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Ramayana Sopanam Introduction

The Valmiki Rāmāyana remains a life force for the entire humanity. This itihasa is so intrinsic to Indian physique. A timeless itihasa, it recounts the legend of Sri Rama and his battle with Ravana and many other substories. Through an Online Ramayana Sopanam Certification, beloved itihasa Rāmāyana can now be relished by all kinds of seekers.

Program Duration

52 hours / 2 months


Open to all who have an interest in learning The Rāmāyana

Application Deadlines

Final deadline: Updated soon

About Ramayana Sopanam Certification Program

We are all aware that it was Valmiki, the dacoit turned sage, who originally set down this story as an ideal for mankind. Sri Rama personifies great values like truthfulness, fearlessness, universal love and exemplary human relations, by remaining rooted to righteousness even during the worst times and calamities.

An ideal son, an ideal brother, an ideal husband, an ideal king, an ideal friend and even an ideal enemy, Sri Rama is enthroned in the hearts and minds of countless millions from times immemorial. Characters like Sita, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Hanuman are all ideal characters in their own ways.

Why is this itihāsa so popular?  What makes this ithihasa so endearing and how can we gain eternal, practical wisdom from it and apply it to our daily lives? What can we learn about life and morals from Rāmāyana?

Ramayana Sopanam Program is an introduction to the great, remarkable itihāsa Rāmāyana. It will cover all elements of Rāmāyana: from different versions of the epic to a variety of characters, incidents, insightful conversations and life lessons, etc.  Common doubts prevalent in the minds of seekers; for instance, why Sita was banished for no fault of hers, why Bali was killed by Sri Rama by remaining hidden from view etc will be cleared.


By the end of this course, you will,

By completing the Online Ramayana Sopanam Certification course, one will be acquainted with all prominent facets of Rāmāyana.

One will be endowed with practical wisdom and insight from Rāmāyana, and be able to navigate life in a principled way, with awareness of personal and social realms by understanding how lifestyle should and shouldn’t be.

Through this course titled Rāmāyana Sopanam, itihasa Rāmāyana can now be relished and cherished by all kinds of truth and knowledge seekers.

Unit 1: Introduction to Rāmāyana

Introduction to the Itihāsa Rāmāyana, Its purpose, How Various Dharmas are defined
in Rāmāyaṇa/ Rāmāyana key to the Concepts about Dharma in Rāmāyaṇa

Unit 2: Bala-Kāṇḍa

This module will explain the Childhood of Rama and Laxmana. Bala-Kāṇḍa gives a
summary of Rāmāyana as well.

Unit 3: Ayodhya-Kāṇḍa

This module details the exile of Rama/Sita, Rama and Laxmana entering the forest.

Unit 4: Aranya-Kāṇḍa

This chapter will focus on the life of Sita, Rama, and Laxmana in the forest and abduction of Sita by Ravana.

Unit 5: Kishkindha-Kāṇḍa

This module deals with Rama’s search for Sita. Laxmana, friendship between Rama
and Sugriva. Sugriva dispatching his soldiers in all the directions in search of Sita

Unit 6: Sundara-Kāṇḍa

This topic will explore Hanuman’s entry to Lanka and the challenges he faced. Also
the burning of Lanka by Hanuman will be explained.

Unit 7: Yuddha-Kāṇḍa

This lecture will focus on Rama’s attack on Ravana and his struggle to Regain Sita.


Unit 8: Family Life in Rāmāyaṇ

This chapter will focus on the family aspects from Ayodhya , Kiskinda and Lanka. Also, the story of Ahalya and Gouthami.

Unit 9: Raja Dharma in Rāmāyaṇ

This module analyzes the dialogue between Rama and Bharata. Rama blamed Sugreeva, Hanuman, Vebeeshana and Maricha advising Ravana.

Unit 10: Rajneeti in Ayodhya

This Unit will explore Dasharatha’s ideal administration and his mistakes.

