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Life events of Sri Rama - from Valmiki Ramayana

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Sri Rama travels with Vishwamitra from Ayodhya along the bank of river Sarayu
Sri Rama Sri Rama receives the Bala and Atibala mantras from sage Vishwamitra: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra along the southern bank of river Sarayu, Sri Rama receives the Bala and Atibala mantras from Vishwamitra (taking the waters of river Sarayu).

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.22)
Sri Rama visits Anga province at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits Anga province and hears the story of Shiva burning Kamadeva: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra at the confluence of river Ganga and river Sarayu, Sri Rama visits the Anga province and hears the story of Shiva burning Kamadeva. Sri Rama spends a night there in the hermitage of sages (who were Shiva's disciples).

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.23)
Sri Rama crosses river Ganga at Anga province and reaches Tataka forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits Anga province and crosses river Ganga; hears the story of the origin of river Sarayu from Manasa Lake: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra at the confluence of river Ganga and river Sarayu, Sri Rama visits the Anga province, and while crossing river Ganga, hears the story of the origin of river Sarayu from Manasa lake. Lake Manasa in Kailasha mountain is created by Lord Brahma from his mind.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.24)
Lake Mansarovar
Sri Rama Sri Rama enters the forest of Tataka and kills demoness Tataka: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra, Sri Rama enters the forest of Tataka and by the command of Vishwamitra kills demoness Tataka.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.24 - 1.26)
Sri Rama crosses Tataka forest and reaches Siddhashrama
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits Siddhashrama and hears the story of the descent of Vamana Avatara: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra, Sri Rama visits Siddhashrama, the erstwhile hermitage of Vamana Avatara, and hears the story of the descent of Vamana Avatara of Sri Vishnu at that place.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.29 - 1.30)
Sri Vamana Avatara
Sri Rama Sri Rama protects the yagya of sage Vishwamitra at Siddhashrama: At Siddhashrama (where Vishwamitra was performing yagya), Sri Rama protects the yagya of Vishwamitra from demons Mareecha and Subahu.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.29 - 1.30)
Sri Rama travels from Siddhashrama to Mithila
Sri Rama Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Sona while travelling to Mithila: While travelling to Mithila with sage Vishwamitra (from Siddhashrama), Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Sona.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.31)
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears the story of river Magadhi while travelling to Mithila: While camping on the bank of river Sona, Sri Rama hears the story of river Magadhi (another name of river Sona).

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.32)
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears the story of river Kaushiki while travelling to Mithila: While camping on the bank of river Sona, Sri Rama hears the story of river Kaushiki (sister of Vishwamitra who flowed down as river Kaushiki).

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.34)
Sri Rama Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga while travelling to Mithila: While travelling to Mithila with sage Vishwamitra (from Siddhashrama), Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.35)
Devi Ganga
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears the story of river Ganga while travelling to Mithila: While camping on the bank of river Ganga, Sri Rama hears the story of river Ganga from Vishwamitra.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.35 - 1.43)
Devi Ganga
Sri Rama reaches Vishala while travelling from Siddhashrama to Mithila
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the city of Vishala and hears the story of Samudra Manthana: While travelling to Mithila with sage Vishwamitra (from Siddhashrama), Sri Rama visits the city of Vishala (after crossing the river Ganga) and hears the story of Samudra Manthana (Churning of the ocean) from Vishwamitra

