The Perfect Man
The epic that combines all the romances, adventures, philosophies, histories and scriptures ever written is called the Ramayana.
Time in India is elastic and measurements go beyond the average comprehension. Within the Ramayana today time, tradition and historical fact meet to celebrate a wondrous love story and demonstrate The Prince of Peace and Prosperity is as alive today as in yesteryear.
Our Hero Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana were exiled for family political reasons from his father’s Kingdom of Ayodhya for 14 years, during this time Sita was abducted by the megalomaniac ruler Ravana. Rama and Lakshmana travelled the length of India to reclaim her.
In a nutshell this journey will be according to Valmiki’s biographical Ramayana, a journey of geographical and spiritual discovery
Rama, Lakshmana and Sita left Ayodhya for Sringaverapura — modern Sringverpur in Uttar Pradesh — where they crossed the River Ganga and lived on Chitrakoot Hill. After this the trio wandered through forested Dandakaranya in Central India, a land of Rakshasas- unfriendly tribes. They reached Nasik, on the River Godavari, still full of evidence of their sojourn (Tapovan where they lived, Ramkund where Rama and Sita used to bathe, Lakshmankund, Lakshmana’s bathing area and various caves).
It was in Panchavati near Bhadrachalam (Maharashtra) where Sita was captured by Ravana. The brothers began their search at Kishkinda, near Hampi, where many aspects are associated with Rama, it was here they met Sugriva ruler of the Southern Kingdom, who was to be their saviour.
Rama and the Vanara army (the tribal soldiers led by Hanuman, who became revered by all India for his valiant yeoman efforts and devotion to Lord Rama) left Kishkinda to reach Rameshwaram, where the Vanaras built a bridge from Dhanushkodi on Rameshwaram Island to Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, parts are still evident as NASA’s satellite has shown an underwater man-made bridge, 30kms long, of shoals in the Palk Straits, connecting Dhanushkodi and Talaimannar. On his return from Sri Lanka, Rama worshiped Shiva at Rameshwaram, where Sita prepared a Linga out of sand; to this day it remains one of the most sacred sites of Hinduism.
The Caves at Ravana Ela Falls and The Sitai Amman Temple at Numara Eliya in Sri Lanka bear witness to Sita’s imprisonment.
follow the “Destinations” link below to retrace Rama’s steps