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A holy text and masterpiece of Indian literature

Extract from "Laksmana leads Sita in exile"

Extract from "Laksmana leads Sita in exile",Book 1. Sub-imperial Mughal school, c. 1595-1605. Gouache and gold on paper. Private collection.

The Ramayana has always been seen as a holy text and as a major work of Indian literature.

The earliest version, attributed to Valmiki, comprises seven books and twenty-four thousand slokas or couplets, in other words forty-eight thousand lines of poetry.

Legend has it that the god Brahmā invited the ascetic Valmiki to write the story of Rāma. This divine origin for the text heightens the religious dimension that forms the essence of the Ramayana, in which there is a constant exchange between men and gods.

Deriving from Vedic literature, this work contains all aspects of Brahmanism from which Hinduism stems.

The leading characters of the epic, Rama, Sita and Laksmana embody the noblest of virtues; they follow the dharma, in other words the body of rules and qualities needed to govern the world. Translated into many languages, their tale is told and hallowed throughout south Asia.

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The most illustrated Ramayana to date
Valmiki's Ramayana illustrated with over 700 miniature paintings from the 16th to the 19th century.
Translation of the unabridged text under the editorship of Robert P. Goldman Sally J. Sutherland Goldman and Sheldon I. Pollock.
Commentaries and introduction by Amina Taha Hussein-Okada, Keeper of Indian Art at the Asian Arts Guimet museum in Paris.
Preface by B.N. Goswamy, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the Punjab University, Chandigarh.

1480 pages in seven volumes and one reference booklet in each box-set illustrated throughout, 270x290 mm

Estimated Price : 1 200 €
Current value : INR 78,000 / $1,600

ISBN : 978-2-903656-76-8