ramayana khandana

Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa’s Uttarakāṇḍa is Authentic Beyond Doubt – Deal with it!

Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa’s first six ‘Kāṇḍa-s’ has brought many prominent characters into the story but we wouldn’t know the histories of several of them, both among protagonists as well as antagonists. In general, whatever ‘Praśna-s (Questions)’ the first six Kāṇḍa-s raise in our minds, the answers to all of them are given by the ‘seventh’ Kāṇḍa.  ‘Uttara’ means answer, hence true to its name, the ‘Uttarakāṇḍa a’ gives answers to all our queries. Therefore, it is futile to deny or handicap the great epic by Vālmīki’s authorship of the seventh canto.