5 age-old Indian cities which have mythological significance
| Updated: March 13, 2015 3:01 PM IST
Published: March 13, 2015 2:59 PM IST | Updated: March 13, 2015 3:01 PM IST
India is a heaven for those who seek spirituality. We have a great legacy of ancient scriptures like Puranas, Vedas and Upanishads – each delving into different realms of divinity and each urging us to explore self to find universal answers plaguing humanity. We bring to you cities where oldest of civilisations have lived and flourished… cities which have found reference in the great Ramayana and Mahabharata. Visit these places if you have always found yourselves getting lost in the colourful world of mythology where good always triumphed over evil!
Unfortunately, this city is known for the bloodshed it has witnessed over the issue of ‘Ram- janmabhoomi’. According to Ramayana, this city is the birthplace of Lord Rama. According to the scripture, Ayodhya has once witnessed Ram-rajya. It was a face of an ideal kingdom, which was free from misery. This city has been praised elaborately in the Atharva Veda too, and has been the capital of the kings of the Surya Dynasty.
It is believed that the great war between the good and evil or dharma and adharma has been fought in the lands of Haryana by Pandavas and Kauravas or Kuru lineage. The now fertile land of Kurukshetra, as Haryana was called in Vedic period, has witnessed a lot of bloodshed.
This beautiful destination in Karnataka known for its elaborate rock sculptures was also the capital of the monkey kingdom of Lord Hanuman. Anjayaneya Hill situated in this beautiful landscape is the place where Lord Hanuman is born, as per the scriptures.
Puri in Orissa which is known for the spectacular Konark Sun Temple is actually the birthplace of Lord Vishwakarma, master craftsman himself and workmen’s deity. Sun temple in Konark pays an ode to Lord Vishwakarma. This marvellous temple is a must visit destination for all as it is the epitome of Indian craftsmanship.
The once-golden country of Sri Lanka has been chronicled forever in Ramayana as the capital of the demon king Ravana.