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Besides writing the full blown Epic that I’ve summarised in 1000 words here, Tulsidas  also wrote a one-verse summary of Ramayana, that people in our busy times may remember and recite. Called Ek Shloki Ramayana, here goes this verse:

आदौ  रामतपोवनादिगमनं हत्वा मृगं काञ्चनं

वैदेहीहरणं जटायुमरणं सुग्रीवसम्भाषणम्।

बालीनिग्रहणं समुद्रतरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं

पश्चाद्रावण कुम्भकर्ण हनन मेतद्धि रामायणम्।।

For those not versed with Sanskrit, here’s the transliterated English version of Ek Shloki Rmayaana

aadau raam tapovanaadi gamnam , hatva mrigam kanchanam|

vaidehi harnam jatayu marnam sugreev sambhashanam ||

baali nigrahanam samudra tarnam lankapuri daahnam |

paschaadravan kumbhkaran hananam etadhi ramayanam ||

Transalation and Meaning of Ek Shloki Ramayana

आदौ  रामतपोवनादिगमनं : Once Ram went to Forest

हत्वा मृगं काञ्चनं : (there) he chased and killed the Golden Deer

वैदेहीहरणं जटायुमरणं : Meanwhile Sita (his wife) was abducted (by Ravana) and Jatayu (a bird) was killed

सुग्रीवसम्भाषणम् : Ram spoke with Sugriva

बालीनिग्रहणं : Killed Bali (unrighteous brother of Sugriva)

समुद्रतरणं लंकापुरी दाहनं: Crossed the ocean and burnt Lanka (Ravan’s city)

पश्चाद्रावण कुम्भकर्ण हनन: (Ram) Later killed Ravan and (his brother) Kumbhkaran

मेतद्धि रामायणम्: This is the story of Ramayana

Believing Hindus recite Ek Shloki Ramayana every day in their prayers.  Like other Hindu mantras, it is usually recited for once, 11 times, 21 times, or 108 times. 

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