Travel destinations linked with Hindu epic- Ramayana
Part-1- A tour to Ayodhya
History sprinkles a magic when you get to know that a place, in front of your eyes is the same land you grew up hearing stories about.
If you once got fascinated hearing the mythological stories, no matter which culture you belong to, why not travel to those destinations and relate them with what your grandma narrated?
We did so and came up with some places inspired by the all time favourite epic Ramayana. The holy book not only teaches the way of this life but also comes out to be a very interesting story.
Even the people who try to contradict its facts are bound to believe the presence of some signs which show clear traces of the Ramayana Period. Travelers love the history beat and lust to trample those significant lands.
So let’s go on a walkabout to all those riveting areas which will introduce you to the evidences of Ramayana.
Ayodhya is a famous holy city located in the Uttar Pradesh state of Northern India. In addition of being reffered to as the capital of ‘Awadh’, it is most importantly linked with the birth of Lord Rama, hero of Ramayana.
Located on an elevated ground is the ancient citadel of Ramkot, the birthplace of Lord Rama. Being linked to such a deep significance, it is the chief place of worship in the city.
It not only attracts thousands of pilgrims the whole year but also hosts a big procession on the occasion of Ram Navmi in the Chaitra month (mar-apr) of Hindu Calendar.
Besides, it presents a spectacular view of the entire city because of its height.
Lord Rama is believed to be an incarnation of the chief Hindu God ‘Vishnu’. He came down as the prince of Ayodhya, in order to vanish the devastating Asuras on Earth.
It is believed that after returning to Ayodhya accomplishing all his motives, Lord Rama transformed into Lord Mahavishnu and left for vaikhunt from the “Swarg Dwar”. Fascinating, isn’t it?
On the banks of river Saryu in Ayodhya, this ghat once witnessed the ‘Samadhi’ of Lakshamana, the dearest brother to Rama who along with him spent 14 years of exile showing endless loyalty and regard to his relations.
“Samadhi” is a Hindi word which refers to giving up life voluntarily. It is also said that Lakshamana attained Samadhi because he broke a vow.
Though centuries have passed and it is at times difficult for people to believe these facts. But these places in Ayodhya have also been nurtured for thousands of years.
If only once, we believe that the episode of Ramayana actually happened, that would be the moment when these beautiful travel destinations will break all your chains of confusion.
In the next chapter, we will move down through where Lord Rama traced the 14 years of exile. Stay tuned!- Alluring India