In its bid to encourage tourist arrivals in Uttarakhand, the state tourism development corporation is planning to make a ‘Ramayana’ circuit featuring the holy places connected with the Ramayana.
According to the news reports, Uttarakhand tourism minister, Satpal Maharaj, shared the news with the press in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya during the bhoomi pujan ceremony recently.
He further said that Rishikesh has Bharat and Shatrughan temples in Rishikesh where it is believed that the two had met Lord Rama. There is also Raghunath temple in Devprayag which was also visited by Lord Rama. By putting these temples in the Ramayana circuit, people will also get to know about the important of Uttarakhand in Ramayana.
Reportedly, Satpal Maharaj has held talks with the Union minister of tourism Prahlad Singh Patel to discuss the possibility of making circuits across those states that are connected with the episodes of Ramayana.
In addition, Uttarakhand tourism department is also working towards developing the Mahabharat circuit and Sita circuit to boost religious tourism.
In 2019, Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat had talked about developing a Sita Mata circuit in Pauri Garhwal district. Legend has it that it was in the Phalswari village of Pauri Garhwal where Sita Devi went back to the earth. The village is located 15 km away from Pauri town where Sita Mata mela is held in May every year for three days.