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84 kos parikrama in Ayodhya

Date: 28 July 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The 84 kos parikrama marg in Ayodhya has been named a national highway by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

 

Details

  • 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.

 

Importance

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.