  • Different Episodes from Ayodhya (Rāmāyaṇ administration).
  • Chithakkotudu episodes in Rāmāyaṇ.
Unit 11: Faulty Raja Neethi in Lanka and Kishkinda

Wrong kingship policies from Lanka and Kishkinda will be discussed.

Unit 12: Role of Women in maintaining Family

Detail explanation of the life of Sita, Sumithara and Kousalya

Unit 13: Role of Women in Governance

Leadership qualities of Sita, Sumithara, Tara, Mandothari, Kouslya will be detailed

Unit 14: Brotherhood in Rāmāyaṇ

Comparison of Rama’s treatment to his brothers and Ravana’s treatment to his

Unit 15: Ecological Awareness in the Rāmāyaṇ

Various ecological aspects will be discussed

Unit 16: Role of Sages in Rāmāyaṇ

This unit to explore the life of Vasistan, Vishwamitran, Valmiki, Athri and Agasthyan

Unit 17: Divine intervention in earthly plane

This module will check the incidents such as Indra helping Rama, Garuda helping Rama and Lakshmana, Bhagirataha bringing Ganga to earth.

Unit 18: Know and Analysis Rāmāyaṇ characters: Part 1

This chapter will analyze Sri Rama and Sita

Unit 19: Know and Analysis Rāmāyaṇ characters: Part 2

Different facets of Hanuman and Ravana will be detailed.

Unit 20: Know and Analysis Rāmāyaṇ characters: Part 3

Life of Manthara and Kaikeyi in Rāmāyana.

Unit 21: Understanding Rāmāyana using the tools of Indian Poetics

By Mammata Bhatta, Ānandavardhana etc

Unit 22: Psychology of Rāmāyana

Various psychological aspects will be discussed

Unit 23: Uttara-Kāṇḍa

Is it part of Rāmāyana? This question will be addressed. And interesting background stories of different characters of Ramayana and performance of Ashvamedha sacrifice by Rama.

Ramayana Sopanam Certification Program Duration

52 hours in 2 months


Open to all who have an interest in learning The Rāmāyana.

Program Completion Requirements

Submission of the Paper/Article work

Medium of Instruction


Shareable Certificate

Certificate issued upon successful completion of the course

Ramayana Sopanam Program Fees

  • Indian Students: ₹8500
  • International Students: $120 / € 110
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Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri is the Vice-Chairman of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math and President of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University). He is the head disciple of renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Amma, Satguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. He has been living in Amritapuri Ashram since its inception in the late 1970s. He holds a Master’s in Philosophy and is a renowned author.

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Swami Amritageetananda Puri

Pujya Swami Amritageetananda Puri is one of the Senior Sannyasi disciples of Sadguru Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Dev. He joined Amma’s Ashram in the year 1986. Swamiji has learnt the Indian Scriptures – Vedanta Shastra before joining Amma’s Ashram, and has taught Vedanta classes for the Ashram inmates till 2004. He has been serving as the head of Amma’s Ashram at Bangalore for the past 17 years, and continues to lead till date.

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Rāmāyana Sopanam
Rupesh Kalesan

Asst. Professor,Amrita Darshanam

Rāmāyana Sopanam
Sivanandan D. S.

Asst. Professor, School of Spiritual and Cultural Studies

Rāmāyana Sopanam
Sooraj Rajendran

Faculty Associate, Amrita Darshanam

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If we are unable to attend the live class can we get access to the sessions later ?

a) All course materials, including video, reading materials and recording of live sessions will be available until successful completion of course or stipulated time limits, whichever comes first.

Will the course materials be provided ?

a) Yes

Will the sessions be uploaded on any platform after the session ?

a) Recordings will be provided.

Does admission to the course mean perpetual access to the course content ?

a) No. Course contents will be available in the enrolled term

Do I certify upon successful completion of the course ?

a) Yes. A formal certificate from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham will be awarded upon successful completion.


How do I apply?

It is a simple and easy process. You need to fill out our application form to apply.

How do I contact you?

You can contact us via Email, Call or WhatsApp. You can also chat with us through the chat window present on our website.

What is the medium of instruction ?


