The Ramayana is an ancient and
well-loved epic poem about an incarnation of the Supreme Lord Krishna
on earth, about a million years ago, as Ramachandra, the ideal king.
The story is rich with intrigue, heroism, romance, and adventure, and
with horrible monsters and strange creatures enough to put science fiction
to shame. Even more strange to the modern mind is that this story is
to be understood as totally true.
Here we see Lord Ramachandra,
or Rama, with greenish complexion, accompanied by His brother Lakshman
and the great monkey hero, Hanuman. The story tells of Rama’s
wonderful qualities and of the plans to crown Him king, a plan which
was thwarted, and of His subsequent exile into the forest for a number
of years where He defeated and killed many dangerous demons. Near the
end of the exile His wife Sita was kidnapped by the most dangerous demon
of all, ten-headed Ravana. Rama, exiled from His rightful army, found
help in a race of intelligent monkeys, and a great battle ensued…
Following are some 30 scenes
selected for illustration from that great story.