- For Indians, 'Rama' is a sacred name and 'Rama Rama' a form of greeting. Rama was the godly hero, who destroyed the demons that troubled the world. 'Ramarajya' or the Rule of Rama is, the proverbial welfare state. Rama is not just brave; he is virtuous, obedient to his parents and loving to his brothers. He gave up his throne and accepted fourteen years of exile to honour his father's pledge. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana are so devoted that they choose to go with him to live in the forest. There, Sita is abducted by the demon Ravana and taken to his island kingdom Lanka. Grief-stricken Rama, wandering in search of Sita, receives help from the vulture Jatayu and ape leader Hanuman. Hanuman and his troops take Rama and Lakshmana across the ocean into Ravana's Lanka. In the war that follows, the demons are destroyed. Rama reunited with Sita makes over Lanka to Ravana's brother and returns to rule Ayodhya. The epic poem 'Ramayana' describes Rama's story in the ancient language Sanskrit.