The 84 kos parikrama marg in Ayodhya has been named a national highway by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The declaration is seen as a measure to boost religious tourism in the state. Similar parikramas are performed by devotees of Chitrakoot, Govardhan and Thiruvannamalai.
The ancient text mentions that Kosala desh, the kingdom where Ayodhya was located, was spread across 84 kos. It is about 275km.
By undertaking 84 kos parikrama, devotees will visit all the important places associated with Lord Rama around the ancient kingdom region.
Other parikramas associated include 14 kos and 5 kos. The 14 kos parikrama is for the area of Ayodhya city and 5 kos for inner part of city where the kingdom was located.
There is a belief among the Hindus that 84 kos parikrama will liberate an individual from completing 84 lakh lives.
Start of yatra
The 84 kos parikrama starts from the same place where King Dasharath performed Putrayeshthi Yajna on the banks of river Manorama.
This place is now identified with Makhaura near Basti. It is at this same place that the Parikrama ends after 22 days.