13 Epic Ancient Ramayana places to Explore in 2022

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Ramayana is one of the most popular and spiritual epics in Hinduism around the world. This is the Life story of Lord Rama, who must save his kidnapped wife Godess Sita. Alongside the Ramayana teaches us life-living lessons. It’s Deeply connected to the socio-cultural history of India. Ramayan has 2400 verses, Originally composed in Sanskrit, its original authorship is ascribed to Valmiki. Ancient Ramayana places are some of still existing locations which still shows us our heritage and our culture.

Ramayana is a kind of epic, where Lord Rama teaches the way of life lessons, and how to deal with problems, anger, and relations all in a practical way. Ramayana was initially written in the Sanskrit language, whereas now it has been dubbed or translated into many locals and international languages around the world.

During His Journey of Ramayana, Lord Rama covered almost India and headed to Sri Lanka to recuse his Wife ‘Sita’. In the meanwhile, they stayed a lot of places, met up with many peoples during their journey, and killed Ravana to release Sita from his Lanka.

13 Places From Ramayana, Where You Can Visit In Real Life

Many places around the world still exist, where people can visit and understand more about the Historic importance of Ramayana in Hinduism. Lord Rama alongside with Wife Sita and Brother Laxmana traveled hundreds of kilometers, Meanwhile, During their exile period from Ayodhya, they enlightened local people about Dharma. Many places that still have very much religious importance in Hinduism are related to Ramayana.


1. AYODHYA

Ramayana places to travel. Ayodhya panaromic view of the city
Panoramic View of Ayodhya city

Undoubtedly the very first place where the Ramayana started and ended is Ayodhya, A City in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. Ayodhya is the birth and Karm Bhoomi of Lord Rama, who is believed to be the Prince of Ayodhya. The city witnessed a very vast history of creating and demolishing the properties. Currently, Ayodhya still has several heritage palaces, which remind us of the history of Ramayana. Over the years, Ayodhya has been demolished and recreated many times in history, But the belief still stands strong among the people.

2. JANAKPUR, NEPAL

Janak palace, janakpur, nepal
Janak Palace, janakpur, Nepal

This beautiful city of Nepal has many religious beliefs among Hinduism. Janakpur is believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama. So as the name of the city Janakpur was derived from Raja Janak, Father of Sita. Janakpur is also the place where Lord Rama met Sita for the very first time.

Janaki Mandir is the place where Goddess Sita was born. The attraction is now considered a religiously important monument and a heritage site but is still an active temple for devotees. Anybody seeking a slice of the legend of Ramayana must visit the divine Janaki Temple.

3. CHITRAKOOT

chitrakoot
Chitrakoot

‘Chitra’ means beautiful as a painting and ‘Koot’ means mountain. Chitrakoot is a tranquil pilgrimage place and is considered the abode of gods.

Chitrakoot is a famous mountain, where lord Rama, Laxmana, and sita stay for almost 11 years after exile from Ayodhya for 14 years. Located at the border of UP and MP, Chitrakoot is the land of saints and is believed to be one of the sacred cities amongst Hinduism.

4. PANCHVATI

PANCHWATI, NASIK
Panchwati, Nasik, Maharastra

Panchavati, or modern-day Nashik, is a city that is so deeply rooted in legends. The entire Aranya Kanda of Ramayana is set in Panchavati. Nashik is a city at the foothills of the Western Ghats in the northwest region of Maharashtra along the banks of river Godavari. After moving from Chitrakoot, Lord Rama along with Sita and Laxmana lived here most of the time. Panchvati is also the place where Sita was abducted by the demon king Ravana. Kala ram Temple, Sita Cave, Kalpeshwar temple, and ram kund are the places that are considered to be part of Ramayana.


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5. KISHKINDHA

KISHKINDHA, THE LAND OF MONKEY KING
Ranges of Kishkindha, Karnataka

Kishkindha is the kingdom of monkey king Sugriva. this is the place where Lord Rama with Laxmana met Hanumana and other Vanara (monkeys) and formed his army  – the Vanarsena – with the help of Sugriva. In the present day, this kingdom is identified to be the region around the Tungabhadra river near Hampi in the present-day Koppal district, Karnataka. Rishimukha, a mountain near the Tungabhadra River was the abode of Sugriva and Hanuman lived.

6. LEPAKSHI, ANDHRA PRADESH

Lepakshi village, ANDHRA
Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

Lepakshi which means ‘Rise Birds’ refers to Jatayu, who is considered to be fell down here after the fight with Ravana, while he was heading to Lanka along with goddess Sita. That’s how this village got the name Lepakshi referring to the big bird jatayu mentioned in the epic Ramayana.

