By Swami Harshananda
Rāmalilā literally means ‘enactment of Rāma story’.
Significance of Rāmacaritamānasa
Beginning of Rāmalilā Enactment
This tradition of enactment is known as Rāmalīlā. It is believed that Tulasīdāsa himself started this during his life-time. In other parts of North India, the same is celebrated as the victory of the good over the evil, by burning the effigies of Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Meghanāda or Indrajit.
Enacting of Rāmalilā
Rāmalilā in Uttarpradesh
During the Dasarā festival in some parts of Uttar Pradesh the story of the Rāmacaritamānasa is enacted by experienced rural actors. Almost all the important incidents from it are shown in different places with appropriate settings.
- Tulasīdāsa lived in A. D. 1532-1623.
- Kāśī is the Vārāṇasī.
- Rāmnagar is a town very near Kāśī.
- Mahārājā means king.
- It is the same festival as Navarātri or Śarannavarātri.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore