The True Janmabhoomi of Rama; Nepal


-Lokmani Paudel

When the illusion is cultivated for the purpose of suppressing the truth and the same untruth is repeated thousands of times, the illusion becomes so strong that even when the truth is told, no one believes it. Not only that, but a frightening situation is being created where one has to be afraid to speak the truth and be prepared to be punished for speaking the truth.

The illusion that the sun revolves around the earth was considered true until the fact that the earth revolves around the sun was discovered. Galileo Galilei of Italy was imprisoned for telling the truth, refuting a long-held misconception.

The whole world, including us Nepalis, has been living in such an illusion for a long time. That is the reality of Ram ‘Janmabhoomi Ayodhya. The Ayodhya that the whole world, including us, considers to be the birthplace of Ram, was a propaganda plot hatched by some Christians about a hundred and fifty years ago to provoke a war between Hindus and Muslims. That is not the real Ayodhya.

The illusion that Lord Rama was born near Lucknow, India is so much engrained that we consider Sita as our daughter and Lord Ramachandra as our son-in-law. We cannot call Ayodhya near Lucknow, India a lie. Lucknow’s old name was Faizabad. Before Faizabad, it was called Oudh and before Oudh, it was called Awadh.

The famous Indian novelist Kamaleshwar’s novel ‘Kitne Pakistan’ published in 2000 also confirms that Ayodhya, which is near Lucknow, is not the actual birthplace of Rama. This was later praised by writers like Namvar Singh, Amrita Pritam, Himanshu Joshi and Vishnu Prabhakar. This groundbreaking review was published in all the newspapers of India.

After the British renamed Faizabad as Ayodhya and proclaimed that Ram was born there, they took control of the majority of Hindus. This is now being considered as a real Ram Janmabhoomi not only by the Hindus of the neighboring countries but also by us Nepalis. However, our attention has not been drawn to the innumerable evidences that the place was considered as the birthplace of Ram.

There is no doubt that Janakpur is the place where mother Sita was born. Even Indians are accepting this. Based on this, we can check some facts. The direct distance between Sita’s birthplace Janakpur and the fake Ayodhya is more than five hundred kilometers. It is not believable and possible to come to Janakpur in one day by chariot from present day Ayodhya. It takes at least 15 days to cover a distance of 500 km by chariot. Horses that pull chariots cannot walk continuously. They should be fed during the travel.

There is no doubt about the historicity and authenticity of the Valmiki Ashram located within Nepal on the banks of the river Sunandi Patanadi. It is narrated in Ramayana that Rama sent Sita to exile after hearing the words of a Dhobi. There is a story in Ramayana that Laxman left Sita near Valmiki Ashram and returned the same day. The direct distance from Ayodhya near Lucknow to Valmiki Ashram is about 300 kilometers. If you go back and forth, it will reach 600 km. It is not possible to complete the 600 km road in one day with the help of a chariot.

Towards the end of the Ramayana, Valmiki is said to have taken Sita and Love Kush on foot to meet Rama. Valmiki had planned to make Sita and Love Kush entrusted to Rama by informing him about Sita’s holiness. The place where they met at that time is now Devghat. At that time, Rama thought that if he would accept Sita, a wrong message will be communicated to the people, so he could not easily comply with Valmiki’s request. Saddened by this, Sita called Mother Earth. The description that the earth split and Sita merged into the earth is in the Ramayana and the place where the earth split is at Devghat in Chitwan. Thousands of pilgrims still flock to visit the place. Ram, who lives in fake Ayodhya, Lucknow, time and again coming to Devghat for rest is not at all acceptable. The distance does not allows it so.

Described in various Pauranic mythologies, Rama’s father Dasharatha is said to have reached Panchase Lake at the confluence of Syangja Mountains and the Andhikhola of Kaski while hunting. Dasharatha aimed an arrow thinking that the sound that came out while Shravan Kumar was filling water in the jug was like the sound of a wild elephant. Shravan Kumar was killed by the arrow. Both Shravan Kumar’s parents were blind. When they found out about the death of their son, they cursed Dasharatha to have a miscarriage just like their own. Syangja still has a well-known pond known as Andha Andhi Daha and that Daha is the source of Andhikhola. Is it possibile to travel from the fake Ayodha, which we accept it as Ramjanmabhoomi, about 500-600 kms just to hunt?

