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Monday, February 02, 2009

"Did Hanuman return the mountain?"

The query was popped while we were travelling in Srinagar by road, trying to have a fill of the valley's humbling views of the Himalayas all round. Here are a few glimpses of Gulmarg and Pahalgam

My son's query caught us unawares, and also got us thinking about the doubt that we never raised during childhood sessions of the Ramayana epic, and I decided to call my mom, our free encyclopaedia for all things religious / spiritual / cultural.
"Yes, Hanuman was disciplined, and he did return the Dronagiri mountain to its original locale". (was our spot answer)

Back to the query - Anyone, any idea? There are several versions, all quite satisfactory, if you spare a thought.
- Rumassala is one of several places identified by the Sri Lankan Tourism Department as being associated with Ramayana. Hanuman carried a part of the Dronagiri Mountain that was rich with medicinal herbs including Sanjeevani from the Himalayas to revive Lakshmana. 'When the chief physician extracted the essential herbs, Hanuman threw away the chunk of the mountain. It fell to the ground and came to be named Rumassala'.
- Dronagiri is in the Himalayas in the state of Uttaranchal, and it looks like it is missing a portion - its right shoulder.
- and In Yugo Sako's animated version, made especially for children, Hanuman is shown carrying the mountain as he followed victorious Rama, Sita and Lakshmana after their Lanka mission.

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Blogger Indrani said...

Yes Swarna, the mountain was returned as per the story. I grew up hearing this version.

02 February, 2009  
Blogger antigoni said...

Great post and photos.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Your EG Tour Guide said...

I love the rugged countryside. It's very beautiful.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Gaelyn said...

WOW! Amazing views, awesome captures, excellent post. I'm so glad Hanuman returned the mountain.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger fishing guy said...

Swarma: What a neat trip you have taken us on through your world.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Inkivääri said...

What a gorgeous place and pics - I love them! After few days my daughter is coming to India in holidays:)

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Janie said...

Interesting story about the legend, and beautiful photos of the mountains.

03 February, 2009  
OpenID ewok1993 said...

very interesting post. gorgeous landscapes. nicely done.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Babooshka said...

Really interesting and beautiful landscape.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger D Herrod said...

Wow that is a pretty mountain

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Swarna said...

Thanks, all
Inkivaari - welcome to your daughter!

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a great tale and tour, plus stunning scenery too.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Marites said...

beautiful countryside pics you got there. Really awesome. My world is here.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger magiceye said...

this post was a humdinger!!

thank you for the refreshing thoughts!

03 February, 2009  
Blogger auringonkukka finland =) said...

so beautiful photos :)
have a nice week!!

03 February, 2009  

Very nice and interesting article - and wonderful pictures

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Kat said...

Breathtaking photographs. Loved the mountains, the valleys, the ravines, the dotted houses and the cattle.

Very interesting - the query, the research and Indrani's reply..!!

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Mojo said...

My knowledge of such things is severely limited, but wasn't that when Rama rescued Sita from imprisonment? As in the origin of Diwali?

(Such a hopeless gora!)

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Gattina said...

Beautiful landscape and high mountains ! A new world to me !

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Jedediah said...

Gorgeous photos, just breathtaking.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

This reminded me of my trip to that part of the country for trekking. Interesting post with some lovely pictures. Thank you.

03 February, 2009  
Blogger mountain.mama said...

Oh my, my first visit to the Himalayas just made me want to go back, especially looking at all your gorgeous pictures.

04 February, 2009  
Blogger Glennis said...

The Himalayas look good from where ever angle. Quite a lot of snow on them makes them special.
Interesting post.

04 February, 2009  
Blogger Baruch said...

Unbelievably beautiful & scenic. The road seems a bit scary though as I see no barriers ... yikes!

04 February, 2009  
Blogger workhard said...

Good info, pictures are awesome

BPO work from home

04 February, 2009  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi :)

Very interesting and lovely photos!

Many thanks for showing these beautiful places.

Best wishes :)

05 February, 2009  
Blogger Lawstude said...

wow. if i have that view for a road trip it would take me years before i reach my destination lol. sooooo lovely.

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07 February, 2009  
Blogger Shyam Pattabi said...

Swarna, the pics are great. the missus & I have been wanting to do this for sometime now. you have inspired us more than ever.

Shyam Pattabi

22 March, 2009  
Blogger Bystender said...

the mountain was not really returned to original place, as it was mentioned in mahabharat, the mountain which shri Krishna picked up on his finger was the same mount...

16 August, 2011  

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