The Ramayana, authored by the venerable sage Valmiki is an epic comprising 24,000 verses in seven cantos. It has greatly influenced art and culture in the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia, with versions of the story also appearing in the Buddhist canon from a very early date. The story of Rama has constantly been retold in poetic and dramatic versions by some of India’s greatest writers and also in narrative sculptures on temple walls. Even today modern depictions of Lord Rama and the other Ramyana characters are hugely popular on Social media and otherwise too.