The Concise Rāmāyana of Vālmīki

By Swami Venkatesananda

Subjects: Religion
Paperback : 9780887068638, 424 pages, May 1988
Hardcover : 9780887068621, 424 pages, May 1988

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Table of contents


Cast of Characters

Bala* Kanda * : Boyhood of Rama*

Ayodhya* Kanda: Life in Ayodhya

Aranya* Kanda: The Forest Life

Kiskindha* Kanda: Rama's Stay in Kiskindha

Sundara Kanda: Beautiful Exploits of Hanuman*

Yuddha Kanda: The Great War

Uttara Kanda: The Period After Coronation


This is a condensed version of a long epic, written between 750 and 500 B. C., consisting of 50,000 lines of Sanskrit verse. Divided into seven Kanor books, it tells the story of Rama from his birth to his death. At regular intervals throughout the text, the chapters being condensed are designated by Kantitles and numbers. Each interval is appropriate in length for a daily reading, and there are 365 intervals.

The cast of characters is provided by a glossary of proper names.