Author: Ramashraya Sharma
Ravi Prakash Arya/
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): M N Dutt
Publisher: Parimal Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 817110156X
Ramayana, the famous story of the Rama-Ravana-Yuddha is undoubtedly an immortal composition of sage Valmiki. It presents the deeds of Lord Rama. The other main characters of this epic are Iksvaku, Dasaratha, Asvapati, Janaka. The entire story moves around the sacrifice and renunciation of Lord Rama and his consort Sita, the ideal of Indian womanhood.
This world-famous epic has been divided into seven chapters i.e., from Balakanda to Uttarakanda. It begins with a dialogue between the Valmiki and the famous mythological seer Narada. Narada describes the entire virtues of Rama to Valmiki and later sage Valmiki weaves them into 24,000 verses. And this historic composition has become an invaluable heritage of the world literature.
The English translation by the noted Indologist M N Dutt of course does not have any comparison. It’s reading is very lucid and comprehensive. The editor has brought certain changes in this edition according to the needs in view of the original Sanskrit text. He has also translated some portions which were not translated by M N Dutt. The introduction by Dr Ramashraya Sharma the reputed authority on Ramayana has added immense importance to the volume. At last, the index of verses would also prove very useful for the researchers.