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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Rama, RAma, Raama

Rāma literally means ‘one who gives delight to the yogis’.


In the epics and the purāṇas, three Rāmas are dealt with:

  1. Rāma, the son of Daśaratha also known as Śrīrāma
  2. Rāma of the battle-axe, called as Paraśurāma
  3. Rāma or Balarāma


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore