Publish Date: | Sun, 10 Oct 2021 07:30 AM (IST)
Chhattisgarh Religious News: Raipur (State Bureau). The work of beautification and restoration of Chandkhuri (27 km from the capital Raipur) in Chhattisgarh, the maternal grandmother of Lord Rama i.e. Mother Kaushalya’s land, has been completed. It was inaugurated on 7th October. Along with this, preparations are going on in full swing to bring the kitchen of Mata Sita located at Sitamarhi-Harchuka on the tourism map of the country and the world. Chandkhuri and Sitamarhi-Harchuka are among the nine places associated with Lord Rama in the state, which are being developed as tourist pilgrimages in the first phase.
The Congress government of Chhattisgarh is developing Ramvan Gaman Path in the state. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel says that it is believed that Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Lakshman spent most of their exile in this area on the basis of public opinion etc. About 75 such places have been identified in the state where Lord Rama’s feet were lying. Nine of these places are being developed as tourist pilgrimages in the first phase.
was entered via Korea
According to the officials of the tourism department, Lord Ram had entered Chhattisgarh from Korea district during his exile. Sitamarhi-Harchouka situated on the grocery of Mawai river in Janakpur of Bharatpur tehsil is considered to be their first stop. There, 17 chambers have been made by cutting the cave. It is also known as Sita’s Harchowka (kitchen). There is a boulder there, which people consider to be the footprint of Lord Rama. A Shivling is also established there. It is believed that from there Lord Ram reached Ramgarh hill in Surguja district.
Kalidas composed Meghdoot in Ramgarh
Ramgarh is about 50 kms from Ambikapur. There is an ancient theater here. According to Dr. Hemu Yadu, who has been working for a long time on Ram Van Gaman Path, Mahakavi Kalidas had composed Meghdoot at this place. At the same time, in the Jogimara cave located nearby, the evidence of inscriptions in the Brahmi script of the Maurya period and in the Brahmi script of the Gupta period have been found in the Sitabengra cave. The oldest specimens of Indian murals are inscribed in the Jogimara cave.