Is there an application fee ?

No, there is no admission fee when you apply. It is free.

I am an International Student, can I also apply?

Yes, International Students are welcome. Students with Foreign Education can also apply. Certificate is offered upon successful completion of the course.

Do you offer the same course later this year or in the next academic year ?

Yes, the course will be offered again in April 2022 and September 2022

What is the Refund Policy of Amrita AHEAD Online Degree Program?

We follow UGC Regulations for a Refund :

  • 15 days or more prior to admissions closing date – 100% refund*
  • Within 15 days prior to the admission closing date – 90% refund
  • Within 15 days after the admission closing date – 80% refund
  • 15 days after the admission closing date – 50% Refund
  • 30 days after the admission closing date – No Refund

* A processing fee of 2000 will be deducted


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Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher

I think that Mahabharata provides very deep knowledge which is applicable to daily life. Going inside Mahabharata is in reality going inside within yourself. The Course has been quite short for me but it is very deep, although sometimes in daily routine you cannot spend much time with the modules. For many years I had this in mind, to know more about Mahabharata, as I knew very little about it. I thank you all for making this course possible, and of course to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi because without her Grace I am sure it would have never been possible.

Dr Manoranjini V
Principal, Amrita Vidyalayam, Edappally, Ernakulam

The Mahabharata Upanayanam Course helped me to understand it’s importance in our daily life. Again I understood that it has importance in different spheres of life like personal, social, cultural, financial, geographical, political and environmental spheres. This course helped me to understand the core of Indian Philosophy by having better clarity on puruṣārthas and concentrate on our dharma(duty) by living a life of Nishkama karma. All stories in Mahabharata are real incidents which happens in our life one way or other. It has importance in all ages since the core of humanity is same, as it is, in it’s physical, mental and spiritual forms. All values and advices are eternal for all yugas. Amma within us as the embodiment of love help us to understand life and move forward in life and live life as a complete human being by understanding that it’s [it is] the world which reflects from within. It is Amma, who guided me to learn this course to understand and love life by understanding it’s importance to attain realization.

Sri Pati
Substitute Teacher, California, USA

Amrita University’s virtual course on the Mahabharata was an inspiring and enlightening journey into the deep cultural and spiritual ideals that this grand Itihasa has to offer the world. The in-depth and thought-provoking course material, which included written analyses and online discussions, deepened my love for, and understanding of, the Mahabharata by bringing to life the multifaceted lessons and values that are depicted through the various characters’ journeys and struggles. I eagerly look forward to the next class.rn

Dr Prasanth Venugopal
Assist Professor, Power Electronics and EMC Group, University of Twente

The Mahabharata Upanayanam is a great course that brings out the breathtaking beauty, pearls of wisdom, values, and principles from the greatest epic mankind has ever seen. The academic setting means that the course lays down facts, opens itself up for questions, and separates itself from perspectives and folklore, very much to the delight of a theology student as to a layperson. It looks at the various characters, their situations and tries to highlight the complexities of the decision-making process, the consensus and compromises they make, and the resulting fortunes and misfortunes. No matter your level of knowledge of the epic, this course will definitely teach you the most important values including the Purusharthas with special emphasis on action based on Dharma. Several renowned experts as teachers and a very mature and well-researched presentation of the lectures meant that it was a real bliss to attend. I attended all the lectures and have benefitted thoroughly from the same. I highly recommend this course and it will definitely empower you with the right wisdom and attitude to move ahead courageously through various situations in life.rn

Grade 7 Student, Chicago

The Mahabharata is a very fascinating and versatile scripture whose relevance is growing over time. The Mahabharata Upanayanam course does a great job of gathering up the lesser known but also the interesting and influential aspects of Mahabharata. I joined the course given my initial interest of the great Ithihasa. What the program has helped me achieve is understand the scriptures in greater detail and it has widened my view of the world itself. One aspect that I liked was that the course is self-paced and the continuous dialogue that the group had during the course of the program. Even while being the youngest student in the course, I felt completely at ease and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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