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.45)
Sri Rama reaches Mithila
Sri Rama Sri Rama redeems Ahalya from her curse at Mithila: When Sri Rama arrives at Mithila with sage Vishwamitra, He visits the erstwhile hermitage of sage Gautama and redeems Ahalya from her curse.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.49)
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears the story of sage Vishwamitra in the palace of king Janaka at Mithila: When Sri Rama arrives at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila, He hears the story of sage Vishwamitra from sage Shataananda.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.51 - 1.65)
Devi Sita Sri Rama hears the story of the birth of Devi Sita in the palace of king Janaka at Mithila: While Sri Rama was staying at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila, He hears the story of the extraordinary birth of Devi Sita (from a furrow of the ritual field) from king Janaka.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.66)
Sri Rama Sri Rama breaks the bow of Shiva at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila: At the palace of king Janaka in Mithila, Sri Rama lifts the bow of Shiva, strings it and then breaks it.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.67)
Sri Rama Sri Rama marries Devi Sita at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila: After breaking the bow of Shiva, Sri Rama marries Devi Sita at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.73)
Sri Rama Sri Rama humbles the pride of Sri Parashurama at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila: When Sri Parashurama arrives at the palace of king Janaka in Mithila (because of Rama breaking Shiva's bow), Sri Rama humbles the pride of Parashurama by taking aim and discharging an arrow with the bow of Vishnu.

(Valmiki Ramayana 1.76)
Sri Parashurama
Sri Rama goes for forest exile. Travels through kingdom Koshala
Sri Rama Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Tamasa during forest exile: During forest exile Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Tamasa on the first night.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.45 - 2.46)
Sri Rama Sri Rama crosses river Vedashruti during forest exile: During forest exile Sri Rama crosses river Vedashruti.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.49)
Sri Rama Sri Rama crosses river Gomati during forest exile: During forest exile Sri Rama crosses river Gomati.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.49)
Sri Rama Sri Rama crosses river Syandika during forest exile: During forest exile Sri Rama crosses river Syandika.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.49)
Sri Rama crosses kingdom Koshala and reaches Singaverapura at the bank of river Ganga
Sri Rama Sri Rama bids farewell to His birthplace Koshala: During forest exile Sri Rama reaches the border of Koshala and bids farewell to His birthplace.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.50)
Sri Rama Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga during forest exile: During forest exile Sri Rama camps at the bank of river Ganga at Singaverapura.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.50)
Devi Ganga
Sri Rama Sri Rama meets Guha, the king of Nishada: During forest exile, while Sri Rama camped at the bank of river Ganga at Singaverapura, He meets Guha, the king of Nishada and also His friend.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.50)
Sri Rama crosses river Ganga at Singaverapura and reaches Prayaga at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Yamuna
Sri Rama Sri Rama crosses the river Ganga in a boat given by Guha: During forest exile, Sri Rama spends a night at the bank of river Ganga at Singaverapura, and on the next day crosses river Ganga in the boat given by Guha.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.52)
Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja at Prayaga, at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Yamuna
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Yamuna: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja at Prayaga (the confluence of river Ganga and river Yamuna). Sri Rama spends a night in the hermitage.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.54)
Rishi Bharadwaja

Bharadwaja Ashrama, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Bharadwaja Ashrama is located in Allahabad in the Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It is in the Colonelganj area near Anand Bhavan on Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, around 3.5 km from the Allahabad railway station. The ashrama has many images including Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Bharadwajeshwar Mahadev Shiva Linga.
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears about Chitrakoota mountain from sage Bharadwaja: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja at Prayaga and asks for a suitable place in the forest to stay. Sage Bharadwaja tells about the beautiful Chitrakoota mountain, ten yojanas from there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.54 - 2.55)
Rishi Bharadwaja

Bharadwaja Ashrama, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
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Sri Rama crosses river Yamuna near Prayaga and reaches Chitrakoota
Sri Rama Sri Rama crosses the river Yamuna near Prayaga to reach Chitrakoota: During forest exile, Sri Rama crosses river Yamuna (as directed by sage Bharadwaja) on a raft made of wood and bamboo canes. The forest of Chitrakoota (at the foothills of Chitrakoota mountain) was only about a krosha from the other bank of river Yamuna. Sri Rama spends a night there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.55)
Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Valmiki at Chitrakoota
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Valmiki at the Chitrakoota mountain: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Valmiki at Chitrakoota mountain.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.56)
Rishi Valmiki

