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The great sage Valmiki asked Narada, the foremost of the saints,
versed in Vedas, Tell me O Saint who is at present, the most
accomplished, learned, powerful, noble minded and of excellent moral
character. For this the great Saint Narada said there was a famous being
by the name Rama who was supremely intelligent, deeply versed in the
Vedas, highly skilled in archery, possesses an excellent memory, wise,
compassionate and valiant.
Ramayana and Historical
Publisher N.C.K. Kiriella
Rama was born in Ayodhya and married in Mithila, now in Nepal. Not
far from Mithila is Sitamarhi, where Sita was found in a furrow, still
revered as the Janaki Constructed by her father Janaka. Rama and Sitha
left Mithila for Ayodhya Via Lumbini. In 249 B.C., Asoka created a
pillar in Lumbini with an inscription referring to the visits by both
Rama and the Buddha to Lumbini.
Rama, Lakshmana and Sitha Left Ayodhya and went to Sringaverapura _
modern Sringverpur in Uttar Pradesh where they crossed the River Ganges.
They lived an Chitrakoot hill where Bharata and Shatrugha met them and
the brothers performed the last rites for their father.
In fact, Rama who was born of Kausalya's womb was honoured by all. In
fortitude he was like Himalayas, in might he was like Vishnu, in
forbearance he was like the earth in bounty he was like Kuvera, the
giver of wealth.
In fact, the great Valmiki after having heard from the celestial
Narada, the Rama's birth, his provess, his generosity, his goodness and
his popularity, his marriage with Janaki, Kaikeyi's malice, Rama's
excite, Dasaratha's grief, his meeting with Hanuman, friendship with
Sugriva, destruction of Bali, Hanuman crossing the sea, his sight for
Lanka and Ravana's palace, Hanuman's interview with Sita in Asoka
forest, presentation of Rama's ring to Sita by Hanuman and Hanuman's
fight and burning of Lanka Valmiki began to compose the enchanting story
Indeed, one cannot understand Hindu Dharma unless we know Rama, Sita,
Bharata, Lakshmana, Ravana, Kumbakarna and Hanuman. It is an
acknowledged fact that the traditions of the "Ramayana" form an integral
part of the shared cultural heritage of India and Sri Lanka. Further no
other poetic work has influenced the thought, life and culture of the
people in the ancient world as the "Ramayana". The characters of
Ramayana have become the repositories of valour, virtue, spiritual
insight and compassion. They exemplify the pursuit in establishing a
moral order in an imperfect world. Furthermore, Sri Lanka had a special
significance in the Ramayana's traditions. It was a land of two
principal characters _ Ravana and Vibishana. Although brothers, they
were men of opposite ways.
Ravana swayed from the path of Dharma while his brother Vibishana was
steadfast in his adherance to the principles of Dharma. Indeed, Sita
Eliya, Ravana Ella, Ramarasala, Sitawaka and Kelaniya are some of the
prominent localities associated with the Ramayana traditions.
Further, there is a belief that Sita was initially kept in
confinement at these localities. Later, she was taken to "Asokavanam",
which is identified with "Seetha Eliya" in Nuwara Eliya.
Furthermore Rama's bravery in searching for Sita and combating a
terrible war to rescue her and their honour is matched by Sita's total
affection to her husband.