Kamadgiri Mountain is one of the most sought after places for Hindi Devoties, which is situated in Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot is a holy place located in Madhya Pradesh. Thousands of people go there every day to receive blessings, due to it’s connection to the Indian epic Ramanaya. This is a place of Religious, historic, cultural as well as archaeological importance. The primary deity of Chitrakoot is Lord Kamtanath. As per the mythological legends, this was the place where Lord Ram, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshman spent their 12 years of banishment.
While taking a Parikrama of the Kamadgiri Mountain, the devotees come across the Tulsi Bhavan, which is home to the famous RamCharitManas, written and composed by the 16th Century Indian bhakti poet- Goswami Tulsidas ji. This edition is a historic handwritten scripture of the book. The Tulsi Manas Mandir is one of the most famous temples, decided to Lord Rama.
Who was Tulsidas ji?
Goswami Tulsidas ji was one of the greatest Hindu poets of all time. Apart from this, he was also a saint, reformer and philosopher who will always be remembered for his devotion towards Lord Rama. He was always admired as a reincarnation of Lord Valmiki, who was the original composer of the Ramayana in Sanskrit and the Hanuman Chalisa.
His birthplace was identified as Chitrakoot, and he has been said to have lived a fulfilling life of around 126 years. He had vast knowledge of the Sanskrit grammar, Hindu literature and philosophy, four Vedas, six Vedangas as well as Jyotisha.
It is believed that he met Lord Rama when he started to live in the Ashram at Ramghat in Chitrakoot as instructed to him by Lord Hanuman. As described by him in his Gitavali, one day when he went on Parikrama of the Kamadgiri Mountain where he saw two princes on the horsebacks. He could not recognise them, but later Lord Hanuman that they were Rama and Lakshman. He met Rama again the next day while making Sandalwood Paste, where he was so mesmerised that he forgot to put a tilak on Rama’s forehead.
Composition of the epic RamCharitManas
Tulsidas ji started to compose the RamCharitManas in Ayodhya, on the Ram Navami of the Chaitra month of year 1631. He completed the writings of the RamCharitManas in 2 years, 7 months and 26 days, in the years 1633 on the marriage day of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. The word RamCharitManas literally means “Lake of the deeds of Rama”, and is considered one of the greatest works in the Hindu literature.
Tulsidas chose to write this great book in the Awadhi language despite being a scholar in Sanskrit, so that it could be more accessible to the general public. This poem is famous for it’s great expression for of love for Lord Ram. It also teaches us about the life of a ideal husband and ruler (Ram), a devoted wife (Sita) and a brother’s love who knew no bounds (Lakshman).
The RamCharitManas consists of seven kaands or episodes, that are compared to the seven steps leading into the holy waters of Lake Mansarovar. This is the ideal poem for anyone to learn about the life and the greatness of one of the most sought after deities in Hinduism.
Visiting a holy place like Tulsi Bhavan brings serenity in the lives of those looking for the troubled. Please do visit with your families once.