We have all heard about the Ramayana, which is the famous epic from the ancient Hindu tradition, and said to be in the Sanskrit language, written by Sage Valmiki, somewhere in the 5th century BCE. The epic is about Rama’s exile and returns, who was the Ayodhya’s prince. However, there is one common belief which says that the epic is not an epic, but some kind of fictional story, so everything that is written is said to be nothing but fiction made by man which draws its inspiration from a few sources.
But, according to archaeological and geographical proofs, Ramayana is connected with real life. Here are some:
After Ravana abducted Sita, it is believed that he took Sita to the Ashok Vatika, so it is said that there is one place in the country Sri Lanka which is named Ashokavanam.
The cobra hood cave
According to some tests that archaeologists performed, the cobra hood cave which is placed in Sigiriya is about 100% natural, so what makes it mysterious is its shape, which looks entirely like the snake by which it is named. As it is completely natural, without human beings making changes to the cave, the Cobra shape is somehow intriguing. This cave has some paintings on its walls which depict some scenes when the Asuras abducted Sita.
The location of the exile
In Ramayana, it is talked about how the main character Rama has been exiled by his father. Rama, together with Sita, who was his wife, and with his brother named Lakshmana, lived their lives in exile at ‘Panchavati.’ One exciting fact is that there was a place nearby Nashik which was named Panchavati, in which people built several temples right at the location of the exile.
At the time when Sita was abducted by Ravana, one demi-god named Jatay came to save her. But, Ravana slew his wings and fell. When Rama arrived, together with his brother, Jatay was about to die, but he managed to tell them the story about the abduction. Rama utilized his divine powers and pronounced the words “Le Pakshi,” meaning “Rise, bird.” There is one place located in Andhra Pradesh, which is named Lepakshi, believed to be the same place where the demi-god fell.
The effect fire had on soil
Ramayana also explains how Ravana has sat the tail of Hanuman on fire after he discovered that he came in order to rescue Sita, and also about Hanuman setting on fire the kingdom with the help of his tail. Some areas in the palace of Ravana had soil that had high pH, also carbon, and some nutrients were around the area, even nowadays. According to scientists, the fire affected the soil as it affected the high pH, the nutrient and carbon values.
Somewhere near Ashokavanam, enormous footprints can be seen, and which don’t look like a normal human being. As you probably read, Hanuman had a special ability, and it was to minimize and maximize his real size. According to the story, he fled to Sri Lanka, and when he actually landed on the ground, he left enormous footprints. So, the connection between this story and the footprints is huge.
The version of Valmiki of Ramayana indicated how Ravana built hot wells or spring, in order to naturally supply Lanka with hot water. The natural hot wells are an essential part of the country even nowadays.
Ravana with ten heads
Although this seems impossible and far-fetched, it probably reflects how he ruled ten kingdoms or because he had his own ten crowns. Moreover, Ravana was the master of 6 shastra and 4 Vedas, so the beliefs of scholars are that this is what the Ravana with ten heads meant.
Floating stones which act like a bridge long 50km which connects India and Sri Lanka is a great mystery even today. It is believed that Rama utilized this bridge in order to travel to the country of Sri Lanka, using the divine powers he possessed, keeping those stones floating on the water. In this example, the mystery connects very well with the divine powers he had.
The journey from Sri Lanka to Ayodhya
It was written in the text that Rama needed 21 days in order to arrive in Ayodhya on foot from Lanka, and you can use Google Maps for this purpose, which will tell you that you will need about 21 days to walk the same path on foot. Is this a coincidence or not?
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