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The Ramayana by Mind Map: The Ramayana
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The Ramayana


Bala Kanda

the boyhood and adolescence of Rama

Ayodhya - kanda

the court of Dasaratha, and the scenes that set the stage for the unfolding of the story, including the exchange between Dasaratha and Kaikeyi, and the exile of Rama

Aranya Kanda

life in the forest and the abduction of Sita by Ravana


Rama’s residence in Kishkindhya, the quest for Sita, and the slaying of Bali


description of the landscapes over which Rama roams, and the arrival of Rama and his allies in Lanka; sundara means beautiful, and this portion of the book has passages of lyrical beauty


also known as the Lanka-kanda: the book of war: the defeat of Ravana, the recovery of Sita, the return to Ayodhya, and the coronation of Rama


the "later section", detailing Rama’s life in Ayodhya, the banishment of Sita, the birth of Lava and Kusa, the reconciliation of Rama and Sita, her death or return to the earth, and Rama’s ascent into heaven.


Rama's Bibliography







Story Overview

The bulk of the Ramayana is about Rama's desperate search for his missing wife, and the amazingly daring rescue when he finally finds her.


Parts of story

The birth of Rama and Sita. The marriage of Rama and Sita. Rama's banishment in the forest for 14 years. Sita and Lakshman (Rama's brother) go with him into the forest. Ravana, King of Demons, falls in love with Sita. Ravana kidnaps Sita and takes her to the Demon Kingdom, Lanka. Rama and his brother Lakshman enlist the help of the Monkeys and the Bears to search for Sita. Hanuman the monkey heads the band as General.The band discover that Lanka is an island in the middle of the ocean.Hanuman leaps to the island. He find Sits and gives her Rama's ring and promises she will be saved. Hanuman is captured. His tail is set alight by Ravana. Hanuman escapes. The Bears and Monkeys build a bridge to Lanka. Battle ensues. Lakshman is fatally wounded. Hanuman flies to the Himalayas to get the magic healing herb to save Lakshman. Hanuman brings back the whole mountain. Lakshman is saved. Ravana is killed. Sita is set free. Rama doesn't believe that Sita has been faithful to him. Sita proves her innocence by walking through fire, the flames turn to flowers. The band go home, crossing the whole of India. As they walk people leave lamps on their doorsteps to light the path. This is still celebrated today as Divali.

Different Versions

Ways of presenting

Almost every way imaginable

Different countries


The most common Ramayanas in India are vernacular Indian languages



Sanskrit Language