This is the third volume of a planned seven volume translation of India`s most beloved and influential epic tale------the Ramayana of Valmiki. This third volume carries forward the narrative by following the exiled hero Rama his wife and his brother on their wanderings. The book contains the narrative center of the epic the abduction of Sita by the demon king Ravana. It provides a profound meditaion on the paradox of the hero as both human and divine. Sheldon I. Pollock us George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of sanskrit at the University of Chicago. Robert P. Goldman is Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California Berkeley.