Valmiki Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - Madhya Pradesh border
Valmiki Ashrama is located in Chitrakoot spread across the border of Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh and Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It is on Allahabad Road on a hill in Lalapur village. The place is around 24 km from Ram Ghat and situated on the bank of river Valmiki. It is said that Devi Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush here.
Sri Rama settles at Chitrakoota
Sri Rama Sri Rama builds a Parna Shala (Leaf Hut) at Chitrakoota mountain and lives there: During forest exile, Sri Rama builds a Parna Shala (Leaf Hut) at the Chitrakoota mountain and lives there in the beautiful surroundings. The river Malyavati was flowing there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.56)
Sri Kamtanath, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Chitrakoot Ghats

Ramghat, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Janki Kund, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Sita Rasoi, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Lakshman Pahari, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Hanuman Dhara, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Gupta Godavari, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Chitrakoota is spread across the border of Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh and Satna district of Madhya Pradesh along the bank of river Mandakini.

1. Kamadgiri Hill: Kamadgiri Hill in Chitrakoot is the place where Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Devi Sita is believed to have stayed during forest exile. It has the famous temple of Lord Kamtanath. Pilgrims perform parikrama around this hill along a 5 km path.

3. Ram Ghat: Ram Ghat is the main bathing ghat of Chitrakoot on the bank of river Mandakini where Sri Rama is believed to have bathed.

4. Janki Kund: Around 2 km from Ram Ghat is Janki Kund on the bank of river Payaswini which is believed to be the bathing place of Devi Sita.

5. Sita Rasoi: Sita Rasoi is the place where Devi Sita is believed to have cooked food (kandamoola).

6. Lakshman Pahari: Lakshman Pahari is the place where Lakshmana is said to have stood guard to protect Rama and Sita.

7. Hanuman Dhara: Hanuman Dhara is a cascade of waters falling from a natural spring over a natural rock image of Hanuman inside a cave. It is believed that Sri Rama created this stream with His arrow to cool down the burning sensation of Hanuman whose tail was burnt in Lanka.

8. Gupta Godavari: Gupta Godavari is a cave from where river Godavari emerges as a stream and then flowing down inside another cave disappears in the mountain.
Sri Rama Sri Rama describes the beauty of Chitrakoota mountain to Devi Sita: During forest exile Sri Rama stays on the Chitrakoota mountain and describes the beauty of the mountain to Devi Sita.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.94)
Sphatik Shila, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh Sphatik Shila: Sphatik Shila are two huge reddish rocks in Chitrakoot hills which is believed to be the place from where Sri Rama and Devi Sita used to enjoy the beauty of Chitrakoot.
Sri Rama Sri Rama describes the beauty of river Mandakini to Devi Sita: During forest exile Sri Rama stays on the Chitrakoota mountain and describes the beauty of river Mandakini to Devi Sita.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.95)
Sphatik Shila, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - same -
Sri Rama Sri Rama gives His paduka (wooden sandals) to Bharata at Chitrakoota: During forest exile when Bharata comes to Chitrakoota to take Rama back to Ayodhya, Sri Rama gives His paduka to Bharata instead of returning.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.112)
Bharat Milap, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Bharat Koop, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh
1. Bharat Milap temple: Bharat Milap temple on the path of the parikrama of the Kamadgiri hill is said to be the place where Bharata met Sri Rama and persuaded him to return to Ayodhya.

2. Raghav Prayag Ghat: Raghav Prayag Ghat near Ram Ghat on the bank of river Payaswini is believed to be the place where Sri Rama performed Pitri Tarpana during forest exile (after Bharata informed him about the death of king Dasaratha). It is also said to be the confluence of rivers Mandakini, Payaswini and Gayatri or Savitri (the confluence is invisible to the eye).

