• Balakanda (The Book of Childhood):
    • Focuses on the birth and early life of Lord Rama.
    • Describes the events leading to Rama’s marriage to Sita.
    • Introduces the main characters and sets the stage for the epic.
  • Ayodhyakanda (The Book of Ayodhya):
    • Explores Rama’s exile to the forest following a political conspiracy.
    • Describes the sorrow of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana, as well as the reactions of people in Ayodhya.
  • Aranyakanda (The Book of the Forest):
    • Chronicles Rama’s life in the forest.
    • Introduces key characters like Shurpanakha, Ravana’s sister.
    • Sita is abducted by Ravana during this period.
  • Kishkindhakanda (The Book of Kishkindha):
    • Focuses on the search for Sita.
    • Rama forms an alliance with Hanuman, Sugriva, and the Vanara (monkey) army.
    • Hanuman’s heroic leap across the ocean is a significant event.
  • Sundarakanda (The Book of Beauty):
    • Highlights Hanuman’s journey to Lanka in search of Sita.
    • Hanuman meets Sita and conveys Rama’s message to her.
    • The book is known for Hanuman’s devotion and courage.
  • Yuddhakanda (The Book of War):
    • Describes the war between Rama and Ravana.
    • Rama’s army builds a bridge to Lanka.
    • The epic battle between the forces of good and evil takes place.
  • Uttarakanda (The Book of Uttara):
    • Concludes the epic with the return of Rama and Sita to Ayodhya.
    • Rama’s rule as king is tested by rumors and challenges.
    • Sita undergoes a trial by fire (agnipariksha) to prove her purity.