Dr. Ram Autar was burn on 10th dec. 1948 in the house of Shri Jagdish Prasad Sharma in the village
Darauli District Rewari in Haryana. He obtained his primary education in the village itself and passed
his Matric from Shri Krishana High School, Kanwali. Thereafter he came to his father in 1966 in Delhi.
He worked for One year in a private firm and joined Income tax Department in 1967 as a daily wager. He
has been very hard working and dedicated worker. He reached from Matric to Ph.D and from a daily wager
to a Gazetted officer. He retired as Assistent Diractor (01) on 31/12/2008 from Income tax office
His articles were published in different news papers and magazines. He has performed very good work as
advising editor of magazine Bubbar Sher, Published by wwf and as an artist in yuva vani of all India
Radio. He has been honoured many times as artist in one act play and singing. The Chairman of Central
Board of Direct taxes honoured him, for performing special duty in Income tax raids. He has performed
magnificiently in serial 'Jahn Jahn Ram Charan Chali Jhahni' in shooting, editing and writing. In his
life Lord Parasuram Kund in Kurukshetra has special Importance. He has been devotee of Lord Shiva from
his childhood. In the age of five - six years in a Shiva temple he has intution to see the places
visited by Shri Ram during his exile. When he tried to inquire about these places from the elders and
his teachers and he pressed again and again for this, the people took him to be on imbalanced mind. He
came to Delhi and joined Government service and he forgotten his own resolution with his family
liabilities. By the kind grace of God he again reminded his resolution 1980. He has travelled almost
whole of India on foot, by cycle, scooter, bus, and through Rail. He travelled from Ayodhya ji to
Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhatishgarh, (Jagdalpur), and from there up to Nagpur by
bicycle. He has travelled by scooter from Ayodhya to Mau, Azamgarh, Buxer, Patna, Dharbhanga,
Janakpur, (Nepal) Sitamarhi, east Champaran, Gorakhpur, Ayodhya and up to delhi.
Considering his dedication towards Indian culture, Government of India, Ministry of culture assigned
him a project 'Vanvasi Ram and Lok Sanskriti' and also assisted him financially. The Income tax
Department sanctioned him study leaves for two years. He is very much obliged to the citizens of India
as he got support from all over India irrespective of caste, religion, area, language and politics.
Considering his work, Dr. Ram Autar was invited by many countries to presents his research papers. In
this regard he travelled England, America, Nepal, Switgerland, Nidherland, Gerrmany, Balgium and
During the journey his life was in danger many a times. He had to face wild animals, dacoites and
Naxlites during his search. He lived without water and food several times. People thought about him as
a saint, beggar and even the mad man. He was detained by the dacoites and police many times. But he
feels that he was saved from all difficulties by Hanumanji.
He has devoted his life to search protect and develop the places of Shri Ram's Journey. Even today his
efforts to search Shri Ram Journey places is still continuing.
Years ago, when I was read in the Ramayan, I felt a strong urge to know more about Shri Ram's life in
exile. Adi Kavi Valmiki and Saint Tulsidas both had presented descriptions of this part of Shir Ram's
life which was unique. But still, my curiosity was not quenched. I always thought- What did he do when
it rained or when it was hot, how did he fight the animals, how did Mata Sita, who was a caressing
daughter of her father and a royal princess, walk on the rocky terrains in the forests, what did they
eat and so on.
Whenever the ladies of my house sang:
"Ram and Lakshman both brothers on exile, they pass through jungles, and while passing through the
third one, they become thirsty, sita's penance brings the clouds and it rains heavily, filling each
pond, lade and water body, Lakshman fills water and now, they drink it in shade of trees..."
I wept about Shri Ram's life in exile. Even today, I feel emotional whenever I think about it. I
always read the Ramayan given to me by sister to pacify myself, yet found no answer to make my
disturbed mind to come at peace. When I grew up and came to Delhi after passing, my school education,
I forgot all about this and got engrossed in the worldly affairs.
But my reading of the Ramayana continued. One day, with Shri Ram's grace, I felt that if I followed
Shri Ram's tracks through the forests, I may be able to get a firsthand experience of the life spent.
Although those ferocious animals and tough terrains may not be there now, yet something would be
similar. But then, the problem was that where , should I go. I thought of exploring Shri Ram's exile
route. Day by day, the thought became stronger and I continuously read the Ramayana. I got in touch
with saints, scholars and pandits and searched it through books, but found no answer. Finally, I
decided to take leave from my office to collecte information.
Now the problem of leave and finance arised. Friends offered me financial support but a long leave was
a problem. But as luck had it, the Cultural Department of the Ministry of Human Resources Development
accepted the project - "Ram's exile and Folk culture'. This solved both my financial problem as well
as, the problem of leave as I was granted two years leave. I was happy, but knew that two years were
not sufficient and one needs many lifetime work.
I worked on the project and along with, I also kept my basic aim of searching Shri Ram's exile route
alive. Hope and despair kept playing with me, as I met many scholars. Some told me that this is all a
myth, while others called him a Maryada Purshottam, some even called him an incarnation of Lord Vishnu
while others felt that he himself was the supreme power. I was confused. All the events were supposed
to happen between the duration of 3000 years to 9,84,000 years. Modern scholars opined on a different
time period altogether.
The modern scholars have raised a dispute over Shri Ram's exile route. Some take it to Madhya Pradesh,
while others include Maharastra as well. Some take it to Orissa and Andhra Pradesh too while others
say that Lanka was in Mumbai. Some even add Java, Sumatra and Indonesia into the route. For years, I
kept searching museums for more factual information.
