Topics: Rama, Ramayana, Sita Pages: 5 (1164 words) Published: January 25, 2012

Valmiki’s real name was Ratnakara. He was the son of Prachetasa, a sage. by profession. Before this Valmiki was a robber Later with the teachings of Maharshi

Narada he became a Rushi.

What is Valmiki - Valmika in Devanagari means “ant- hill” Once when he was a very young boy, he had gone to the forest playing and was lost in the forest. His parents An searched for him but could not trace him. They thought that the boy has been eaten by some wild animals. hunter and his wife took the child and brought up the child as if their child. He was taught of the hunting and he learnt it fully. children also. Later, the boy grew young and he He got When Ratnakara’s family grew with the he felt it uneasy to maintain his So, he took to a new was married to a girl from another hunter family. addition of children,

family with the little income. for money.

profession of Robbery and went on attacking the people


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One day Maharshi Narada who was singing in praise of Srihari with Mahati named Veena, was passing nearby. Ratnakara, the hunter saw him, attacked him, shouted and demanded whatever he has, lest he shall brake his head. Narada was not fraightened and told him that he has only the Veena, which he offered to give. Ratnakara saw the smiling, innocent face of Narada who was never freightened and was astonished at this. seeing Narada’s face, Ratnakara’s melted with kindness. On cruel mind also

Narada Maharshi sat beneath a

tree and was singing Harinama sankeertana. Narada Maharshi told Ratnakara that Robbering that profession. and

killing of animals is sinful job and asked him to give up Narada Maharshi told him to ask his Ratnakara thought Narada parents, wife and children as to what profession – Robbery is a sin or not? Maharshi is trying to escape from him by sending him to his parents and tied Narada with a rope to a nearby tree and went to his house.



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He asked his father “I have been feeding you all by robbery and hunting. Is it a sinful job?”. His father told him that they are not happy with his profession and that they are ashamed of his robbery”. Then he went to his mother, who also gave the same reply. His wife and children also gave the same reply. Then he realized that whatever he was doing all these years was a sin and came running to Narada Maharshi and untied him from the tree and apolosized for his misdeeds and asked the Narada Maharshi as to the remedy for the atonement of all the sins committed. Naradaru taught him the “RAMA RAMA Mantra” and asked him to sit beneath a tree and chant the mantra until his return. Narada departed from Ratnakara. Ratnakara was chanting and chanting Rama mantra continuously amidst rain, sun heat, cold, hot, everything closing his eyes. He forgot himself. It went for years. An ant-hill grew all over his body like a mountain and Rathnakara was not to be seen by anybody. several years, Narada Maharshi came near After the



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Valmeeka(the ant-hill) cleared the ant-hill and blessed Ratnakara to be a maharshi. Ratnakara came out of the Valmeeka . That is why he is called as “Valmiki”.

Who told Valmiki the story of Sri Ramachandra?
One day Narada Maharshi met Valmiki and told him the entire story of Sri Ramachandra – Dasharatha’s putrakamesti yaga, Ramachandra’s birth, his education, his journey with Vishwamitra and his killing of Tataki, Subahu, his step-mother Kaikeyee’s order to go to forest, killing of Rakshaas there, missing of Seeta Devi, meeting of Hanumantha-Sugreeva, his journey to Lanka in search of Seeta Devi, killing of Ravana-Kumbakarna, and finally getting back to Ayodhya, ruling of the Kingdom, etc.

What made him to write the “Ramayana” ?
Once Valmiki on his way to Ganga Snaana, came across a...
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