Krittivas is the first version I have my hands on where Luv-Kush were said to have captured Rama's horse. Also in Krittivas, after Sita went underground, KL started crying, which is what one would expect. In Valmiki, they had no reaction, and the next day, just continued narrating/singing the Ramayan - the remainder of the story that was yet to happen
About the battle, there are numerous stories that are all over the place, as I discussed in the Ramayan D&D thread, particularly about who accompanied the horse. In Valmiki, it was Lakshman, and the horse went uninterrupted and Lakshman didn't have to battle anyone. In Krittivas, it was Shatrughan, while in another book written by Bhavabhuti, it was Lakshman's 2nd son Chandraketu who accompanied the horse and fought a battle w/ Luv - in that version, Rama intervened and stopped the fight (which would have been strange, given that Rama would have had no influence on Luv). Padma Purana totally contradicts Valmiki - whereas in Valmiki nobody dared challenge the suzerainty of Rama, in Padma Purana - everybody, right up to Veerbhadra did so. Oh, and in Padma Purana, Bharat's 2nd son Pushkal was the one who accompanied the horse. The stories about Rama's Ashwamedha yagna are just all over the place.
Zee TV is not going to cover the part after Rama's coronation, since they have a limited #episodes to show. Not to mention the rumors of the show being yanked due to lousy TRPs. Both RS & AS Ramayans made up the part about Sita voluntarily going into exile, as opposed to Rama banishing her.
What AS Ramayan followed sometimes was very close to Ananda Ramayan, which is one of the versions.
There are 2 ACKs - one is Valmiki, and other is Luv-Kush, and both have different accounts. In Valmiki, it follows exactly Valmiki's version - there is no K-L capturing the horse, they do sing in Rama's yagna, Sita is summoned and goes underground. (Vibs is right about the location - Naimisharanya, where Sita took her oath, is situated in the current UP district of Sitapur) In K-L, they claim to follow Bhavabhuti, but don't - they follow something more similar to Krittivas, except that there is no account of K-L singing/narrating the Ramayan, which was the single great thing they were famous for. Bhavabhuti has Chandraketu battling Luv, but that ACK had Luv defeating Shatrughan, Lakshman, Bharata and Hanuman.
About RCM, some years ago, I read one book that had the entire RCM in it - both original Avadhi & English translation. It had an appendix called Luv-Kush kand, which again was different from anything else I've read. But you are right - in RCM, what they called Uttarkand is about Kaagbhushandi narrating the Ramayan to Garuda, and nothing about Sita's exile, or Kush/Luv. And as you know, Kamban deliberately avoided covering the topic.
Edited by .Vrish. - 14 April 2013 at 2:28pm