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Saturday, April 19, 2008

#055, WHERE IS AGASTYA'S HERMITAGE?

4-41-15
KISHKINDHA KAAND`A - BOOK OF KISHKINDHA
Chapter 41

Tasya aasiinam nagasya agree
Malayasya mahoojasam
Drakshyatha Aaditya sankaas`am
Agastyam Rishi sattamam.


CONTEXT
Sita was abducted by Ravana. Sugriva was directing his Vanaras(monkeys?)to go to the four sides in search of Sita. This verse is a part of the geography narrated by Sugriva to the explorers.

ENGLISH GIST
On that mountain's great top sits the Sun-God like shining great sage Agastya.

BLOGGER'S VIEW
In this Sugriiva's geography told to Hanuman, Agastya is said to live on Malaya Mountain, near Kaveri River. But Rama's visit to Agastya Aashrama at 3-12-7 does not say anything about Rama seeing the river Kaveri (Cauveri), or Krishnaveni. Did n't Rama see the rivers Kaveri and Krishnaveni? In Hanuman's search of Sita also, there is no mention of Hanuman and Vanaras crossing the river Krishnaveni, Kaveri, though Sugriva directed them to cross. This we have to check up thoroughly. One thing we can conclude: Before visiting Agastya's hermitage, Rama might not have crossed the rivers Krishna veni and Kaveri, because he was yet to establish his cottage at Panchavati, near Godavari River.

BLOGGER'S VIEW
At 3-12-7, Rama has already seen Agastya's hermitage.

At 3-13-13, Agastya sayas that Panchavati is 2 yojanas (approx. 20 kms.) away.
Ito dvi yoojanee taata bahu muula phala udakaha
deesho bahu mrigaha s`riimaan Pancavat`i abhivishrutaha.


At 3-13-18, Agastya mentions that Panchavati is on the banks of the river Godavari and that Sita will enjoy it.
Godaavaryaaha samiipee ca Maithilii tatra ramsyatee.


If Godavari is just 20 kms. away from Agastya's hermitage, it can't be on Malaya Hill or near the river Kaveri. Sugriva's geography must be incorrect. Agastya might have lived in Vindhya Hills and not near Kaveri River, Tamil Nadu.

At Chitrakut, the local people have built a Sita's kitchen (rasooyi), near Gupta Godavari. According to Chitrakuta's temple lore, the Gupta Godavari (in a cave) is the Godavari where Sita, Rama and Lakshmana lived.

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