Rāmāyana of Vālmīki

Section: I Bala Kaṇḍa [Boyhood Section] [This book first describes reasons why Vālmīki decided to narrate the Rāmāyaṇa and ends with the return of Rāma and his brothers in Ayodhyā after their marriage.] Sargam [Chapter]: 1 Samkshepa Rāmāyaṇa [Sage Vālmīki approaches sage Nārada and enquires about the ideal man in the world worth to be praised and told to people.

Sargam [Chapter]: 2 Divine Guidance to Rāmāyaṇa Freelinking: Access denied to create missing content. That master of the words, hearing the words of Sage Nārada, worshipped sage Nārada along with his disciples. 2.1 After being worshipped, Nārada, who was a Deva Rishi, took leave of him and started towards heavens. 2.2 As soon as the sage went to Devaloka, Sage

Sargam [Chapter]: 3 Rāma's Story [Having decided to compose Rāmāyaṇa, the entire story of Rāma appeared to the inner vision of sage Vālmīki as it happened. This chapter again gives an abridgement of Rāmāyaṇa.] Having heard in a concise manner the full story of Rāmāyaṇa, Vālmīki, who was righteous soul and is endowed by righteousness, further searched to know more

Sargam [Chapter]: 4 Entrusts Singing of Epic to Lava and Kuśa [Kuś and Luv, two princes living in Vālmīki 's hermitage, are entrusted with the singing of Rāmāyaṇa and they sing it in various places and are summoned by Lord Rāma to sing in his court and they both sing Rāmāyaṇa in the court of Rāma, before Rāma.] The great

Sargam [Chapter]: 5 Ayodhyā and its Description [After giving a brief description of Ikshvāku clan, this chapter describes in detail the city of Ayodhyā founded by Manu, the son of Prajāpati.] In the olden times, this earth, which was completely bounded, belonged to the victorious Prajāpati and his descendants. 5.1 Among them, one King called Sagara got the ocean dug,

Sargam [Chapter]: 6 Ayodhyā's Kings and its People [Description of the kings of Ayodhyā including Daśaratha as well as of the town and its people are given in this chapter.] The King Daśaratha, a scholar in Vedas, who has collected all knowledge, far sighted one, who has great splendour, leading light to his citizens, great charioteer of the Ikshvāku clan,

Sargam [Chapter]: 7 Ayodhyā's Greatness and its Administration [A glowing but detailed account of the town of Ayodhyā including its administration is given in this chapter.] Those ministers of the descendants of Ikshvāku had great virtues and were competent advisers and were skilled in judging the motives of people from their face and did all that they could do to

Sargam [Chapter]: 8 Aśvamedha Sacrifice Proposal [Daśaratha, feeling the need to have a son, decides to do Aśvamedha sacrifice. He consults his Gurus and priests about it. All of them second his wish and order him to make necessary arrangements. Daśaratha, having decided on the sacrifice, instructs his wives to lead a disciplined life.] The Majestic Daśaratha, the knower of

Sargam [Chapter]: 9 Riṣyasriṇga’s Story [Sumantra tells that he heard sage Sanatkumāra telling a group of saints that Daśaratha would get sons only if the Fire Sacrifice is done by sage Riṣyasriṇga. Then he tells the story of Riṣyasriṇga and his father Vibhānḍaka. He also tells as to how Romapāda, King of Anga Deśa, needed Riṣyasriṇga’s presence in his country.]

Sargam [Chapter]: 10 Riṣyaśriṇga and Anga Deśa [According to the advice of the ministers, efficient courtesans were sent to the forest to bring Riṣyasriṇga. When they brought him to Anga Deśa, it was blessed with rain and King Romapāda gave his daughter Santha in marriage to him.] Thus further egged by, the King Sumantra said these words in return, "please