3. Bharat Koop: Bharat Koop is a well around 20 km from Chitrakoot near the Bharatpur village. It is believed that Bharata poured the waters of all the Tirthas inside this well (on the instruction of Atri Muni) which he had brought for Rama's coronation at Chitrakoot. Therefore this well water is considered holy.
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears about demon Khara ill-treating ascetics of Chitrakoota due to enmity towards him: During forest exile at Chitrakoota, Sri Rama hears from some ascetics that they were being ill-treated by demon Khara (brother of Ravana) due to enmity towards Rama. The ascetics leave Chitrakoota due to this.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.116)
Sri Rama leaves Chitrakoota for Dandakaranya forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama leaves Chitrakoota: During forest exile, Sri Rama leaves Chitrakoota after Bharata's advent, due to memory of that incident and the damage Bharata's army encampment caused to the surroundings.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.117)
Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri at Chitrakoota
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri and Sati Anusuiya while leaving Chitrakoota. Sri Rama spends a night there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.117)
Rishi Atri

Atri - Anusuiya Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - Madhya Pradesh border
Atri and Anusuiya Ashrama is located the border of Chitrakoot district of Uttar Pradesh and Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It is around 12 km from Ram Ghat and situated in a forested area. It is believed that in this place Sati Anusuiya turned Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva into children. It is also said that river Mandakini originated from Chitrakoot due to the penance of Sati Anusuiya.
Sri Rama Sri Rama sees Devi Sita adorned with divine clothes given by Sati Anusuiya: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Atri where Sati Anusuiya gives divine clothes and other ornaments to Devi Sita. Sri Rama sees Devi Sita adorned with the divine clothes and becomes delighted.

(Valmiki Ramayana 2.119)
Rishi Atri

Atri - Anusuiya Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh - Madhya Pradesh border
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Sri Rama enters the Dandakaranya forest and sees hermitages of sages
Sri Rama Sri Rama enters the Dandakaranya forest and sees hermitages of sages: During forest exile, Sri Rama enters the Dandakaranya forest and sees hermitages of sages who were engaged in penance. The atmosphere was rendered holy by their penance. The sages welcome Sri Rama. Sri Rama spends a night there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.1)
Sri Rama Sri Rama kills demon Viradha in Dandakaranya forest and releases him from a curse: During forest exile, Sri Rama encounters demon Viradha in Dandakaranya forest, kills him, thereby releases him from a curse of Kubera.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.2 - 3.5)
Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga in Chitrakoota - Dandakaranya forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga. Indra deva came there to take the sage to the abode of Brahma as a fruit of his penance. Sage Sharabhanga directs Sri Rama to the hermitage of sage Suteekshna following the trail of river Mandakini. Thereafter sage Sharabhanga gives up his body in sacred fire and ascends to higher loka.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.5)
Rishi Sharbhang

Sarbhanga Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh
Sharabhanga Ashrama is situated around 20 km away from Sati Anusuiya Ashrama on the Madhya Pradesh side of Chitrakoot (Satna district of Madhya Pradesh). There is a Ganga Kund and Shiva temple in the ashrama.
Sri Rama Sri Rama assures protection to sages from demons at the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Sharabhanga. There sages approach Sri Rama for protection from demons. The sages informed that the influence of demons extend to banks of river Pampa and river Mandakini as well as surroundings of Chitrakoota mountain. Sri Rama assures protection to the sages.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.6)
Rishi Sharbhang

Sarbhanga Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh
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Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna in Chitrakoota - Dandakaranya forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna. Sri Rama spends a night in that hermitage.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.7 - 3.8)
Sri Rama

