One of India's greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness.
Believed to have been composed by Valmiki sometime between the eighth and sixth centuries BC, the Ramayana tells the tragic and magical story of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya, an incarnation of Lord Visnu, born to rid the earth of the terrible demon Ravana.
An idealized heroic tale, the Ramayana is also an intensely personal story of family relationships, love and loss, duty and honour, of harem intrigue, petty jealousies and destructive ambitions - all this played out in a universe populated by larger-than-life humans, gods, wondrous animals and terrifying demons.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 696 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Hindu sacred texts
- ISBN: 9780670084180