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Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself.

Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18-32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् |
अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् |
चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR 2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


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Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself.

Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18-32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् |
अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् |
चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR 2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


India map showing Ayodhya

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself.

Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18-32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् |
अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् |
चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR 2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


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Why did he not simply go North?

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself. Long

Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा महा रणे || 2-18.-32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
  गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

 

So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
  पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् | अथ अनुजम्
अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् | चकार
चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR2VR 2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Now Ramayana

Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


enter image description hereIndia map showing Ayodhya

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself. Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18.32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

 

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् | अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् | चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


enter image description here

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself.

Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18-32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
  गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
  पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् |
अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् |
चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR 2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


India map showing Ayodhya

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Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself. Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || २-१८2-३२18.32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-१८18-३३33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-१८18-३३33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् | अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् | चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-२१21-६३63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR २VR2-२१21-६३63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


enter image description here

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself. Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || २-१८-३२

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || -१८-३३

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR -१८-३३


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् | अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् | चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || -२१-६३

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR २-२१-६३

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


enter image description here

Why did he not simply go North?

I think the answer is provided in Valmiki Ramayana itself. Long ago Kaikeyi protected King Dasharatha in one battle. After the incidence she received two boons from king Dasharatha as follows -:

पुरा देव असुरे युद्धे पित्रा ते मम राघव |
रक्षितेन वरौ दत्तौ सशल्येन महा रणे || 2-18.32

Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

तत्र मे याचितः राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् |
गमनम् दण्डक अरण्ये तव च अद्य एव राघव || 2-18-33

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself." VR 2-18-33


So Rama decided to go to Dandaka forest

प्रसादयन् नर वृषभः स मातरम् |
पराक्रमाज्जिगमिषुरेव दोम्डकान् | अथ अनुजम् भ्ऱ्शम् अनुशास्य दर्शनम् | चकार ताम् ह्ऱ्दि जननीम् प्रदक्षिणम् || 2-21-63

Rama, the best of men, decided to go to Dandaka forest fearlessly with his prowess, consoled his mother, advised his brother by good thoughts and made hearty circumbulatory salutation to his mother.VR2-21-63

At the time of Ramayana Rama was living in Ayodhya also known as Saketa. It is adjacent to Faizabad city in the central region of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Now Ramayana describes Dandaka-aranya as a vast forest. Some passages represent it as beginning immediately south of the Yamuna. The present-day identification of the Dandaka forest is debated. According to Bimala Chum Law, it covered almost all of Central India, from Bundelkhand to Krishna River. Dandaka

So he moved in south direction to reach Dandaka forest as he promised to kaikayi. And not in northward direction.


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