How’s that for an entrance? The Ramayana Theme Park is located in the campus of Ramakrishna Mission, Periyanayakan Palayam, Mettuppalayam Road, Coimbatore. There are a few games and rides that kids (below 15 years) can play, and they are modeled on the various important events in the Hindu Epic ‘Ramayana’.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA – How I would have loved to take a couple of kids along with me to this place 😛 This rakshasi is called Tatakaaaaaa 🙂 It seems Vishwamitra was being troubled by her and he requested Dasaratha to send Rama and Lakshmana to kill her, which they did and hence he taught a lot of mantras to them with which they could summon powerful weapons to destroy evil forces.
I wonder which kid would like to sit on that swing and go in to the mouth of this rakshasi – Surasaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! 🙂 It seems when Hanuman was on his way to Lanka, this rakshasi was hungry and opened its mouth so that it can eat Hanuman. But Hanuman got bigger and bigger in form and made it open its mouth more and more. Then he suddenly became smaller and entered the mouth and got out of it instantly. Then the rakshasi tells him that it was a test for Hanuman and he would reach his destination soon.
So, for each ride, the corresponding story from Ramayana is also given in a board next to it, like the above. Perhaps the elders could read it and refresh their knowledge about Ramayana while the kids are playing!
This see saw is in between Bharata and the Throne of Ayodhya where Bharata was waiting for Rama to end his exile and come back to Ayodhya. Bharata had requested the slippers of Rama, which he placed on the throne and was ruling on behalf of Rama, till he came back.
Well this one is my favorite! This is Kabandhaaaaaaa rakshasaaaaa :O It seems Indira cursed him (due to his evil deeds) to attain this form till Rama and Lakshmana come and cut off its hands, which is what they did, and he was freed of this form!
So, I guess if people have kids at home who are doing a lot of mischief, they could be brought here for playing 😀 while the elders can have some fun 🙂 It seems they are planning to create a similar theme park next to this one on ‘Mahabharata’. One can hope that the number of rakshasas will be less there 🙂
You can see some more photos taken at the Ramayan Theme park in Coimbatore, from the below embedded video slide show (Youtube, 2 min: 53 sec).