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The name “Ramayana” is a compound of two words “rama” and “ayana (coming)”. This epic is written as a poetry which is held in such reverence that the mere reading or hearing of it, or certain passages of it frees one from sin and grant every desire to the reader or hearer.

Excerpts from Ramayana

आहुः सत्यं हि परमं धर्मं धर्मविदो जनाः
 Aahuh  satyam hi paramam dharmam dharmavido janaah
Those who have knowledge of dharma say that Truth is the highest dharma
[Context:  Dasaratha had promised three boons to Kaikeyi when she saved his life during one of those battles he fought on the side of the Devas.  When the coronation of Rama is announced, Kaikeyi asks for two of the boons from Dasaratha.  She wants Bharata to be installed as the King and Rama to be sent to the forest for fourteen years. When Dasaratha was in a dilemma, Kaikeyi says that Truth is the highest dharma, implying that Dasaratha should keep his promise as otherwise he will be guilty of transgressing dharma.]

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