is the longest known poetry in the world.

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