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Sitas Birth Place Punaura Dham Sitamarhi Haleshwarnath


Sita, wife of Lord Rama, without whom the Greatness of Rama would not have been possible was born in Sitamarhi,India.

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Rama Breaks the Bow , marries Sita.

However there are disputes regarding this issue.

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Punaura Dham,Sita Marhi,Birth Place of Sita.

 

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Punaura Dham, is about 5 Kms. west of Sitamarhi. Saint Pundrik’s Ashram was situated here. This place also claims the honour of being the birth place of Hindu Goddess, Sita.

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About 1.5 Kms. Off he railway station and the bus stand, this is the birth place of Sita. Janaki-Kund is adjacent south of the temple.

Though there are differnt versions about Sita’s birth, I shall be taking the version of Valmiki and Kamban in Tamil, where it is stated that Sita was born in a Field when King Janaka was ploughing the field.

As for as Ramayana is concerned Valmikis version is accepted as authentic as it is Original and more pertinently Valmiki lived during Rama’s Reign and helped Sita deliver Her Children Lava and Kusa in his Ashram.

Here is a Temple , dedicated to Shiva, constrcuted by Janaka, father of Sita,on the occasion of Putra Yeshti Yajna. His temple was named as Haleshwarnath temple.

This is Haleshwarnath temple.

This is 3 Kms. noth-west of Sitamarhi.

Sita Marhi is also the place where Draupadi was Born.

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It is 8 Kms. north-east of Sitamarhi. It is said that after her marriage, sita was carried in a palanquin to Ayodhya by this route. An old Banyan tree is still standing here under which she is said to have rested for a while..

Bodhayan-Sar

This is the sacred place where Maharishi Bodhaya had written number of epics.

Bohodayana authored the sutras for the Vedas.

The great sanskrit Grammarian Panini was one of his disciples.

 

How To Reach Sitamarhi.

National Highway 77 connects the area to the Muzaffarpur district and Patna to the south. Sitamarhi has road connections to adjoining districts, of which the major examples are National Highway 77 and National Highway 104. State highways link it toMadhubani district in the east and Sheohar in the west.

Direct train services are available from Sitamarhi railway junction to places such as New Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Kanpur.

The nearest airport to Sitamarhi is the Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport which is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) distant.

Sitamarhi is connected to cities in and around Bihar by state-owned transport services. Some private buses operate between Patna to Sitamarhi and Paktola Village to Patna.

Citation.

http://sitamarhi.bih.nic.in/documents/tourism.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sita#Bi

Sita Elder To Lord Rama?


There is information floating around the web that Sita was elder to Lord Rama by six months and many are quoting this to justify marrying an elder woman.

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Lord Rama and Sita, Image credit, www,indiatemplesinfo.com

‘Though we have many examples of wife being elder than her husband in puranas, like Sita was 6 months elder than Rama, Radha was elder than Krishna and even in the case of Shiva and Shakthi according to Shakthi purana, it was Shakthi who created Shiva, Bramha, Vishnu and proposes them to marry her. But do you know who is known for, the huge difference in age among spouses?”

Source.http://aavaahana.blogspot.in/2012/01/elderly-wives-or-companions-of-puranas.html

 

This information is incorrect.

Valmiki clearly declares thus, about the ages of Rama and Sita, through Sita during her conversation with Ravana when he was  about to abduct her.

This is the Sloka.

mama bhartaa mahaatejaa vayasaa pa.nca vi.mshakaH || 3-47-10
aSTaa dasha hi var.hSaaNi mama janmani gaNyate | Aranya Kanda

10b, 11. mahaatejaa mama bhartaa= great resplendent my, husband; vayasaa panca vimshakaH= by age, five, twenty – twenty-five years; mama janmani= my, from birth; aSTaa dasha varSaaNi hi= eight, ten – eighteen, years, only; gaNyate= reckoned up.

