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The Ramayana is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature. It consists of nearly 24,000 verses (mostly set in the Shloka/ Anustubh meter), divided into six Kands (Adi (Bala) Kand, Ayodhya Kand, Aranya Kand, Kishkindha Kand, Sundara Kand, Lanka Kand) and about 500 sargas (chapters). Uttar kand which is also read today in ramayan is a part of kakbhusundi garud samvad and is not a part of original valkimi ramayan. In Hindu tradition, it is considered to be the Adi-kavya (first poem). It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal husband and the ideal king. Ramayana was an important influence on later Sanskrit poetry and Hindu life and culture.
Hindu festivals are celebrated as per the Hindu Calendar. This calendar depends on the movement of sun and moon so most of the festivals are celebrated on different dates, move around within a range of dates in different years.
A Hindu is a follower of Hinduism. Hinduism is believed to be one of the world’s oldest organized religions. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion with more than a billion followers. Majority of Hindu people live in India and Nepal. Nowadays large Hindu populations can be found in various parts of the world.
Hinduism has no single prophet, no single scripture, and not any one set of religious rites. Most Hindus worship one or more deities, believe in rebirth and value the practice of meditation. Hindu sacred texts are regarded as the most ancient religious texts. The primary sacred texts of Hinduism are the Vedas: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Most popular Hindu scriptures are the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and Ramayan.
“When you hear about the Self, meditate upon the Self,
and finally realize the Self…
you come to understand everything in life.”