The Ramayana Story in English
The Story of Ramayana
The Ramayana Retold For Children is a fresh new rendition of the centuries old tale of Lord Rama. This podcast is presented and narrated By Once Upon A Time With Uttara and distributed by Chimes Radio. The Ramayana Story in English is narrated in an entertaining and thought-provoking conversational format. It is best suited for 3 to 10-year-old.
This podcast not only talks about the significant events and stories of this wonderful epic, but also tries to view them through a contemporary lens, in order to answer the questions that kids might have while listening to this story. These stories will help to build imagination, vocabulary, comprehension, and appropriate life values among kids! Happy listening!
Disclaimer: A quick note to suggest that this podcast is only our attempt to re-tell this classic religious story in a contemporary way to today’s children. We have no intentions at all to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments.
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The Ramayana Story In English
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The story of Ramayana is one of the most popular epics of all times. It is the story of Ram, Sita, Laxman, Hanuman, Raavan, and the various events & adventures in their lives.
The Ramayana Story was originally written by Maha Rishi Valmiki in Sanskrit, in the 5th century B.C. The Ramayana has 24,000 versus and is one the longest mythological poems in the world.
Over the time, the story has been written and re-written by many scholars and writers. One of the most famous of them was Tulsi Das and his version the Ramayana is called the Ramcharitmanas.
It is said that The Ramayana took place 7000- 10,000 years ago. “The Ramayana” literally means the journey of Ram. This epic story teaches us all, the difference between right & wrong and inspires us to always to do the right thing, no matter what. Listen to this podcast of the Ramayana story in English to learn and know about the important lessons of life.
The Kingdom of Ayodhya
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, let’s learn about the “Kingdom of Ayodhya”. Thousands of years ago, there was a powerful kingdom in southern part of India. It was called “The Kingdom of Kosala”, with its capital Ayodhya, sotuated on the banks of Sarayu river.
The king of Ayodhaya, Dhasaratha had three wives- Kausalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. On the suggestion of Rishi on the advice of Vasishtha, King Dhasaratha performed a holy prayer in order to have children. Soon God appeared before him with a pot of nectar, and advising him to distribute it among his queens. With the help of the magical nectar, the queens finally conceived and the great Princes of Ayodhya were born. Queen Kausalya gave birth to Ram, Kaikeyi to Bharat, Sumitra had twin boys, Lakshman and Satrugan.
The Battle With The Demon Tadaka
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, let’s learn about the “Demon Tadaka”. In olden days, Sage Vishwamitra was popular and known for his anger and temper. Everyone were afraid of him and never wanted to displease him. Once Sage Vishwamitra came to Ayodhya to meet King Dasharatha to complain about few demons or asuras, Maricha & Subahu. The sage requested the king to send Ram & Lakshman to fight the demons and to make sure the yagna is performed without any interference.
On their way, they encountered Tadaka, a fierce demoness but Ram and Lakshman managed to defeat her with an arrow. The forest was then feww from the terror of the demoness. But what happened to the other two demons? Listen to the Ramayana story for kids to know more!
The Battle At Vishwamitra's Ashram
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, let’s continue further with ” The Battle At Vishwamitra’s Ashram”.
Ram and Lakshman proceeded to the ashram to fight Maricha and Sudahu, the two demons who would not let the sages perform any yajnas. The two demons were the sons of Tadaka, whom Ram and Laskhman defeated earlier. On reaching the ashram the disciples of Sage Vishwamitra started preparing for a grand Yajna. Ram and Lakshman stood guard and looked out for the two demons. On the sixth day of the Yajna, the two demons came to disturb the ceremony.
The two princes fought a powerful battle with the demons and finally Ram defeated Maricha and Sudhau with two special astras or weapons. They were no longer able to disrupt the cermonies that day onwards. Want to know the names of the magical weapons? Listen to the Ramayana story for kids podcast to know further!
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, let’s know about Sita – where she was born and how she grew up, and how finally Ram was able to overcome the challenge set by her father at her Swayamvar ceremony., ” Sita’s Swayamvar”.
Sita was the princess of Videha with its capital city, Mithela. She was found in the field by King Janaka. Sita is considered to be the child of the earth and a blessing in dishuise. Janaka adopted her and raised her as his own. King Janaka had another daughter, Urmila. Sita and Urmila were extemely fond of each other. When Sita reaches adulthood, Janaka organizes a Swayamvara for her with the condition that Sita would marry only that person who would be able to string Pinaka, the bow of the god Shiva. He wanted a worthy suitor for Sita.