There are many grounds to confirm that Nepal is also the birthplace of Guru Vashishta, who taught Ram’s four brothers at the court when he was young. There is a story in Ramayana which is connected with Guru Vishwamitra who taught archery etc, when Rama was a teenager. In which it is mentioned that Ram Laxman crossed the Koshi river with Vishwamitra. There is no doubt that the Koshi River is now flowing in Nepal. It is unbelievable that Rama, Laxman and other brothers have reached the Koshi river from Ayodhya near Lucknow, while playing and strolling around.

Original Ayodhya in Nepal:

After coming to the conclusion that Ayodhya in Lucknow is not real and various facts cannot prove that, another question arises before us – then what is real Ayodhya and where is it? While studying in different facets, we have to reach Madi located in Chitwan district of Nepal. Until recently, the name of a VDC located there was Ayodhyapuri, which was changed later.

Now that Madi has become a municipality, Ayodhyapuri area has been included in wards 7 and 8, which has been known as Ayodhyapuri since ancient times, which is also mentioned in the Mahabharata. Ayodhya was often called Ayodhyapuri. The investigation shows that, that area should be the real Ayodhya. For this we must take reference to some arguments and facts.

The direct distance from that place to Janakpur is about 150 kilometers to the east and Valmiki Ashram is about 35 kilometers to the west. From there it is possible to reach Valmiki Ashram on the same day by chariot. What has been known as Ayodhyapuri since ancient times, creates a notion that it should be the real Ayodhya.

Context of Saryu river: In Sanskrit, sir means lake, pond, etc. In that sense, Saryu is a river flowing from Sir. Saraswati is also another name of Saryu. Saraswati is also called Paravataghni. This means a river that flows by eroding and tearing mountains. It is necessary to search for Saryu around Ayodhyapuri.

There is a village called Ramnagar not only along Devghat but also a little south of Madi. The name Ramnagar is also mentioned in the Mahabharata. Ramnagar, the winter capital of the Sen state of Tanahu, now falls within the Indian border. The presence of surrounding villages and towns which have names suffixed with Rama also helps Ayodhyapuri to prove to be a true Ayodhya.

After crossing the western Narayani river from present day Ayodhyapuri, Ramgram comes. To the north of Ayodhyapuri is Rampur. The place where Ram lit a fire in the forest of East Sunsari district from Ayodhyapuri is still famous by the name of Ramdhuni. The Ramnagar connected with Devghat should not be forgotten. A place named Rampur is also located in Palpa. Along with Rampur is Ramghat on the banks of Kali river from where Rama went into Antardhyana. The Ramayana mentions the expansion of Rama’s kingdom. Surrounding places with the name of Rama may be the places where Rama conquered.

Our Responsibility

First of all, we should all have a sense of the importance of this and the glorious side of it. This is a very big thing. It is inevitable that the Government of Nepal will also pay attention to this.

By further researching and propagating such a truth, it should be made known to the world that Nepal is not only the birthplace of Buddha but also the birthplace of Rama. Thousands of people have been killed in Ayodhya, India, over the Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, and even though a court ruled a few months ago, the people’s minds are still in turmoil.

The Saryu river described in the Ramayana must be either Madi or Narayani or Rapti. Since these facts prove that the birthplace of Rama is in Nepal, we should be proud to say that Lord Rama is not our son-in-law, he is a child of our country, he is a son.

The fact that Valmiki Ashram is still in Nepal is a well-known and accepted issue. At present, it is not easy to reach the Valmiki Ashram on the southern border of Chitwan National Park and Parsa Wildlife Sanctuary through Nepal.

Even now, one has to cross the Narayani from Triveni and reach the Tanki Bazaar of India, cross the Sunandi and Patnadi rivers to reach the ashram. The Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Nepal needs to pay attention to this issue. With the protection and promotion of the region, religious tourism would be further developed if we could make it accessible from within Nepal. By further researching this truth and spreading its sancity, it should be made known to the world that Nepal is not only the birthplace of Buddha but also of Rama. And our bent relationship with India (because of Sita’s motherhood) must end.I want the realistic views of scholars on this subject to take place.

Translated by – Alok Lamsal

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