Sri Rama and Seetha.
Who has not heard these two names in our country, from the Himalayas
to Kanyakumari ? Ramanavami is a sacred festival. People observe the Ramotsava and listen
to the stories of Rama and Seetha again and again. They worship Rama and Seetha with great
The story of Rama and Seethadevi is the 'Ramayana'.
It is remarkable that Sri Rama himself listened to the story of the
Ramayana' and was pleased. Lava and Kusha sang the story before Rama very sweetly; Rama
did not know that they were own sons!
The poet who composed 'Ramayana' and taught the song and story to
Lava and Kusha, was a great sage by name Valmiki. How this man became a sage and a
singer-poet is itself a very interesting story.
Valmiki's Ramayana is in the Sanskrit language. It is a very
beautiful poem. long poem narrating the story of a very great hero is called an epic.
Valmiki's 'Ramayana' is the very first such poem in Sanskrit.
Therefore, it is also called the 'Adikavya' or -the First Poem; Valmiki is also known as
the 'Adikavi, which means the First Poet.
Valmiki's 'Ramayana' can be sung. It is delightful to the ear like
the sound of the cuckoo. Valmiki has been described as a cuckoo on the tree of poetry,
singing sweetly. Those who read the 'Ramayana' bow to the great Valmiki first and then
turn to the epic.