Rivers of Ramayana

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Travelling through the Exile Route from Ayodha as described in Ayodha Kaand. Encounted following rivers:

1. Saraju - Ayodha (at the Raja Dashrath samadhi & river shifted north but water reaches here in monsoon). According to Veda, Vaivasvata Manu founded Ayodha about 9,000 years back. As described by Valmiki, it was a magestic city spread 11 kilometers along Saraju River and it is here Valmiki is believed to have created the Ramayana oral folklore around 500 BC during the reign of Satrughna, the 64th king of Surya Dynasty founded by King Ikshvaku, the eldest son of Manu. Neither Ram nor Bharat were ever kings.— at Uttar Pradesh, India.

2. Tamsa - Purvachakia (25 KM South of Ayodha). After departing from Ayodha, it was here at the north bank Ram along with Sita, Lakshman and Minister (Mantri) Sumantra rested their first night.The citizens of Ayodhya followed them until this spot. They disguised themselves and crossed the river in the middle of the night so that none of the people would be able to follow them.

3. Vedasruti - Ashoknagar (45 KM south of Ayodha). Referred only in Vedic literatures and cannot be located in Google or any current Indian Map system. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

4. Gomti - Saidpur (55 KM south of Ayodha) — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

5. Sandika - Pratapgarh (110 KM south of Ayodha). In the PVedic literature, it is known as Adi Ganga. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

6. Vadrathi - Mohanganj (10 KM west of Pratapgarh). Also cannot be located in Google map or Indian map. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

7. Balukini - Ramkaleva (60 KM south-west of Pratapgarh) — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

8. Ganga - Shringrur (150 KM south of Ayodha). They campled at the Rishi Shringi's Ashrama at the north bank and from here Ram sent Sumantra & the Chariot back to Ayodha. Also it was here the boatman Kewat ferried them to the other side in his boat. Kewat story is famous in Ramayana. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

9. Jamuna - Allahabad. At the north bank, they camped below a banian tree, called "Akshay Bat" and here Lakshman made a boat to cross the river. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.

10. Mandakini - Chitrakoot. By the time they reached here, 6 months have passed (2 months to reach Ganga in Charriot, and further 4 months on foot). Here at various abodes, they lived one & half year and completed first 2 years of the exile. Bharat met Ram here to take him back to Ayodha but returned with his "kharaon". Manthara also came with him to seek pardon. She lived rest of her life in Chitrakoot and never returned to Ayodha. From here Ram proceeded towards Dandak Forest and Aranya Kaand of Ramayana started. — at Uttar Pradesh, India.
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Saraju  - Ayodha.jpg Tamsa  – 25 kilometers south of Ayodha.jpg Vedashruti – 45 kilometers south of Ayodha –.jpg Gomti – 80 kilometers south of Ayodha.jpg Sandika – 110 kilometers from Ayodha.jpg Vadrathi - 10 kilometers west of Pratapgarh.jpg Balukini - 60 kilometer south west of Pratapgarh.jpg Ganga - 150 kilometer south of Auyodha.jpg Jamuna - Allahabad.jpg Mandakini - Chitrakoot.jpg 
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Must have been a great experience!
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Yes. We did the Ayodha Kaand locations in March 2015 starting from Ayodha and ending at Sarbhang Ashram near Satna, MP. You can see the video at "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-cFBYvMiWo" (amateur though). In November 2015, travelling half of Aranya Kaand trail covering entire Dandak Forest in Chattisgarh (about 30 locations in Janakpur, Ambikapur, Bilashpur, Raipur, Narayanpur & Durg). Lots of research needed to track down these locations.

Planning to travel entire exile trail, i.e., rest of Aranya Kaand in Maharashtra, Kiskinda Kaand in Karnataka, Sundar Kaand in Tami Nadu and finally Lanka Kaand in Sri Lanka in coming 4 years.

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Thank you for sharing this. So unique and a tremendous effort am sure. I went to Bastar few years back and heard extensive stories about Dandakarnya forest - the locals (especially tribals) are convinced that this is the very forest described in Ramayana. You may look at the end of my TR (in the signature) for some information on a couple of local contacts - Bhupesh Tiwari and Shakeel Rizvi - the former runs an NGO and latter is a guide. They can help with your research and advise on security situation relating to maoists (very important for those parts - I skipped a few places based on their advice).

All the best and look forward to more from your end.
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Rivers of Ramayana

