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Sat 06 May 2023

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM (UTC+5.5)

Indica Books Live with Jijith Nadumiri Ravi, author of Rivers of Rigveda and The Geography of Ramayana

Indica Books presents Author Q&A with Jijith Nadumiri Ravi

Book Discussion : Geography of Ramayana & Rivers of Rgveda 

Geography of Ramayana

This book on the Geography of Rāmāyaṇa is a sequel to the book Rivers of Ṛgveda (ISBN 979-8-88530-307-1) which focused on the Geography of Ṛgveda. This book will be followed by an upcoming book on the Geography of Mahābhārata, thus completing a trilogy on the geochronology of Bhāratavarṣa. This book focus on the cities, towns, villages, kingdoms, regions, forests, mountain ranges, mountain peaks, rivers and lakes of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa. It highlights the Geography of Bhāratavarṣa as known to Rāma, Vālmīki, Agastya and others who lived in the Rāma Era. The book strictly adhere to the geographical data present in the Saṃskṛt Ślokas of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, and hence provides many surprising new insights on the Geography of Rāmāyaṇa.

Jijith Nadumuri Ravi has earlier done remarkable work on the geography of the Ṛgveda.  He now follows this up with this volume, on the geography of Rāmāyaṇa, with a subsequent companion on Mahābhārata. – Dr Bibek Debroy

Geography of the Ramayana is a worthy successor to Jijith’s book Rivers of the Ṛgveda. His background in the sciences, literally as a rocket scientist, helps him to stick to data and logic. – Dr Koenraad Elst

What happened to the intervening Kuru Pāñcāla region, the heartland of Vedic culture, as the events of Rāmāyaṇa unfolded? Jijith carefully sifts the chronological strata in the Rāmāyaṇa and gives a coherent picture. – Vishal Agarwal

It is welcome to note this new book by Jijith – the 2nd  of a trilogy – focusing on the geography of the Rāmāyaṇa. He adds to the corpus of knowledge with rich maps, ancient geographies, and histories. – Dr Raj Vedam

Rivers of Rgveda 

Have you ever wondered what is really inside Rgveda? Do you know that apart from the names of the Devatas, Rgveda mentions hundreds of kings and sages by name? Do you know that it mentions more than 30 rivers? You may be familiar with many events in Ramayana and Mahabharata, but do you know about any interesting events mentioned in Rgveda? Most of the impressions about Rgveda are shaped by secondary information, and they seldom delve deep into the Rgvedic verses. This book is a geographical journey into Rgveda with the Rgvedic rivers as our primary guides. The book will take you through the rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Sarasvati, Sarayu and others. You will get familiarized with many Rgvedic events like the Dasarajna Battle, Varshagira Battle and so on and get a clear picture of the chronology of events mentioned in Rgveda and its connections with Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Jijith Nadumiri Ravi


Jijith Nadumuri Ravi, former space scientist with ISRO, is the author of the book Rivers of Ṛgveda (January 2022) and Geography of Rāmāyaṇa (January 2023), focusing on the geo-chronology of Ṛgveda, with an update on Out of India Theory. Jijith’s new book on the Geography of Mahābhārata is set to be released on January 2024. At ISRO he contributed to the Chandrayan 1 GSO-LTO orbit design, and the GSLV launches D2, F01, and F02. He got appreciation from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for his work in Chandrayan 1 study phase. He founded the website AncientVoice (ancientvoice.wikidot.com). It contains 25,376 pages on Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, Vedas and Purāṇas. It has self-made Bhāratavarṣa maps, analysis articles, lineage charts, analysis of 16,000 plus nouns, data illustrations and paintings. Naalanda and Takshasila are the sister sites of AncientVoice, focusing on the Upaniṣads and Greek, Avestan and Tamil literature. Jijith was invited as speaker at international conferences and presented more than 7 research papers on Mahābhārata Geography. He worked as a mediator for the dating of the Kurukṣetra War. As an artist he visualize events from Itihāsa-Purāṇas. Jijith founded the platform Dharma Digital (dharmadigital.in) with 100 plus self-made Metaverse ready 3D digital holograms to promote Dharma using digital technologies like Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.


Abhinav Agarwal


Abhinav is a technology professional with over twenty years in the software industry, the technical editor of a book published by McGraw-Hill, a prolific writer on areas on technology and Indology. He is a computer engineer and holds a post graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.


Pranshu Saxena


An avid reader of world history and mythology Pranshu Saxena inherited the inquisitiveness from his grandparents. The passion stuck through his education in Delhi, Cambridge and post-graduation in America. He enjoys a detailed analysis of past events marrying it with his current position as Software Manager. His first fictional prose was published through Indic Academy in Unsung Valour – Forgotten Warriors of Kurukshetra, past publications include articles on Cricket. His writings on history and mythology are available on various portals. Pranshu tutors Indian Culture to youngsters in New Jersey where he shares his life with wife, daughter and a lifelong collection of books.