the Tretayuga, it was but a thick forest, except for a small extent of two
miles, where the sage Bharadwaja lived in his hermitage. In the vicinity of
which lived Guha, the Nishada king with whose help Rama crossed the Ganges and
entered the Prayaga region. Poet Valmiki gives a picturesque account of this
Episode and refers to Rama and Guha, as two immortal sailor captains, one
helping people cross the Ganges, and the other for crossing the ocean of births.
After taking blessings of Bharadwaj, Rama moves further to Chitrakuta, and later
to the asrams of several reputed sages like Agasthya.
Picture was different in the Dwaparayuga. By the time the Kurukshetra war was
over, it was a well-developed place, teeming with millions, and thriving as a
popular thirtha kshetra.