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Introduction-1: Many Raamaayan

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Popularly known as Raamaayan, Raamaaayan has been written by several authors and in several languages.

(1) Vaalmeeki Raamaayan - The first Raamaayan was written by Aadi Kavi (the first poet) Rishi Vaalmeeki Jee which is known as "Vaalmeeki Raamaayan". Since this Raamaayan is in Sanskrit language, it is not very common among public, but its Hindi translation is also available.

(2) Tulasee's Raam Charit Maanas - Second is written by Goswaamee Tulasee Das Jee. He is reputed to live for 125 years, from 1511 AD to 1637 AD. This is most popular in UP area. It is written in Avadhee dialect of Hindi language in such a way that it can be sung. Its Hindi translation is also available. It is more popular in educated people.

(3) Ghanshyaam Daas Kee Raamaayan - Third version, written by Ghanshyaam Daas Jee, is known as "Ghanshyaam Daas Jee Kee Raamaayan". It is also written in the way that it can be sung, but it is more popular among village population, because its language is daily use spoken language and people can memorize it.

(4) Adhyaatm Raamaayan - There is another Raamaayan which is known as Adhyaatm Raamaayan. It is a part of Brahmaand Puraan. I mention it here because the mention of shadow Seetaa in Tulasee's Maanas has been taken from Adhyaatm Raamaayan only.

(5) Aanand Raamaayan - Aanand Raamaayan presents Bharat and Shatrughn as Kaikeyee's sons - maybe because of Kalp Bhed.

(6) Bhaavaarth Raamaayan - This Raamaayan has been written by Sant Eknaath.

(7) Uttar Raamaayan -

(8) Adbhut Raamaayan - It is interesting to note that in the Adbhut Raamaayan, a late work highly favored by the Kashmeerian Shaakt, Seetaa is stated to have killed Raavan [by] assuming the form of Kaalee. The said work identifies Seetaa with the Supreme Being of the Shaakt. The [practice] of associating Shaaktism with Raam-Seetaa legends may be traced even to the Sanskrit Raamacharit of Abhinanda, which is a work of the tenth century. ... [And] in Sarala Dasa's Oriya Ramamyana, the tradition of the Adbhut Raamaayan is followed, in which Seetaa herself killed Raavan in the form of Bhadrakaalee. The story of the slaying of Raavan by Seetaa is also found in the Jaimini Bhaarat and other later Bangaalee Raamaayan. According to the popular Raam legends of the Mathuraa region, it was Seetaa who killed Raavan and, having accomplished the task, went straight to Calcuttaa instead of Ayodhyaa and settled there permanently as Kaalee Maaee."

(9) Raamcharit by Abhinanda - a work of 10th century.

Raamaayan in Other languages

There are other Raamaayan also in other provincial languages of India, such as Tamil, Gujaraatee etc.

(1) In Urdu, it is the "Pothee Ramayana" written in 17th century.

(2) In Jammu and Kashmir, it is Kashmeeree "Ramavatara Charita" written in 19th century.

(3) In Punjaab, it is the "Ramavatara" written in 17th century by Guru Gobind Singh.

(4) In Gujaraat, it is the Tulsi-krita Ramayana a Gujarati adaptation of Tulasee Daas Raamaayan in 17th century by poet Premanand.

(5) In Mahaaraashtra, it is the Maraathee "Bhavartha Ramayana" written by Eknath Jee in the 16th century. There is also reference of Ramayana being translated into old Marathi during the 12th or 13th century.

(6) In Aassaam, it is the Assaamee "Katha Ramayana" or "Kotha Ramayana" in 15th century by Madhava Kandali.

(7) In Bangaal, it is the Bangaalee "Krittivas Ramayan" written by poet Krittivas in 15th century.

(8) In Udeessaa, it is the Udiyaa "Balaramadasa Ramayana" was adapted by Balarama Das in the 16th century.

(9) In Udeesaa, Sarala Daas has written Oriyaa Raamaayan.

(10) In Aandhra Pradesh, the Telugu Raamaayan is known as "Sri Ranganatha Ramayana" and was adapted by Buddha Reddy.

(11) In Karnaatak, it is the Kannada versions of the Raamaayan the "Kumudendu Ramayana" (Jain version) in 13th century and the "Kumara-Valmiki Torave Ramayana" in 16th century. There is another one titled "Ramachandra Charita Purana" written by Nagachandra during the 13th century.

(12) In Tamil Naadu, it is the most popular written in Tamil language - "Kamba Ramayana" written by poet Kamban in the 12th century.

(13) In Kerala, it is written in Malayaalam language - "Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilipattu" written by Thunchaththu Ezhuthachan in the 16th century.

Parts of Raam's Life Narrations

(1) Padm Puraan - There is a part of Raamaayan (Raam's story) in Padm Puraan also, in its 4th Khand - Paataal Khand. This description gives the description of Raam's Ashwamedh Yagya.

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