My search brought me to Ayodhya, The birth place of Shri Ram. Here too, I met over a 100 scholars and
saints to decipher the exile route. After spending five days, a saint finally took pity on me. His
blessings and kindness paved way for my explorations. He advised me, "The people whom you are asking
know nothing of this world and you are going mad. Those who know the truth don't live in these towns
and they will not tell you. So find your own way. Take strength from Shri Ram and you will find a
way." When I asked him how, he said "devotion has no arguement."
I was overwhelmed by the saint's simplicity and stared at his face without blinking an eye. I now knew
that all my confusion had gone off and I had wasted too much time on following the advice of scholars.
The saint's words kept pricking me - "You have no faith in Ram ji". I had been a fool because instead
of looking at the sun I was following its reflection in water.
Now, I saw the saint happy. He continued, "Chitrakoot is around 350 kms from Ayodhya and following the
old route is not possible. If you cover all the sites, it will be around 500 kms. The Bharat kund and
Nandigram are around 18 kms and then you have to come back 2 kms. I will tell you the route upto 7
kms. Visit Bharat kund without fail," and I decided to do so.
With no known route and no guide,
I continued to search. Some laugh over this, others call me a fool and some believe in my faith. The
answer is in your hands.
I wasn't aware of the difficulties which could arise in my route. During my travel, at times.
I was in danger, but I got respect and love too. I met rulers and dacoits, I was threatened by
followers of Viradh and even had food with dacoits. At times, I feared losing my way or becoming prey
to animals. But the saint of Jalapur gave me protection. The Sidhh saint Mauni Baba of Tathi ghat
prayed to Lord Shiva to guide me.
I was astonished to see that wherever I went, my food and stay, along with the route, seemed pre-
planned. Initially, the saints behaved with me in an irrational manner but now, they supported me.
People took me to be a saint and respected me. I always thought that it is God's grace that the
project has come to me. A 108 year old man came to see me with support of three people, to seek my
blessings. I felt ashamed and embarrassed.
Guidence of Saints
The Ramayana tells us that Shi Ram conducted a big journey under the guidance of the saints. At
Prayag, Saint Bharadwaj told him to go to Chitrakoot. He sent four pupils for guiding. Maharshi
valmiki tells him to stay there as Ravana's brother Khar's men had reached Chitrakoot. From here, Shri
Ram goes to Rishi Atri's ashram from where he goes to Viradh's region. Here on, he moves to Rishi
Sharbhanga's Ashram. From the ashram to the Siddha mountain, Shri Ram had 26 ascetics with him till he
reached Rishi Sutikshan's ashram. When he goes for the Dandanka travel for 10 years, he was
accompanied by Dharmabrat and other saints. On return, Sutikshan ji sends him to Rishi Augastya and
his brother's ashram. He then goes to Panchvati where he fights with Khar. Even after Sita's
abduction, he was guided by Rishi Kallol and others. Rishi Augastya even went to Lanka with him. Thus,
it proved that Shri Ram was guided by saints all his way.
Some learned people ask for proofs of these routes and places. They ask what did I find in the
excavations. How old are the utensils or the coins? Which historian has approved of these places. I
felt like laughing at this all. Dr Swaraj Prakash Gupta's words come to my mind. He said that we
archaeologists believe that Mahabharat happened 5000 years ago and Ramayana 3000, years ago. But we
cannot explain that how Ramayana's characters have been mentioned in Mahabharat.
Then what should be the basis? The basis are the beliefs of the masses and the folk lores. These
beliefs can neither be destroyed like temples nor the historians could make them unbelive. These
beliefs cannot be burned down like the libraries of Nalanda or the Taxila university. These are a part
of our heritage and are still protecting our Indian culture - generation after generation.
The world believes in the stories of Manu and Shraddha and Adam and Eve, Adam and Howwa but not asks
for their proofs. No historian or archaeologist tries to prove them wrong by calculating the time
schedule. Then why Shriram?
Shri Ram's story has been given in detail in our old scriptures too. His name influences us from early
morning to the bedtime, from birth to the last breathe saying "Ram name is the truth alone' at the
Not just from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari, but in the entire Arya Bharat, Shriram's name has a deep
influence. It is a belief and a tradition. Even half the world believes this. Then why irrelevant
arguements or unnecessary questions about him?
Sign of the Route : The route discovered has not been found by sitting in the libraries. It is the
beliefs of the people who live at those places after roaming across towns, villages, cities and
jungles. Some beliefs have disappeared but it is the duty of the researchers to grasp the subject. One
needs to be a wanderer to compile all this.
A route formed after these sites are marked on the map matches with the descriptions in the Valmiki
Ramayan. Shriram went to the Sutikshan ashram from Ayodhya. He stayed at Chitrakoot, travelled across
Dandkaranya for 10 years after meeting Sutikshan ji. He went to sages ashram's and wherever he found
benevolence, he went repeatedly finally returning to Sutikshan ashram. It seemed impossible to find
the entire route as names of some sages and ashram's are not described. Both Valmiki and Tulsidas too
have not given complete descriptions. (Please See Valmiki Ramayan 3/11/23 to 27) After Sita's
abduction, the route becomes even more difficult as Valmiki's description of the route from Kishkindha
to Rameshwaram seems difficult to decipher. Ram said to Neel the commander- "Senapati Neel! Guide the
whole army through a path where the food is in plenty and dense forests offer cool shade. There is
enough water and honey too."
The route talks of mountains but they are all scattered. I found many ashram sites on my route. Which
one did Shriram visit? Did he visit one and all. No hints are found. Which Ashrams are original? It is
possible that perhaps all Rishis had many branches. And all these ashrams had been a seat of culture,
research and learning. Hence, there are so many ashrams of Valmiki, Sharbhang, Bharadwaj and
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