Nama Ramayana

Nama Ramayana is one of the most beautiful songs describing the life of Lord Rama. Listening to this would bring a sense of devotion to one’s heart.

Here, Rama is described by many names, and by the sequence of these names, the whole epic, Ramayana is summarized.

Here is a beautiful rendition of this song in M.S. Subbulakshmi’s heavenly voice (in 2 parts).

Here is a (partial) translation in English:-

bAla kAnda

My Rama, Essence of all that is Godly, My Rama
My Rama, Essence of the destroyer, My Rama
My Rama, Who sleeps on the snake Sesha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was saluted by Brahma and all Devas, My Rama
My Rama, Who was born in Sun’s dynasty, My Rama
My Rama, Who was a source of joy to Dasaratha, My Rama
My Rama, Who made Kausalya’s life very happy, My Rama
My Rama, Who was most dear to Viswamitra, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed the ogress Thadaka in the deep forest, My Rama
My Rama, Who drove away Maricha, My Rama
My Rama, Who saved the prestige of Koushika, My Rama
My Rama, Who helped Ahalya to regain form, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Goutama the sage, My Rama
My Rama, Who was given boons by Gods and Sages, My Rama
My Rama, Who was the darling of people of Mithila, My Rama
My Rama, Who broke the bow of Trayambaka, My Rama
My Rama, Who was garlanded by Princess Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who became happy marrying Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who destroyed the ego of ParasuRama, My Rama
My Rama, Who looked after the people of Ayodhya, My Rama

ayodhyA kAnda

My Rama, Who is personification of all good, My Rama
My Rama, Who was the darling of all citizens, My Rama
My Rama, Who was like the full moon in a cloudless sky, My Rama
My Rama, Who obeyed the words of His father, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by His friend Guha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was taken care of by Guha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Sage Bharadwaja, My Rama
My Rama, Who lived in Chitra Koota Mountains, My Rama
My Rama, Who became sad by the death of Dasaratha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was requested to return by Bharata, My Rama
My Rama, Who did the obsequies for His father, My Rama
My Rama, Who gave His shoes to Bharata, My Rama
My Rama, Who went to Dhandaka Forests, My Rama

aranya kAnda

My Rama, Who killed the Bad Virata, My Rama
My Rama, Who was worshipped by Sage Sarabhanga, My Rama
My Rama, Who was blessed by Sage Agastya, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by the King of Eagles, My Rama
My Rama, Who lived near five banyans, My Rama?
My Rama, Who insulted the voracious Surpanaka, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Khara and Dhushana, My Rama
My Rama, Who chased the deer wanted by Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Mareecha in deer’s form, My Rama
My Rama, Who started searching for the lost Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who Sent the King of Eagles to Heaven, My Rama
My Rama, Who ate the fruits given by Sabari, My Rama
My Rama, Who cut the hands of Kabanda, My Rama

kishkindA kAnda

My Rama, Who was served by Hanuman, My Rama
My Rama, Who promised to help Sugreeva, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed the proud Bali, My Rama
My Rama, Who sent monkeys all over the world, My Rama
My Rama, Who was consoled by Lakshmana, My Rama

sundara kAnda

My Rama, Who was worshipped by the Great Monkeys, My Rama
My Rama, Who removed all obstacles from their path, My Rama
My Rama, Who is the support of Sita’s life, My Rama
My Rama, Who was abused by the bad Ravana, My Rama
My Rama, Who was praised by the great Hanuman, My Rama
My Rama, Who became upset because Sita cried, My Rama
My Rama, Who saw the Chudamani of Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who was consoled by the great monkey, My Rama

yuddha kAnda

My Rama, Who marched towards Ravana’s place, My Rama
My Rama, Who was accompanied by the army of monkeys, My Rama
My Rama, Who gave protection to Vibhishana, My Rama
My Rama, Who built the bridge across the sea, My Rama
My Rama, Who killed Kumbhakarna, My Rama
My Rama, Who defeated the army of Asuras, My Rama
My Rama, Who made Ravana helpless, My Rama
My Rama, Who slew Ravana in battle, My Rama
My Rama, Who destroyed the bad asuras, My Rama
My Rama, Who saw Dasaratha from the heavens, My Rama
My Rama, Who became Happy on seeing Sita, My Rama
My Rama, Who made Vibhishana the king of Lanka, My Rama
My Rama, Who traveled back in Pushpaka plane, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by Sage Bharadwaja, My Rama
My Rama, Who saved the life of Bharatha, My Rama
My Rama, Who was an ornament to the city of Ayodhya, My Rama
My Rama, Who made everybody happy, My Rama
My Rama, Who sat on the throne of gems, My Rama
My Rama, Who was the greatest of Sun dynasty, My Rama
My Rama, Who got respect from Vibhishana, My Rama
My Rama, Who was honoured by the dynasty of monkey kings, My Rama
My Rama, Who ruled over the entire world, My Rama
My Rama, Who granted all boons to His devotees, My Rama
Rama, Rama, Victory to you Rama, Rama, Rama
Rama, Rama, Victory to you, Sita Rama

Sanskrit:

NR9

NR3

NR4

NR5

NR6

NR7

NR8

Samskritam:-

NRS1

NRS2

NRS3

NRS4

NRS5

NRS6

NRS7

NRS8

NRS9

NRS10

NRS11

(Note: The Sanskrit text for the above (Roman script as well as Devanagari script) was taken from here. The English translation was taken from here. The mp3 version of Nama Ramayana sung by M.S. Subbulakshmi can be downloaded from here. I’m sorry for any mistakes in the post. It would be great if you point them out.)

(In the English transliteration of the song, the heading:”Yuddha Kanda” appears twice. The second occurrence should be replaced by “Uttara Kanda”.)

3 Responses to Nama Ramayana

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  2. Sudhir says:

    Thanks, Ramesh. I had been searching for Sanskrit translation of this song but could not find it. At last, you did it. I fully agree with you that this is one of the most beautiful songs to hear, although I prefer the tune of ramadaasu movie than MS!

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