The book can thus be read on different levels. On one level it is simply a wonderful story. For lovers of tales like Lord of the Rings, it is an account of fantastic happenings in a world of magic and mysticism, a world where humans lived alongside other, more powerful beings and where human society itself possessed knowledge of divine forces now unknown.
Ramayana is the first of the great epics of ancient India. It is written in the tradition of the Vedas, following the wisdom of those timeless Sanskrit scriptures. Originally compiled by the sage Valmiki, it is famous as the Adi Kavya, or the original poem.