Yuddhakānḍam of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa – A bird’s eye view
This is a pre-recorded video lecture course in English on the the sixth kandam of the Adikavya Ramayana composed by Adikavi Valmiki. In the sixth course of this series, Prof. Mahadevan presents the key aspects of the Yuddhakandam of the Ramayana.
Medium of Teaching – English
Fee for this course –
No fees. This course is absolutely free! The only thing you will need to invest is your interest. At the end of the course, participants may give a voluntary Gurudakshina as donation to Vyoma Labs.
Ramayaṇa is an ever-fresh epic with a global footprint, with innumerable versions in various lands and languages, all deriving their soul directly or indirectly from the Adikavi Valmiki, described by Bhoja as “madhumaya-phaṇitīnāṃ mārgadarśī maharṣiḥ” (The torch-bearer of poets whose utterings ooze nectar). It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that the Valmiki Ramayana forms the foundation of the entire spectrum of Indian culture and thought through the ages.
Yuddhakandam consists of 128 sargas, focussing on Rama’s preparation for war, bridge building, Rama’s arrival to Lanka, war between Rama’s and Ravana’s army, killing of Kumbhakarna, Indrajit and Ravana, preaching of Adityahridaya, installation of Vibhishana as a king of Lanka, Sita’s ordeal and Rama’s Pattabhishekam.
Prof. B Mahadevan explains the verses in simple English, narrating the story using the current situations, unearthing the great values of characters of Ramayana. He culls out the essential messages from the Ramayaṇa for today’s youth, holding light to the various ethical, spiritual and linguistic angles of the text. Drawing from his long experience of teaching management subjects, he also brings special focus on practical guidelines from the epic for various aspects of life management. His long experience in teaching is amply evident in these student-friendly lectures.
These lectures are hosted in the website of the Practical Vedanta IIMB group. Vyoma Labs is now bringing the materials into this portal for the benefit of Samskrita enthusiasts. We thank Prof. B Mahadevan and the Practical Vedanta IIMB group for giving us the permission to host this course here.
B. Mahadevan is a professor of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he has been teaching since 1992. Professor Mahadevan has more than 23 years of wide-ranging experience in teaching, research, consulting, and academic administration at IIM Bangalore and other reputed institutions such as IIT Delhi and XLRI, Jamshedpur.