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Ram Van Gaman: Where Ramayana Is Not Just A Story, But Is Actually Alive

Travelogue

Ram Van Gaman: Where Ramayana Is Not Just A Story, But Is Actually Alive

The bestselling author and his producer-director recall their travels through Chitrakoot, shooting for a TV show on the Ram Van Gaman trail

On the holy trail: At Kamadgiri temple, Chitrakoot Photo: Sujata Kulshreshtha, wide angle Films

I, Amish, had read and heard the Ramayana in a bookish way. I knew the stories of many versions of the Ramayana, but had not visited all the locations. I had traveled to and prayed at the temples in Ayodhya, Nashik, Anegundi and Rameswaram, but not beyond these places on the fabled Ram Van Gaman path, i.e., Lord Ram’s route in the jungles during his exile. I had to depend on my friend Sujata to uplift my bookish knowledge with real-world experiences, while shooting for a TV show.

Together with our production team, we had the pleasure of discovering many of these stories with wonder and the wisdom of the saints and common people, at places where the Ramayana is not just a story, but is actually alive. For, the Ramayana does animate life itself in places across India. And through this journey, we discovered many such places. Here, we hope to talk of one such place.

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