Amidst the lockdown, the empty streets bear witness to the most unprecedented situation the world is facing now. The past few weeks have made us realize the fickleness of life and emphasised the value of appreciating the smallest things in life.
To help families re-live their happiest moments, to enable millennial's to relive their most cherished childhood memories and to give the youngest generation a taste of the world that we grew up in, TV channels are resorting to re-telecasting some of their most iconic serials and shows.
One such show that probably all of us grew up seeing is the record-breaking serial Ramayana created by Shri Ramanand Sagar in 1987-88. This serial has garnered mass viewership throughout the world over the years and during this COVID-19 lockdown, it has helped family members reconnect and relive their happy moments.
Besides being a historic story portraying the law-abiding ideal man and a great warrior in the form of Shri Ram and his brother Lakshman and the devoted, brave and righteous Sita Ma, this piece of literature is truly a treasure trove of sorts, in terms of the geographical, historical, cultural, scientific and astronomical information, it carries.
The journey of Shri Ram from Ayodhya to Lanka, through the forests of erstwhile India, is beautifully portrayed with vivid descriptions of the places he travelled through. From narrations of the night sky and the position of the different stars, to descriptions of the flora, fauna and landscape of this place, let us embark on a journey of Ramayana, through some of the places that were part of Lord Ram's vanavas . Alongside, let us also see a comparison of the places over the thousands of years and the significance that they hold till date, from a traveller's point of view.
So here is the journey from the capital of the Kosala empire, Ayodhya to Ravan's kingdom in Lanka, a trip through the past and present, and hopefully, soon we can all visit some of these historical sites with a purpose.