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Sri Rama visiting Anga Ashrama

(Ref: Valmiki Ramayana - Bala Kanda - 23 to 24)

Sri Rama with VishwamitraMeditation: I meditate on Sri Rama visiting Anga Ashrama at the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu and hearing about Lord Shiva burning Kamadeva there.

Events:
1. Sri Rama reaching the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu: While travelling with sage Vishwamitra along the bank of river Sarayu, Sri Rama reaches the confluence of rivers Ganga and Sarayu. He sees hermitages of sages who were practising penance there for many thousands of years.

2. Sri Rama hearing the legend of Lord Shiva burning Kamadeva: When Sri Rama enquires about the hermitages, sage Vishwamitra tells about the legend of Lord Shiva burning Kamadeva in that place. When Lord Shiva was meditating there, Kamadeva disturbs his meditation. Shiva in anger burns Kamadeva to ashes with the fire of his third eye. Since Kamadeva becomes bodiless he becomes known as Ananga (meaning bodiless), and the place becomes known as Anga. The hermitages belong to the disciples of Shiva who have become sinless (by their long penance).

3. Sri Rama spending a night in a hermitage at Anga: Sri Rama spends that night in a hermitage at Anga. The sages welcome them (Sage Vishwamitra, Rama and Lakshmana) cordially.

4. Sri Rama crossing river at Ganga - Sarayu sangama: Next morning, Sri Rama, Lakshmana and sage Vishwamitra boards a boat and starts crossing the river. In the mid-stream Sri Rama hears a loud sound of clashing waters. Sage Vishwamitra tells that the sound was due to river Sarayu merging with river Ganga. Vishwamitra also tells that river Sarayu originates from Lake Manasa in Mount Kailasha, hence it is a holy river. Sri Rama and Lakshmana offer salutations to both these holy rivers.

Pilgrimage:

Kameshwar Dham, Ballia district, Uttar Pradesh Anga Ashrama is identified with Kameshwar Dham in the Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh.


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