It’s storytime everyone, being an Indian, every single one of us would’ve heard the tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata no matter the caste or religion because these are known to be the world’s most famous epics of history. But here’s the thing, I’m not going to tell you the story of Ramayana. Instead, I’m going to prove to you that it’s not just a story but an event that took place in the very lands we live in, India. Because honestly, questioning the occurrence of Ramayana is like questioning the existence of India itself, so if you are still wondering did Ramayan actually take place, I’m here to prove to you that our history is real showcasing various Ramayana proofs.
Is Ramayana a myth?
According to Valmiki Ramayan, Ramayan took place in Tretayug around 1 million years ago. if you think and I bet you will, “so what if Ramayan happened a million years ago? there was nothing back then”, I’m going to prove that wrong because I’m talking enormous 4 tusked elephants, a walkable bridge between India and Lanka built by an army of monkeys, and aerial flying transportation. it may sound crazy at first, but you know what’s crazier? I’m telling you that this is not a myth but a fact.
Many people are aware of the story and characters in Ramayana as it has been produced into a television series that attracted the attention of viewers of all age groups. There are numerous issues surrounding the “Ramayana.” The first point of contention is which of the occurrences described in the Ramayana actually occurred.
The second point of contention is Goddess Sita’s relationship with Lord Rama. Many liberals have raised concerns about the “injustice” meted out to Bhagwati Sita. Rama was not the perfect husband, according to them, because he demanded “Agni Pariksha” and “exiled” pregnant goddess Sita to the forests even after “Agni Pareeksha.” So for the sake of some historical tea, I’ll give you the scientific evidence of the most important events of Ramayana.
Evidence of Ramayana evolution
The Ramayana is an important element of the Hindu canon and is a Sanskrit epic credited to the poet Valmiki. Ramayana is a tatpurusha composite of Rama and Ayana “moving, advancing,” which means “Rama’s adventures.” The Ramayana is a Hindu epic that narrates the narrative of a prince, Rama of Ayodhya, whose wife Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, the demon (Rakshasa) ruler of Lanka. The Valmiki Ramayana is thought to have been written between 500 and 100 BCE, making it roughly contemporaneous with early Mahabharata versions. It is impossible to date it accurately, as with most classic epics, because it has gone through a protracted process of interpolations and redactions.
We all know, or even If you didn’t know, no worries, it’s a fact that between the years 2, 00,000, and 10,000 BC, Homo sapiens, or modern humans, were growing. However, from 2,00,000 BC to 10,000 BC, the Homoerectus race was on the decline. The Ramayana is the only historical document that establishes the coexistence of two human species and a reference to human mental, physical, and spiritual development. Lord Hanuman (the last of the great Homo erectus species) is the one who received the three blessings (Bal, Budhi, Vidya) from Lord Rama and Lord Shiva, respectively. Lord Hanuman represents the evolution of five species in Panchmukhi: horse species (horses, zebras, deers, antelopes, etc.), Lion species (cat species), Garuda species (all birds), and Varah species (all animals) (elephants, hippos, boar, rats, rhino, etc).
Sequentially dated events of Ramayana scientific proofs
Shri Ram was born on the 9th tithi of Chaitra month during daytime when the location of different planets vis-à-vis zodiac constellations and nakshatras was determined by Adikavi Valmiki in 1/18/8-10 of Ramayan. According to Ramayana proofs, this information was loaded into the ‘Planetarium Gold’ software, and the analysis indicated that this was the exact placement of planets/stars in relation to zodiac constellations on the 10th of January midday hour in the year 5114 BC, as seen from Ayodhya. Shri Ram was born on the 10th of January in the year 5114 BC. Using software to convert a solar calendar to a lunar calendar, it was discovered that this date also coincided to be the 9th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of ‘Chaitra,’ with a time of 12 to 1 p.m. This is the exact time and date that Ramnavmi is celebrated in India to this day.
For another info as a part of Ramayana proofs, in the Ramayana written by Valmiki, it is stated in the Ayodhya Kaand that Dashratha wanted to make Shri Ram king since the Sun, Mars, and Rahu had surrounded his Nakshatra, and kings generally die or become victims of conspiracies when such planetary situations exist. King Dashratha’s zodiac sign was Pisces, and his Nakshatra was Rewati. On the 5th of January 5089 BC, this planetary alignment was in effect, and so Sri Ram was made to leave Ayodhya for 14 years on this day. Thus, he was 25 years old at the time (5114-5089), and the Valmiki Ramayana contains multiple shlokas indicating that Shri Ram was 25 years old when he left Ayodhya for his 14-year exile.
