The Perfect Man
Please appreciate this is a draft, I am waiting for feedback and advice about the detail
I understand that some of my references are from later Ramayana’s and not in Valmiki, I want to explore ancient and contemporary aspects
Ramkot: This ancient palace, the court of Dasaratha, is now a site of worship, devotees from all over the world come here every year, especially during the festival of Ram Navami (April), thought to be the day Lord Rama was born, although nowdays others believe he was born on January 10th.
Treta ke Thakur: A significant religious site because it is believed that this temple is situated where Rama is said to have performed the Ashwamedha Yagna. Around 300 years ago, the Raja of Kulu is said to have built a new temple at this spot, called Kaleram ka Mandir. This temple houses the idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Bharat that are supposed to be from the original Ram Temple.
Nageshvararnath Temple: A very popular Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, pilgrimages come especially during Shivratri. Legend has it that it was built by Lord Rama’s son, Kush. Although there are multiple beliefs, one popular one says that Kush lost his armlet in river Saryu, which was found by a nag-kanya (the maiden of the Nagas) who fell in love with him, since she was a devotee of Lord Shiva, Kush built the temple for her.
Mani Parbat: With Buddhist origins, this hillock has an interesting mythological reference. It is believed that while Hanuman was carrying the hill with the Sanjeevani Booti, a part of the hill broke off and fell here.
JANMASTHÁN birthplace? SVARGADVARA on Sarayú River/ ascension to heaven? KANAKA BHAVAN /Sita’s kitchen?
Hanuman Garhi: This is believed to be the place where Hanuman lived and guarded the Ram Janmabhoomi. Locals believe that a visit to this holy shrine will grant you all your wishes.
Prayag, better known today as Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Prayag is where Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman spent some time before proceeding to nearby Chitrakoot.. During Dussehra, the famous Ramlilas celebrations of Pattharchatti and Pajawa Ramlila echo throughout the city.
Site of BHARADVAJA ASHRAM?
Bare Hanumanji Temple: The temple situated near the Sangam and the magnificent statue of Lord Hanuman, said to be from the Ramayana era.
Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati sangam
Ashram of Sringi Rishi at Sringaverapura
SITAPUR RITUALS/ Rama Ghat or RaghavaPrayaga Ghat? Mandakini River
Gupta Godavari Caves: Near Chitrakoot, this pair of caves has beautiful intricate carvings. Housing two natural thrones dedicated to Rama and Lakshman and a stream of water from a tank (referred as Sitakund) flows through one of the caves.
Bharat Milap Mandir: where Bharat met Lord Rama and requested him to return to Ayodhya. This is located on the Kadnamath /Kamadgiri Hills, which when circumambulated (parikrama) is believed to liberate people from their sins…Shrí Kadmanath Temple/ tracks?
Charana Chihnas/ Footprints
‘Ramdarshan’ is a Ramayan temple where the entire Ramayan is depicted very nicely through painting, demos, mural, sculpture etc. and shows RAMA depictions all across south east Asia.
Ramkund: the ghat of Ramkund, was the place where Lord Rama and Sita used to bathe. The waters are still said to provide moksha
Dudhsagar Falls: The Dudhasagar Waterfalls cascade for 10 metres, these waterfalls derive their name from the word ‘dudh‘ or milk.
Ujjain/ Rama Ghat Kshripra River tracks/ RAMESHVARA MAHADEVA
HERMITAGE OF AGASTYA on Godavari River
Panchvati / Nasik
Kala Ram Mandir: It is said that you’ll feel ananda (happiness) twice over even if you just walk by the Kala Ram Temple. The temple is built right where Rama is believed to have set up his hut with Sita and Lakshman. The story behind the name of the temple is that the sages of Panchvati pleaded with Rama to get rid of the Rakshasas or demons who occupied the region. Rama then took on his ‘Kala Roop’, or invoked his dark side, to slay and defeat them.
