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.
It is divided into seven sections (kandas):
- Bala kanda: Childhood pastimes of Rama and Laxmana.
- Ayodhya Kanda: Exile of Rama. Sita, Rama, and Laxmana entering forest.
- Aranya Kanda: Pastimes of Sita, Rama, and Laxmana in the forest and abduction of Sita by Ravana.
- 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.
- Sundara Kanda: Hanumana entering Lanka in search of Sita and finding her in Ashoka Vatika, burning of Lanka by Hanumana.
- Yuddha Kanda: Rama and Laxmana along with the army of monkeys attacking Ravana, Ravana slain, and Sita regained.
- 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