Definition - What does Rama mean?

Rama is the hero of the famous Hindu epic, "Ramayana." According to Hindu mythology, Rama is one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Avatar refers to the god's deliberate and purposeful descent to earth. Rama, the seventh avatar, was born to Dasaratha, the king of Ayodhya. It is believed that Lord Vishnu took the avatar as Rama to destroy the evil forces that dominated the earth during that period.

Yogapedia explains Rama

Rama is considered Vishnu's perfect incarnation. He is considered purushottama, meaning the "ideal and supreme personality."

Born as the eldest son to king Dasaratha, Rama was considered a superior soul as he was said to possess exceptional qualities. He had three brothers: Bharata, Laksmana and Shatrughna. He married Sita, the daughter of King Janaka. Sita was the avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu. Rama went into exile along with his wife to keep up his father's promise to Kaikeyi, one of the queens of King Dasaratha. He assumed the throne on his return from exile.

Rama is believed to belong to the treta yuga, which is the second out of the four ages of mankind.

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