Suteekshna Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh
Suteekshna Ashrama is situated around 4 km away from Sharabhanga ashrama, which is around 20 km from Birsinghpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. This is on the Madhya Pradesh side of Chitrakoot (Satna district of Madhya Pradesh).
Sri Rama visits the Pancha Apsara lake in Chitrakoota - Dandakaranya forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the Pancha Apsara lake and hears the story of sage Mandakarni: During forest exile, Sri Rama visits the Pancha Apsara lake. From that lake from emanating melodies of songs and music. Sri Rama hears from sage Dharmavrita the story of sage Mandakarni marrying five Apsaras and living within that lake.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama settles around Chitrakoota - Dandakaranya forest for about ten years
Sri Rama Sri Rama stays in various hermitages in forest for ten years: During forest exile, Sri Rama stays in various hermitages of sages and ten years gradually elapses.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama
Sri Rama Rama revisits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna in Chitrakoota - Dandakaranya forest
Sri Rama Sri Rama revisits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna and asks about the hermitage of sage Agastya: During forest exile, Sri Rama stays in various hermitages and ten years gradually elapses. Thereafter Sri Rama revisits the hermitage of sage Suteekshna. After staying there for sometime, Sri Rama asks about the hermitage of sage Agastya. Sage Suteekshna tells about the hermitage of the brother of sage Agastya four yojanas from there on a plateau with many lakes. From there the hermitage of sage Agastya is one yojana away.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama

Suteekshna Ashrama, Chitrakoot, Satna district, Madhya Pradesh
Sri Rama Rama travels to Agastya Ashrama near Panchavati
Sri Rama Sri Rama tells about the story of how Agastya terminated the demons Vatapi and Ilvala: During forest exile, Sri Rama while going to sage Agastya's hermitage halts near the hermitage of the brother of sage Agastya. There Sri Rama tells about the story of how Agastya terminated the demons Vatapi and Ilvala.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama Rama visits the hermitage of the brother of sage Agastya
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of the brother of sage Agastya: During forest exile, Sri Rama, while going to sage Agastya's hermitage, visits the hermitage of the brother of sage Agastya and spends a night there.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama
Sri Rama Sri Rama halts near the hermitage of sage Agastya and narrates various glorious deeds of the sage: During forest exile, Sri Rama, while going to sage Agastya's hermitage, halts near hermitage of the sage and narrates various glorious deeds of the sage to Lakshmana. This includes the incident where the sage curbs the Vindhya mountain.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.11)
Sri Rama Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya near Panchavati
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya: During forest exile Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya and meets the sage.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.12)
Rishi Agastya
Rishi Agastya ashrama, Bhandardara, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra
Agastya Ashrama is situated in Bhandardara, a beautiful hill-station on the Sahyadri Hills in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is around 185 km from Mumbai and 80 km from Nashik.
Sri Rama Sri Rama receives various divine weapons from sage Agastya: During forest exile Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya. Sage Agastya confers various divine weapons to Sri Rama.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.12)
Rishi Agastya
Rishi Agastya ashrama, Bhandardara, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra
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Sri Rama Sri Rama hears about Panchavati from sage Agastya: During forest exile Sri Rama visits the hermitage of sage Agastya and asks about a suitable place to stay. Sage Agastya tells about Panchavati forest two yojanas from there on the bank of river Godavari.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.13)
Rishi Agastya
Rishi Agastya ashrama, Bhandardara, Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra
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Sri Rama Rama travels from Agastya Ashrama to Panchavati
Sri Rama Sri Rama meets Jatayu on the way to Panchavati: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was going towards Panchavati (as directed by sage Agastya), He meets the eagle Jatayu. Jatayu tells about the ancestries of various beings (celestial, human, animals) from sage Kashyapa and his wives. Jatayu introduces himself as the son of Shyeni, and friend of Dasharatha. Jatayu also offers to go to Panchavati with them to protect Devi Sita if needed. Sri Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Jatayu proceeds towards Panchavati.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.14)
Sri Rama Rama settles at Panchavati
Sri Rama Sri Rama builds a Parna Shala at Panchavati and stays there: During forest exile, on reaching Panchavati, Sri Rama selects a place where Lakshmana builds a Parna Shala, a beautiful cottage made of bamboos, straws and leaves. Sri Rama settles happily at Panchavati.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.15)
Banyan Trees, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra

Sita Gumpha, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra

Ram Kund, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra

Tapovan, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra

Kalaram Mandir, Panchavati, Nashik, Maharashtra
Panchavati is on the northern part of Nashik district of Maharashtra on the bank of river Godavari.