Excellent!!can we have a detailed TR of the part of the trail you already covered?
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Yes. See below. Video at :
Uttar Pradesh
Sarayu River - Ayodha
Vidya Kund - Ayodha
Vashisht Kund - Ayodha
Kanak Bhavan - Ayodha
Guptar Ghat - Ayodha
Lakshman Ghat - Ayodha
Ram Janambhumu Reconstruction Site - Ayodha
King Dashratha Samadhi - Ayodha
Bharat Kund - Nandigram (20KM south of Ayodha)
Tamsa River - Purva Chakia (25KM south of Ayodha)
Vedasruti River - Ashoknagar (45KM south of Ayodha)
Gomti River - Saidpur (55KM south of Ayodha)
Sita Kund - Sultanpur (65KM south of Ayodha)
Vijethua Dham - Kadipur (40KM east of Sultanpur)
Dhopap Dham - Lohramau (10KM south of Kadipur)
Sandika River - Pratapgarh (110KM south of Ayodha)
Bela Temple - Pratapgarh (115KM south of Ayodha)
Vadrathi River - Mohanganj (10KM west of Pratapgarh)
Guisarnath Dham - Siyarahiya (35KM west of Pratapgarh)
Balukini River - Ramkaleva (60KM south-west of Pratapgarh)
Shringi Ashram - Shringraur (145KM south of Ayodha)
Ganga River - Shringrur (150KM south of Ayodha)
Sitakund Village - Shringrur (155KM south of Ayodha)
Bhardwaj Ashram - Allahabad (170KM south of Ayodha)
Sangam - Allahabad (175KM south of Ayodha)
Akshay Bat - Allahabad
Patalpuri Temple - Allahabad
Yamuna River - Allahabad
Sita Rasoi - Jasra (30KM east of Allahabad)
Tulsidas Birthpace - Rajapur
Valmiki Ashram - Lalapur (110KM south-east of Allahabad)
Ram Ghat - Chitrakoot (150KM south-east of Allahabad)
Kamdagiri Hill - Chitrakoot
Bharatmilap Temple - Chitrakoot
Lakshman Pahari - Chitrakoot
Janki Kund - Chitrakoot
Sphatik Shila - Chitrakoot
Atri Ashram - Chitrakoot
Gupt Godavari - Chitrakoot
Bharat Koop - Chitrakoot
Ram Saiya - Chitrakoot
Madhya Pradesh
Sharbang Ashram - Sharbhanga (50KM north of Satna)

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An unique travelogue here, never come across anyone pursuing such a trail before. Iam sure walking in the wilderness must have posed some serious challenges to you. You should consider writing it up for a periodical or a daily newspaper (Sunday magazine section) for the benefit of a larger readership.

By the way is it Bengali you are using for your proper nouns? Is Saraju same as sarayu ? Ayodha is same as Ayodhya ? (That’s how they are pronounced in Sanskrit and many other languages including my mother tongue telugu.)

Good luck with your future endeavors. Look forward to reading them.
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I am not going to Bastar. Bastar comes on route in a local version of Ramayana where Ravana (Lankeswara) was located in Sonepur, Orrisa. See the article "http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/not-sri-lanka-but-sonepur-in-orissa-is-the-lanka-of-ramayana-archaeologists/1/401734.html ".

I am follwing the most popular version of Ramayana where Ram spent most of his 10 years of Dandak Forest time around Panch Apsara Lake which is currently Ambikapur or Vishrampur in Chattisgarh. Acoording to many, the story goes : While moving around to find a location to reside in deep Dandak Forest, he was accompanied by some of the sages. At one place he found a pond having crystal water from where musical sound were coming out but there was no trace of any settlement near by. Dharmbhrut, one of accompanying sages and the sage informed him, “Long back the sage Mandkarni undertook a severe meditation. Gods got sacred for they apprehended that some of them might lose their position to sage Mandkarni. They sent five charming celestial dancers to intervene successful completion of his penance. Those dancers got success and the sage fell a prey to their beauty and lust. They got married to the sage and they continued staying with the sage forever.

Although there is no direct geographic reference to this lake in any of the version of Ramayana, researchers have fairly pinpointed the location to be Vishrampur (cuurent name Ambikapur, Chattisgarh) where there used to be a large stream-fed lake which now ceased to exist.
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Dear Surya,

Yes. I am using Bengali names from Krittibas version of Bengali Ramayana. Thanks for your suggestion and I wished I had access to a periodical column. Anyway, I made detailed script, videographed the travel and placed on youtube. Also made DVD for anyone interested. This is the best I could.

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Rivers of ramayana

Here is the River Location Map (Uttar Pradesh, India) along the Ayodha Kaand trail.
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Very interesting journey.

I've been to a place recently, not to do with rivers of Ramayana, but the Ramayana itself, a slightly different version of it.
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Please use Google Chrome browser. Internet Explorer has play back problem for the Video.

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Prince,

Could I have your tour details of your Ramayana trail. This might help me in further research.

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Rivers of Ramayana

Original Ramayana Ayodha Kaand manascript at Poet Tulshidas Birthplace, Rajapur. Poet Tulsidas produced the first written version of Ramayana (Ram Charitmanas) in mid 16th century. He started writing at the age of 76 and he started from Ayodha and traveled all the locations mentioned in Valmiki version oral folklore, and wrote every section living in each location. Dried Banyan Leaf was used as paper. 300 copies were made in months. All these rivers are mentioned in his Ramayana. — at Uttar Pradesh, India
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Originally Posted by balabenoy View Post Prince,

Could I have your tour details of your Ramayana trail. This might help me in further research.

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My tour was not in India but far away on an island in Indonesia where the Ramayana epic has reached long time ago(5th century AD). Not sure If it can help your research in any way but If you're interested, you will see the details of it here, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Very interesting Ramayana and the people there hold the epic very dear to their hearts, probably more dearer than the people of India.

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