Thematic comparison between the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and the Bhaṭṭikāvya, on the basis of Ayodhyākāṇḍa and Araṇyakāṇḍa
Tappan Pandit and Suchitra Ray
Both the Bhaṭṭikāvya of Bhaṭṭi and the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa are Mahākāvya’s or great epics mentioned by different Sanskrit Ālaṅkārikas.Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is called as Ādikāvya.On the other hand Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is the source of the Bhaṭṭikāvya. We see the story of the Ayodhyākāṇḍa and Araṇyakāṇḍa of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa is given in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth cantos of the Bhaṭṭikāvya. In this paper, we shall try to describe a thematic comparison between Ayodhyākāṇḍa and the Araṇyakāṇḍa of the Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa and the Bhaṭṭikāvya.