India is a country whose history and culture is highly influenced by mythology. The two great epics - The Ramayana and The Mahabharata - have left their mark all over India. Many cities and towns have fascinating stories, myths, and legends related to these epics. One such place is Avani, a small village that is about 1.5 hrs drive from Bangalore near the city of Kolar.
According to legends, the famous sage Valmiki resided in the village of Avani and gave shelter to Lady Sita during her exile from Ayodhya. Lady Sita, who was pregnant at that time, resided in the ashram of sage Valmiki. In due course of time her twin sons Luv and Kush were born there. It is in Avani where the famous battle took place between Lord Rama and his sons Luv and Kush.