Balakanda

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Bala Kanda (Sanskrit bālakāṇḍa, the book of the childhood) is the first book of the Valmiki Ramayana, which is one of the two great epic poems of India (the other being the Mahabharata).

Structure[edit]

The book consists of 76 sargas (sometimes translated as chapters or cantos) of Sanskrit verse.

Summary[edit]

The Bala kanda begins with the ascetic Valmiki questioning the famous sage Narada if there is any man who is truly virtuous. Narada replies that there is such a man, and that his name is Rama. He then goes on to briefly describe Rama's physical characteristics and to briefly summarize the story of the Ramayana. (Sarga 1) Next, the book describes how Valmiki wrote the Ramayana and taught it to Lava and Kusha (Sargas 2, 3 and 4) who soon enough launch into the full story:

Natal chart of Rama[edit]

One of important pieces of information in this book is the Natal chart of Rama, which is embedded in the Chapter (Sarga) 18, Verse 8 to 11:

This day is celebrated as Ramanavami festival throughout India.[3]

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