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On the ancient trail of the Ramayana in Sri Lanka: an epic travel journal

On the ancient trail of the Ramayana in Sri Lanka: an epic travel journal

The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic poem full of drama that narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.

But back in the mists of time the ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka played a crucial role in the unfolding story that is contained in this mammoth work of literature.

It is a role that Indian writer Sachin Bhandary set out to discover, and which he narrates in his report for the First Post website after he “grew increasingly conscious that the island country was ground zero of the great battle of Ramayana”.

He says: “In many ways, contemporary Sri Lanka is like the prosperous and beautiful kingdom of the demon king Ravana. It is lush green, gifted with nature’s bounty and like the mythical kingdom—has seen a war fairly recently. It was only in 2009 that Sri Lanka’s three-decade-long ethnic war came to a brutal end.

Shrouded in mystery

“My quest to visit the places linked with the great epic took me to deep into the heart of the island nation. It all started with Dolukanda Sanjeewani. This mountain seems like it has almost fallen out of nowhere, in what is otherwise a pretty flat surrounding.”

It is a quest that took many twists and turns. Sachin notes that “some academics in Sri Lanka are presenting a theory that Ravana was a Sinhala king and should be revered as one.

“The answers to these questions will always be shrouded in mystery. But there is no denying that many Sri Lankans do identify with the Ramayana and its antagonist, Ravana.

“In fact even our governments are collaborating to promote the tourist trail of this epic. The Sri Lankans in return are being given easy passage to Buddhist sites across India.”

Read more here.

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  1. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1480570515355702&id=100002083039913 EVERY INDIAN WHO REGARDS RAMAYANA SHOULD WATCH THIS VIDEO AND SUPPORT THE NOBLE CAUSE. The reasons for hosting this video are the following:
    1. My research work on Valmiki Ramayana for last 40 years unfolds that it is not mythology, because myth means all imagination.
    2. It is not an Epic like Mahabhagavatam. Essentially, it reflects history of Rama, long before the word history was coined.
    3. Vanaras should not be mistaken as monkeys. Nala Sethu shown in the video was built by Vanara architect, Nala just in 5 days with the help of crores of Vanara Army constituting of Vanaras, Golanguls and Rukshyas on 200 meters deep sea under the supreme commander, Rama. Nala Sethu was road nearly 60 km long and 5 km wide built for passage of Vanara Army from India to Ravan’s Laka (Sri Lanka). Vanaras, Golanguls and Rukshyas were distinct civilization existed parallel to humans during Ramayan period
    4. Vanaras were like humans in culture and civilization. The differed in physical form: They had slight protruded mouth and long tail.
    5. Rakhasas should not be mistaken as Demons. They were distinct civilization existed parallel to humans during Ramayan period. Ravan’s Lanka was nothing but the current Sri Lanka, according to my scientific research on Valmiki Ramayana.
    5. Nala Sethu provides definite marine archeological evidence on existence of Rama and Vanaras, Golanguls, and Rukshyas. Therefore, Valmiki Ramayana should not be mistaken as mythology or Epic but reflects mainly Rama’s history. Valmiki Ramayan provides valuable information on living beings existed then and their living habits etc, The geographical locations mentioned in Ramayana like that of Ayodhya are seen even today. Trikuta parvat mentioned in Sundara Kanda indicates congregation of three mountain ranges that was the key for my discovery as Nuwara Eliya Hills.
    In this video, I gave my expert opinion on Nala Sethu as it was built by Vanaras and not a natural geological formation. It is from TV serial Mano Y a Na Mano, Ramayana, Episode 15, produced by Shri Siddharth Kak.

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