There are over 300 versions of the Ramayana and Valmiki himself had written many of them.
Other Religious sects of India,Buddhism and Jainism have adapted this to suit their Philosophy.
“Depending on the methods of counting, as many as three hundred versions of the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana, are known to exist. The oldest version is generally recognized to be the Sanskrit version attributed to the sage Valmiki.’
- Adhyatma Ramayana or spiritual Ramayana is extracted from the Brahmananda Purana, traditionally ascribed to Vyasa.
- Vasistha Ramayana (more commonly known as Yoga Vasistha) is traditionally attributed to Valmiki.
- Laghu Yoga Vasishtha, by Abhinanda of Kashmir, is an abbreviated version of the Yoga Vasistha.
- Ananda Ramayana is traditionally attributed to Valmiki. While it briefly recounts the traditional story of Rama, it is composed primarily of stories peripheral, though related, to Valmiki’s narrative. These include Ravana’s abduction…
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