The Mahabharata and the Ramayana are the two foundations of Indic culture. The Ramayana is a kaleidoscope of Indian society’s cultural, social, religious, intellectual, and other tendencies. The plot, the characters, the ideas portrayed in the text, and the society that the epic discusses are all inextricably linked.
Whether we like it or not, the Ramayana is an important part of every Indian’s mentality, devotion, and daily existence – the Ramleela season is currently underway. People portraying Ram, Sita, Ravan, and Hanuman are being affected by the tale and the divine at the same time in hundreds of locations around the country. Over the course of two millennia, the Ramayana has served as a vehicle for reflecting and carrying societal change.
The Ramayana’s importance is self-evident – every youngster in the country is familiar with its narrative – but it feels much more relevant now, because most of us have lost connection with our native tongue. We’ve completely forgotten Sanskrit and don’t have access to the story’s original sources.
The Valmiki Ramayana is the adikavya, or source, of all other Ramayanas. Valmiki, a dacoit-turned-sage who was a friend of Ram’s father, King Dashrath, was the one who originally chose to write the narrative down as a world ideal.