16th century) both in Odia, sant Eknath's Bhavarth Ramayan (c.16th century) in Marathi, Tulsidas' Ramcharitamanas (c.
In its extant form, Valmiki's Ramayana is an epic poem of some 24,000 verses.
The text survives in several thousand partial and complete manuscripts, the oldest of which is a palm-leaf manuscript found in Nepal and dated to the 11th century CE.
However, nowhere in the surviving Vedic poetry is there a story similar to the Ramayana of Valmiki.
According to the modern academic view, Vishnu, who, according to Bala Kanda, was incarnated as Rama, first came into prominence with the epics themselves and further, during the puranic period of the later 1st millennium CE.
Rama is said to have been born in the Treta Yuga to king Dasharatha in the Ikshvaku dynasty.
Ramayana Book Report
The names of the characters (Rama, Sita, Dasharatha, Janaka, Vashista, Vishwamitra) are all known only in the late Vedic literature.
13th century), Madhava Kandali's Saptakanda Ramayana in Assamese (c.
14th century), Krittibas Ojha's Krittivasi Ramayan (also known as Shri Rama Panchali) in Bengali (c. 15th century) and Balaram Das' Dandi Ramayana (also known as the Jagamohan Ramayana) (c.
) is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Mahābhārata.
Along with the Mahābhārata, it forms the Hindu Itihasa.