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Rāmāyana Sopanam

Every child in India is familiar with the story of Sri Rama’s wholehearted, unwavering demonstration of determination on his quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of the Rākṣasa Ravana with the help of an army of Vānaras. But how familiar are they with the various atomic aspects from The Rāmāyana?

True, the original Sanskrit version of Valmiki is undoubtedly the most popular, timeless Indian itihāsa, which has become an integral part of Indian psyche. It has so influenced people both within and outside India that there exist not less than three hundred versions of it! Countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, China all have not only translated this great itihāsa into their languages, but have also incorporated it in their art, dance, literature etc in a wide variety of ways.

Program Duration

30 hours / 2 months

Program Fee

INR 2400 ( including GST).


Higher Secondary / +2 in any stream, Working knowledge in English

Program Overview

Application Deadlines

Final deadline: Updated soon

About this course

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 relation, by remaining rooted to righteousness even during worst times and calamities.

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

This 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 this 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 into 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. Overview of Various Kāṇḍas

Unit 2: Raja Dharma in Rāmāyana

Dialogue between Rama and Bharata. Rama’s teachings to Sugreeva, Hanuman, Vebeeshana and Maricha advising Ravana. Dasharatha’s ideal administration and his mistakes, kingship policies from Lanka and Kishkinda, role of Sita, Sumithara, Tara, Mandothari, and Kouslya in governess

Unit 3: Family Life in Rāmāyana

Family aspects form Ayodhya , Kiskinda and Lanka.Story of Ahalya and Gauthama. Detail explanation of the life of Sita, Sumithara and Kouslya, Comparison of Rama’s treatment to his brothers and Ravana’s treatment to his brothers.

Unit 4: Role of Sages in Rāmāyana

Life of Vasistan, Vishwamitran, Valmiki, Athri and Agasthyan

Unit 5: Understanding Rāmāyana using the tools of Indian Poetics

By Mammata Bhatta, Ānandavardhana etc

Unit 6: Ecological Awareness in the Rāmāyana

Various ecological aspects from Rāmāyaṇ

Unit 7: Rāmāyana for contemporary society

Subtle Lessons from Rāmāyana for administration, management and leadership


Unit 8: Contribution of Rāmāyana in Indianness

Pan Indian Presence of Ramayana, Ramayana in non-Indian Cultures.

Program Duration

30 hours / 2 months


Higher Secondary / +2 in any stream, Working knowledge in English

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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.

Swami Amritageetananda Puri

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.


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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Program Fee

INR 2400 ( including GST).

Next Batch Starts on : 15-07-2022 

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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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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