VALMIKI – A very famous sage and the author of the Ramayana

There are no authentic records about Valmiki’s parentage. The popular version considered him to be the tenth son of Varuna, god of the sea. Valmiki was considered to be the first poet. There is an interesting story about the earlier part of Valmiki’s life. He began this life as a hunter named Rat- nakra who looked after his family in the forest by hunting for animals—but also by robbing travelers. One day he happened to see the saptarishis (seven sages), who warned him about the consequences of his sins and … Continue reading