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Enhancing Ayodhya in the Ramayana’s homeland

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Saving Sarayu, the sacred Ramayana river that is also the Ganga’s largest tributary (by volume), requires little but significant actions.

One of the best methods to learn about history, cultures, and customs in-depth is likely via the study of art. You can even go back in time and relive important historical events through art. One example is Ayodhya. The Ramayana is present in every nook and cranny of the city—in the temples, monuments, roads, etc. Ayodhya’s paintings and artwork will also narrate tales from the epic.

The Sarayu River runs alongside this sacred city. One of the Ganga’s tributaries, it is also known as Ghagra. Before joining Ganga, it travels 1,080 miles from the glaciers of Tibet. Dolphins from the Ganges live in the river, together with crocodiles, gharials, and other sea creatures.

The Namami Gange project’s telling of the Ramayana through murals and wall art is one of its significant accomplishments. These pieces of art not only highlight the lively history, culture, and tradition of the city, but they also improve the connection between the people and the river. They enhance the city’s aesthetic sense and make it more beautiful.

The Namami Gange project is constructing scenes from Lord Rama’s life in five of the 108 kunds (reservoirs) that are present in this area’s Sarayu riverbed. The goal is to foster a deeper sense of respect and appreciation for Ayodhya’s history.

Prayagraj is another location with a rich history and culture. This city, which is only 168 kilometres from Ayodhya, is well-known for its delicious cuisine and the Triveni Sangam, where the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati meet. People travel from all over the world to witness the splendour of the confluence of two holy rivers. In addition to providing shelter for various animals, plants, and other species, the sangam offers visitors a beautiful vista.

There are several additional lakes and waterbodies nearby that also need maintenance. In light of this, the Wetland Rejuvenation Project was started by the Bharatiya Sena Task Force. The Macpherson Lake is one of the waterbodies that it strives to safeguard. It has an underground source and was created by man. It has a direct connection to the Ganga River.

There was a time when water hyacinths caused the lake to become contaminated. In some lakes, the invasive plants spread quickly and prevent sunlight from penetrating the water. The group decided to scrub the lake by hand. The lake is now thriving and pollution-free.

Of course, Prayagraj is well-known for hosting the Kumbh Melas and a number of other events. However, there are other places nearby Prayagraj that are well seeing. Naini, a little community nearby, is well known for its handwoven, vibrant baskets and is quickly becoming a destination for artisan tourism. The culture and traditions of the residents of this village, which is located along the banks of the Ganga, are prominently displayed. The Ganga also gives the locals work, as several ladies sit on their verandas and weave lovely baskets from the raw grass found along the riverbanks, which they then sell in the marketplace.

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