Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa’s first six ‘Kāṇḍa-s’ has brought many prominent characters into the story but we wouldn’t know the histories of several of them, both among protagonists as well as antagonists. In general, whatever ‘Praśna-s (Questions)’ the first six Kāṇḍa-s raise in our minds, the answers to all of them are given by the ‘seventh’ Kāṇḍa. ‘Uttara’ means answer, hence true to its name, the ‘Uttarakāṇḍa a’ gives answers to all our queries. Therefore, it is futile to deny or handicap the great epic by Vālmīki’s authorship of the seventh canto.
Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula
Santosh Kumar A, is an IT professional working as a Project Manager in a leading IT Company. His heart however lies rooted in the scriptures of 'sanAtana dharma'. Despite being born in this modern world, he finds his heart to be belonging to olden days. He loves Indian native cows (gomAtA) a lot, and dreams of getting the grace of mother divine, to be able to own a cow in his home. When he is not working on official things, he would spend most of his time either learning scriptures, listening to the discourses of traditional teachers such as Brahmasri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma ji, Brahamsri Malladi Chandrashekhara Sastry ji etc., or he would spend time in discussions on Mahabharata etc., texts in Social Media groups he is part of. In parallel, he loves to spend time with his family.