“My great-resplendent husband was of twenty-five years of age at that time, and to me eighteen years are reckoned up from my birth. [3-47-10b, 11a]’

(The Shastras declare that a Man should marry a woman who is younger to him , though the ge difference is varied in different Shastras.

The important reason for this is that women age faster and become weak when compared to Men because of women giving birth to children and it is the duty of the Husband to take care of his wife during her advanced age.

And if the woman is elder to him, the problem of assisting the wife during her advanced years by the husband becomes more difficult.)

Ramayana Sloka and Translation Citation.

http://www.valmikiramayan.net/aranya/sarga47/aranya_47_frame.htm

Detailed Map of 196 Places Visited by Rama


As The Ramayana has been verified as a fact and not a figment of Valmiki’s imagination,I have been trying to find out the places visited by Lord Rama.

“God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been intrigued by the Sthala Puranas, especially in the South relating South Indian Temples to Rama, Hanuman and Lakshmana.

Though it appears that the Sthala Puranas appear to be fables to popularize the local temples, I found it is not so, at least with reference to Ramayana.

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Places Visited by Lord Rama. Image credit.www.hindudharmaforums.com

For example there is a temple in Andhra Pradesh where Hanuman rested while bringing the Sanjivi Parvatha.,Vellala Hanuman Temple, or

Temple in Tamil Nadu where Rama and Hanuman confer in private.

Please read my posts on these.

All these are accounted in the Map provided here.

The information is scarce, despite  a lot of information in the web on Rama’s travels through out the country.

Most of the information I found were duplication or the places were restricted to places relating to  important events in the Life Rama.

Ayodhya,Sarayu, Mithila, Dandakaranya,Nasik,Tunghabhadra,Kishkinta, Godavari, Kaveri belt, and Rameswaram.

Some places in Lanka are mentioned.

Ona detailed analysis and checking up Valmiki Ramayana, there are 196 places visited by Lord Rama.

They may be classified under the following heads.

1.Ayodhya and Gangetic Belt, before Rama’s Exile.

2.On Exile, Dandakaranya.

3.Godavari.

4.Tungabhadra and Kaveri

5.   Deep Down South at Rameswaram.

6.Places in Lanka.

7.Rama’s return to India by Pushpaka Vimana.

Rama seems to have returned to Ayodhya by Pushpaka Vimana.

It looks as though the Vimana or the Plane was taken from Rameswaram after rama’s Pooja of Lord Ramanatha at Rameswaram.

I have found a detailed Map marking the 196 places visited by Rama.

The places are written in Hindi and one can easily read them.

Hanuman Returned From Lanka 5076 BC 11 AM Speed 660Km


Indian Epics ,Ramayana and Mahabharata stand the test of Astronomy.

Hanuman takes four and a half hours to fly from Lanka to India.jpg Hanuman takes four and a half hours to fly from Lanka to India.

I have written on the Dating tools of  Ramayana and the dates of the various incidents in Lord Rama’s Life.

Also on Mahabharata.

Mr.Pushkar Bhatnagar of Indian Revenue Service, with the help of a software named ‘Planetarium Gold’ (of Fogware Publishing) has made a detailed study.

This is used to predict the solar/lunar eclipses and distance and location of other planets from earth by the scientists and astronomers. He entered the relevant details about the planetary positions vis-a-vis zodiac constellations narrated by Maharishi Valmiki and obtained very interesting and convincing results, which almost determine the important dates starting from the birth of Shri Rama to the date of his coming back to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

Mr. Pushkar Bhatnagar  written a Book in his book ‘Dating the Era of Lord Rama’ published by Rupa & Co.

He made use of this software to date the Ramayana in detail.

I am referring here about the Flight of Hanuman from Lanka to Rameswaram.

