Dharmic movement called Valmikism is based on Valmiki’s teachings. The epic Valmiki ramayana gita press pdf, dated variously from 5th century BCE to first century BCE, is attributed to him, based on the attribution in the text itself.
He is revered as Ādi Kavi, the first poet, author of Ramayana, the first epic poem. 480, 002 words, being a quarter of the length of the full text of Mahabharata or about four times the length of Iliad. The Valmiki Ramayana is dated variously from 500 BCE to 100 BCE or about co-eval with early versions of Mahabharata.
As with many traditional epics, it has gone through a process of interpolations and redactions, making it impossible to date accurately. Valmiki is also quoted to be the contemporary of Rama. Rama met Valmiki during his period of exile and interacted with him.
Valmiki gave shelter to Sita in his hermitage when Rama banished her. Kusha and Lava, the twin sons of Shri Rama were born to Sita in this hermitage. Valmiki taught Ramayana to Kusha and Lava, who later sang the divine story in Ayodhya during the Ashwamedha yajna congregation, to the pleasure of the audience, whereupon, King Rama questioned who they were and later visited Valmiki’s hermitage to confirm if Sita, the two children claimed as their mother was in fact his wife in exile. Later, he summoned them to his royal palace.