Ananda Ramayana (Sanskrit and English)

author: Shanti Lal Nagar
edition: 2006, Parimal Publication
pages: 972
language: English
ISBN-10: 8171102824
ISBN-13: 9788171102822
Topic: Ramayana

Summary: The Ananda Ramayana is, just like the famous Sanskrit epic Ramayana, authored by sage Valmiki. Although many story stories are included in both epics, the Ananda Ramayana is noted for its unique background narratives. This includes the abduction of Kausalya, the birth of Sita and the abduction of Parvati. This is the English translation of the Ananda Ramayana including Sanskrit original.

Alternative titles: Vālmīki Ānanda Rāmāyaṇa (वाल्मीकि आनन्द रामायण)

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Introduction:

Parimal Sanskrit Series No. 89;
With the composition of the Ramayana by the sage Valmiki, there was a boost in the popularity of the story of Rama. The life of Rama had been quite ideal and his life stories had been quite popular with the masses, possibly in fragments in earlier times but Valmiki did a great service to the country by composing the Ramayana which happens to be the earliest poetic excellence besides being quite unique and unparallel.
Various Ramayanas in Sanskrit like the Adhyatma, Mantra, Adbhuta and Ananda Ramayana were also composed. In the Ananda Ramayana several events of later period have been included which could never appear to have been composed by Valmiki at all. There is a tradition that the Ananda Ramayana was composed by some one in the fourteenth century or so by a great poet, which appears to be acceptable by and large.
One of the most interesting aspect of this Ramayana is the inclusion of the episode of abduction of Kausalya by Ravana which stands included in the first Sarga of the Sara-kanda. Further, this Ramayana portraits iconographical features of Rama and his brothers, describes about birth of Sita, Ravana carrying Parvati , skill of Hanuman etc.. This Ramayana also has the unique coverage highlighting the Ramaraksa-stotras, a thousand name of Rama and the formation of several types of Ramabhadra and Ramalingatobhadras, besides Rama, Sita and the other kavacas.
The entire translation of the present edition has been divided into 10 Kandas, starting with the Sara-kanda and ending with the Purna-kanda. This is the first time that an English translation has been done of this excellent Ramayana in Sanskrit. The translator has done a great labour to attempt an authentic translation of Ananda Ramayana.

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[Introduction]

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the Ananda Ramayana (Sanskrit and English) in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