Guess who participated in the Swayamvara? Yes, Lord Rama. Rama was able to lift up the bow of Shiva but breaks the bow in the process. After a huge confrontation with Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishu, F Sita married Lord Rama, and Lakshmana married Urmila. Do you want to know why was Parashuram so angry on Rama? Then, listen to the podcast, “The Ramayana Retold For Children.”
The Royal Weddings
In this chapter of The Ramayana story in English, learn how Rama and all his brothers got married to Sita and her sisters at the multiple wedding celebrations in Mithila.
The grand wedding was not just of Ram and Sita but also Laksmana and Urmila. King Janaka had a brother with two beautiful daughters, Mandavi and Shrutakirti. The sages proposed that the weddings of sita’s cousins should take place with Bharat and Shatrugan. The four brothers and four sisters would be able to live happily together in Ayodhya. After the wedding, with time King Dasaratha felt it was time to appoint the next King of Ayodhya. Listen to the Ramayana story for kids to know further!
Rama Chosen To Be Yuvaraj
In this chapter of the Ramayana story in English, learn how Dasharatha decides to make Rama the next Yuvraj, or king, to take over the reins of the kingdom after his death.
King Dasaratha thought long and hard before making his decision. He also examined four of the Princes. After a great deal of judgment, he concluded to make Rama, the King of Ayodhya. Dasaratha found Rama to be the most courageous, strong, compassionate, wise and, the purest of heart. Dasaratha was sure that making him King would be best as he would always do the right thing. Ram would govern the kingdom in a way that would be best for its people.
The King announced his decision in open court and everyone was happy. There was celebration everywhere in the Kingdom and everyone was celebrating but Kaikeyi, Bharat’s mother. She had a maid Manthara who was a mean-spirited person and unfollowed managed to influence Kaikeyi in her words. She predicted that if Ram becomes King, he would send Bharat off to exile and would take away all his powers. Kaikeyi refused to believe it at first but Manthara managed to put it in her mind.
A long time ago Kaikeyi was offered two boons from King Dasaratha, where she could ask for anything she wanted and anytime she wanted it. Therefore, she decided to use her boons. Eager to know about what she asked for that made Ram go to exile for 14 years? Listen to the story of Ramayana above.
Rama's Exile To The Forest
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will understand how Rama lost his position as Yuvraj and had to go live in the forest for 14 years. Sita and Lakshmana decided to accompany him as they could not bear to be apart for such a long time.
In the last chapter we learnt about the boons that Kaikeyi demand which left Dasaratha in dilema. The King had to honor his own promise and as a result he made a royal announcement. He stated that Bharat would be the next King and Rama had to go on exile for 14 years in the forest. The entire kingdom was sad and in tears.
Prince Bharat was not in the kingdom when all this was happening. As a result he was not in a position to object. In the middle of so much chaos, Rama accepted the command of Dasaratha without any question. Rama’s wife Sita and Lakshman decided to accompany Rama in his period of exile. As the three royals left to lead the lives of ordinary men, the entire Kingdom mourn their departure. Listen to the Ramayana story for kids to know further!
King Dasharatha and Shravan Kumar
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will hear the story of King Dasharatha when he was a young man and had done something terrible. As a result of this, he had been cursed to die, pining for his favorite son. This gives us an insight into the fact that when we do something wrong, we must face the consequences.
As Dasharatha lay in bed bed sick and close to death, he miss Rama and Lakshman. That’s when he remember an incidence that has taken place many years ago, when he was a young man. One evening when he was aiming to hunt a deer, he accidentally hurt a human. His arrow had hurt a young man, named Shravan Kumar who was filling water in the vessel from the bank of the river. King Dasharatha was deeply ashamed for what he has done and he passed away as he remembered this incident. Listen to the story of Ramayana for kids to know more!
Rama's Foray Into The Forest
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will learn where Rama, Sita and Lakshman decided to spend their next few years in the forest – in a lovely place called Chitrakoot, at the top of a hill. They did not yet know about King Dasharatha’s death.
The three of them traveled deep into the forest and reached the river Ganga and decided to spend the night there. They also met King Buha, the King of that region who was a devotee of Lord Rama. He requested them spend their 14 years of exile in his forest kingdom. But Lord Rama was not comfortable with the idea of living in comfort while he was banished. The next morning King Buha helped Ram, Sita and Lakshman to reach the opposite bank of the river. They finally reached Rishi Bharadwaj’s ashram where they decided to set up their own lodging in Chitrakoot. Listen to the story of Ramayana for kids to know more!