‘Only six of the twelve constellations remain above the horizon at the same time. Valmiki’s Ramayan contains graphic and poetic details of eight constellations during Hanuman’s return journey from Sri Lanka to Sunaabh Hill in the middle of the sea which apparently took about four and a half hours from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. All these details of planets and nakshtras with reference to eight constellations described in Sarga 57(1,2,3) of chapter 5 tally exactly with the sky view generated by the software for the morning of 14th September 5076 BC.”

But since Hanuman was flying across, and it must have taken him approximately four hours to get there (Lanka to Rameswaram), he could see eight constellations— in two hours one constellation would have moved out of sight and another become visible. So in a period of four hours he saw eight constellations. Following is the excerpt from Chapter 57 of Sundara Kanda:

“ Like a winged mountain Hanuman sailed over the airy sea; Yakshas looked like the lotus flowers, Gandharvas moon,  the sun its water fowl, Tishya and Sravana Nakshatras its swans and the clouds its reeds and moss. Punarvasu was the whale and Lohitanga (Mars) the crocodile,  Airavata the spacious island, Swati, its decoration in the form of a swan; the breezes were its billows and the rays of the moon its cool and peaceful waves”.

The above passage is a metaphor and refers to the stars Shravana (Capricorn), Tishya (Gemini), Punarvasu (Gemini/ Cancer), Lohitanga ( Mars or red star Jyeshta)(Scorpio) and Swati (Libra). Lohitanga in Sanskrit means planet Mars. But he might have meant red star Jyeshta (Kettai in Tamil). Airavata is Indra’s heavenly elephant Vahana/vehicle. But here it means a star.’

sacandra kumudam ramyam saarka kaaraNDavam shubham |
tiShya shravaNa kadambam abhra shaivala shaadvalam || 5-57-1
punarvasu mahaamiinam lohita anga mahaagraham |
airaavata mahaadviipam svaatii hamsa viloDitam || 5-57-2
vaata samghaata jaata uurmim candra amshu shishira ambumat |
bhujamga yakSha gandharva prabuddha kamala utpalam || 5-57-3
hanumaan maarutagatirmahaanauriva saagaram |
apaaramaparishraantaH pupluve gaganaarNavam || 5-57-4

1, 2, 3, 4. hanumaan= Hanuma; maarutagatiH= with a rush equal to that of wind; aparishraantaH= without a fatigue; pupluve= leapt across; apaaram= the boundless; gaganaarNavam= sea analogous to sky; mahaanauH iva= like a large ship; saagaram= crossing the ocean; ramyam= pleasant; sachandra kumudam= having the moon for a white water-lily; saarkakaaraN^Davam= the sun for a water-fowl; shubham= auspicious; tiSyashravaNakaadambam= having the constellations known by the names of Pushya and Shravana for swans; abhrashaiVaalashaadvalam= the clouds for its duck-weeds; punarvasumahaamiinam= the twin constellations, the Punarvasus, for its large fish; lohitaaN^ga mahaagraham= the planet Mars for its large alligator; airaavata mahaadviipam= Airavata (Indra’s elephant) for a large island; svaatihamsaviloLitam= graced with a swan in the form of the constellation Sati; vaata samghaatajaatormi= having gales for its waves; chandraamshushishiraambumat= and the moonbeams for its cool water; bhujaN^ga yakSa gandharva prabuddha kamalotpalam= with the Nagas, Yakshas and Gandharvas for its full-blown lotuses and water-lilies.

Hanuma, with a rush equal to that of wind, without a fatigue, leapt across the boundless sea looking analogous to sky, like a large ship crossing the ocean. In that pleasant and auspicious sky-like sea, shone the moon as a white water-like sea, shone having the constellations known by the names of Pushya and Shravana as swans, the clouds as its duck-weeds; the twin constellations the Punarvasus as its large fish, the planet Mars as its large alligator, a large island as Airavata (Indra’s elephant), graced with a swan in the form of the constellation, Swati, having gales as its waves, the moon beams as its cool water and with the Nagas, yakshas and Gandharvas as its full blown lotuses and water-lilies.

