Nandigram or Nandi Gaon is a small village situated on the outskirts of Ayodhya metropolis. Even at present it’s exterior town limits. That is the place the place Bharat, the youthful brother of Sri Ram lived for 14 years when Sri Ram was in exile.

After Bharat realized that Sri Ram needed to be in exile as a result of his mom Kaikayee wished him to be king. This led to the deep regret in him. He refused to rule and let the Padukas of Sri Ram grace the throne of Ayodhya. He was only a caretaker of the dominion, until Sri Ram returned.

As Sri Ram and Lakshman lived within the forest with matted hair, carrying easy garments and sleeping on a mattress of husk, so did Bharat at Nandigram.

Etymology of Nandigram

The story goes that Nandi, whom we higher know because the automobile of Shiva, as soon as did a extreme penance at this place. Shiva happy with him, made him his chief Gana. He additionally requested him to ask for a boon. Like a real Bhakta, Nandi solely wished that each want requested right here must be fulfilled. Shiva granted the want.

Nandi established a Shivalinga right here that’s now referred to as Nandishwar Mahadev. That is how this village bought the title – Nandigram, the village of Nandi.

Visiting Nandigram close to Ayodhya

I used to be in Ayodhya to check town as outlined within the Ayodhya Mahatmya of Skanda Puran. So, visiting Nandigram was part of my plan.

Nandigram is about 15 km south of town of Ayodhya. It falls on the Ram Van Gaman Marg or the trail by way of which Sri Ram went to the forest for his 14-year exile.

Sri Ram Van Gaman Marg or the path that Sri Ram took to go t o the forest
Path that Sri Ram took to go to the forest

It’s near the Tamasa River which has many Rishi Ashrams on its banks. Now this river is kind of dry. Ayodhya Mahatmya has a stunning description of this space stuffed with bushes, vegetation, and birds.

Gaya Koop

As you step into Nandigram, the primary place you see is Gaya Koop.

Gaya Koop
Gaya Koop

That is an historic effectively the place the pind dana for the ancestors is carried out. Actually, I used to be visiting it throughout Pitri Paksha and noticed many individuals performing these rites right here.

Ayodhya Mahatmya mentions that doing rituals for ancestors right here relieves them from Naraka and lets them get pleasure from Swarga. Somvati Amavasya or the brand new moon that falls on a Monday or any Monday is believed to be particularly auspicious for these rituals.

Bharat Kund

It is a pond situated near Gaya Koop. You’ll be able to see the ghats on it as you stroll by it. A board right here says {that a} day by day Arti is carried out right here at Bharat Kund each night. I didn’t witness it so can’t be positive if it certainly takes place day-after-day.

It’s stated that Bharat took a shower on this very Kund for fourteen years of exile.

Bharat Mandir

There are a couple of temples, every of which claims to be the place the place Bharat lived for 14 years. All of them present the Khadau or the footwear of Sri Ram adorning the throne whereas Bharat sleeps on the ground.

Bharat Mandir Nandigram
Bharat Mandir Nandigram

We might by no means know which one in all these is actual. All we will say based mostly on Ramayana is that Bharat lived right here on this space, exterior town limits of Ayodhya. It will need to have been a Vana or a forest then.

Bharat Gufa
Bharat Gufa

A small construction referred to as Bharat Gufa takes you a bit under the bottom. It’s believed to be the place the place Bharat carried out Tapa for 14 years.

At one in all these temples, I noticed the Bharat Arti written on the partitions. Solely at Nandigram are you able to see this.

Ram Janaki Mandir

Wherever in Ayodhya or in Awadh you will see a Ram Janaki temple, so how can Nandigram be an exception? Positive sufficient, there’s a small however lovely temple of Sri Ram and Janaki.

Near it’s a small Shiva temple.

Beneath a tree is a small Hanuman temple together with a even smaller Vasishth temple.

Bharat Milap

Bharat Milap in Nandigram refers to not the famed assembly of Sri Ram and Bharat. Right here it refers back to the two conferences that Bharat and Hanuman had.

Bharat Hanuman Milap
Assembly of Bharat and Hanuman

The primary assembly occurred when Hanuman was flying again carrying part of Dronagiri mountain for Sanjeevani Booti to Sri Lanka for Lakshman. That is when Bharat noticed him, he stopped and knowledgeable him of his cause to fly with the mountain.

The second time, in fact, Hanuman ji got here to announce the return of Sri Ram, Sita, and Lakshman from Sri Lanka.

The embrace of Bharat and Hanuman might be seen within the temples right here celebrating these moments.

There may be one other small temple that additionally celebrates Ram-Bharat Milan.

Rishi Mandavya Ashram

This place can be believed to be the Tapasthali or the ashram of Rishi Mandavya. His Murti might be seen and you may merely assume that he carried out Tapa someplace round this place.

Bharat Koop at Nandigram

Near Rishi Mandavya Ashram is an historic effectively referred to as Bharat Koop. It’s believed that the water of this effectively has water from 26 distinguished Tirthas of India. They had been introduced right here by Bharat when he returned from Sringaverpur after assembly Sri Ram.

Monks right here inform us that the water of this effectively certainly by no means goes unhealthy, identical to the water of Ganga.

Jata Kund

Jata Kund is situated about 2-3 km away from Nandigram. It is a reasonably large kund that we needed to attain by passing by way of fields.

Remains of Ancient Temple at Jata Kund, Nandigram
Stays of Historic Temple at Jata Kund close to Nandigram Ayodhya

Jata Kund will get its title from the truth that Sri Ram, Lakshman, and Bharat gave up their Jata or matted hair right here earlier than getting into Ayodhya after getting back from the forest. It’s like leaving the forest apparel and adorning the methods of city earlier than getting into town. They gave up their Valkala or jungle garments and wore nice garments match for the royal household.

Across the Jata Kund, I discovered the stays of an historic stone temple. There have been damaged stone Murtis. I couldn’t collect a lot about them besides that temples stood right here in historic instances.

Pischachmochan Kund

Skand Puran tells us that taking a shower on this Kund won’t ever let any Pishachas or evil spirits come near you.

Different legends point out that Sri Ram and Lakshman took baths on this kund earlier than getting into Ayodhya on their return from Sri Lanka.

Putra Kamyeshti Yagna Sthan

On the way in which again to Ayodhya, we stopped at an outdated temple the place it’s believed Dashrath carried out the Putra Kamyeshti Yagna. Bear in mind in the beginning of the Ramayana story Dashratha carried out a Yagna to beget sons.

You’ll be able to see a temple with 4 pairs of footprints in marble. These are clearly not too outdated. Nonetheless, they mark the place of an essential Yagna in Ramayana. The royal image of dual fishes might be seen on the temple partitions.

Lovely Murti of Kaushalya feeding Sri Ram, Nandigram
Pretty Murti of Kaushalya feeding Sri Ram

In a home situated near this temple, I discovered probably the most lovely life-size Murti of Kaushalya feeding Ram Lalla.

Bilvahari Temple

Skanda Puran mentions 5 Hari Murtis in Ayodhya. Different literature and folklore point out seven of them. One in every of these Hari Murtis is the Bilvahari Murti. It was right here. A small temple in pink and yellow marks this place.

There’s a beautiful Yagnashala near this small temple.

Journey Ideas for Nandigram Ayodhya

You’ll be able to simply do it as a detour from Ayodhya.
The closest Railway station is Bharatkund Railway Station.
2-4 hours are sufficient to discover Nandigram and its environment, relying in your curiosity.
There are not any eating places or different amenities for vacationers, so plan accordingly.

It’s best to remain in Ayodhya to go to Nandigram.

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