• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ramayana one of two classical Hindu epics telling of the banishment of Rama from his kingdom and the abduction of his wife by a demon and Rama's restoration to the throne
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ramayana rä*mä"yȧ*nȧ The more ancient of the two great epic poems in Sanskrit. The hero and heroine are Rama and his wife Sita.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Ramayana The name of one of the two great, epic poems of ancient India, the other being the Mahabharata. It gives the history of Rama, especially of his expedition through the Decean to Ceylon, to recover, by the aid of the monkey-god Hanuman, his wife Sita, carried away thither by Ravana.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ramayana rä-mä′ya-nä one of the two great epic poems of ancient India—the history of Rama.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. Rāmāyaṇa,


In literature:

I have recommended the Ramayana to begin with, it being one of the most popular of all the Hindoo books accounted sacred.
"The Life of William Carey" by George Smith
His mission is recorded in a barbarous poem called the Ramayana, wherein he is figuratively represented as allying himself with monkeys.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Thus the "Ramayana" ranks in Hindoo with the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" in Greek literature.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
Ramayana, Ceylon elephants mentioned in, 210.
"Sketches of the Natural History of Ceylon" by J. Emerson Tennent
The Hindoos have two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, each of immense length, and very popular with the people.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
And he is the illustrious chief of monkeys, renowned in the Ramayana.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
With only his Brahma-danda Vasishtha baffled all the mighty and celestial weapons of Viswamitra vide, Ramayana, section 56, Valakanda.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The story is the leading subject of the great epic called the Ramayana.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
In fine and picturesque language, retained from the Indian original, Geraldine Hodgson has given us this adaptation from the Ramayana.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
Now do thou compose a Ramayana in seven parts, containing the deeds and exploits of Rama.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
RAMAYANA, the plot of, 86; yet recited, 99.
"India: What can it teach us?" by F. Max Müller
Our Mahabharata and Ramayana gave us no clue to it.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
But clearly the Valmiki-ramayana is not the work of a single hand.
"Hindu Gods And Heroes" by Lionel D. Barnett
She is well educated, can recite the 'Ramayana' (Indian epic), and knows a little English.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
There is an authority for this superstition in the Ramayana.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
Palmiki's Sanscrit poem, the Ramayana, is at once religious and epic.
"My Recollections" by Jules Massenet
Scattering holy ashes profusely over his body he opened the Ramayana and began to read.
"Tales of the Sun" by Mrs. Howard Kingscote
The Ramayana and giants of Ceylon.
"Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore" by Charles Hardwick
But the Ramayana placed it on the boat of the Rama long before they had any knowledge of Greek.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
The hero of the Ramayana is a hero of virtue, not of the battle.
"The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)" by Max Duncker

In news:

Critic's Picks: "Ramayana" at ACT, Seattle Art Museum's " Elles ," Seattle Opera's "Fidelio" and Fireworks at the Rialto.
Companies perform episodes taken from folk tales and the epic "Ramakien" or "Ramayana.".
Critic's Picks: " Ramayana " at ACT, Seattle Art Museum's "Elles," Seattle Opera's "Fidelio" and Fireworks at the Rialto.
Constellation Theatre Company is bringing back Ramayana based on Indian mythology, which played to sold out houses at Source last year.