Hindu - The seventh incarnation of Vishnu, as a human. Son of Dasa-Ratha and Kausalya. Half-brother of Bharata, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Husband of Sita. Father of Kusha and Lava. He is the hero of the epic Ramayana and appears in the Mahabharata. He killed the she-dragon, Taraka, and won the hand of Sita, daughter of Janaka, king of Videha, by bending the bow of Shiva. He should have succeeded to the throne when his earthly father died but he and his wife, Sita, together with his halfbrother, Lakshmana, were exiled and Bharata, his other half-brother, took the throne. Surpanakha, the sister of the demon-king Ravana, tried to seduce him but he and Lakshmana badly wounded her when she tried to swallow Rama when he rejected her advances. She then persuaded her brother Ravana to seize Rama's wife. When Sita was abducted by Ravana, Rama or Sugriva built Adam's Bridge and attacked Trikuta, the fortress of the demons, with the monkey forces of Sugriva led by Hanuman in a battle in which all the leaders of the demons were killed. Rama himself cut off Ravana's head. In later years, he exiled Sita on the suspicion that she had slept with Ravana. When she asked the gods to send a sign that she had been faithful to her husband, the earth opened up and she was taken away on a golden throne. In remorse, Rama drowned himself. On occassion, known as Rama, Gentle Rama, Gentle Rama or Rama.
Persian - One of the yazatas, giving food its flavour. Identified as Rama, Gentle Rama, Gentle Rama or Rama.

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