“Then the ten-necked one, who was hiding nearby, quickly assumed the form of a wandering mendicant and approached Vaidehi.” (Valmiki Ramayana, Aranya Kand, 46.2)
तदासाद्य दशग्रीवः क्षिप्रमन्तरमास्थितः।
अभिचक्राम वैदेहीं परिव्राजकरूपधृक्।।
tadāsādya daśagrīvaḥ kṣipramantaramāsthitaḥ।
abhicakrāma vaidehīṃ parivrājakarūpadhṛk।।
Friend1: Based on the many discussions we’ve had, it would be safe to say that we are fans of the Ramayana.
Friend2: Which one?
Friend1: There is only one, in fact. The Hindi poem of Goswami Tulsidas is actually called Ramacharitamanasa.
Friend2: It was so wonderfully received, so much adored by the general public that people began to informally refer to it as the Ramayana.
Friend1: The Tulsi Ramayana, as opposed to the Valmiki Ramayana.
Friend2: The latter is the original written account of the life and pastimes of Shri Rama.
Friend1: Though the term original doesn’t really apply, since the lila of…
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