Friday, March 26, 2021

Geography of Ramayana

Geography of Ramayana

I have verified the locations the write has mentioned in the article, comparing them with the descriptions in the epic Srimadvalmiki Ramayana and found them okay upto Kishkindha and Vindhyachal. But thereafter, when the search of Sita starts and Sugriva sends the teams of monkeys to all four directions, the present geography of India doesn’t match. The search time was around the month of January. 

Either the story was an imagination of the poet or many changes hv been made in the epic over the years to match with our coordinates of present geography or the story was very very ancient, after which many geopolitical changes had occurred in terms of flow of the rivers and boundaries of the seas. 

The epic describes four seas: north samudra, south samudra, east samudra and west samudra. Three samudras are visible but north samudra is missing beyond Himalaya. 

The south search party mostly spent their one month time in Vindhya mountains which were south of Kishkindha. Immediately after the Vindhya, there was south samudra. Prasavangiri (location of Rama near Kishkindha), Vindhya and Dakshin Sagar were not far away places. Where Vindhya ends the Dakshin Sagar begins. It means that the present land below Vindhya mountains hv been recovered over the geographical years. The Indian Ocean was upward and Trikut mountain (Lanka) was probably on the present land of Orissa or MP. Trikut was visible to Rama from Prasavangiri. Aryavrata those days was the land between Himalaya and Vindhya. The islands, forests were inhabited by Anaryas (human race of Rakshasas and Monkeys) and there were conflicts between Aryas and Anaryas. 

The epic is full with metaphors and hyperbole. One has to catch the correct meaning leaving the part of exaggeration. 

Anyway, it was interesting read. I am to pen down geography of Ramayana and Jyotish of Ramayana, and may be the meat part of the verses that has been wrongly translated by Gita Press Gorakhpur, referring the subject that Rama was abide by the rules of exile, not Lakshmana and Sita. 

Do read the epic. It is very interesting. 


1 December 2020


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