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Adbhuta Ramayana (Sanskrit Text with Transliteration, English Commentary with Explanation)

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Adbhuta Ramayana is often called Sitayana, basing the text around a feminine perspective - it is deemed to be the Shakta version of the Hindu epic; where Sita is venerated as an avatar of Adi-Parashakti - Mahakali. A layered narrative of Mulaprakriti, this book by Sri Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia provides concise English translations and explanations for the original Sanskrit text.
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Item Code: IHF020
Author: Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia
Publisher: Chaukhamba Surbharati Prakashan
Language: Sanskrit Text with Transliteration and English Translation
Edition: 2022
ISBN: 9789380326047
Pages: 542
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details 9.X 6.5 inch
Weight 888 gm
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About the Book

Adbhut Ramayan authored by sage Valmiki, who is famous for his classic epic 'Ramayan'. Describes a highly strange, mysterious and fantastic version of the epic story of Lord Ram, the legendary king emperor of Ayodhya and an imcarna-tion of Lord Vishnu, the supreme Lord in creation. It reveals many hitherto little known events in the life of Lord Ram and his divine consort Sita which Valmiki knew but desisted from incorporating them in his earlier epic. He wrote this classic work it fill that gap and put the record straight.

This classic book can be broadly divided into two parts. The first (canto 1-16) elaborately describes some mysterious and strange circumstances pertaining to the birth of Lord Ram and Sita; it also contains profound Vedanta philosophies when Sri Ram preaches Hanuman about them. The second part (canto 17-27) presents the story of Sri Ram's campaign against the thousand headed demon king Ravana of Pushakar who was the elder brother of the ten headed Ravana of Lanka, and much stronger and powerful than latter. In this war, Sita assumed the form of mahakali, the dark skinned Goddess worshipped as shakti, to slay this Ravana and his demon force. The demon army has been described in great detail.

The climax of the book and the aspect which makes it so unique and holy is when lord Ram prays to the cosmic Goddess or Shakti uning 1008 divine names or mantras which describe and enumerate the various glories virtues and attributes of the magnificent Shakti of Mother Nature. This is the only classic Composition where the Shakti has been worshipped using these profound mantras. This volume describes the text in great detail, incorporating commentary explanatory and relevant notes when required. An elaborate life sketch of sage Valmiki incorporating numerous little known facts about him, have been included to give a special unique flavour to this book. Besides this, important metaphysical concepts appearing in the text have been explained in a separate appendix.

About the Author

Ajai Kumar Chhawchharia born on 8th August, 1955 in Burdwan district of West Bengal, is a humble and unpretentious bachelor, who has dedicated his entire life to the service of Lord Ram. At present he is residing in the holy pilgrim city of Ayodhya (U.P., India) since 1985.

Preface

'Adbhuta Rāmāyana', as the name suggests, describes the most strange, wonderful, mysterious and awe-inspiring fascinating story of Ramayana, the chronology of the fantastic worldly deeds done by Śrī Rāma and Sītā, who were manifestations of Lord Visņu and his divine consort Goddess Laksmi respectively on the earth to get rid of evil forces personified by the demons, which was hitherto unknown in this world. It is a strange and mysterious story, quite different from the general perception about the story of Ramayana in which Śrī Rāma is the main hero and he occupies the central stage throughout the epic. This is the story where Sītā, who was not only the manifestation of Goddess Laksmi and a divine consort of Śrī Rāma but also of the primary forces of and energy responsible for creation, collectively called 'Prakrti' (Nature) and 'Maya' (deluding powers of Nature), plays a prominent role. The story revolves around Sītā more than it does around Śrī Rāma, and it seeks to establish the greatness, the valour and courage, the strength, powers and potentials, the glory and majesty of women and womanhood which are traditionally so much adored, admired, honoured and praised in India more than men and manhood. It is the 'mother' who really takes care of the world created by the father; it is Sitä who provided succour and restored peace in the world when she finally killed the thousand headed Rāvana of Puskara, who was the elder brother of the 10-headed Rāvana of Lańkā and equal number of times more powerful than his younger sibling, even though Śrī Rāma failed to subdue and vanquish him. It was Sītā who finally overcame this great demon, restored peace on this earth by eliminating the scourage of all evil mongering demons representing vices and perversions on this earth. It was she who forcefully restored the balance in favour of righteousness and auspiciousness by eliminating all inimical forces that came in the way of righteousness and virtuousness.

The story of triumph and tragedy unfolds in 27 Cantos, and is an unconventional depiction of the epic story of Rāmāyaņa in various aspects. For one, it does not have the standard pattern of 7 'Kändas' or Chapters of the conventional Rāmāyana (which are Bala Kända, Ayodhyā Kānda, Aranya Kānda, Kişkindhā Kānda, Sundara Kända, Lankā Kānda and Uttara Kanda). Rather, it is divided into 27 Cantos forming one homogenous text. Second, the reason why sage Nārada cursed Vişnu has been elaborately dealt with, as is the story of king Ambrīşa who was one of the ancestors of Lord Rama (Canto 1-4). Third, Sītā's birth has been described in great detail and it establishes, most unconventionally again, that she was an immaculate conception of Mandodarī, the wife of 10-headed Rāvana. This particular episode of Sita's strange birth gives a real mysterious twist to the generally held view about the birth and parentage of Sītā, but a careful reading will dispel all doubts of any wrong doing or occurrence of any unrighteousness pertaining to her birth (canto 8). Earlier, the story describes why and how sage Nārada had cursed Laksmī to force her to take birth as Sītā and become the daughter of Mandodarī, the wife of the 10-headed Ravana (canto 5-7).

The story of triumph and tragedy unfolds in 27 Cantos, and is an unconventional depiction of the epic story of Ramayana in various aspects. For one, it does not have the standard pattern of 7 'Kändas' or Chapters of the conventional Ramayana (which are Bala Kända, Ayodhya Kanda, Aranya Kanda, Kiskindha Kanda, Sundara Kända, Lanka Kanda and Uttara Kanda). Rather, it is divided into 27 Cantos forming one homogenous text. Second, the reason why sage Narada cursed Visnu has been elaborately dealt with, as is the story of king Ambrisa who was one of the ancestors of Lord Rama (Canto 1-4). Third, Sita's birth has been described in great detail and it establishes, most unconventionally again, that she was an immaculate conception of Mandodari, the wife of 10-headed Ravana. This particular episode of Sita's strange birth gives a real mysterious twist to the generally held view about the birth and parentage of Sita, but a careful reading will dispel all doubts of any wrong doing or occurrence of any unrighteousness pertaining to her birth (canto 8). Earlier, the story describes why and how sage Narada had cursed Laksmi to force her to take birth as Sita and become the daughter of Mandodari, the wife of the 10-headed Ravana (canto 5-7).

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