The Ramayana trail

Thursday, August 16, 2012

We travel for many reasons, for adventure, for change, for peace of mind. Have you ever traveled to find yourself in the midst of history?

Valmiki’s mythological masterpiece – the Ramayana, tells of the conquest of Lanka in 3000 BC by the Hindu god “Rama” who fought with the demon king “Ravana” in Lanka to rescue his wife “Sita”.

Imagine yourself re-living the events which took place centuries ago in this magnum opus. The Ramayana trail offered by the Sri Lankan tourism board gives you this opportunity.

Arrive at Colombo airport and head to Chilaw, where you can visit the Manavari Lingam. This is one of the four lingams places by Lord Ram to get rid of the dosham which would cast a bad omen on his marriage.

Next on the trail is the Shri Baktha Hanuman Temple in Ramboda. It was in these very hills of Ramboda where Hanuman searched for Sitadevi. Every full moon night witness’s a special pooja attended by thousands of devotees.

Another place which would leave you in absolute awe is the stream that catered to Sitadevi’s needs during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. Beside this stream now stands a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Laskhmana and Hanuman. There are footprints on the bank of this river akin to Hanuman; these footprints vary in size which depict the supernatural powers of Hanuman transforming himself into any size

You can also visit the place where Sita proved her chastity and pureness by sitting in the midst of a fire (Agni Pariksha) and coming out unscathed. Oaths taken at this venue till this date are considered valid.

These are only a handful of places that you can visit on the Ramayana trail. Sri Lanka has over 50 sites related to the Ramayana. So satisfy your spiritual calling and be a part of the tale which perfectly describes the victory of good over evil, take the Ramayana trail and come back more in sync with your spiritual side.

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One comment on “The Ramayana trail

  1. Wow, thank you so much for these very interesting informations !!! I’ve read the Ramayana, the Valmiki’s full version, when I was back from Cambodia. I was so frustrated to discover so many Ramayana scenes and not to understand everything. I’ll visit Lanka next march and I’ll definitively follow this Ramayana trail !!!

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