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19 Photographs That Will Compel You To Think That Ramayana Might Have Existed In Real


India is a country rich in diversity and resources, but these are not the only things we are famous for. Our legends and myths are world-famous! One such legend is of Valmiki’s Ramayana, which is believed to have been written between 1500 B.C. and 500 B.C. When one reads the book, the sense of it being true to a great extent can surely be felt. But, it is often considered as a piece of literature rather than being considered as a part of the history. Scientists and archaeologists, although, have found a lot of evidences that can prove that Ramayana is not just a myth. So, check these pictures that will compel you to think that Ramayana existed in real.

#1. Footprints of Lord Hanuman

Lord Hanuman is known for his strength and power. At certain places, there are giant footprints of him that hint at his existence. The footprints can be seen in Sita Eliya, Sri Lanka, and Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh.

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#2. Ram Setu

Since no one except Hanuman in Rama’s army could fly, it is believed that a bridge, Ram Setu, was built at that time between India and Sri Lanka. Well, NASA released an image of an ancient man-made bridge that once existed between the two countries. However, it is underwater now!


#3. Floating Stones of Ram Setu

As per Ramayana, the Ram Setu was built on the Indian Ocean with the help of the floating stones. And, even after so many centuries, the floating stones are present in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. When popped in water, these stones do not sink but keep floating.


#4. Sanjeevani Mountain

When Lakshman was hurt following Indrajit’s attack, Lord Hanuman flew to the Himalayas to look for the sanjeevani herb for him. When he could not identify the herb, he brought the entire mountain. That Sanjeevani Mountain still is the habitat of a variety of exotic herbs and is in Dronagiri, Himalayas.


#5. Ashok Vatika

According to Valmiki’s text, Ashok Vatika is the beautiful forest where Ravana kept Sita as his captive. This place is now known as Hakgala Botanical Garden and stands close to the city of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.


#6. Sita Eliya

Adjoining the Ashok Vatika, is Sita Eliya, which is a pond and descends from the mountains. It is believed that this where Sita bathed.


#7. Konda Kattu Gala

After her bath, Sita sat on a rock to dry her hair, hence, the place got its name- Konda Kattu Gala. It was a ‘women only’ area, and Ravana shifted Sita here from Ashok Vatika following Hanuman’s visit. The pond is said to have formed of Sita’s tear drops and still exists in Welimada Area, Sri Lanka.


#8. Lepakshi

When Jatayu, a demigod in vulture form, tried to stop Ravana from abducting Sita, he killed him. While he was taking his last breaths, he was visited by Lord Rama, Lakshman and Hanuman. Here, Rama uttered “Le pakshi”, which means, “rise bird”. Lepakshi exists as a temple today in Andhra Pradesh, and has footprints of Lord Hanuman.


#9. Koneswaram Temple

As per Ramayana, Ravana was a devotee of Lord Shiva. People of Sri Lanka were so much in awe with this dedication that they built a temple, Koneswaram, in Sri Lanka, to worship the worshipper.


#10. Kanniya

Kanniya, the hot water wells that were built by Ravana in and around the temples in Sri Lanka, still exist.


#11. Sita Kotuwa

When Ravana first brought Sita to Sri Lanka, he did not take her directly to the Ashok Vatika. Their first stop was Sita Kotuwa, which is now a tourist spot in Sri Lanka.


#12. Janki Temple

Sita was the daughter of Janakpur’s king, Janaka. In the honour of this princess, there is a temple known as the Janki temple in Janakpur, Nepal.


#13. Ravana’s 10 heads

In the text by Valmiki, it is said that Ravana had ten heads. The explanation behind this says that Ravana was the head of 10 kingdoms and used to wear 10 crowns to show it. Maybe Valmiki wanted to say this, but we misinterpreted it. And, this makes Ravana a very real person.


#14. Evidence of Hanuman setting fire to Ravana’s kingdom

According to Ramayan, it is said that Lord Hanuman had set fire to Ravana’s Lanka (his palace, not the entire Sri Lanka). Interestingly, soil of this place (Ussangoda) is black, and is different than that of the surrounding areas.


#15. Divurumpola

When Sita was rescued from Ravana, Lord Rama made her go through anagni pariksha to prove her purity and fidelity. The place where she gave and passed this test exists today with the name, Divurumpola, in Sri Lanka.


#16. Hanuman Garhi

Hanuman Garhi is a temple in Ayodhya that is carved around the cave, which is believed to be the place where Hanuman waited for Lord Rama while he was in exile. It is a cave and one has to go down the flight of 76 stairs to visit it. Legend states that Hanuman protected the birthplace of Rama till he returned.


#17. Cobra Hood Cave

Shaped like a giant cobra, the Cobra Hood Cave is located in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, and it has been proven by the archaeologists that it is 100 per cent natural. It is the place where asuras (demons) held Sita as a captive. And, the paintings in the caves depict the same.


#18. Panchvati

When Rama, Lakshman and Sita went into the exile, they set up a hut in Panchvati, which is a real place in Nashik. Near this area is Tapovan, where Lakshman encountered Ravana’s sister, Surpanakha.


#19. Dunuwila

As per Ramayana, Dunuwila is the place from where Lord Rama used hisbrahmastra’ on Ravana. He fell down near an area named, Laggala. This place is where the body of Ravana was kept so that his countrymen could pay him last tribute. Rama and his sena did the same too.


Well, these pictures might not be the foolproof evidences to make you believe that Ramayana existed in reality. But, they truly compel everyone to think for once that what we believe to be merely a myth so far, can be true!