Ramayana and Mahabharata connection to Visakhapatnam
‘Visakhapatnam‘ is named after ‘Visakha’ or ‘Kartikeya’, the God of Valour and the second son of Lord Siva. An Andhra King on way to Varanasi ( Kasi) liked the city and built the temple of Visakha in 11th-12th Century
In the tale of Ramayana,Lord Rama and Laxmana wandered in search of Goddess Sita, in the forests of the Eastern Ghats around Visakhapatnam.
Sri Rama while wondering in Viasakhapatnam forests was hungry and thats when he met the lady Shabari, who tasted the fruits first to ensure they are sweet and then fed them to Sri Rama.Sri Rama did not mind due to her devotion as she was like his mother.
It was Shabari who directed Sri Rama to the mountains where Hanuman lived.
Sri Rama also met Jambavan, here.
Lord Hanuman and Jambavan, formed the army of monkeys in Visakhapatnam to defeat the demon king Ravana, and take back Smt Sita ,Lord Rama’s wife. It is also believed that the famous tale of Mahabharata where Bheema killed the demon Bakasura, took place in the Uppalam village which is 25 miles from Visakhaptnam Anakapalle, Anandapuram, Ananthagiri, Araku Valley, Atchutapuram are the nearest towns / cities to Chinna Uppalam village.
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