Brief Story of Ramayana (Summary)
The main story of Ramayana can be summarized as below:
Raja Dasharatha of Ayodhya had three wives. The names of his wives were Kaushalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra.
Ram Chandra was the son of Kausalya. Bharat was the son of Kaikeyi. Lakshman and Shatrughan were the sons of Sumitra.
Ram Chandra was married to Sita, the daughter of Raja Janak of Videha. Raja Dasharatha declared Ram Chandra to be his heir-apparent as he was the eldest as well as the ablest of all his sons.
This infuriated his stepmother (Kaikeyi) wanted Bharat to be the successor of her husband. And as such, she manipulated to get Ram Chandra exiled from the country for a period of 14 years.
As a loyal and faithful son, Ram Chandra obeyed the order of his father and went over to the jungles along with his wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshman. As the chance had it, Ravana, the ruler of Lanka, took away Sita to his country. Rama, with the help of Lords Hanuman and Sugriva, raged a war against Ravana in which the latter was killed and Sita was got back. The period of banishment having been over, Rama came back to Ayodhya along with his wife and brother.
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