||’रघुुकुल रीत सदा चली आयी, प्रण जाये पर वाचना ना जाये ‘||
We are all aware of these famous lines that depict the significance of a promise as per Lord Rama. He left Ayodhya to keep his father, King Dashrath’s promise to his wife, Kaikeyi, and went on an exile (Vanvaas) of 14 long years. Filled with difficulties and hardships, Lord Rama did not break his promise and stood by his words. He left the luxury of his palatial house along with his wife, Sita and brother, Lakshman. Chitrakoot Dham (present in Uttar Pradesh) is believed to be their abode for 11.5 years of their 14-year exile.
Described as a fairy-tale spot, Chitrakoot is illustrated by Valmiki as a great devout destination colonized by the great philosophers that have carried out meditation here.
Chitrakoot also finds its mention in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Sara Arfeen Khan takes us on a journey to this legendary destination and describes the phase in Ramayana where Bharath comes to visit his brother Rama with their father’s ashes and requests him to break the promise and return home to acquire the seat of the next King of Ayodhya.
A visit to this spiritual abode will make you feel closer to the Lord. Moreover, one can also visit the Bharath Milap temple which is believed to hold the footprints of Rama and Bharath. It is said that their love for one another was so deep that the moment the two brothers met, even the mountains and rocks began to melt. Rama did not step back from his words and decided to continue his exile in the forest. Looking at his obedience and discipline, a sage gave him the title of ‘Maryada Purshottam’- one of perfect adherence to dharma.
Visit this magnificent location and find out more about the mythological story of Ram and his exile in Kahi Suni. The Ramleela held in this holy town is considered to be one of the major tourist attractions and is a legendary festival that is carried out with great splendour. With its serene rivers and peaceful woods, Chitrakoot is an invaluable site of Hindu mythology.