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The poem also very much resembles Homer's The Odyssey and Iliad in its structure and form; but unlike Homer's work, the Ramayana has continued to undergo transformation and further development since its origin. The Ramayana is often called the "adikavya" (first poem) and Valmiki--the "adikavi" (first poet).
If the intentions of the writer were to write a poem or a work of fiction, he would have stated it to be a "mahakavya" or "katha".
It is mentioned in Aadiparva, Adhyaya 62 that the records of the Bharat-Dynasty are recorded in the Mahabharata.
Then he realized that when he was saying "mara mara mara" he was also saying "rama rama rama." He then wrote the Ramayana in honor of the god who had changed his life. India nearly shut down when a dramatized series of the Ramayana appeared on television in the 1980s.
If there be a word for the most incredible tale ever told – then it is the story of the Mahabharat.
(If you take Professor Nayak's mythology course, you get to read the Mahabharata).
The Ramayana, in Sanskrit, consists of some 24,000 couplets divided into seven books.
The dynasties recorded in the Ramayan and the Mahabharat concur without a difference.
Even the relations between different kings and their dynasties in both the great "epics" match with each other.
And remember - this was written thousands of years ago! Unlikely because there are way too many corroborations and tallying circumstances for it to be fiction.