Lord Rama is the 7th incarnation of Vishnu. He was the king of Ayodhya. He is the main character in Valmiki’s epic Lord Ramayana. In the epic, Lord Rama is described as an ideal king and an ideal person. He is the most widely worshipped Hindu deity in India. Lord Vishnu incarnation of Lord Rama is also the most celebrated one. According to the Lord Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama goes as follows:
Lord Rama was the eldest son of king Dasharatha and Kausalya. He married the daughter of King Janaka, Sita by winning her in a ceremony called ‘Swayamvara’. In the ceremony, the prospective grooms of Sita were challenged to string a giant bow. Princes from various kingdoms tried but did not succeed to even move the bow.
As Lord Rama was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he lifted the bow and strings it with his one hand. The legend is Lord Rama’s step mother, Kalkeyi wanted her son Bharata to be the king of Ayodhya, and so she plotted to banish Lord Rama for fourteen away from Ayodhya. Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman were in exile and lived in forest.
One day, Lord Rama and Lakshman went away for hunting leaving Sita alone. Sita was abducted by Ravana. Ravana was a knowledgeable but an evil king. He was the ten headed ruler of Lanka. He held Sita captive as revenge from Lord Rama. Lord Rama with the aid of his brother Lakshman and Hanuman attacked Ravana’s army in pursuit to rescue Sita.
After a long and fierce battle, Lord Rama succeeded in killing the ten headed Ravana and reunited with his wife. Having completed his exile, Lord Rama returned back to Ayodhya with his wife and brother and was crowned as King. His rule is known as Ram Rajya. Today, Lord Rama is revered for his courage, virtue, bravery and absolute devotion for his wife and Ayodhya.
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The Story of Rama – Seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu