Manishada - Why Ramayana starts with a curse

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What is the meaning of Manishada?

Manishada literally means - Don’t you, hunter! In this shloka at the beginning of Ramayana, Valmiki is reprimanding a hunter who shot an arrow at a pair of mating birds and killed one among them. He cursed the hunter to face problems in his life.

Who told Ramayana to Valmiki?

It was Sage Narada who gave the summary of Ramayana to Valmiki.


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