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The Ramayana In Words, Sound and Pictures

24 July 2010 4 Comments Print article Print article

Rama and Laksmana bound by Indrajit’s serpent arrows (detail);

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Tulsidas’s Ramayan is always recommended reading on this path, but particularly during Navratri, which is coming up in October. Shri Anandi Ma often suggests that we read the Ramayana as part of Navratri practices. This epic story of the life of Shri Rama is symbolic of the kundalini’s uniting the individual with the infinite. Reading, chanting or listening to it brings auspiciousness and growth in the life of the disciple.

The two versions that Ma recommends are Tulsidas’ Shri Ramacharitramanasa or Valmiki’s Ramayana. Both versions are available at the DYC bookstore. Contact Tulsi at for more information.
You can also listen to Tulsidas’ version of the Ramayana via the Ramayan Podcast,  A work-in-progress, this podcast presents Shri Ramacharitramanasa (so far, through the Sundar Kand) in 30-minute episodes, read by Cary Chirag Steiner. To listen and/or download, visit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City currently has a wonderful exhibit called:

Epic India: Scenes from the Ramayana

Through October 3, 2010

Florence and Herbert Irving Galleries for the Arts of South and Southeast Asia, 3rd floor

Here you will find beautiful sketches, paintings dating back to the 16th century, a fabulous 15th century textile, and sculpture (including a great murti of Hanumanji) that all help make the Ramayan come alive.  Viewing this exhibit may be a great way to motivate yourself to contemplate the Ramayan this Navratri.

Can’t make it to Manhattan?  Get the virtual tour of exhibit highlights online here.


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  • A Disciple said:

    I’d like to read the Ramayana, but there are so many versions out there. Is there one that Ma recommends?

  • satya said:

    I’ve heard recommendations of the ones in the bookstore that are published by Gita Press.

  • nitu said: hosts various tv serials telecasted in India, Ramayan is one of them. You can view all the episodes there. It is in Hindi but you would still enjoy watching the episodes.

  • aprilrosesamonte said:

    by the way the ramayana story is a beautiful.

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