Ramayana is one of the most popular and important epics in Hindu religion. There may be several arguments regarding its occurrence in the real world and history but places existing even today give the proof, though not clearly, that it had transpired in reality.
Here is a list of 13 ancient sites mentioned in Ramayana
Ayodhya in the present day is in Uttar Pradesh of India still with the same name. In Ramayana, it was the capital of Kosala Kingdom ruled by Ikshvaku dynasty that Lord Rama belonged to. Ram was born in Ramkot, South end part of Ayodhya, which is one of the famous tourist destinations.
This place in the present day is Allahabad, also part of Uttar Pradesh. This is the place where Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita took rest for the first time after living the kingdom for 14 years of exile.
This place is in Madhya Pradesh of India. This is the second stop of the trio where Bharat came to meet Rama and asked for his return. Ramghat is the place in Chitrakoota where Rama and Sita used to bathe. Bharat Milap temple in is believed to be the exact place of where Bharat and Rama were reunited after 14 years of exile.
This place is a part of Nashik district located in Maharastra. This is the place where the trio moved to after Chitrakoot. It is in this place where Lakshmana drew Rekha famously called Lakshman-Rekha and Ravana abducted Sita. Ramkund is the place in Panchavati where Rama used to bathe.
This place is in Chhattisgarh at present. This is the place where Lakshmana cut Ravana’s sister Surpankha’s nose while trying to lure him and attack his brother Rama.
This place is in Andhra Pradesh and it is where Jatayu, semi-god as a vulture, fell after trying to rescue Sita from Ravana who cut the wings. Jatayu got Moksha after the incident at this place.
This kingdom is today’s Hampi located in Karnataka. This was the kingdom of Bali and Sugriva. This is the kingdom where Rama met Hanuman and other Vanara (monkeys) and formed his army with the help of Sugriva. Rishimukha, a mountain near Tungabhadra River is the place where Sugriva and Hanuman lived.
It is a part of Tamil Nadu and from this place, Rama and Vanara army built a bridge to Lanka. The bridge is named Rama Setu. After returning from Lanka, Rama stopped by this place to worship Shiva asked for forgiveness reason killing a Brahmana (Ravana).
9. Ashok Vatika
Now known as Ashokavanam, is located in Sri Lanka. This is the place where Sita was kept captive after refusing to live in Ravana’s palace. There is a temple, at present, named Sita Amman Temple, which is located in village Sita Eliya.
This is also a place in Sri Lanka. This place is used by Ravana to keep his Puspak Biman, a flying chariot that was also affected by fire caused and set by Hanuman while burning the Lanka.
This place is now a beach in Sri Lanka. This is the place where Rama set his first foot in Lanka and where he killed Ravana. This and Rameshwaram was connected by Ram Setu.
This place is in Sri Lanka situated 15 km from Sita Eliya. This is the place where Sita underwent “Agni Pariksha” (test on fire). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area.
This place is located in partly in Janakpur, Nepal and partly in India. This place was the kingdom of Janaka, Sita’s father.