- I have collected data on many Valmiki Asrama sites as per the sthala puranas for over a year : http://satyask.wordpress.com/valmiki-ashram/
- My selection of Kanpur is based on Uttarakanda ofthe Valmiki Ramayana. Gita Press Critical Edition. You may see my notes at the links given below.
- Lava and Kusa, the twin sons of Sri Rama were born at Valmiki As’ram, on a Sravana Pournami Night, when Satrughna was on his way from Ayodhya to Mathura to kill Lavanasura.
- Satrughna met Sita Devi, saw her twins and congratulated her. http://ancientindians.wordpress.com/2009/02/06/satrughna-was-at-valmiki-ashram-at-the-same-time-as-lava-kusa-were-born/
I used maps and distances and found that Kanpur – Bithoor is the only place that matches with Uttarakanda of Valmiki Ramayanam
The distance by the modern route is under 600 km via Lucknow and it takes 8-9 hours by road.
In those days, Satrughna rested for 2 nights on the way from Ayodhya to Valmiki’s Asrama and rested for 7 nights on the way from Valmiki’s Asrama to Cyavana’s Asrama near Mathura. Of all the places reputed to be the birth place of Lava and Kusa, Kanpur best fits the bill.
Modern route road distance from Ayodhya to Kanpur is under 250 km.
Modern route road distance from Kanpur to Mathura is under 350 km.
“Bithoor is a centre of Hindu pilgrimage near Kanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, India…., can be traced back to ancient times. Bithoor is located about 20 km upstream of the river from the city and is approximately 10 km from the IIT Kanpur Campus. The site at Bithoor is the Valmiki Ashram, where queen Seeta, on being exiled by King Ramachandra of Ayodhya, spent her days in seclusion at the ashram bringing up her twin sons Lava and Kush.”
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