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Rivers - from Valmiki Ramayana

  1. River Sarayu (At Koshala) (Connected with Ayodhya, the birthplace of Sri Rama)
  2. River Ganga-Sarayu sangama (At Anga province) (Where Sri Rama visited with sage Vishwamitra)
  3. River Sona (Between Siddhashrama and Mithila) (Where Sri Rama visited with sage Vishwamitra)
  4. River Kaushiki (From the Himalayas) (Sri Rama heard the story of this river from sage Vishwamitra)
  5. River Ganga (Between Siddhashrama and Mithila) (Where Sri Rama visited with sage Vishwamitra)
  6. River Tamasa (At Koshala) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  7. River Vedashruti (At Koshala) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  8. River Gomati (At Koshala) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  9. River Syandika (At the border of Koshala) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  10. River Ganga (At Sringaverapura) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  11. River Ganga-Yamuna sangama (At Prayaga) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  12. River Yamuna (At Prayaga) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  13. River Malyavati (At Chitrakoota) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  14. River Mandakini (At Chitrakoota) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  15. River Mandakini (At Dandakaranya) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)
  16. River Godavari (At Panchavati) (Where Sri Rama visited during forest exile)


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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River Ganga-Sarayu sangama - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama with Vishwamitra Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 23): Anga province: Sri Rama visited the Anga province at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu while travelling with sage Vishwamitra. There were many hermitages there and sages performing tapas for thousands of years. Vishwamitra told the story of Shiva burning Kamadeva there and making him Ananga (bodiless). So the place was known as Anga province. The hermitages belong to Shiva and the hermits were the disciples of Shiva. Sri Rama spent a night in a hermitage in Anga province

Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 24): Sarayu from Manasa: Sri Rama heard the story (from sage Vishwamitra) of the origin of River Sarayu from lake Manasa while crossing the river at Anga province (and reaching the forest of Tataka).


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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 Kaushiki - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama with Vishwamitra Valmiki Ramayana (Bala Kanda 34): Story of River Kaushiki: While camping at 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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River Tamasa - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 45 - 46): Sri Rama camping: Sri Rama camped at the bank of river Tamasa during the first night of forest exile.

Leaving the citizens behind: Many citizens of Ayodhya were following the chariot of Sri Rama. At night He silently left them behind and moved on.


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River Vedashruti - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 49): Sri Rama crossing: Sri Rama crossed river Vedashruti while crossing the kingdom of Koshala during forest exile.

Auspicious waters: The river is mentioned to have auspicious waters.


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River Gomati - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 49): Sri Rama crossing: Sri Rama crossed river Gomati while crossing the kingdom of Koshala during forest exile.

Frequented by cattle: The river bank is described to be frequented by cattle.


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River Syandika - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 49): Sri Rama crossing: Sri Rama crossed river Syandika while crossing the kingdom of Koshala during forest exile.

Resounding with birds: The river bank is described to be resounding with the cries of peacocks and swans.


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River Ganga (At Sringaverapura) - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Kewat Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 50): Sri Rama camping at Sringaverapura: During forest exile, after crossing the Kosala kingdom, Sri Rama reached Sringaverapura on the bank of river Ganga. Sri Rama stayed under a huge Ingudi tree.

Beautiful description of river Ganga at Sringaverapura: Valmiki Ramayana gives a beautiful and elaborate description of river Ganga here. Read it here.

Sri Rama meeting Guha at Sringaveraura: There, Sri Rama met Guha, the king of Nishadas, who was also His dear friend. Guha dearly welcomed Sri Rama and extended his hospitality.

Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 50 - 51): Sri Rama spending a night at Sringaverapura: Sri Rama spent a night there lying on the ground on the bank of river Ganga guarded by Lakshmana and Guha.

Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 52): Sri Rama crossing river Ganga at Sringaverapura to proceed towards Prayaga: Sri Rama sent back Sumantra who was accompanying him and crossed the river Ganga in a boat here given by Guha (and then proceeding towards Prayaga).

Devi Sita offering prayers to Ganga: While crossing the river, Devi Sita offered prayers to river Ganga.

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River Ganga-Yamuna sangama (Prayaga) - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Rishi Bharadwaja Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 54): Towards Prayaga from Sringaverapura: During forest exile, Sri Rama crossed river Ganga at Sringaverapura and reached the land of Vatsa. Spending the night under a big tree, Sri Rama walked towards Prayaga at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 54): Hermitage of sage Bharadwaja: Sri Rama visited the hermitage of sage Bharadwaja at Prayaga and asked for a suitable place to stay in the forest. Sage Bharadwaja suggested the Chitrakoota forest mountain, ten krosas from there and told the route to reach there.

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

Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 55): Bharadwaja about Chitrakoota route: Sage Bharadwaja told Sri Rama the route to Chitrakoota from Prayaga - following river Yamuna towards west, then crossing river Yamuna and reaching a Nyagrodha tree called Shyama. After going a krosha from there, Chitraoota forest starts.

Bharadwaja Ashrama - Allahabad:

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.


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River Yamuna - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Devi Yamuna Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 55): Crossing Yamuna at Prayaga: Sri Rama crossed the river Yamuna at Prayaga to go to Chitrakoota by the route suggested by sage Bharadwaja.

Devi Sita offering prayers to Yamuna: While crossing the river at Prayaga, Devi Sita offered prayers to river Yamuna.


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River Malyavati - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 56): River Malyavati: Sri Rama built a parna shala (leaf hut) to stay at Chitrakoota. River Malyavati was flowing nearby.

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River Mandakini (Chitrakoota) - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Ayodhya Kanda 95): Rama describes beauty of river Mandakini: While Sri Rama was staying in Chitrakoota, He, one day described the beauty of river Mandakini to Devi Sita.

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River Mandakini (Dandakaranya) - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Aranya Kanda 5): Sharabhanga to Suteekshna ashrama along river Mandakini: When Sri Rama visited the hermitage the sage Sharabhanga and asked about a suitable place to stay in the forest, sage Sharabhanga directed Sri Rama to the hermitage of sage Suteekshna along the trail of river Mandakini.

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River Godavari - from Valmiki Ramayana:

Sri Rama & Forest Valmiki Ramayana (Aranya Kanda 13): River Godavari at Panchavati: When Sri Rama visited the hermitage the sage Agastya and asked about a suitable place to stay in the forest, sage Agastya told about Panchavati forest on the bank of river Godavari.

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1. Stotras by Deity:
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