Plants and Animals mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana are not imaginary but they can be found along the route from Ayodhya to Lanka. This scientific discovery once again proves that Ramayana is history and the events mentioned in it had taken place.
M Amirthalingam, a soft spoken botanist who undertook a journey from Ayodhya to Lanka to retrace the life of exile by Ram, Sita and Lakshman found that the flora and fauna mentioned in Ramayan is not a figment of Valmiki’s imagination.
“We found all the plants, trees, flowers and fruits that have been mentioned by the poet in Ramayan. The accounts given by Valmiki about different landscapes, mountains, river basins and forests are accurate. When the Ramayan was being written, there were thick forests in Naimisharanya, Chitrakoot, Dandakaranya and Panchavati. The Kishkindha Kanda of Ramayan discusses the geographical distribution, botanical wealth and forestry,” Amirthalingam, research scientist, CPR Environmental Education Centre, told The Pioneer.
Dr Nandita Krishna, director, CPREEC, said Kishkinta was nothing but Hampi in the
Deccanplateau. “The places Ram chose to stay during his exile from Ayodhya were full of plants, vegetations and biodiversity. Valmiki has mentioned dense jungles full of lions and tigers, though the co-existence of the two cats is hard to imagine now,” she said, pointing out that a corollary proof of such habitat was found in the Bhimbedka caves in Madhya Pradesh that has 10,000-year-old wall carvings and paintings featuring lions and tigers.