Places where Lord Ram stayed during 14 years of exile
During the 14 years that he was exiled from his kingdom, prince Ram traveled the length of the country, even crossing the ocean and traveling to present-day Sri Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita. We have listed some of the places where Lord Ram stayed for during his journey.
Prayag — present day Allahabad — was the first place where Ram, Sita and Lakshman stayed after they left the kingdom. Allahabad was known to be a city of Prime Minister. Ram, Lakshman and Sita lived for a brief period in Prayag. Allahabad is now a major city in Uttar Pradesh.
Chitrakoot was the next destination of Lord Ram after Prayag. Bharat met Ram and urged him to return to Ayodhya. However, Lord Ram could not disobey his father and refused to go back to Ayodhya. There is a temple in Chitrakoot called Bharat Milap which is said to be the exact place where Bharat and Ram were reunited 14 years later. Chitrakoot is located in Madhya Pradesh.
This is the place where Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita moved to after they left Chitrakoot. Panchavati means a garden of five huge banyan trees. Ramakund was the place where Lord Ram used to bath while staying at Panchavati. Today, Panchavati is a part of Nashik district of Maharashtra. Kalaram temple is located in Panchavati — the temple that houses black idols of Rama, Sita and Lakshman.
This place is located in Chhattisgarh. At this place, Ravana’s sister tried to entice Lakshman when he was away from the house. As soon as Lakshman turned her down, she asked her brothers to attack Lord Ram. Lord Ram defeated both of them. This made Surpanaka lose her temper and attack Lakshman. Lakshman in return cut her nose.
This place is located in Andhra Pradesh. This is the place where Sita was abducted by Ravana. Jatayu tried to stop Ravana after he abducts Sita. Ravana cut off his wings and Jatayu fell at the place which is now called Lepakshi. Le Pakshi translates to “rise bird”. Lepakshi was also the place where Jatayu’s last rites were performed.
Kishkinda is located in Hampi, Karnataka. As Sita was abducted, Lord Ram and Lakshman wandered around the forests and reached Kishkindha, the kingdom of Bali and Sugreeva. As Rama helped Sugriva get his kingdom back with honor and Sugriva promised to help find Sita. On their way through the forests, they met a woman called Sabari who had waited for over 12 years for Rama’s visit. He relieved her from the materialistic life and the forest came to be called Sabari Mala, the forest of Sabari.
Rameswaram is a part of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Ram is considered as a seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He prayed to Lord Shiva before he took off to Lanka with his huge army of monkeys. Lord Ram built a bridge to cross over to Lanka from Rameswaram. Lord Ram sought forgiveness to Lord Shiva for killing a brahmin i.e. Ravan.
8. Ashok Vatika
Ashok Vatika is now known as Ashokavanam. It is situated in Sri Lanka. This is the place where Sita was held captive by Ravana. There is a temple named after Sita, Sita Amman Temple located in the village called Sita Eliya.
Author: Piyush Rishi
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