Rāma Navamī

राम नवमी

Lesson 6: One-Verse Rāmāyaṇa

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This verse is called the "one śloka Rāmāyaṇa" (ekaśloki rāmāyaṇam).  The ekaśloki rāmāyaṇam summarizes the entire story of the Rāmāyaṇa of 24’000 verses and compiles the central narratives of story into a single verse (śloka).

The author of this composition is unknown, but the verse is recited by many Vaiṣṇavas on a daily basis.  It is a simple way to connect with Śrī Rāma's journey and remind yourself of the many teachings contained within the Rāmāyaṇa.

During special occasions when Lord Rāma is worshiped, such as during Rāmanavamī, this śloka is used for japa and recited a higher number of times, for example 108 or 1008. 

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ādau rāmatapovanādigamanaṁ hatvā mṛgaṁ kāṁcanaṁ

vaidehīharaṇaṁ jaṭāyumaraṇaṁ sugrīvasaṁbhāṣaṇam |

vālīnirdalanaṁ samudrataraṇaṁ laṁkāpurīdāhanaṁ

paścādrāvaṇakuṁbhakarṇahananametaddhi rāmāyaṇam ||

Rāma first went to the forest of austerities where he killed the golden deer.

There Vaidehī was abducted and the death of Jaṭāyu took place.

Thereafter Rāma had a conversation with Sugrīva and Vālī was killed.

Then Hanuman crossed the sea and destroyed Lanka, thereafter Rāvaṇa and Kuṁbhakarṇa were killed.

This is verily the story of Rāma.

Teachers: Dr. Maitreya Larios & Shambhavi Dandekar

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