Valmikiya Ramayana

Course Description:
Authored by a great devotee-poet of antiquity, Srimad Valmiki, Ramayana is considered to be the first epic (adi kavya) in the history of mankind. It is devoted in its entirety to the pastimes of the Supreme Lord, Sri Rama, the hero of the sun (Surya) dynasty. Along with the sweet pastimes of Srimati Sitadevi and Sri Ramachandra, it beautifully describes dharma, artha, kama, moksa, and duties of a king, son, husband, brother, master, and a friend.

Course Contents:
It is divided into seven sections (kandas):

  1. Bala kanda: Childhood pastimes of Rama and Laxmana.
  2. Ayodhya Kanda: Exile of Rama. Sita, Rama, and Laxmana entering forest.
  3. Aranya Kanda: Pastimes of Sita, Rama, and Laxmana in the forest and abduction of Sita by Ravana.
  4. Kishkindha Kanda: Rama’s search for Sita, Hanumana meeting Rama and Laxmana, friendship between Rama and Sugriva, and Sugriva dispatching his monkey soldiers in all the four directions in search of Sita.
  5. Sundara Kanda: Hanumana entering Lanka in search of Sita and finding her in Ashoka Vatika, burning of Lanka by Hanumana.
  6. Yuddha Kanda: Rama and Laxmana along with the army of monkeys attacking Ravana, Ravana slain, and Sita regained.
  7. Uttara Kanda: Interesting background stories of different characters of Ramayana and performance of Ashvamedha sacrifice by Rama

Course Materials: Brief notes on every session

Target Audience: Anyone who is interested to know more about Ramayana

Assessment Plan: An examination held at the end each Kanda

Course Requirement: None – open for all

Video Recordings of the live sessions

1
Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-1 – 25th Mar 2021
2
Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-2 – 27th Mar 2021
3
Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-3 – 30th Mar 2021
4
Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-4 – 01st Apr 2021
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Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-5 – 03rd Apr 2021
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Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-6 – 06th Apr 2021
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Valmikiya Ramayana – Session-7 – 08th Apr 2021

Course Notes & documents

1
Valmikiya Ramayana – Introduction
2
Valmikiya Ramayana Notes for Session 4

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Start Date: Ongoing
Duration: 36 Hours
Video: 2 Hours Each
No. Of Sessions: 18
Sessions Per Week: 3
Preferred Days: Tue, Thu & Sat
Time: 8:00 to 10:00 PM IST