  • There is variation in the dates of Rama.some date it to 7000 BC.I have written on this as well.
  • As I have explained in a separate Post dating based on Astronomical events has this problem of the Celestial events recurring at fixed intervals.This makes it difficult to assign a date to a specific incident as the Astronomical events recur.

Citations.

http://www.cosmicconscious.in/2015/03/facts-about-birth-and-historical-era-of.html#.ViXLL9IrLIU

http://swamiindology.blogspot.in/2013/06/maruti-miracle-660-kms-per-hour.html

http://www.valmikiramayan.net/sundara/sarga57/sundara_57_frame.htm

Rama Dynasty Ruled 432000 Years Sumerian Kings List Confirms


I have written about the Sumerian connection with Hinduism.

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Lord Rama In Sumeria

I have also written that Lord Rama , Dasaratha, Bharatha are  mentioned  in the Sumerian King List.

Reign of Sumerian Kings Reign of Sumerian Kings, 4,32, 000 years, Sumerian King List.

Now there is evidence to suggest that the Kings of Sumeria ruled for a period of 4.32,000 Years.

Ramayana took place in Treta Yuga, spanning 1,296,000 years.

Earliest Avatar of Vishnu in this Yuga was Vamana.

It was followed by Parashurama and Rama.

The Ramayana took place during the closing years of Treta Yuga.

The number of years ruled by the Sumerian Kings , according to the Kings List( which includes Rama) is 4,32,000 years.

This is the same the time span of Kali Yuga!

Coincidence?

http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/section2/tr211.htm

http://theoryofeverything.org/MyToE/?attachment_id=3179

Ravana 10000 Years Old Mummy Found In Lanka?


There was a Facebook share by my son about the body of Ravana, mummified being found in Lanka.

The Link stated that Ussanagoda , Sri Lanka had Ravana’s Mummy.

The Mummy was found in a Stone casket ,buried in a Mountain cave.

The Body was found to have been embalmed.

The share contained a Video in Tamil, by Lotus News.

This is news to me and I verified the facts.

I found videos from Aajtak on the same issue.

In the same searches I also found that Ravana’s treasures were found in a cave.

Some inscriptions were found on the walls where the Mummy was found.

It was reported that the body was buried in a Stone casket.

The Mummy is reported to be of eighteen feet and is dated around 10, 000 BC.

But the fact is that a reluctant Vibhishana cremated Ravana’s Body.

And as Vibishana ruled after Ravana there is no chance of Ravana’s treaures having been hidden in a cave.

Ravana, being Vedic scholar and a Brahmin, there is no chance of his body having been buried.

It was cremated  as per  the Vedic Rites.

Valimiki in his Ramayana describes the cremation of Ravana by Vibhishana thus.

Having heard the words of Rama, Vibhishana in haste began to do obsequies to Ravana, his dead brother. Entering the City of Lanka, that Vibhishana, the lord of demons, quickly concluded the Agnihotra (the act of pouring oblations into the sacred fire) carried on by Ravana.Vibhishana actually caused to be brought together, carts, excellent varieties of firewood, the three sacred fires and the priests required to officiate at the obsequies, logs of sandalwood, various types of firewood, pieces of fragrant aloe-wood, odorous perfumes, as well as gems, pearls and corals.

Surrounded with demons, he came back for a while and thereupon, Vibhishana along with malyavan (the father of his own mother) initiated the obsequies.Placing Ravana, the lord of demons, who was covered with linen, accompanied by blasts of various musical instruments as well as panegyrists singing his the Brahmanas (forming part of the demon’s race, which was apparently divided into four classes, like human beings) stood around him with their faces filled in tears. Lifting up that palanquin, which had been decorated with colorful flags and flowers and taking up blocks of wood, all the demons for their part, with Vibhishana in front, proceeded with their face turned towards the south.

