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Difference between Adhyatma Ramayana and Valmiki Ramayan

Adhyatma Ramayana is one of the versions of Valmiki Ramayan and it gives more importance to the teachings of Vedanta. Here are some of the important difference between the two texts.

Adhyatma Ramayana is believed to have been composed by Ramanandacharya. Some scholars believe it was composed by Sage Vyasa.

The text is in the form of a dialogue between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Rama is identified as Parabrahman in the text. Mata Sita is identified as primordial prakrti. Important characters in the Ramayana are aware of this truth. It is occasionally reminded to the readers that all forms are manifestation of the Parabrahman.

Adhyatma Ramayana consists of 4,242 verses and is divided into seven sections – Bala, Ayodhya, Aranya, Kishkindha, Sundara, Lanka and Uttara.

The text also contains Mahatmya Adhyaya.

In the Ayodhya Kandha, Sage Narada arrives a day before coronation of Sri Ram and informs him about the purpose of his incarnation – it is to destroy the demons and restore Dharma on earth.
As per Adhyatma Ramayana, Sita that was carried away by Ravana as Maya Sita. Real Sita was hidden in fire and was returned after the defeat of Ravana.

Note – The popular version of Ramayana in Kerala written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan is also known as Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilipattu (composed during the early part of 17th century).