Ramayan and Mahabharat

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Ramayan and Mahabharat are the most popular epics of India. Ramayana, one of the oldest epics of the world, is ascribed to Maharshi Valmiki. The word Ramayana has two parts- Rama (Lord Rama who is the central figure) and Ayana which means travel.  The main characters of Ramayana greatly influenced  the cultural consciousness of India as well as many other countries in South-East Asia.

Mahabharata, the second most important Indian epic ascribed to Vyasa Muni.  Mahabharata is the story of the battle between Kaurava and Pandava.  With the help of Lord Shri Krishna, Pandava conquered in this battle. Mahabharata portrays thousands of characters that are archetypes of human behavior. 


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Shreenand Lakshman Bapat, MA Ph.D., Sanskrit, MA, AIHC & Archaeology. He is currently a Registrar and Curator at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Managing Editor at Annals of the BORI, Guest lecturer at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, and Chanakya Mandal Pariwar. He has written 2 books, 48 research papers, and edited 8 books. He has discovered and deciphered 16 copperplate- and 2 stone inscriptions. He has conducted an international workshop on Sanskrit Prosody in Bucharest, Romania, in 2012. He has hosted and curated over 50 programs on All-India Radio on various topics in Sanskrit and Ancient Indian History and Culture.