Sita Gufa (The Cave of Sita): It is said that Sita was a Shiva devotee and used to pray to him inside a cave, now known as the Sita Gufa. The cave also has a make-up room or shringara greha, where she is said to have spent some of her time. Sita Gufa is also believed to be the place from where the great Ravana kidnapped Sita.
Kapaleshwar Mandir: On the way to Ramkund in Panchvati, lies a Shiva temple called Kapaleshwar temple. This is maybe one of the very few places you will see a Shivalinga but not Nandi. The story of Brahma Hatya will make things clear. Shiva is said to have gotten annoyed with Brahma who had said something inauspicious. In retaliation, Shiva cut off one of the heads of Brahma thereby committing the sin of Brahma Hatya. Shiva realized his mistake and tried to do all that he could to rid himself of this sin but to no avail. Nandi then suggested to Shiva to take a dip in the Godavari. Shiva was therefater absolved of all his sins. At this temple, Shiva accepted Nandi as his guru and as Nandi now had a stature higher than Shiva, he couldn’t be placed alongside his linga.
Chitrakuta and Dandakaranya regions mentioned in the epic are spread across the modern day Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, according to Krishna. Panchavati is where Sita was abducted by Ravana and situated on the banks of River Godavari in modern Maharashtra.
http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/ramayan-era-plants-bear-witness-to- vanvas-route.html RAMAYAN-ERA PLANTS BEAR WITNESS TO VANVAS ROUTE
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 | Kumar Chellappan | Chennai
Nasik Rama Ghat Temple -Ujjain Hardwar Prayaga are locations of Kum Melá / Temple of Tryambakeshvara?
Kapila River / Lakshmana
Hampi =Kishkinda/ Vanara Kingdom
HOSPET / Hampi Ruins and Hampi Temples: With about 2,000 temples across 26 square kilometres, Hampi has many notable Hindu temples such as the Badavai Linga, Achutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Krishna Temple, Vittala Temple and the Chandramauleshwara Temple among others. The only active place of worship in the protected area now is the Virupaaksha Temple.
Hampi Utsav, every year in between November 3rd-5th. The city travels back in time with celebrations, classical music and dance performances, puppet shows and fireworks to invoke the glory of the Vijayanagara Empire. .
TULJAPUR Amba appearance?
Pampa River and landscape – cave of Kodanda Rama- Anagundi Temple of Shri Ranganathaswamy
Hanuman sites ??
Pampa River: Dashina Ganga? / Sabarimala Kerala?
Floating Stone Bridge: Legend has it that Hanuman and his monkey army created a bridge to cross the Indian Ocean and reach Lanka for Lord Rama to rescue his wife from Ravana. This bridge is said to be made of floating stones, hence the name. This bridge can be seen between India and Sri Lanka from Rameshwaram.
Ramanathaswamy Temple: Devoted to Lord Shiva, the Ramanathaswamy temple is one of the most revered temples in India. According to folklore, Lord Rama came to worship Lord Shiva in the temple, and hence the name Ramanathaswamy temple.
Dip in Agnitheertham: religious point known as Agnitheertham in Ramayana, here Lord Rama bathed while worshipping Lord Shiva to absolve himself from the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahman.
DHANUSHKOTI and Mount GANDHAMADANA
Talaimannar Shri Lanka
“Adam’s Bridge”: Take a 15-kilometre boat ride along the former land connection between India and Sri Lanka. The bridge is now separated in 18 parts and is made of limestone shoals. For mythology and history enthusiasts, it would be interesting to walk on the sand banks which are said to be once trodden by Lord Rama. The grandeur of the Indian Ocean, the beautiful sunsets and the natural beauty of the region add to the charm of this attraction.
TRITKUTA HILL SITE OF SLAYING?
The Caves at Ravana Ela Falls and The Sitai Amman Temple at Numara Eliya in Sri Lanka bear witness to Sita’s imprisonment.
A good map http://twitpic.com/9qxwdw