The story of Rama is one of the oldest Indian stories and the subject of one of the great Sanskrit epics of Hinduism, the 'Ramayana', attributed to the poet Valmiki.
Enlarged image Zoomable high-resolution image Hinduism is one of the world's oldest religions, dating back 3,000 years to the Indus Valley.
Hindus are also found elsewhere in the Indian subcontinent (Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan) and its maritime spheres (Indonesia [Bali], Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad and so on). Hindus believe that existence is a cycle of birth, death and rebirth, governed by : the quality of the next life is determined by one's conduct in the current one.
There is an omnipresent, eternal being called Brahman, who created everything, and various deities are worshipped, including Ram(a), S(h)iva, Lakshmi and Hanuman.
But many American indologists, who seem to know more about Hindusim than Hindus, claim that Ramayana happened after Mahabharata. Hence Ramayana is definitely from an earlier age than Mahabharata.Nilesh holds BS & MS in Chemical Engineering and Executive MBA.He is interested in Astronomy, Archeology, Geology, Genetics, Quantum Mechanics, Economics, Ancient narratives and Philosophy.He also published on the interface of religion and politics, correlative cosmologies, the dark side of Buddhism, the reinvention of Hinduism, technical points of Indian and Chinese philosophies, various language policy issues, Maoism, the renewed relevance of Confucius in conservatism, the increasing Asian stamp on integrating world civilization, direct democracy, the defence of threatened freedoms, and the Belgian question.Regarding religion, he combines human sympathy with substantive skepticism.