Those sacrificial fires were ignited and re-animated, as they were, by Adhvaryu priests, the performers of the sacrificial act, at that time. Those sacrificial fires were contained in earthen pots and went in front of Ravana’s body. All those women of the gynaecium, while weeping, followed at his heels with quick paces, stumbling, as they were, on all sides.

Keeping the body of Ravana on a consecrated spot, Vibhishana and others, who were very much afflicted with grief, piled up a sacred pyre, with logs of sandalwood, moistened with perfumes called Padmaka and Koshira and covered with the skin of black antelopes, turned about to perform the obsequies in accordance with Vedic rites in honour of the king.

They performed the ancestral oblations to Ravana in a superb way. They constructed an altar in the south-east the funeral pile) and placed the sacred fire in its proper place. They poured a ladle-full of ghee mixed with curds on his shoulders, placed a cart at his feet and then a wooden mortar at his thighs.

Having set at their proper place, all the wooden vessels (used in Agnihotra), the lower piece of wood used for kindling fire at a sacrifice and the upper piece of wood (which is rotated at great speed on to lower one, to produce fire by friction), the wooden pestle and other things used in the sacrifice, they circled around the funeral pyre.

According to ordinance laid down by eminent sages and according to the rules viewed in Vedas, having sacrificed a goat fit for sacrifice at that spot, the demons dampened with ghee on Ravana the King of demons. Having decorated the body of Ravana with perfumes, garlands and various kinds of clothes; those demons accompanied by Vibhishana, distressed as they were in their minds, poured parched grains of rice, with their faces bathed in tears.

That Vibhishana set fire to Ravana, according to the rules in the scriptures. Washing himself and offering in his wet clothes, according to scriptural ordinance, sesame seeds mixed with water, as well as blades of Kusha grass and offering obeisance to Ravana by bowing his head, Vibhishana entreated those women to return, consoling them again and again. Then, all of the returned to the City.’

August 3, 2008 – A tight slap on so called “scholars” who profess scientific approach,the recent discovery by Srilanka govt has certainly caused ripples amongst such people.

The Archaeological department has found convincing evidence suggesting existence of Ravana, in the mountain range of Noroliya.The experts say that Ravana ruled SriLanka about 10000 years ago, and he possesed ‘Pushpak Viman’ (Aeroplanes) and had constructed about 5 Airports on the highest point of Noroliya mountain ranges.

Also a mummy of Ravana has been found in a cave located in one of the hills.Some balm seem to be applied to the body for preserving it, along with some metallic ornaments.

Ravan had his own Aeroplanes,which resembled ‘Eagles’ and also constructed a workshop for repairing the same.Aerodromes which were built by him were destroyed in attack by Lord Ram with a fire weapon(when he had gone to Lanka for retrieving Sita mai).The stones which were damaged during this fiery attack are still found there.And dating has revealed them to be about 10,000 yrs old.’

Citation.

http://www.valmikiramayan.net/yuddha/sarga111/yuddha_111_prose.htm

http://www.internationalreporter.com/News-3939/evidence-proving-existence-of-ravan-found-in-srilanka.html

Hanuman Sleeps As A Mountain Nuwara Eliya



This photo of Neelkanteshwar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

I have written articles on the sites in Sri Lanka, which have, Ravana’s Palace, his Pushpaka vimana Runway,Pushpaka Vimana Axle,Pond where Sita took Bath, where she was kept in Ashoka Vatika, where Sita wept, where she went into the ground,Hanuman scorched Earth, Place where Sita was moved by Ravana.

There is a Mountain which resembles Hanuman asleep Near Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.

Hanuman Sleeps, Kandy-Nuwaraeliya Road, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lankajpg

Hanuman Sleeps, Kandy-Nuwaraeliya Road, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Check out how to reach Hanuman Temple at the following Link.

http://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g608524-d3732287-r288091659-Shri_Bhakta_Hanuman_Temple-Nuwara_Eliya_Central_Province.html

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