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The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic. It is attributed to the Hindu sage maharishi Valmiki and forms an important part of the Hindu canon (smriti). It was the original story on which other versions were based. It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king.
Valmiki's Ramayana, the oldest version of Ramayana, is the basis of the various versions of the Ramayana that are relevant in different cultures.The current text of Valmiki Ramayana has come down to us in two regional versions from the north and the south of India. Valmiki's Ramayana has been traditionally divided into seven books, dealing with the life of Rama from his birth to his death. The story concerns Rama, a prince in the city of Ayodhya - the capital of Kosala kingdom, belonging to Suryavansh, sometimes referred to as Raghuvansh. The story starts just before his birth and ends after his death when his two sons ascend to power.

Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, is the eldest and the favorite son of the King of Ayodhya, Dasharatha. He is a popular prince loved by one and all.Rama is a popular deity worshiped in the Hindu religion.According to Hindu tradition, Rama is an Avatar of the god Vishnu. The main purpose of this incarnation is to demonstrate the righteous path (dharma) for all living creatures on Earth.

Sita is the beloved wife of Rama and the daughter of king Janaka. Sita is also known as Janaki. She is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Sita is the epitome of female purity and virtue. She follows her husband into exile and there gets abducted by Ravana.
Hanuman is a vanara belonging to the kingdom of Kishkindha. He is portrayed as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is born as the son of Maruti - the God of Wind and Godess Anjana. He worships Shri Rama and helps find Sita by going to the kingdom of Lanka crossing the great ocean.
Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama, who chose to go into exile with him.He is portrayed as an incarnation of the Sheshnag Kaal. He spends his time protecting Sita and Rama.
Ravana is the king of Lanka. After performing severe penance for ten thousand years he received a boon from Brahma that he could not be killed by either gods, demons or spirits. He has ten heads and twenty arms.