1. Five Banyan Trees: The area of Panchavati has Five Banyan Trees and hence the name Panchavati.

2. Sita Gumpha: Near the five Banyan trees is the Sita Gumpha, an underground cave with very narrow staircase. There is a Shiva Linga within the cave. It is believed that Devi Sita lived in this cave and worshipped the Shiva Linga. It is also said that Devi Sita was abducted by Ravana from this place.

3. Ramkund: Ramkund is the holy bathing ghat of Panchavati on river Godavari. It is believed that Sri Rama bathed here during forest exile. It is also the place for performing rituals and devotional contemplation.

4. Tapovan: Tapovan is the area in Panchavati at the confluence of rivers Godavari and Kapila. It is said that in ancient times the sages meditated in this place. It is also the place hwere Lakshmana is said to have cut off the nose of demoness Shurpanakha.

5. Kalaram Mandir: Near the Sita Gumpha is the Kalaram Mandir, which is the famous Ram temple of Panchavati.
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears the description of Hemanta Ritu from Lakshmana at Panchavati: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was staying at Panchavati, the beautiful Hemanta Ritu (Pre-Winter season) arrives. One day Lakshmana describes the beauty of Hemanta Ritu to Sri Rama.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.16)
Sri Rama Sri Rama punishes demoness Surpanakha at Panchavati when she tries to harm Devi Sita: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was staying at Panchavati, demoness Surpanakha approaches Rama and Lakshmana with the feeling of lust. When Surpanakha tries to harm Devi Sita, Rama asks Lakshmana to deface her.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.17 - 3.18)
Sri Rama Sri Rama kills the fourteen demons sent by Khara at Panchavati: During forest exile, when Sri Rama punishes demoness Shurpanakha at Panchavati, she reported this to her brother Khara staying at Janasthana forest. Khara sent fourteen demons to take revenge. Sri Rama kills the fourteen demons of Khara in a fight.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.20)
Sri Rama Sri Rama kills demon Dushana with his army at Panchavati: During forest exile, Sri Rama confronts the army of demons Khara and Dushana single-handedly, who came to take revenge of the defacement of Shurpanakha. Sri Rama kills Dushana in a terrible fight along with fourteen thousand army demons.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.26)
Sri Rama Sri Rama kills demon Trishira, the commandar of Khara at Panchavati: During forest exile, Sri Rama confronts the army of demons Khara and Dushana single-handedly, who came to take revenge of the defacement of Shurpanakha. Sri Rama kills demon Trishira the commandar of Khara in the fight.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.27)
Sri Rama Sri Rama kills demon Khara at Panchavati: During forest exile, Sri Rama confronts the army of demons Khara and Dushana single-handedly at Panchavati, who came to take revenge of the defacement of Shurpanakha. Sri Rama kills demon Khara in a terrible fight.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.30)
Sri Rama Sri Rama runs after the golden deer who was demon Mareecha in disguise and kills it: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was staying at Panchavati, one day, Devi Sita sees a beautiful golden deer. Devi Sita becomes enamoured by its beauty and asks Sri Rama to bring it alive or dead. Sri Rama runs after the golden deer who was demon Mareecha in disguise. The deer eludes Sri Rama for a long time. Finally Sri Rama kills demon Mareecha in the form of the deer.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.45)
Sri Rama Rama searches for Devi Sita at Janasthana
Sri Rama Sri Rama laments for Devi Sita after she was kidnapped and searches for her earnestly: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was staying at Panchavati, Devi Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. Finding the cottage empty, Sri Rama laments for Devi Sita and searches for her earnestly in the forest.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.60 - 3.63)
