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    • Recently, Bihar Education Minister Chandra Shekhar said the Ramcharitmanas “spreads hatred in society”.

    About Ramcharitmanas

    • The Ramcharitmanas is based on the Ramayana, sage Valmiki’s great epic.
    • The poem was written in the 16th century in the Awadhi dialect which is mainly spoken in the areas that are today’s Lucknow, Prayagraj, and Ayodhya districts.
    • It is divided into seven chapters (Kand) that tell the story of Lord Ram from birth to his becoming King of Ayodhya.
    •  It is the holiest book of the Indo-Gangetic region, and among the world’s most-read holy books — by one estimate, Geeta Press (Gorakhpur) has sold almost 7 crore copies.

    Goswami Tulsidas

    • Tulsidas, a Brahmin whose original name was Ram Bola Dubey. 
    • He composed the Ramcharitmanas on the bank of the Ganga in Varanasi — he is said to have begun writing on Ram Navami day in 1574 and completed the poem over the next few years.
    • He lived in the time of Emperor Akbar, and some believe that he was in touch with Abdurrahim Khan-e-Khanan, the son of Akbar’s commander Bairam Khan, and they possibly exchanged some poetic communication as well.
    • Besides Ramcharitmanas, Ramlalla Nahachhu, Barvai Ramayan, Ramagya Prashna, Parvati Mangal, and Janaki Mangal in the Awadhi language are some of Tulsidas’ popular works.