11 Epic Ramayana Destinations You Can Visit 

 

Ayodhya - Nepal(Janakpur) - Allahbad(Prayag) - Chitakoot - Dandakaranya - Nashik(Panchavat) - Hampi(Kishkindha) - Rishyamukha - Rameshwaram - Chenkaladi Highway(Ashok Vatika) - Talaimannar

Ramayana is not just a story; it's an allegory, which is an indispensable part of the Hindu religious canon. Today, there are various kinds of rudimentary debates or perspectives regarding this ancient mythological epic. Ramayana highlights the tragedy that can result from disharmony in the family, followed by painful consequences of forced exile, abduction, waging a war and eventually lessons about proving purity.

Even though, there was a long period of oral tradition before the Ramayana was actually written, No one can prove or disprove anything when it comes to Ramayana. But what we can do is trace down the chronology of places as they are mentioned in the Ramayana and put to analysis the level of differences back then and now.

Ayodhya

Then

Ayodhya is where Lord Rama was born and where his 14-year journey in exile began after King Dashratha granted his youngest wife Kekayi her wish and banished Rama to the forest.

Now

Ayodhya, adjacent to Faizabad city in Uttar Pradesh, now hosts thousands of devotees every year during the festival of Ram Navami. A plethora of temples, if you're visiting this sacred land be sure to experience spiritual transcendence.

Janakpur

Then

Janakpur is the birthplace of goddess Sita as well as the site where she was married to Lord Rama. The legend has it that the King of Janakpur ploughed the land here to get rid of a devastating drought, and it was in the course of the ploughing that he stumbled upon an earthen pot out of which Sita emerged. Thereafter, the place is also known as Sitamarhi.

Now

Formerly a subdivision of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar, Sitamarhi is now on south-east of Kathmandu, 20 km from the Indian border. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit Janakpur to pay homage to Sita at the time of Vivah Panchami, the marriage day of Sita and Ram and on Ram Navami, the birthday of Lord Rama.

Prayag

Then

Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman crossed the river Ganga from here to go beyond their kingdom. The trio spent some time at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaj here, before travelling ahead.

Now

What was then known as Prayag, is better known today as Allahabad today. The sanctity of this city is manifested by references in Purans, the Ramayan and the Mahabharat. Apart from that, the city is also famous as Amitabh Bachchan's birthplace and for the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering on the planet.

Chitrakoot

Then

This was the site of ‘Bharat Milap’ when Bharat informed Lord Rama of Dashratha’s demise and persuaded him to return to Ayodhya and claim his rightful throne. But when Lord Rama refused, Bharat took his slippers with him to Ayodhya to place it on the throne until Lord Rama's return to the kingdom.

Now

 Presently, the town lies between the present-day Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as a renowned place for a number of Hindu temples and sites mentioned in Hindu scriptures.

Dandakaranya

Then

Dandakaranya is an important place in Ramayana as this is where Surpanakha met Lord Rama and fell in love with him. When he turned her down, Surpanakha had her brothers Khar and Dushan attack Rama who killed them in the subsequent battle. Its an important spot according to Hindu mythology since it is considered as a place where one observes penance for his bad deeds.

Now

Dandakaranya is a vast swath of territory which includes parts of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, and Andhra Pradesh states. You can go there for a spiritual stay or to visit the surrounding Dudhsagar Falls and Sula Vineyards.

Panchavati

Then

Panchavati was the place in the forest of Dandakaranya, where Rama built his home along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman during their period of exile in the wilderness. This place is called Tapovan where Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, cut off the nose of Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana, when she attempted to kill Sita. This is also the place where Ravana sent Mareecha in the guise of a deer to lure Sita and later abducted her.

Now

The modern name for Panchvati is Nasik. Visit the Kala Ram Mandir which is one of the most famous temples in Panchavati. Among other places, you could visit the Sita Gufa (The Cave of Sita) and Kapaleshwar Mandir.

Kishkindha

Then

Kishkindha was the kingdom of apes. Even though, Kishkindha was mentioned in the epic Ramayana with great details, a few mentions of this kingdom are also to be found in the epic Mahabharata.

Now

The ape kingdom today is identified to be the regions around the Tungabhadra river near Hampi in Karnataka. Today Hampi is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of its most captivating features being its ruins, which are a result of years of volcanic activity and soil erosion.

Rishyamukha Parvat

Then

Hanuman met Lord Rama and Lakshmana when they were searching for goddess Sita who had been abducted by Ravana. Their search brought them to the vicinity of the mountain Rishyamukha, where Sugriva and Hanuman were hiding from Vali.

Now

The place is of significance as Lord Hanuman was born on the Anjaneya Hill which is near the Risyamukha mountain. Situated at 4264 ft above sea level, its a delight for hikers and devotees alike.

Rameshwaram

Then

This is the site from where the monkey army began to build the Ram Setu to reach Ravana’s Lanka. Also, Sita is said to have built a Shiva lingam on her return from Lanka here.

Now

Rameshwaram, today is a major pilgrim centre in the country. Apart from the temples, a major attraction is the Floating Stone Bridge which was created by the monkey army. This bridge can be seen between India and Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram.

AshokVatika

Then

Ashok Vatika was a garden in Lanka, the Kingdom of demon king, Ravana. It was the location, where Sita was held captive after her abduction. It is speculated that she refused to stay in Ravana's palace, and preferred to stay under the Ashoka tree, hence the name Ashok Vatika.

Now

Its present location is believed to be the Hakgala Botanical Garden, close to the resort city of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.

Talaimannar

Then

This was Lord Rama’s first stop in Sri Lanka from where the conflict with Ravana’s mighty army began. After a lengthy battle, Lord Rama killed Ravana and then installed Vibhishana on the throne of Lanka.

Now

 Talaimannar now is a settlement in Sri Lanka located on the northwestern coast of Mannar Island. You can reach here by road from Mannar which links the island to the rest of the country through a causeway.

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