A epic poem by the Tulsidas
This poem is part of the Ramayana
tradition. Written in the Avadhi dialect of hindi
it recounts the ramayana story through the use of four different narrators. The narrators are Lava and Kusha
, Ram's sons as they narrate the story to Ram, Shiva
narrating the story to his wife Parvati
, a crow
narrating the story to a superiour bird
and Tulsidas, narrating to the readers. The story is percieved as being told from four ghats
that enclose the "The Sacred Lake of the Acts of Ram
. " It is considered one of the masterpieces of medieval Hindu Literature.
On a personal note, if you type in "Ramcaritmanas" as the search on yahoo( and hotbot, and google... no wonder I'm afraid of the man), the search results includes a webpage about my professor.