SHRI RAMA …WAS REAL KING …WHO LIVED AS EXAMPLE OF DHARMA …
Sri Rama was on this earth in 5114 BCE +/- 26,000 years before that or the similar period before that or the one before and so on and so forth..
A solution to the apparent mismatch of dates can be found if we realize that because of a phenomenon known as the ‘Precession of Equinoxes’, stars as visualized from Earth, regain the same positions every 26,000 years!
Outside India, the millenia old story of Rama is still sung by people all over Asia. While traveling to different countries in this part of the world, there are many versions that are even older than the regional ones in India!!
In China, collection of Jatak stories relating to various events of Ramayana, belonging to 251 AD were compiled by Kang Seng Hua based on the Buddhist texts mentioned earlier.
Kumardasa, who ruled Srilanka in 617 BCE wrote the text called ‘Janakiharan’ which is the oldest Sanskrit literature available in Sri lanka.
Oldest written version of Ramayana, in Nepal is from 1075 BCE.
Yama Zatdaw in Myanmar is considered the National epic and is a Burmese version of the story of Rama which has again given theme to dance and art forms including tapestries and puppets.(In fact Burmese people even stress that it is the true history of their land).
Hikayat Seri Rama in Malaysia makes Dashrath the great-grandson of Adam, the first man! (which is not too far from the truth as both Dashrath and Manu, the First Man were from the Suryavanshi/Solar dynasty!),
In the Phra Lak Phra Lam of Laos, Buddha is regarded as an incarnation of Rama (again not completely false as both are incarnations of Lord Vishnu!).
Reamker, is the most famous story of Khmer Literature of Cambodia and is the source of classical dance, theater, poetry and of course the famous sculptures of Angkor Wat. Various rock inscriptions belonging to about 700 CE are also found in the Khmer region of Cambodia.
Maradia Lawana in the Phillipines is based on the Ramayana,
Ramakavaca in Bali is a major source of moral and spiritual guidance for the island and forms the basic story line of Balinese traditional dance,
Kakawin Ramayana in Java, Indonesia (9th century CE) is a mixture of Sanskrit and Kawi languages and is the basis of traditional Indonesian ballet and performances that are famous the world over.
Ramakien in Thailand is again considered the National epic and adds an element of incest to the story by making Sita the daughter of Ravan and Mandodari who is thrown away in the Sea as she is prophesied to bring destruction to Ravan’s Kingdom!!