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Warrior-prince Rama is about to be crowned Young King, when he hears the devastating news that his father, King of Ayodhya, has been tricked into banishing him to the forest.

His devoted wife, Sita, insists on accompanying him in exile, but the evil 10-headed Lord Ravana has fallen deeply in love with the beautiful princess and steals her away.

Aided by Hanuman, mighty captain of the monkeys, Rama sets out across the world to find her and destroy Ravana in a deadly battle.

Rama the Steadfast was composed in the oral tradition in about the fifth century BC and has been retold over the generations ever since. With its fantastical characters ranging from monsters to apes, a very human hero and its profound moral purpose, it is one of the greatest of all Indian tales.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-06-21

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Glad I can finally understand this story which has influenced many generations and inspired many more works in the world. The ending was a bit strange, no mention of Seeta being restored to Rama. It's like Rama just wanted to leave the island quickly without waiting for her. She was the reason after all, for so much death. Maybe Rama understood how Seeta didn't obey his original order to stay at Iodiyah and take care of his mum. She was not under his control either when she convinced Rama to chase the magical creature and to convince Lakshman to follow Rama into the woods allowing herself to be kidnapped. She was uncontrollable and yet so beautiful to bewitch the man Ravan with her looks, enticing him, so he could not restore her and prevent the war. This is a story about the untamed, wild woman, and the jealousies, heart aches and desires she creates.