Translated from

Hindi

The Epic of Ram, Volume 1

Tulsidas

Edited and translated by

Edited by

Translated by

Philip Lutgendorf

Translated from

Hindi

The Epic of Ram, Volume 1

Tulsidas

Edited and translated by

Edited by

Translated by

Philip Lutgendorf

The Epic of Ram presents a new translation of the Rāmcaritmānas of Tulsidas (1543–1623). Written in Avadhi, a literary dialect of classical Hindi, the poem has become the most beloved retelling of the ancient Ramayana story across northern India. A devotional work revered and recited by millions of Hindus today, it is also a magisterial compendium of philosophy and lore and a literary masterpiece.

This volume presents Tulsidas’s grand introduction to the Ram story, replete with philosophical and theological meditations and tales of gods, sages, and royalty. Here, the stage is set for the advent and divine mission of Ram.

This new translation into free verse conveys the passion and momentum of its inspired poet and storyteller. It is accompanied by the most widely accepted edition of the Avadhi text, presented in the Devanagari script.

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The Epic of Ram, Volume 1
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