The historical myth about Jatayu Earth Center Kollam, India
India has been the first choice of foreign tourists since ancient times. The world’s largest bird sculpture made at Chadayamangalam in the Kollam district located in Kerala is strong proof of this. India will be known for its beautiful artefacts in every period of time, from ancient to modern times. Jatayu Earth Center is indeed a must-visit destination, especially for those who are interested in Indian mythology and culture.
The magnificence of Jatayu Earth Center is so much that there is an influx of domestic and foreign tourists here. The story behind Jatayu Earth Center is quite a mystery. According to the locals, the idea for the centre originated from a group of artists who wanted to create something that would reflect the rich culture and mythology of India.
There is a great mysterious and religious story behind the huge statue of Jatayu. Jatayu got death in the story of Jatayu, but the story of his struggle became immortal forever. In the fierce battle between good and evil, Jatayu gave a tough fight to Ravana. According to mythological beliefs, Jatayu was a Tretayuga vulture bird who fought with Ravana till his last breath and sacrificed his life to protect the wife of Lord Shri Ram of Hindus.
Who was Jatayu?
According to the Ramayana, Jatayu met Lord Sri Rama at Panchavati, which is today’s Kollam (Kerala). Jatayu was a vulture. His character in Ramayana is considered very important. Jatayu is considered a symbol of respect for women. The world’s largest bird statue built in the Jatayu Nature Park located in Kollam, Kerala is dedicated to Jatayu.
Myths and religious beliefs related to Jatayu –
Jatayu was a character from the holy religious book of Hindus, Ramayana, not known to many. As the name of this place is ‘Jatayupara’, it was named after Jatayu. When we read about Jatayu in the religious books of Hindus, then the mention of Jatayu is easily found in them.
A famous incident about Jatayu is from Tretayuga. It is said that when Jatayu was young, he went on a high flight in the sky with his friend Sampati. He had to go to the sun, but due to the heat and high velocity of the wind, Jatayu returned halfway but Sampati kept flying in the sky.
His wings were scorched by the intense heat of the sun and he fell unconscious. He was later treated by a supremely wise sage and recovered. The mention of property is also found in Ramayana at the time when Lord Shri Ram was on the seashore to go to Lanka. Sampati meets Lord Shriram and his army on the beach itself.
Battle of Jatayu and Ravana –
According to the Ramayana, Jatayu was a friend of King Dasaratha of Ayodhya, the father of Lord Rama. When King Dasaratha, at the behest of Kaikeyi (Lord Shri Ram’s second mother), had told Lord Shri Ram to exile for 14 years, during that time Lord Shri Ram, his younger brother Laxman and his wife Sita were in the forest around Jatayupara.
When Ravana was abducting Mother Sita on the basis of his illusory powers, Jatayu heard his voice. Jatayu fought an equal battle with Ravana to protect Mother Sita. Jatayu was old and his power was very less in front of Ravana, yet he continued the war. The cruel Ravana cut off both his wings with his sword. Jatayu got injured and fell on this Jatayupara hill in Chadayamangalam village located in the Kollam district of Kerala.
Mother Sita was surprised to see this sacrifice of Jatayu and she gave a boon to Jatayu that he will not die until he finds Lord Rama.
Later, when Lord Rama and Lakshmana reach Jatayupara in search of Mother Sita, they find Jatayu injured. Jatayu tells everything to the Lord about how Ravana abducted mother Sita. After telling everything, Lord Shri Ram wants to correct Jatayu but Jatayu refuses and says that Lord, the biggest goal of my life was fulfilled today by meeting you, and nothing can be better for me than that I am with my Lord Shri Ram. I am sacrificing my life in Ram’s lap. Later, Rama and Lakshmana perform the last rites of Jatayu’s body and travel to Lanka.
best time to visit Jatayu Earth Cente
The best time to visit Jatayu Earth Center is during the winter season, which falls between November and February. The temperature during this time is pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities.
Today’s Modern Jatayu Adventure Center –
Descriptions of the natural beauty of Kerala are found everywhere. From historical books to ancient inscriptions, the beauty of Kerala is described. The Kollam district of Kerala, where the world’s largest bird statue has been built, this place is also no less than heaven. The Kerala Tourism Department has further beautified this place.
Jatayu Adventure Center has activities from around the world to make you feel adventurously reaching here, you get a chance to do many fun activities like Trekking, Rifle Shooting, Camping etc.
HOW TO REACH JATAYU EARTH CENTRE
Reaching Jatayu Earth Center is quite an adventure in itself. The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport, which is around 53 kilometres away. From there, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the destination.
For those who want to take the road, the centre is located around 170 kilometres from Kochi and 150 kilometres from Kanyakumari. One can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the centre.