Thursday, September 3, 2015

Today's Featured Author: Tulsidas

One of the most famous versions of the Ramayana is the version by Tulsidas, a poet and saint who, in the 1630s, composed a Hindi version of the Sanskrit Ramayana called the Ram Charit Manas. This version of the Ramayana, being written in the vernacular, is far more widely known in India today than the Sanskrit version, and it forms the basis for the popular Ram-Lila performances. Tulsidas is also credited with composing the Hanuman Chalisa, a hymn in honor of Hanuman the monkey-god and most devoted follower of Rama.

You can read more about Tulsidas's life and career in this detailed Wikipedia article, and you might also enjoy this Amar Chitra Katha comic book about him: Tulsidas: The Poet Who Wrote Ram-Charit-Manas.


There is also a multi-issue comic book edition of the Ram Charit Manas consisting of five separate comic books bound in a single volume.


If you are interested in looking at a literal English translation, the translation by F. S. Growse is available at Internet Archive and at Hathi Trust.

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