Rama is the seventh avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu in Hindu religion, king of Ayodhya and famous protagonist of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana.

The eldest son of Kaushalya and Dasaratha, king of Ayodhya, Rama is regarded as the Lord of All Virtue. Rama is the husband of Sita, herself an incarnation of Lakshmi and the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

Ram's life is one of perfect adherence to Dharma. For the sake of his father's honour, Rama abandons his claim to the throne to serve an exile of fourteen years in the forest. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana accompany him to exile.

While in exile, Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, the ten-headed demon king of Lanka. After a long and arduous search that tests his personal strength and virtue, Ram fights a colossal war of powerful and magical beings, greatly destructive weaponry and many battles against Ravana’s armies, eventually slaying Ravana and liberating Sita.

After completing exile, Ram returns to be crowned king of Ayodhya.


  • Title: Rama
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Location: Odisha
  • Provenance: Odisha
  • Type: Wood, Pigment

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