An incarnation of Lord
, Lord Ram (Ramachandra) is one among the pre-eminent Gods of the Hindus. Venerated as an ideal man, he is the hero of the epic
. His consort Sita, brother Lakshman and devotee Lord Hanuman
also have prominent places in the Hindu pantheon. Ram, born in the prehistoric Raghuvamsa dynasty, is usually pictured as holding a bow and arrow, indicating his readiness to destroy evils.
Among the numerous Hindu saints who have famously worshipped Ram in modern times, Tulsidas is outstanding.