Ramayana proofs: archaeological evidence of Ramayana
Sri Ram travelled 20 kilometres from Ayodhya to Tamsa Nadi Tal (Mandah), then crossed the Gomti River to reach the banks of the Saryu River. They approached Shringaverapura (Srigraur) after passing the Kosal Desh border, which was the monarch of Nishadraj Guh and is famed for Kewat bringing them over the Ganga in his boat
They arrived in Chitrakoot on the Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh (MP) boundaries after passing the Yamuna at Sangam – monuments such as Valmiki Ashram, Mandavya Ashram, Bharat Koop, and others still stand. They left Chitrakoot after Bharat Milap and moved to Atri Ashram in Satana, MP
Shri Ram travelled through this country of rivulets, water bodies, and lush woods in and surrounding MP and Chhattisgarh with Laxman and Sita. They travelled extensively through Dandak Aranya and went to the ashrams of Sarbhang and Sutikshan Muni in Satna. After that, they spent ten years visiting Rishi ashrams in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, along the Narmada and Mahanadi rivers, before returning to Sutikshan ashram. Mandavya ashram, Shringi ashram, Ram Laxman Mandir, and Koti Maheshwar are some of the memorials that still remain in Panna, Raipur, Bastar, and Jagdalpur
The Godavari river
Shri Ram, Laxman, and Sita journeyed along the Godavari River. They moved from Agastya ashram to Panchavati, a site with five Vatavriksha on the banks of the Godavari in Nasik. This location is known for the Surpanakha event as well as the wars with Khar Dushan and Ram. Mrigvyadheshwar and Baneshwar, two places where Mareech is said to have been murdered, have memorials. In reality, memorials abound in the Nasik area, including Sita Sarovar, Ram Kund, Triambakeshwar, and Janasthan, among others. Following this episode, Ravana kidnapped Sita and killed Jatayu, for which the memorial ‘Sar vatiratha’ in Taked Village, 56 miles from Nasik, is still preserved.
Ram marched towards the shore with his Sena. They traveled down the Kaveri River after passing through Malay Parbat, Chandan forests, and other rivers and ponds. They arrived in Rameshwaram after passing through Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, and Ramanathapuram. Among the many occurrences of Ramayana proofs, almost all of the journey specifics described in the Valmiki’s Ramayan correspond to existing geographic sites and memorials. Isn’t this just mind-blowing? And we’re not even there at the more interesting part yet. Every Indian kid knows the war between Ram and Ravan to rescue Seetha and the stone bridge built from Rameshwaram to Sri Lanka… now aren’t you a little curious to know-how can rocks float? If you think it’s something normal, please revisit your physics days… anyway, it is now time to unravel the mystery behind the legendary war.
Ramayana scientific proofs: 4 tusked elephant
the Ramayana proofs bring yet another shocking evidence about the 4 tusked elephants mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayan, it is said that the 4 tusked elephants (gomphotheres) were the guards in charge of Lanka when Ravana ruled the land and the story states that Hanuman managed to lay eyes on these elephants.
Do you know when they existed?
These 4 tusk elephants existed somewhere around 12-1.6 million years ago.
According to Valmiki Ramayan, Ramayan took place in Tretayug some 1 million years ago.
The Tret-yuga lasts 3,600 x 360 years, or 1,296,000 years. As a result, the astronomical computation that dates Rama to 5114 BC might be changed to a similar astronomical event that occurred roughly one million years ago.
So, based on this information and the periods of Dwaraka (dated 32 000 years ago), Lord Rama can be dated to roughly a million years ago. here’s what I’m thinking, below is the proof of the existence of Ramayan and 4 tusked elephant from Valmiki’s Ramayan.
Sundara Kanda Sarga 27, Verse 12
त्रिविष्टप निभम् दिव्यम् दिव्य नाद विनादितम् |
वाजि हेषित सम्घुष्टम् नादितम् भूषणैः तथा ||
रथैः यानैः विमानैः च तथा गज हयैः शुभैः |
वारणैः च चतुः दन्तैः श्वेत अभ्र निचय उपमैः ||
The mighty Hanuma visited Ravana’s inner city in stealth and witnessed, which was like heaven, with neighing horses and tinkling jewellery, chariots, carriages, and aircraft, auspicious elephants and horses, enormous elephants with four tusks . It had gorgeous entrances and was guarded by tens of thousands of powerful rakshasas.