According to Valmiki’s Ramayan, while heading towards Lanka, Lord Rama and Laxmana accompanied hanuman met the dying jayau, later dead here. Lord Rama has done the cremation of jatayu at the bank of the Godavari River.

7. Jatayu sculpture at Chadayamangalam

JATAYU IDOL FROM RAMAYANA
Jatayu sculpture, Kerala

As per Ramayan, Jatayu was a demi-god who has the form of a Vulture. The demon king Ravana, after abducting Sita from panchvati was flying towards Lanka, hearing sita crying for help, jatayu attempts to rescue Sita. at first, jatayu tried to convince Ravana to let her go, but later jatayu attacked Ravana, in response Ravana fainted jatayu and this mythical bird fell on top of a hill.

Jatayu, who tried to rescue Sita from Ravana. Located in Chadayamangalam village in the Kollam district of Kerala, this rock theme park will be a treat to the eyes as well as a sense of adventure for the tourists.

8. RAMESHWARAM

RAMANATHASWAMY TEMPLE, RAMESHWARAM
Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is an island separated from mainland India by the pamban channel in Tamilnadu, just 40 km away from Mannar island of Sri Lanka. it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus and is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. This place has one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord shiva.

Here, Ramanathaswamy temple is where Lord Rama established a Lingam before he crossed his bridge to the present-day island of Sri Lanka.

Before heading to the land of Srilanka, Lord Rama worshipped shiva by establishing a shivling, The Ramanathaswamy temple is believed to be constructed in the same place. The Temple structure was constructed around the 12th century.

9. DHANUSHKODI

Dhanushkodi, india's end point
Dhanushkodi, Tamilnadu

Dhanushkodi literally means the ‘end of bow’. It is located around 20 km away from Rameshwaram. One of the smallest towns in the world, with a length of just 50 yards, Dhanushkodi is the land border between Sri Lanka and India. It is around 15 km away from Sri Lanka

this is the place where Lord Rama, Laxmana, Hanumana along with all the vaanar sena had built a bridge to rescue Goddess Sita from Ravana’s Lanka. The Bridge is known as ‘The Ram Setu’. After returning from Srilanka, Vibhishana asked the Lord to destroy the Ram Setu. Upon his request, Lord Rama broke the bridge with the end of his bow. This is the reason why the place has been named ad Dhanushkodi, which means ‘End of the bow’.


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10. SEETHA AMMAN TEMPLE, NUWARA ELIYA

Seetha amman temple
Seetha amman temple, Nuwara Eliya, Srilanka

Sri Lanka still has many places, which show us the true existence of Ramayan. Seetha Amman temple is one of the major Ramayan tourist attractions of Sri Lanka. this is the same place that is believed to be the Ashok Vatika, where goddess sita stays. This is where lord hanuman met the sita for the very first time and Handover the ring that Lord Rama gave him.

Seetha Amman temple is one of few existing places in the world where Hanuman’s footprint still exist and people from all around comes here to worship this Lord Hanuman’s footprint.

11. MUNNESHWARAM TEMPLE, CHILLAW

Munneshwar kovil, chillaw
Munneshwaram Temple, Chillaw, Srilanka

Munneshwaram temple is the lord shiva lingam temple, located 80 km north of Colombo. This is the place believed to be where, lord Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime named as Brahmahasti. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install and praying four lingams at 5 places to get rid of dosham. One of the important Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka. 

Manavari Temple is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Shiva lingam.  At present this lingam at Manavari temple is named as Ramalingam as this lingam was erected by Rama. Both Munneswaram Temple & Manavari Temples are very important Ramayana tour place.

12. PANCHAMUGA ANJANEYAR TEMPLE, COLOMBO

panchmuga anjaneyar temple, colombo
Panchamuga anjaneyar temple

Panchamuga anjaneyar temple considers being the very first lord hanuman temple in Srilanka. Also, this Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka which dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his Panchamuga form, meaning five faces. This temple is located in Colombo Sri Lanka. It is believed that Swamy Chandrashekar built the first hanuman temple in Sri Lanka known as Sri Panchamukha Ancheneyar temple. Srimath Chandrasekara swamigal established First Temple in Sri Lanka and the first chariot in the world for Sri Rama’s beloved devotee Anjaneyar.

13. SRI BHAKTA HANUMAN TEMPLE, NUWARA ELIYA

Sri Bhakta hanuman temple, srilanka
Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Nuwara eliya

This Hanuman Temple was constructed in 1999 and it is believed that Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi and still there are some Ramayana facts available in this area e.g. a village called “Ravana Goda” close to this Bhakta Hanuman Temple. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means “Rama’s force”, this is why Ramboda is believed to be the area where Rama collected his troops. Also its is believed this was the place where Lord Hanuman took a rest while on his way to search Sita as per the Ramayana yatra Sri Lanka.


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