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ramayan for kids

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RAMAYANAPart-1 (Early Life)
 
Prologue
Valmiki is known as
 Adi Kabi
, the firstpoet. He wrote anepic in Sanskrit, theRamayana, whichdepicts the life of Rama, the hero of the story. Telling the story of Rama at this time of the year bears a special significance. Thepresent day celebration of Durga worship(
 puja
) and
Dasshera
are related to Rama'slife. The traditional Durga worship wasperformed in the spring season nowknown as
Basanti puja
. Rama worshippedthe divine mother Durga and prayed toher to give him the strength to slayRavana. Ravana was slain on the day of 
 
Dasshera, the tenth day of 
Navaratri
. Thecoronation of Rama was held on theDewali day, the following New moon day,that comes about three weeks after
Dasshera
.Our story of Rama is divided into fourparts –1.Early life of Rama.2.Rama's exile.3.Abduction of Sita (Rama's wife) and4.Slaying of Ravana, the abductor of Sita, and Rama's coronation.
The feature story
Dasharatha was the king of Kosala, an ancientkingdom that was located in present day Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya was its capital. Dasharatha wasloved by one and all. His subjects were happy andhis kingdom was prosperous. Even thoughDasharatha had everything that he desired, he wasvery sad at heart; he had no children.During the same time, there lived a powerful
 Rakshasa
king in the island of Ceylon, located just
 
south of India. He was called Ravana. His tyrannyknew no bounds, his subjects disturbed the prayersof holy men.The childless Dasharatha was advised by his family priest Vashishtha to perform a fire sacrificeceremony to seek the blessings of God for children.Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, decided tomanifest himself as the eldest son of Dasharatha inorder to kill Ravana. While performing the fireworship ceremony, a majestic figure rose from thesacrificial fire and handed to Dasharatha a bowl of rice pudding, saying, "God is pleased with you andhas asked you to distribute this rice pudding(
 payasa
) to your wives - they will soon bear your children."The king received the gift joyfully and distributed the
 payasa
to his three queens,Kausalya, Kaikeyi, andSumitra. Kausalya, the eldestqueen, gave birth to theeldest son Rama. Bharata,the second son was born toKaikeyi and Sumitra gave

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