Bharat Goes To Call Rama Back
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will learn we will hear how Prince Bharat travels into the forest to bring Prince Rama back to become king of Ayodhya. However, Rama decides to honour his promise to King Dasharatha and doesn’t go back while Bharat decides to rule the kingdom only as a caretaker for Lord Rama till he can return after his 14 years of exile.
Furious Bharat explained his mother Kaikeyi about her terrible mistakes and left Ayodhya to meet his beloved brothers Rama & Lakshman. After traveling for few days when he finally reached Chittrakot, he fell down weeping at the feet of Rama. He informed about the death of their father and begged him to return back to take over the throne of Ayodhaya, as the rightful king. Listen to the story of Ramayana for kids to know more!
Living In Panchavati
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will hear how Rama, Lakshman and Sita all travel to Panchavati and set up a lovely home there, in the midst of a forest. They also meet and befriend an important friend who promises to be a protector to Sita.
The three royals go the idea of setting up a lodging in Panchavati from Rishi Agastya. The Rishi offered Rama several gifts which will prove to be valuable in their coming years.
He gave Rama a bow that was made for Lord Vishu with celestial powers, the second was an inexhaustible quiver of arrows and the third was a special sword capable of killing demons. As they left the ashram and trekked through the forest, they came across, Jatayu, the king of vultures. Jatayu took the responsibility of ensuring Sita’s safety. Listen to the story of Ramayana for kids to know more!
Soorpanakha's Visit To Panchavati
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will get to know of an incident that happened in Panchavati where the rakshasi Soorpanakha came to Panchavati and fell in love with Rama. She insisted on marrying him but he was not interested. Unfortunately, something terrible happened after that.
Soorpanakha is considered one of the most important characters in the story of Ramayana. She was, in fact, the arrow that set in motion a series of events that resulted in Ravan’s demise. Soorpanakha was one of the demons who occasionally resided in the jungle. She met Ram during one of these visits and fell in love with him right away. Using Maya power, she disguised herself as a lovely woman and approached Ram.
She requested him to marry her, but Lord Rama had no desire to marry anyone else. That’s when she came up with the plan to harm Sita in order to live with Ram. When Lakshman realised Soorpanakha’s plot, he came to Sita’s rescue and cut off Soorpanakha’s nose. Continue listening to the story of Ramayana for kids to know what Soorpanakha did next!
Raavan & The Kingdom Of Lanka
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will learn all about Raavan and the mighty kingdom of Lanka.
Soorpanakha quickly made her way back to Lanka to complain to his brother, Raavan. Lanka was the Kingdom of rakshasas and Raavan was the King of Lanka. He was the most powerful of all. His actual name was Dashānana, the one with ten heads. The father was Raavan was a rishi and the grandson of Bramha while his mother was a demon princess Kaikesi. Raavan was a very able ruler, scholar and administrator. It was said that under Raavan’s rule, not a single person in Lanka would ever go hungry. He made sure that Lanka was one of the important trading ports in ancient world.
Raavan was a great follower of Lord Shiva. He once performed a very difficult Yagna or pennance to please Shiva. In order to show his devotion to Shiva, Raavan chopped off his own head in the banks of the Narmada river. This went on for ten times. Shiva was finally pleased by Raavan and gave him back his ten heads. Apart from Shiva, he once also performed a severe penance for Bramha and in return he received a boon that his life would dwell in his naval. This made him the most arrogant and powerful king of all times.
Soorpanakha complaint about the two young prince of Ayodhaya to Raavan. She also told him about Sita who was the reason for whom Lakshman chopped off her nose. She made Raavan promise to take revenge for her insult.
Continue listening to the story of Ramayana for kids to know what Raavan did next!
Plan Against Rama, Lakshmana & Sita
In this chapter of Ramayana story in English, we will hear about how Raavan, Soorpanakha and Mareech all made plans against Rama, Lakshmana and Sita and tried to take their revenge.
Raavan and Soorpanakha has decided to teach the three royals from Ayodhaya a lesson for cutting off the demon princess’s nose. As a result they started keeping an eye on them in the forest for few days. They realized that Sita was left alone in the hut only when Rama and Lakshman would go out to hunt and gather food.
However, after the incident with Surpanakha, the brothers were extra careful and did not leave Sita alone. Only one of them would go at a time. Raavan seeked help of Mareech, who had magical abilities. So the plan was for Mareech to transform itself into a golden deer and lure away the brothers from the hut. As planned he was successful in doing so. Lakshman drew a Lakhsman rekha around their hut and warned Sita not to cross the border. Continue listening to the story of Ramayana for kids to know what Raavan did next!