Sri Rama Sri Rama finds flowers and jewelry of Devi Sita in the forest while searching for her: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita in the Janasthana, He finds flowers and jewelry of Devi Sita strewn on the ground.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.64)
Sri Rama Sri Rama in fury expresses his intention to destroy the whole world if the gods do not return Devi Sita: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita He in fury expresses his intention to destroy the whole world if the gods do not return Devi Sita. Lakshmana pacifies Sri Rama.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.64 - 3.66)
Sri Rama Sri Rama finds the wounded Jatayu in the forest and comes to know about Ravana: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He finds the wounded Jatayu in the forest. Jatayu tells Sri Rama about Ravana kidnapping Devi Sita and cutting off his wings in a fight. Thereafter Jatayu passes away.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.68)
Sri Rama Sri Rama performs the funeral rites of Jatayu like that of His own relatives. Jatayu attains heaven: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He finds the wounded Jatayu in the forest. Jatayu dies after telling Sri Rama about Ravana kidnapping Devi Sita. Sri Rama laments about the death of Jatayu because of Him. Thereafter He performs the funeral rites of Jatayu like that of His own relatives. Jatayu ascends to auspicious heaven.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.68)
Sri Rama Rama travels from Janasthana forest and reaches Krauncha forest in search of Devi Sita
Sri Rama Sri Rama enters the Krauncha forest in search of Devi Sita: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He enters the Krauncha forest which is 3 krosas from Janasthana.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.69)
Sri Rama Rama travels from Krauncha forest and reaches Kabandha forest in search of Devi Sita
Sri Rama Sri Rama enters the forest of Kabandha in search of Devi Sita: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He enters the horrendous forest of demon Kabandha which is between Krauncha forest and Matanga ashrama.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.69)
Sri Rama Sri Rama liberates demon Kabandha from his curse: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He encounters the horrendous demon Kabandha. Sri Rama and Lakshmana cuts off the long arms of Kabandha, incinerates him, thereby releasing him from a curse. Kabandha regains his divine form.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.72)
Sri Rama Sri Rama hears about befriending Sugreeva from Kabandha: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He encounters the demon Kabandha. Sri Rama liberates Kabandha from his curse. On regaining his divine body, Kabandha tells Sri Rama about monkey Sugreeva staying in Rishyamukha Parvata near Pampa Lake. Kabandha tells Sri Rama to befriend Sugreeva who will help Him in the search of Devi Sita. Kabandha also tells about Matanga ashrama and Sabari.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.73)
Sri Rama Rama travels from Kabandha forest and reaches Matanga Ashrama
Sri Rama Sri Rama visits Matanga ashrama and gives salvation to Sabari: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He visits the hermitage of sage Matanga. Sabari, who was waiting for the arrival of Sri Rama for several years, worships Sri Rama with reverence and shows Him around the ashrama. Sri Rama gives salvation to Sabari, who casts her aged human body and ascends to divine abode.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.74)
Sri Rama Rama Matanga Ashrama and reaches Pampa Sarovar near Rishyamukha Parvata
Sri Rama Sri Rama reaches Pampa Sarovar: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He reaches the Pampa Sarovar to meet Sugreeva as per the advice of Kabandha. Near the Pampa lake was Rishyamukha Parvata where Sugreeva lived along with four vanaras.

