Valmiki was born on Sharad Purnima in tribal Bhil family as son of Sumali. He was intially a highway robber who soon discovered that spirituality is the path to equitable society and rose to become a Maharishi. He undertook penance to be free from all his past sins to gain wisdom and become a creative writer.
As legend has it, Valmiki had Sita in his hermitage wherein Kusa and Lava were born and brought up to be taught Ramayana by him.
Valmiki was truly a Maharshi as scholar Panduranga Rao describes him in these words: "He was purity, penance, benevolence and meditation personified and the sole object of his dedication and contemplation was how a man leaves his selfish existence, and lives for others identifying himself with the composite culture of the cosmic creation."
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