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About pronunciation of the word RAMAYANA:
I dont know why this fuss about ramAyana or ramAAyana.
First of all, IT'S RAMAYAN, and not RamayanA
Adding 'a' in the end of Hindu names (Ram, Ravan, Lakshman etc.)
is the 'english thing' which started because the british could
not accept the names like Indr(a) which are difficult to pronounce
if written without the 'a' (of course, the british never did anything
to improvise the words like colonel and lieutenant, but that is beside
the point).
The corrct pronunciation would be rAmAyUn
where the two A's are pronounces as in Art
and the U is pronounced as in Up.

Thank you for reading this patiently.

Vinod Arekar

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