The Bichitra Ramayana is significant for its innovative characterization as well as the fact that it is one of the oldest examples of a vernacular epic.
The Bichitra Ramayana asserts a special place in the larger tradition of Ramayana writing as the first Ramayana to have ever been written in a local tongue and as its indigenous, secular distinctiveness. It has its roots in the Valmiki Ramayana's "Uttarakanda," which Siddheswar Das (later known as Sarala Das) first wrote in Odia in the middle of the fifteenth century. Its significant departure and divergence from the original text demonstrates that it has its own goal and politics in such a potent way that the original is rendered invisible.
The Bichitra proclaims itself to be a text for the layman and is rife with folklore and legends. It was written in the oral tradition. The voice of the common man triumphs over the voice of the wise; the natural overrides reason; a secular identity replaces the religious paradigm; and the heart triumphs over the intellect.
The issue surrounding women's status in a patriarchal culture and the dynamic between the sexes is the main draw of the Bichitra. They are given independence on a silver platter by Siddheswar. He makes Sita the main figure, who is more than just a moral or sociocultural archetype. He gives the cowherd woman the determination to battle for her individual freedom, even if it results in immoral behaviour. He consents Kausalya to rebuke Rama harshly for his misdemeanour.