Rama Essay

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Out of all the characters mentioned in Hindu mythology, the character of Rama is one of
the most famous ones. It would probably be a difficult task to find a Hindu who is not
familiar with this hero or his exploits. He is the main protagonist of the Ramayana, still
considered to be one of the greatest Indian epics of all times. Till date his story is
taught in schools in India in the form of history and to instill morality in children.
Standards set by him, though hard to attain, are ones that are laid out for men in the
community to follow. There is no question amongst the minds of people today that he is
divine. What is it about Rama that caused him to reach the status that he holds today?

Most of what we know about Rama comes from the Ramayana. Though numerous Ramayanas have
been written, scholars agree that the earliest version seems to be that written by
Valmiki. It is quite likely that Valmiki's Ramayana underwent changes and was
reconstructed at a particular time or has had alterations made at different times. Several
portions of the original poem were removed and various new ones added. Scholars find it
hard to determine which bits were part of the original and which ones are additions to it.
These changes certainly brought about interesting consequences. The position that the
heroic Rama holds within Pan-Indian tradition has gone through many paradigmatic
structures as a result. The changing Ramayanas and notions of Rama reflect a changing
cultural pattern amongst the Hindus. There have been quite a few different floating
stories of Rama's ties with other Hindu Gods which probably led his position to be that of
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