Places linked with Ramayana & the exile of Lord Rama

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The last article quoted well about the hometown of Lord Rama and Laxmana. According to Ramayana, the Prince Ram of Ayodhya was subjected to a 14 year vanvasa (exile) who was later joined by wife Seeta and younger brother Laxmana.

As we go along with the words of the Hindu epic, the three of them trailed various paths in the country and as a result, increased the significance of the lands. Even most of the prominent places are now found as commercialized temples. But the stories behind them will continue to fascinate all those who have read the epic religiously.

So flow down with the article and feed yourself with some of them.

Panchvati- The spot of Seeta Haran

Panchvati is referred as the place in the forest where Lord Rama decided to settle down for some years. The reason being its prime location on the banks of river Godavari, the place was an ultimate source of natural beauty even at that time.

Panchvati is even associated with the most important episode of Seeta Haran.

Kala Ram Mandir is the exact spot where the hut was constructed by Laxmana. Surrounded by 5 huge Banyan trees, the place proves its name.

The Kala Ram Mandir recites a story behind its existence which tells that the sages of Panchavati entreated Lord Rama to vanish the Asuras in the region who obstructed the holy practice of their yagyas. It was then Lord Rama transformed and attained his dark side or the Kala Ram.

Location: 4.3 km from Nashik city, 18.9 km from Nasik Airport, 9.1 km from Nashik Railway Stn, 3.9 km from Central Bus stand (Nashik).

Chadayamangalam- The place where Jataayu fell fighting Ravana

Situated 43 km away from the city Trivadrum, this place has deep connections with the Ramayana. As per the epic, when Ravana kidnapped Seeta and boarded the Puspaka Viman, the huge bird Jataayu opposed him and fought hard in order to free Seeta.

Amidst the mid-air battle, Ravana slayed off Jataayu’s one wing and the wounded bird hence fell down over a big rock in Chadyamangalam. Although the bird passed on the message to Lord Rama and told him the scenario but then breathed last in the lap of Rama itself.

The rock initially was known as “Jadayupara”. On the top of the rock, a big statue of the bird Jataayu is being constructed.

Location: District Kollam, Kerala

Anegundi, Kishkindha Hill- The birthplace of Lord Hanuman

Kishkindha means a land where the apes live. In the pages of Ramayana, this place has a deep role to play. The episode of Rama’s meeting with Hanuman, the Sugreev-Bali scenario and also most importantly, the birth of the Hindu super-hero Hanuman.

Anjandri Hill is the holy land placing itself in the Anegundi region of Kishkindha which is said to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman and is also the oldest plateau on this planet which is approx. 3000 million years old.

Apart from its historical significance it is one of the best places which can elaborate the meaning of nature to you. Besides, it is at a distance of 5 km form Hampi and also contributes its share in the column of World Heritage Sites.

Location: Koppal District, Karnataka

No one has the authority to judge or question the existence of these highly remarkable places but one can’t even impose the importance over others because the sentiments behind them may be attached to a particular part of the society.

The next article will show the places Lord Rama explored in Lanka without a visa!

Stay tuned for more! — Alluring India