महर्षि वाल्मीकि का रामायण - बालकाण्ड

महर्षि वाल्मीकि का रामायण - बालकाण्ड - is the first episode of Rāmāyaṇa, composed by the sage Valmiki. This poem constitutes along with Mahābhārata one of the two main masterpiece of ancient Indian epics. In the Indian tradition it is referred to as ‘the first poem', and it is considered a model for the later Sanskrit poets. It tells about a nobel prince Rama, who as a result of a courtly intrigue in the capital city of the Ayodhya kingdom had to spent twelve yours in exhile along with her faithful consort Sita. After numerous vicissitudes and the victorious war with Ravana, ten-headed king of Sri Lanka, who had abducted his wife Sita, the prince triumphantly returnes to the country and regaine the throne as the ruler and ideal model for all sovereigns. He is a hero  the incarnation of god Vishnu and the ideal of virtues.

Sanskrit Rāmāyaṇa consists of seven books, divided into a number of chapters. The first chapter - the Childhood Episode (Bāla-kaṇḍa) is translated for the first time here into Polish language. The author of the translation, fluent in the art of poetry and with perfect command of Sanskrit, translated it faithfully to the original, allowing the reader the direct tasting of the ancient masterpiece. 

The publication was subsidized by the Embassy of the Republic of India in Warsaw (Poland).

Book's details:

Title: Ramajana. Księga dzieciństwa [Ramayana. Childhood Episodes]
The original title: Śrīmad Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa Bālakaṇḍa
Author: Valmiki
Translation:  Anna Rucińska
Paperback and hardcover: 247 pages
ISBN: 978-83-938477-0-9, 978-83-938477-1-6
Publisher: Vivaswan Foundation (2014)
Cost: 50 PLN (paperback), 60 PLN (hardcover)

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