By Swami Harshananda
Lañkākāṇḍa literally means ‘book or section dealing with Laṅkā’.
The Rāmcaritamānasa of Gosvāmi Tulasīdās (CE 1532-1623) written in the Avadhī dialect of the Hindi language is the most celebrated version of the Rāmāyana. It is highly venerated in the Hindi belt of North India. It is based more on the Adhyātma Rāmāyana than on the Rāmāyana of Vālmiki.
Out of the seven kāṇḍas or books of this work, the sixth has been named by him as the Lañkākānda instead of Yuddhakānda as named by Vālmiki. The content is the same except for some minor variations.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore