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Journeys of Sri Rama with sage Vishwamitra - from Valmiki Ramayana

  1. River Sarayu
  2. Anga Ashrama
  3. Tataka Forest
  4. Siddhashrama
  5. River Sona
  6. River Ganga
  7. Gautama Ashrama


River Sarayu - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama with Vishwamitra Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 5): Ayodhya is situated on the banks of river Sarayu: The city of Ayodhya (within the kingdom of Kosala) is situated on the banks of river Sarayu.

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 8 & later): King Dasharatha performing yagya on the bank of river Sarayu: King Dasharatha performed a yagya to get a son on the northern bank of river Sarayu.

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 22): Sri Rama receiving Bala and Atibala mantras on the bank of river Sarayu: Sri Rama received the Bala and Atibala mantras from sage Vishwamitra while travelling along the southern bank of river Sarayu. Sri Rama spent a night on the bank of river Sarayu.


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Anga Ashrama - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama with Vishwamitra Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 23): Sri Rama visited the hermitages at the Anga province while travelling with sage Vishwamitra.

Ganga-Sarayu sangama: The hermitages were situated at the holy confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu.

Shiva burning Kamadeva: The sages there were doing penance for thousands of years. When Sri Rama asked about them, Vishwamitra told that, that is the place where Shiva burnt Kamadeva and made him Ananga (bodiless). Hence the place came to be known as Anga, and the hermits there were disciples of Shiva and sinless.

Sri Rama staying: Sri Rama spent a night in a hermitage there.

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Tataka Forest - from Valmiki Ramayana:

1. Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 24): Sri Rama visiting & hearing story: Sri Rama visited the Tataka forest after crossing the river at the Ganga-Sarayu confluence at Anga province. Sri Rama heard the story of demoness Tataka who was a yakshi and turned into a demoness by curse.

2. Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 26): Sri Rama killing Tataka:

Sri Rama and Tataka Sri Rama killed Tataka on the command of Vishwamitra.


3. Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 26): Sri Rama staying: Sri Rama spent one night in the forest of Tataka and purified it.

4. Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 27): Sri Rama receiving divine weapons: Sri Rama received divine weapons from sage Vishwamitra here, who was very pleased due to the killing of the demoness.


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Siddhashrama - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Vamana Avatara Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 29 - 30): Sri Rama visited Siddhashrama while travelling with sage Vishwamitra. Siddhashrama was the erstwhile hermitage of Vamana Avatara of Sri Vishnu.

Sri Vishnu's penance: Sri Rama heard from Vishwamitra about the penance of Sri Vishnu there for many hundreds of yugas before taking the Vamana Avatara.

Sage Kashyapa's penance: And also about the penance of sage Kashyapa there for thousand divine years and getting Vamana as son. Since the penance of sage Kashyapa was accomplished there, the hermitage came to be known as Siddhashrama.

Vamana Avatara: Then Sri Vishnu descended there as Vamana Avatara.

Protecting Vishwamitra's yagya That was also the place where sage Vishwamitra was intending to perform a yagya which was repeatedly being destroyed by the demons. Sri Rama protected the yagya of sage Vishwamitra standing in vigil for six days and nights. When demons Mareecha and Subahu tried to destroy the yagya on the final day, Sri Rama repelled demon Mareecha and killed demon Subahu.

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River Sona - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama with Vishwamitra Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 31): Sri Rama camping on the bank of river Sona while going to Mithila with sage Vishwamitra: Sri Rama camped at the bank of river Sona while travelling with Vishwamitra (and other sages) towards Mithila (from Siddhashrama). After taking bath in the river, they kindled the ritual fire in the evening and offered oblations to the gods.

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 32): Sri Rama hearing the story of Girivraja from sage Vishwamitra on the bank of river Sona: Sri Rama heard the story of Girivraja (land of king Vasu) on the bank of river Sona (Magadhi) which is encircled by five principal mountains.

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 34): Sri Rama hearing about the lineage of sage Vishwamitra on the bank of river Sona: Sri Rama heard about the lineage of Vishwamitra (from Gadhi) and about his virtuous sister Satyavati who flowed down as river Kaushiki from the himalayas for the welfare of the world.


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River Ganga (Between Siddhashrama and Mithila) - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Devi Ganga Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 35): Sri Rama camping: Sri Rama camped at the bank of river Ganga (after camping at river Sona) while travelling with Vishwamitra (and other sages) towards Mithila (from Siddhashrama). After bathing they kindled ritual fire and offered oblations to the manes and devas as per the custom.

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 35 - 43): Story of the descent of Ganga: Sri Rama heard the story of the descent of river Ganga from sage Vishwamitra in details. It ended with the great penance of king Bhagiratha to bring Ganga to earth and redeem his sixty thousand ancestors from curse of sage Kapila. Sri Rama was spellbound to hear the entire story and the night passed as if in a moment.


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Gautama Ashrama - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama redeeming Ahalya from curse Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 49): Sri Rama visited the erstwhile ashrama of sage Gautama while travelling with sage Vishwamitra from Siddhashrama to Mithila. The hermitage was in a dilapidated state.

Curse on Ahalya: Sri Rama heard the story of Indra's trick in molesting Ahalya and subsequent curse pronounced on Ahalya by sage Gautama.

Redeeming Ahalya: Sri Rama redeemed Ahalya from her curse by His touch.

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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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