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“The Ramayana is holy, sin-eradicating, merit-endowing, and conformable with the teachings of all Vedas…and whoever reads this Legend of Raama, will be verily liberated of all his sins.” -Sage Valmiki

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Shiva protects the sage Markandeya Rishi, who embraces a lingam, from attack by a demon. Painted in Pune, late 19th - early 20th century (1871 - 1930). Chitrashala Press

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Hindu Rishis,Gurus,India

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Maharshi Valmiki, the author of the great Indian epic Ramayana, was a Hindu sage who lived around the beginning of the first millennium B.C. He is referred to as the 'adikavi', the original creator of the Hindu 'sloka' - a verse form in which most of the great epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, and other works are composed.

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"There are 18 siddhars in the tamil siddha tradition. Each of the siddhars had lived in varied places under different names. " http://skybabaji.org/images/18siddhas/siddhargal.jpg

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Narada: SB 1.6.32: And thus I travel, constantly singing the transcendental message of the glories of the Lord, vibrating this instrument called a vīṇā, which is charged with transcendental sound and which was given to me by Lord Kṛṣṇa. Chapter 6, Conversation Between Narada and Vyasadeva

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