The tallest of these, the 13-foot-tall Stegodons, are thought to have gone extinct roughly 11,000 years ago when the Ice Age ended. However, recent research indicates that stegodonts existed as recently as 2000 BC. They were linked to Indian elephants, but their lower jaw featured little shovel-like tusks in addition to the enormous long tusks in the top jaw.
Fossil evidence and fibreglass reproductions of these species are on display at Shivalik Fossil Park in Himachal Pradesh, India. Legends of Ravana and Indra’s four-tusked elephants may be accurate if their real-life models lived in India before the end of the Ice Age. The events of the Ramayana are thought to have occurred at the end of the last Ice Age, according to author Nilesh Oak.
It’s also feasible that a small number of four-tusked elephants lived until the Copper Age in a remote location, such as a hill country or an offshore. Ravana is claimed to have dwelt on the island of Lanka, which scholar Sai Papineni has identified as the Dholavira site of the Indus Civilization. Because the four-tusked elephants were close cousins of Indian elephants, they may have interbred, resulting in domesticated elephant lineages.
another proof of the existence of the 4 tusked elephant is the below-mentioned verse in Valmiki’s Ramayan:
Sundara Kanda Sarga 4, Verse 26, 27.
उत्तमम् राक्षसावासम् हनुमानवलोकयन् |
आससादाथ लक्ष्मीवान् राक्षसेन्द्रनिवेशनम् ||
चतुर् विषाणैर् द्विरदैः त्रिविषाणैः तथैव च |
परिक्षिप्तम् असम्बाधम् रक्ष्यमाणम् उदायुधैः ||
this means that, Like the light and the Sun, Seetha and Rama became one. Rama was also seen riding a big elephant with four tusks and the size of a mountain, and he travelled with Lakshmana.
Ravana historical evidence
The journey from India to Sri Lanka
The majority of these locations that are mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayan share similar physical characteristics, flora, wildlife, and memorials to those detailed in the current natural form. How could Valmiki give such specific facts in Ramayan, which was authored as a biography of Shri Ram when he was coroneted as King of Ayodhya in 5075 BC if he had not visited these places before? It was originally passed down through the shruti smriti tradition for hundreds of years, but by around 1000 BC, it was available in literary form.
Hundreds of other Ramayana proofs have been discovered not just in India, but also in Sri Lanka, Tibet, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. The oldest manuscript of the Valmiki Ramayana, written in Newari script in 1041 AD, is still intact in Nepal, making it the world’s oldest manuscript.
Ramayana proofs: Ram Sethu creation
Ram Setu, also known as Adam’s Bridge, is a 48-kilometre-long shoal chain that connects India and Sri Lanka. According to the satellite pictures obtained from NASA of the Ramsethu, the rocks joining India and Sri Lanka are sitting on a sandbar, also known as a shoal, and that though the sandbar appears to be natural, the stones on top of it are not. In addition, the Ram era is astronomically dated to be around 7100 BP and Ramsethu is currently submerged at roughly three meters depth, meaning that in 5100 BC, this Sethu was well above the ocean surface and might have been utilized as a land route between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka. As a result, even changes in sea levels support references to Ramsethu in the Ramayan. According to the findings, there are certainly raised Teri formations on both sides of the Bridge that sustained a rich accumulation of Mesolithic and microlithic tools, confirms the presence of excellent work occupancy and activity in these places as early as 8000 to 9000 BP and as recently as 4000 BP. and yes, I can say with confidence that this is one of the most important phenomenon among the Ramayana proofs
Ram-Sena initially was inhabited in Koddikarai, but after inspecting the sea region, it was determined that the location was inappropriate for building the bridge. Shri Ram moved the entire army to Rameswaram as a result. Lord Ram’s troops used a variety of tools and instruments to uproot trees such as saal, taar, coconut, mango, Ashoka, Arjun, Bakul, and bilva, among others. They carried these stones, trees, creepers, and rocks to the ocean using various yantras. Shilpakar Nal was the one who instructed the army men to station on either side of the bridge with long ropes, and the bridge was built in five days by tying the brought materials together. The usage of measurement techniques has also been documented.
The mysterious cobra hood cave- Sri Lanka | Ramayana proofs
According to Lal Srinivas and Dr Mirando Obesekara’s latest Ramayana explorations in Lanka Pura, Sigiriya can be considered post-historical archaeology defining moment for King Ravana. According to them, Sigiriya may be the Alakamandava, or City of the Gods, which was established 50 centuries ago by King Kuvera, who was King Ravana’s half-brother, according to the Ramayanaya yatra Sri Lanka.
