Who are the important characters in
Describe their physical appearances
and explain their roles and
significance in the epic.
As per Hindu tradition,
Rama is the incarnation or
Avatar of Lord Vishnu and the
primary intent of this avatar was
to show the righteous path or
Dharma to all the creatures that
live on earth.
Rama personifies the
characteristics of an ideal person.
His beauty is beyond description.
• Extremely handsome
• With bow and arrow
• Has broad shoulders
“He is very tall and lean but not bony. The flesh covers
his body at optimum level but he possesses great physical
strength which is unmatched. He is an expert in archery. His
hands are long, hair thick and long and flowing. His neck is
long and well shaped. His voice is very sweet and mesmerises
one and all. His body is well shaped, all parts in right
proportions and unblemished in health and strength. His
walking style is very attractive like a lion. He is confident in
every true sense.”
Rama's younger brother by
Dasaratha's third wife, Sumitra.
When Rama and Sita were exiled
to the forest, Lakshmana followed
in order to serve.
Good in Archery
A leader of the monkey tribe
allied with Rama against Ravana.
Hanuman has many magical
powers because his father was the
god of the wind. Hanuman's
devotion to Rama, and his
supernatural feats in the battle to
recapture Sita, has made him one
of the most popular characters in
• Hanuman personifies strength, chastity, valour and
• Has a long tail, a crown and body in the shape of a
Vaanar. Apart from a massive body structure, he
could fly, uproot trees, and lift arches, mountains
and buildings with his hand.