The Ramayana is a massive piece of oral and written literature, an ancient Sanskrit and Hindu epic that is comprised of 24,000 verses in seven cantos. It was composed in the 5th century B.C and tells the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita—their marriage and subsequent exile from Rama's kingdom of Ayodhya, Sita's abduction in the forest by Ravana, and Sita's rescue by Rama and an army of monkeys. In the end, the couple return to Ayodhya and rule over a golden age for India.
This story, one of the most important stories in India, has been told in many forms over the years—as an epic poem, written in text, depicted in Rajput paintings, performed in shadow puppets plays and in the theater, films, and television. The most recent mini-series of the epic aired in India in 2008.
The circumstance of how Sita and Rama meet and are married is centered around an important Indian cultural event known as the swayamvara . In ancient India, the swayamvara is the practice of choosing a husband from a...
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