LORD RAM

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Lord Rama on the left with his devotee Shree Hanuman.

            Lord Ram was the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu.He was born as Ramachandra the eldest son to King Dashratha, who ruled the kingdom of Ayodhya in north India. Early in his life, a sage called Vishwamitra recognised Rama as an avatar of Vishnu and sought his help in the slaying of a female demon, Taraka. Right from his fight against evil Rama was victorious. This victory foreshadowed the great battle with the demon, Ravana.
            The life of Rama, ideal man and great warrior is the story of India’s second epic, ‘The Ramayana.’ The seventh avatar of Vishnu Rama brings to life a quality known as ‘Maryada Purush’ ideal man. In the 3rd century BC, Valmiki wrote the epic ‘Ramayana’, immortalising the life of Rama. However his step mother Kaikeyi obstructed his path to the throne. She wanted her son, Bharat to inherit the kingdom and conspired against Rama. Rama was sent into exile for fourteen years.
           Sita and Lakshmana (Rama's brother), went with him into the forest where trouble soon followedduring their stay in forest. Ravana was the ten headed demon King of Lanka, As wily as he was vicious, Ravana tricked Rama and Lakshmana and kidnapped Sita.To rescue Sita a bridge was built to reach Ravana’s kingdom. Rama, Lakshmana, Hanuman and an army of warriors crossed the bridge and flooded into Lanka. In the war between good and evil, all the demons were killed. Ravana was killed by Rama and Sita was rescued. Together Ram, Sita and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya. Rama was crowned king and the era when he governed was called ‘Ramrajya’ in recognition of a time when democracy was given the highest dignity.