Valmiki

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Valmiki ("ant", adj.) is the author of the Hindu holy book Ramayana written in Sanskrit. Valmiki is wrongly said to have been a forest brigand, till the day Narada enlightened him. This has been proven otherwise by a contemporary study carried out by the late Dr Julia Leslie of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and is set out in her book Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki.

When Lord Rama asked Sita to leave his palace because the subjects of his kingdom suspected her purity during her abduction by Ravana of Lanka (present day Sri Lanka), she obeyed the wish of Lord Rama and the people and was granted sanctuary by Lord Valmiki at his ashram, which is located in Amritsar and is currently known as Ram Tirath. It is here that her children Lava and Kusha were born.

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