BALMIKA (VALMIKI) Balmika, the Iow-caste person (Chandala) attained emancipation….. (Maru M. 5, p. 999) The sage Valmiki was the author of Ramayana. His place of residence was Chitra-kuta, a hill in the district of Banda in Bundelkund. When Sita was about to become a mother, she was left near the hermitage of Valmiki by Lakshmana. The sage kept her under the charge of his wife and female servants.
Sita\’s two sons, Lava and Kusha, were then bom in the hermitage of the saint. The young ones were brought up and given all the required education with the greatest care. The sage is said to have taught his poem to them. Thus the sage himself is one of the characters of Ramayana.
1. Kohli, Surindar Singh, Dictionary of Mythological References in Guru Granth Sahib, 1993