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Ramayan, Book 5

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The Ramayan is an ancient Sanskrit epic. It is attributed to the Hindu sage Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu canon (smṛti). The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India, the other being Mahabharata. It is the story of Rama, who embarks on an epic journey followed by the fight with Ravana, the demon king who abducted Rama's wife, Sita. The epic depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. Book 5 of Rmayan, also known as Sundara Kanda is the heart of Valmiki's Ramayana and consists of a detailed, vivid account of Hanuman's adventures as he moves to Lanka in search of Sita.

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Translated into English Verse


Ralph T. H. Griffith, M.A.

Principal of the Benares College

London: Trübner & Co.

Benares: E. J. Lazarus and Co.

1870 1874


Invocation. Book I. Canto I. Nárad. Canto II. Brahmá's Visit Canto III. The Argument. Canto IV. The Rhapsodists. Canto V. Ayodhyá. Canto VI. The King. Canto VII. The Ministers. Canto VIII. Sumantra's Speech. Canto IX. Rishyasring. Canto X. Rishyasring Invited. Canto XI. The Sacrifice Decreed. Canto XII. The Sacrifice Begun. Canto XIII. The Sacrifice Finished. Canto XIV. Rávan Doomed. Canto XV. The Nectar. Canto XVI. The Vánars. Canto XVII. Rishyasring's Return. Canto XVIII. Rishyasring's Departure. Canto XIX. The Birth Of The Princes. Canto XX. Visvámitra's Visit. Canto XXI... Continue reading book >>

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