The Valmiki Ramayana describes the diet of Ram Chandra in the forests of India as being a mixture of meat and jungle fruit:

Having shown Sita the mountain river Mandakini and gratifying her with meat, Rama sat on the mountain slope. Righteous Rama was seated in Sita’s company and remarked saying “This meat is sacred. This is savoury roasted in fire. (96:1-2)

Having stalked the four beings of deer (Varaaha, Rishya, Prisata and Mahaaruru) and after slaying them, quickly taking the choicest portions, Rama and Lakshmana consumed them whilst resting under a tree. (52:102)

Whilst conversing with a sage (Ravana in disguise), Sita informs him: “My spouse Rama will soon return with many varieties of wild fruit, the flesh of the ruru (deer), varaha (wild boar) and godha (iguana).” (47:23-24)

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