(Valmiki Ramayana 3.75)
Sri Rama Sri Rama describes the beauty of Pampa Sarovar and laments for Sita: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He reaches the beautiful Pampa Sarovar. Sri Rama describes the exquisite beauty of Pampa Sarovar and the adjoining hills and forests to Lakshmana, all along lamenting for the absence of Devi Sita. Lakshmana comforts Sri Rama.

(Valmiki Ramayana 4.1)
Sri Rama Sri Rama meets Hanuman who comes to know about their intentions in the guise of an ascetic: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He reaches the beautiful Pampa Sarovar to meet Sugreeva. Sugreeva sends Hanuman to know the intentions of Rama and Lakshmana. Hanuman meets Rama in the guise of an ascetic and enquires about them.

(Valmiki Ramayana 4.3)
Sri Rama Sri Rama goes to meet Sugreeva from Pampa Sarovar sitting on the back of Hanuman: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He reaches the beautiful Pampa Sarovar and meets Hanuman. Hanuman takes Sri Rama and Lakshmana to Rishyamukha Parvata on his back where Sugreeva was staying.

(Valmiki Ramayana 4.4)
Sri Rama Sri Rama meets Sugreeva at Rishyamukha Parvata and enters into a pact of friendship: During forest exile, while Sri Rama was searching for Devi Sita, He meets Sugreeva at Rishyamukha Parvata and formally enters into a pact of friendship by circumambulating a fire lighted by Hanuman. Sugreeva tells Sri Rama about his life filled with fear due to his enmity with Vali, his own brother. Sri Rama assures Sugreeva about eliminating Vali.

(Valmiki Ramayana 4.5)



Puranic Events:
  1. Penances - from Brahma Purana
  2. Mountains - from Brahma Purana
  3. Devi Shakambari - from Devi Bhagavatam
  4. Slaying of demons Madhu - Kaitabha - from Devi Mahatmyam
  5. Slaying of demon Mahishasura - from Devi Mahatmyam
  6. Penances - from Padma Purana
  7. Forests - from Padma Purana
  8. Lakes - from Padma Purana
  9. Festivals - from Padma Purana
  10. Jyotirlingas - from Shiva Purana
  11. Penances - from Shiva Purana
  12. Incarnations - from Shiva Purana
  13. Arunachala - from Skanda Purana (Arunachala Mahatmya)
  14. Badarikashrama - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  15. Penances - from Skanda Purana (Badarikashrama Mahatmya)
  16. Purushottama Kshetra - from Skanda Purana (Purushottama Kshetra Mahatmya)
  17. Venkatachala - from Skanda Purana (Venkatachala Mahatmya)
  18. Srikalahasti - from Srikalahasteeswara Sthala Purana
  19. Life events of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  20. Life summary of Sri Krishna - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  21. Penances - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  22. Forests - from Srimad Bhagavatam
  23. Life events of Sri Rama - from Valmiki Ramayana
  24. Journeys of Sri Rama with sage Vishwamitra - from Valmiki Ramayana
  25. Journeys of Sri Rama during forest exile - from Valmiki Ramayana
  26. Hermitages - from Valmiki Ramayana
  27. Penances - from Valmiki Ramayana
  28. Forests - from Valmiki Ramayana
  29. Mountains - from Valmiki Ramayana
  30. Rivers - from Valmiki Ramayana
  31. Lakes - from Valmiki Ramayana


Bharatavarsha - The Land of Gods and Sages:

1. Stotras by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha - Hanuman - Gurudeva - Gayatri
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - (Lakshmi - Tulasi - Bhoomi) - Parvati
Others: Murugan - Surya - Ganga - Yamuna - Narmada - Others
Final: Vedas - Brahman

2. Pilgrimages by Deity:
Initial: Ganesha
Tridevas: Brahma - (Vishnu - Narasimha - Rama - Krishna) - Shiva
Tridevis: Saraswati - Lakshmi - (Parvati - Shakambari)
Others: Murugan - Ganga

3. Sadhana: Sadhana - Hermitages - Penances

4. Saints: Ramakrishna - Vivekananda - Ramana - Saints

5. Sacred Geography: Forests - Mountains - Rivers - Lakes

6. Puranas: Scriptures

7. Religious Life: Stotras - Puja - Pilgrimages - Festivals - Varnashramas - Samskaras - Traditions

8. Other Aspects: Sanskrit - Arts - Music - Dance - Medicine - Architecture - Astronomy

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Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,
May there be Peace in the Water,
May there be Peace in the Plants,
May there be Peace in the Trees,
May there be Peace in the Gods in the various Worlds,
May there be Peace in Brahman,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Peace Indeed within Peace,
Giving Me the Peace which Grows within Me,
Om, Peace, Peace, Peace.

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)

Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
Simplify Life,
And make the Nature thrive,
Plant Trees,
And make our planet Green.

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