Short Story of Ramayana in English
Whenever the point comes to India, you would have surely heard about the might epics of Hinduism. Thus, you would have also heard about Lord Rama.
One such mighty epic is Ramayana. Lord Rama is the most popular and important God in Hinduism.
He and his epic Ramayana is believed to be very sacred among the Hindus. Ramayana is a huge epic and can’t be read easily. So today, I will give you a short story summary of the Ramayana in English.
The Ramayana is daily read by millions of Hindus. Being an ancient Indian epic, this epic is closely related to the hearts of millions of Hindus.
The people of India consider Lord Rama to be their ancestor, and he is considered to be the core of all Indian philosophies.
Originally written by Maharshi Valmiki in Sanskrit language, this epic has been rewritten and translated into many other languages.
Being the first epic to be written, it is said to be Adi-Kavya or the first epic. The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses and divided into 7 parts.
The Ramayana is an epic which is based on the life journey of Lord Rama. He is considered to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of this world.
Lord Rama came to this world to eliminate evils and Adharma and establish the rule of righteousness in this world.
After Mahabharata, Ramayana is the second largest epic in this world. It narrates the whole life of Lord Rama and Mata Sita.
Origin of Ramayana
The original Ramayana was written by the legendary sage Valmiki. Ramayana was the first epic in Indian mythology.
It is referred to as Adi-Kavya. After this, in the medieval times, many interpretations of Ramayana happened in other languages by numerous poets.
Ramayana was translated into Awadhi language by Sant Kavi Tulsidasa ji Maharaj. It is believed that he was an incarnation of Sage Valmiki. The Awadhi Ramayana was named as Ramcharitmanasa.
The Kamba Ramayana which was written in Tamil language, was written by Shri Kamban, a great poet of Tamil Nadu.
A Telugu Ramayana known as Ranganatha Ramayana was written by a Telugu poet named Shri Gona Buda Reddy.
The Assamese Ramayana known as Saptakanda Ramayana was written by an Assamese poet Madhava Kandali.
Sant Eknath ji Maharaj had written the Marathi Bhavarth Ramayana. He was one of the influential saints of the Bhakti movement.
Thunchattu Ezhuthachan, a great poet of Kerala had written the Malayali Adhyatma Ramayana.
Importance of Ramayana
The Ramayana is a very sacred text for Hindus. It is read by millions of Hindus daily. It has been considered to be a very divine book and can bless the reader as well as the listener. Just by listening to this epic, all our sins can be destroyed.
Certain verses of this book are said to save from problems and difficulties if chanted properly. There are many verses in this book, which if chanted regularly can eradicate many problems and difficulties from our life.
The Ramayana is said to contain huge knowledge and wisdom. It contains lectures and discourses on many philosophical and spiritual aspects of life.
It teaches us how to be an ideal man and handle situations of life. The characters of this epic are portrayed in such a way that they teach us many lessons.
Lord Rama is portrayed as an ideal man, ideal leader, ideal husband, etc. Goddess Sita is considered as an ideal woman, ideal wife, ideal mother, etc.
Laxman, Bharat, and Shatrughana are considered as ideal brothers while Lord Hanuman is considered as an ideal devotee of Lord.
Short Story of Ramayana
The Ramayana has been divided into 7 Kandas or chapters. The seven chapters are following Baal Kanda, Ayodhya Kanda, Aranya Kand, Kishkindha Kanda, Sundara Kanda, Lanka Kanda, and Uttara Kanda.
The Baal Kanda contains information about the birth and childhood of Lord Rama. Ayodhya Kanda tells about the marriage of Rama and Sita while also telling about their exile.
Then comes the Kishkindha Kanda in which Lord Rama meets Hanuman and Sugriva. In Sundara Kanda, Hanuman finds Sita, burns the whole Lanka, and tells Lord Rama about the whereabouts of Sita.
In Lanka Kanda or Yuddha Kanda, Rama fights with Ravana and defeats him. The Uttara Kanda narrates about the life of Rama post Ramayana. Here is a short story of Ramayana:
Dasharatha was the mighty king of Ayodhya. Ayodhya was a very prosperous kingdom and was ruled by the Suryavanshi Dynasty.
Dasharatha had three wives, Koushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra. Koushalya gave birth to Shri Rama. Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharat. When the sons of Dashratha grow up, he sends to gurukul for Vedic studies.
After all, when they come back, Lord Rama married Sita. Also, the three brothers of Lord Rama married the three sisters of Sita.
Lakshmana married Urmila, Bharat marries Mandavi, and Shatrughna marries Shrutakirti. But Kaikeyi, after some time, started harboring jealousy for Lord Rama.
He wanted her son to be made the king of Ayodhya and asks King Dasharatha to instead send Lord Rama on an exile of 14 years.
After this, Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana went on exile to forests for 14 years. While at the exile, a demon Surnapankha sees Rama and gets impressed by his beauty. Rama gently rejects her by saying that he is already married.
Then she asks Lakshmana and gets rejected by him too but then she starts insisting him. In anger, Lakshmana cuts off her nose.
Surnapankha sees this as her insult and takes refuge in the shelter of her brother Ravana and tells him to avenge Lord Rama.
Ravana was already impressed a lot by the beauty of Sita. He made this as an excuse to take Sita. One day he managed to lure Rama and Lakshmana out of their hermitage and forcefully abducts Sita.
He takes her to his Lanka. When Rama returns, he sees no one. Then he sets out on his journey to find and kill Ravana.
He befriends Hanuman and Sugriva, who in turn help him to kill Ravana and take back her Sita. Meanwhile, doing all this, his exile also finishes, and he returns back to Ayodhya.
Then after his return, he is crowned as the king of Ayodhya. After that, he lives happily and makes Ayodhya prosperous (Also called as Rama Rajya).