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First published October 2, 2008

The Book of Ram

He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, supreme upholder of social values, scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life.

Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.

This book, written by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik, one of India’s foremost mythologists, explores the relevance of Ram in modern times by looking at him as:

  • Ramayan’s protagonist
  • Dashrath’s son
  • Vishwamitra’s student
  • Sita’s husband
  • Lakshman’s brother
  • Hanuman’s master
  • Ravan’s enemy
  • Ayodhya’s king
  • Vishnu’s incarnation
  • Valmiki’s inspiration
  • Hindutva’s icon

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