Ramayana definition

rə-mäyə-nə
(proper) One of the two great epics of India, written in Sanskrit some time after the Mahabharata and telling of Rama.
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A Sanskrit epic, traditionally attributed to Valmiki, that concerns the banishment of Rama from his kingdom, the abduction of his wife Sita by a demon and her rescue, and Rama's eventual restoration to the throne.
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Origin of ramayana

  • Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇam the going of Rama Rāmaḥ Rama ayanam a going, way (from eti ay- he goes ei- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition