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Rāmopākhyāna


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The name given to the version of the Rāma narrative told in the Āraṇyakaparvan of the Mahābhārata. Most current scholarship believes it to have been derived from a memorized version of the story drawn from the northern recension of the Rāmāyaṇa prior to the completion of that text as we now have it. It differs in several respects from the Rāmāyaṇa, notably in its treatment of Rāma as a human hero, and in the absence of either Sītā's banishment after the return to Ayodhyā, or her final disappearance into the earth.

Subjects: Hinduism.


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