The architect of the Sigiriya, according to Ravana Watha’s Palm Leaf Books (Puskola Potha), was a Danava named Maya Danava. On the orders of Ravana’s father, King Visthavasa (Vishravasamuni), he constructed Sigiriya. As a result, historians believe Sigiriya is linked to the Ramayana. Ravana’s spectacular castle, constructed of pure gold and constructed by Kubera, the God of Wealth, is said to have stood on the mountain top approximately 50 millennia ago. Just taking a peek around the grounds reveals what an architectural marvel this place had to have been. After abducting Princess Sita, King Ravana is said to have imprisoned her in one of these caverns.
Kanniya hot water spring
Kanniya Hot Springs is a place near Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. In a square configuration, there are seven wells. Wells are only 3–4 feet deep, and the bottom is visible. The heat is quite high, though it varies slightly from spring to spring. When 10-15 buckets of water are taken out of a well, it runs dry.
So here’s an interesting story about foreign people’s most visited hot springs. It was first created during the time of Ramayan. As per local legend, this location is linked to the Hindu epic Ramayana’s antagonist Ravana. Ravana and his mother went to the Koneswaram temple and the Kanniya Hot Springs to worship lord, Shiva. When Ravana’s mother was dying, he intended to demolish the Koneswaram temple. Lord Shiva had Ravana drop his weapon while he was wrenching the rock. Ravana’s mother was absolutely heartbroken when she learned the information. When Ravana arrived, he was devastated to know of his loving mother’s death. Ravana pierced the earth with his sword with grave anger in numerous places to execute his mother’s ceremonies, and various fountains arose from these points. Now if you think this is just a story, here’s the evidence that this is true.
The original ruins of the temple may still be seen in the vicinity, although most of the items appear to have been destroyed during the Sri Lankan Civil War. The government legally recognized the seven hot water wells, Chaitya mound, and other scattered architectural remnants in the site as historically protected monuments on September 9, 2011. The designation was made public under the number 1723 of the official Gazette. Recent excavations at the site revealed a Stupa mound from the early Anuradhapura period and an inscription from the 1-2 centuries A.D.
coming to one of the greatest ancient inventions of all time, one cant leave out the existence of pushpaka vimana while talking about the incidents of ramayan. and down below is the proof.
यस्य तत् पुष्पकम् नाम विमानम् कामगम् शुभम् |
वीर्याद् आवर्जितम् भद्रे येन यामि विहायसम् ||
Ravana tells Sita that he is the one who snatched the Pushpaka Vimana from Kuvera’s possession as a show of personal dominance. he then begins to boast about the construction and performance of the pushpaka vimana, which could be driven at will and which could traverse Sky.
Pushpak Vimana, which means “flower-carrying aeroplane,” is a mythical Ayyavazhi aeroplane. The Pushpak Vimana was sent to transport Ayya Vaikundar to Vaikundam, according to Akilattirattu Ammanai, Ayyavazhi’s religious book.
According to reports, the Sri Lankan government chose to implement deep analysis on Ravana and the country’s aerospace history. Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority is launching a study on “King Ravana and the ancient domination in the aerial routes that is now lost.” According to the report, the Government of Sri Lanka believes Ravana was the world’s first aviator and flew over 5000 years ago. The island nation is now eager to learn about the ancient methods of flight. The authority has standard contract documents, books, and other historical content related to King Ravana as a first step in the investigation.
As part of its first space mission, the island nation recently launched a satellite into orbit. ‘Ravana’ was the name given to the satellite. Archaeologists, historians, scientists, aeronautics experts, and geologists gathered in Katunayake last year to conclude that the ‘moble king’ flew from Sri Lanka to India 5,000 years ago. Ravana used an aircraft named Pushpak Vimana, which was constructed by Vishwakarma, as per the Ramayana proofs. According to the epic, Ravana used the plane to abduct Sita from Bharat and take her to Lanka.
The Ramayana is a poetic account of our forefathers’ history and way of life. It teaches people to be responsible, loving, and respectful of others. The Ramayana’s influence spread all throughout the Indian subcontinent in the centuries after it was written. Rama’s victory over evil is commemorated during the Vijayadashami or Dussehra festival, which occurs in September or October depending on when the Hindu lunisolar month of Ashvin falls.
During the festival, the folk drama Ramlila, which tells the story of Rama and Sita, is commonly performed, and statues of Ravana are set on fire to symbolize the defeat of evil. The Ramayana has also been the subject of numerous Indian films and television miniseries, as well as a motivation to performers from era to era. You can watch all the Netflix you want, but as an Indian, take pride in narrating the epic story of Ramayana to the world for that marvellous story that happened in the very place you were born. Jai Sri Ram!