The marriage of Dasaratha and Kausalya and performing of Putresahi yajna by Rsyasrnga [link]
Birth of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Satrughna [link]
The killing of Tadaka, redemption of Ahalya and Sita's Svayamvara [link]
Rama's battle with enemy kings and the curse of Vrnda to Visnu [link]
Redemption of Kalaha by Dharmadatta [link]
Entry if Rama in the Dandaka forest [link]
Killing of Viradha and Khara, Dusana by Rama [link]
Friendship between Rama and Sugriva besides killing of Vali [link]
Hanuman arrives in Lanka in search of Sita and burning of Lanka [link]
Battle between armies of Rama and Ravana [link]
Killing of Ravana at the hands of Rama [link]
Crowning of Sri Rama [link]
Conversation between Agastya and Rama [link]
The story relating to the creation of Ramayana [link]
Composing of Ramayana by Valmiki [link]
Rama commands the messengers to reach the confluence of Ganga and Sarayu [link]
Rama divides Sarayu river into two parts [link]
The story of Kumbhodhara [link]
Pilgrimage of eastern countries [link]
Sri Rama's pilgrimage of the south [link]
Rama's pilgrimage to the western region [link]
Pilgrimage of Sri Rama to the northern region of the country and his return to Ayodhya [link]
Collection of the material for the performing of the yajna [link]
Rama's advice to Laksmana to remain cautious at the time of the performing of yajna [link]
Return of the sacrificial horse of Rama to Ayodhya after roaming about everywhere [link]
Rama's meeting with the Sage Kumbhodhara [link]
Ramasatanamastotra [link]
Daily routine of Sri Rama [link]
Glory of hoisting of flag [link]
Description of purification bath after the performing of yajna [link]
Completion of Asvamedha-yajna [link]
Ramastotra recited by Siva [link]
Description of beauty of Sita by Sri Rama [link]
Description of Deha-Ramayana by Rama as questioned by Sita [link]
Description of the various ornaments of Sita [link]
Water sports of Sita [link]
Daily routine of Sri Rama and Sita [link]
Blessing of Rama to the damsels of the heaven [link]
Anger of Sita over Rama because of the concubine Pingala [link]
Visit of Sri Rama at Kuruksetra on the eve of the solar eclipse [link]
Rama's visit to the orchard [link]
Sri Rama and Sita roam about in the orchard [link]
Rama disowns Sita [link]
Birth of Lava-Kusa in the asrama of Valmiki [link]
Ramraksa Mahamantra [link]
Lava brings the lotus flowers for his mother from Ayodhya [link]
Battle of Rama and Laksmana with Lava and Kusa [link]
Rama accepts Sita again [link]
The yajnopavita ceremony of the children of Sri Rama and others [link]
Rama's visits to the kingdom of Bhurikirti in connection with svayamvara [link]
Svayamvara of Campika the daughter of the king Bhurikirti [link]
Svayamvara of Sumati the second princess [link]
Description of the marriage of Lava and Kusa [link]
Sri Rama frees Gandharvas and Naga damsels from the clutches of the water goddesses [link]
The girls of Gandharvas and the serpents were to be married to the sons of Laksmana [link]
The marriage of the daughters of Gandharvas and the serpents [link]
Kidnapping of the Madansundari by Satrughna and Yupaketu [link]
Expansion of the race of Sri Rama [link]
Ramasahasranamastora [link]
Reason for bringing Kalpavrksa and Parijata on earth [link]
The sweet conversation between the devotees of Rama and Krisha [link]
Rama bestows boon on hundred damsels and the story of Mulakasura [link]
Separation of Rama and Sita [link]
Distribution of the kingdom by Rama [link]
Victory of Sri Rama over Bharatavarsa [link]
Victory of Sri Rama over Jambudvipa [link]
Victory of Sri Rama over Plaksadvipa and other six islands [link]
Punishment by Rama to a Sanyasi, Sudra and the vulture [link]
Sri Rama grants a boon to four Brahmana girls [link]
Sri Rama grants boon to sixteen thousand damsels and four other women including Kalindi [link]
Rama bans laughing in his kingdom [link]
The story of birth of Valmiki and appraisement of mantras [link]
Rama and the qualities of Ramarajya [link]
Rama's advice to Lava, Kusa and his brothers on polity [link]
Svayamvara of Hema, the daughter of Kusa [link]
Rama donates Ramanathapuram to the Brahmanas [link]
Rama's daily routine [link]
Incarnations of the lord [link]
Rama appears in two forms while blessing his slaves [link]
Sita joins the fallen leaf of Tulasi plant [link]
The glory of Ananda Ramayana [link]
Rama's advice to Yama, Sumantra's departure for Vaikunaha and Rama's advice to his people [link]
Ramayana in brief [link]
Proceeding of Kausalya and other mothers to Vaikunaha [link]
Development of the adoration of Rama [link]
Expension of Laghuramatobhadra [link]
The method of creation of Ramalingatobhadra and other lingatobhadras [link]
Consecration of the gods in Ramatobhadra and the glory of Ramanavami [link]
The story of Ramanavami [link]
The method of writing the name of Rama and the method of completing it [link]
Merit for reciting of Vedas and other scriptures [link]
Special adoration of Sri Rama [link]
The glory of spending the month of Caitra in Ayodhya [link]
The glory of Caitra-snan [link]
Advaita philosophy as propounded by Sri Rama [link]
Hanuman-kavaca and Rama-kavaca [link]
Description of Sita-kavaca [link]
Kavacas of Laksmana, Bharata and Satrughna [link]
Consecration of Hanuman's flag [link]
Brief of Ramayana as spoken by Sri Rama [link]
Hanuman breaks arrow bridge made by Arjuna [link]
The expension of the story of lunar race [link]
Departure of Rama to fight battle with the rulers of the lunar race [link]
Rama's fight with the rulers of lunar race [link]
Friendship between the rulers of solar and lunar races [link]
Rama bids farewell to friends and other kings [link]
Rama's proceeding to Vaikuntha [link]
Description of solar race [link]
Chornology of the Ananda Ramayana [link]
The Merit of Listening to the Ananda Ramayana [link]

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