5 Amazing Pictures That Tell Us Ramayana Might Have Actually Happened

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There is a great deal of debate about whether there is any historical accuracy in the story of Ramayana. For many of us, this is a no-brainer. The fact that our elders had told us the heroic story of Lord Ram’s victory over Raavan was enough. And then there’s the if-there’s-a-TV-show-about-it-it-must’ve-happened crowd.

But that’s not how history works.

There are many things about the Ramayana that are absolutely mythological. A demon king with ten heads? Yeah, right. Talking monkeys? Nope. Didn’t exist. Demon uncle that could morph into a deer? Don’t think so. A flying chariot? No way. Demi-god who could take the form of a vulture? Again, no. But here’s the thing – Ramayana wasn’t originally written as a historical text but as an epic poem. Whether we like it or not, creative liberty was a thing back then too.

But if we remove all the myth from the story, it is basically about an exiled prince waging war against a king from another kingdom who kidnapped his wife. And that could have happened. We cannot prove or disprove anything. But at least we can present a list of places that are mentioned in the Ramayana.

1 .The place in Ayodhya where Hanuman was patiently waiting while Ram was in exile, is now a temple called Hanuman Garhi.

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2.There’s an actual Janki Temple in Janakpur in Nepal. Janki, as we know, is another name for Sita, Janaka’s daughter.

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3.When Ram, Sita and Lakshman went into exile, they set up a hut in Panchavati, which is an actual area near Nashik. Tapovan, a nearby spot, is where Lakshman encountered Surpanakha.

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4.When Sita was abducted by Raavan, they bumped into Jatayu, a demi-god in vulture form, who tried his best to stop Raavan. Lepakshi, in Andhra Pradesh, is said to be the place where Jatayu fell.

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5.Ram, accompanied by Hanuman, met the dying Jatayu. Ram helped him attain moksha by uttering the words “Le Pakshi”, which is Telugu for “Rise, bird”. Hence the name, Lepakshi. There’s also a large footprint in that area which is said to be that of Hanuman’s.

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