Sunday, 18 May 2014

Balakandam !! The birth of Lord Rama & His brothers !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thatho Yagna Sampathey Thu Rithunam Sath Samathyayu:
Thatha: Cha Dwadhashey Masey Chaithrey Navamikey Thithau ||
Nakshathrey Adithi Dhaivathye Sva Uccha Sanastheshu Panchashu
Graheshu Karkatey Lagne Vakpatha Indhuna Saha ||
Prodhyamaney Jagannatham Sarvaloka Namaskritham
Kausalya Anjanayath Ramam Sarva Lakshna Samyutham ||
Vishno: Ardham Mahabhagam Puthram Ikshvaku Nandanam
Lohithaksham Mahabhahum Raktha Oshtam Dhundhubi Swanam
The celestials were highly pleased with the offerings made by King Dasaratha in the sacrificial fire and returned to their abodes.   Eventually King Dasaratha along with his wives returned to their Kingdom of Ayodhya accompanied by numerous guides, assistants after the successful completion of Ashwamedha Yaga and Puthra Kameshti Yaga.  The prominent Kings who were present on the occasion were extremely delightful and returned to their Kingdom after paying obeisance to Sage Vashishta, the associates of the Kings were happy to receive fine clothes as gifts.  The procession of Vedic scholars and King Dasaratha along with his wives entered the city of Ayodhya accompanied by Sage Rishyashrunga and his wife Shantha, King Romapada and the entourage of him.  The remaining months King Dasaratha was completely absorbed in the pleasing memory of the birth of their children.
The six seasons have passed in the twelfth month, on the ninth day of the month Chaithra, with the birth star Punarvasu and Aditi as the presiding deity of the star, the five planets such as Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus were in highest of the positions.  On that auspicious day, Kousalya gave birth to a son with all divine features like lotus-eyes, long arms, pink colored lips, voice of drumbeat.  Rama who was a personification of Lord Vishnu was adored by the three worlds was born in the Ikshvaku Dynasty.  Kousalya shone in the brilliance of her son just like Aditi who once stood out with her son Lord Indra, King of Lords.  Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharatha who has possessed all the virtues and valor of Rama was born with the birth star Pushya.  Sumithra gave birth to two sons namely Lakshman and Shathrugna with the birth star Ashlesha.  Thus, the four divine children born to King Dasaratha were virtuous and valorous with attractive physical features.  The celestial Gandharvas & Apasaras were singing and dancing in a state of ecstasy, there was reverberation of divine instruments like drum-beat, deities showered flowers and it was the day of grand festivity for the people of Ayodhya.  The streets of Ayodha filled with numerous dancers and singers and the celebration was at its peak.  King Dasaratha profusely offered affluence to the performers; Brahmins received abundance of money and cow as alms.  After eleven days of birth, Sage Vashishta performed the naming ceremony of the children, the elder one was named Rama, Kaikeyi’s son was named Bharatha, and Sumithra’s sons were named Lakshman and Shathrugna respectively.  In this way, King Dasaratha offered abundance of wealth to the Brahmin, valuable gifts to the people of Ayodhya and mass feast on the various auspicious occasions of his children like naming ceremony, Annaprasam/feeding the child with grains for the first time, hair removal of the child for the first time and Brahmopadesham/sacred thread ceremony  etc..  Rama gained a special place like Lord Brahma in the heart of his father and the people of Ayodhya as well.  These four children were scholars in Veda & sacred scriptures, virtuous, valorous, highly intellectuals and equally interested in the welfare of their subjects.   Rama surpassed with his brilliance, honesty and compassion and dear to the world as the cool breeze of moon.  Rama excelled in the art of archery, chariot fighting, horse fighting, elephant fighting and he was remarkably obedient servant of his father.  Lakshman was amiable and follower of his elder brother from childhood, he devoted his entire life in the service of Rama and remained in the shadow of Rama.  The love and compassion shared between the two brothers was marvelous, Rama does not eat or sleep without his younger brother Lakshman, when Rama leave for hunting expedition it was Lakshman rush behind him with bow and arrow.  Shathrugna was dearer to Bharatha and all his elder brothers, Bharatha protected him as his life.  King Dasaratha was blissful like Lord Brahma and the deities in the heaven, watching his sons grew more compassionate to each others with all those virtues.  These children have profound knowledge in Veda and Scriptures, gifted with abundance of propitious qualities and knowledge in archery and armaments, they delightfully served their father.   King Dasaratha was desirous of performing marriage of their sons, discussed the matter with the family priests and relatives.  It was the moment; Sage Vishwamithra arrived at the doorsteps of King Dasaratha.  Sage Vishwamithra spoke ‘Let the King Dasaratha be informed that I, son of Sage Gadhi from Kushi dynasty has arrived to meet him’.  The assistants were rushed to convey the message to King Dasaratha, eventually King Dasaratha with the priests arrived to receive Sage Vishwamithra with all honors like Lord Indra ceremoniously greets Lord Brahma.  Sage Vishwamithra was received with great hospitality, enquired the welfare of the family of King Dasaratha, well-being of the people of his Kingdom, treasures, friends and relatives.   Sage Vishwamithra enquired about the performance of rituals and social works etc..Later he was greeted Sage Vashishta and the sages assembled and enquired their well-being too.  Sage Vishwamithra along with King Dasaratha, Sage Vashishta and sages assembled were took their seats on the marvelous hall of assembly.  King Dasaratha was joyous at the arrival of Sage Vishwamithra and spoke “I consider your arrival as mortals attaining ambrosia/nectar, downpour in a dry land, a barren father begetting a progeny through his chaste wife, regaining the lost treasures; I heartily welcome you to the great city of Ayodhya. Oh! Illustrious Brahmin I am delightful at your arrival and you are the most eligible recipient to receive your choicest object from me.  I am fortunate to have your presence and my life is flourished, oh! Rajarishi, I venerate you, for all that have attained through your severe penances and became the supreme saint.  Though your arrival was surprising and shocking to me, but I have attained the devoutness of a pilgrimage from your divine appearance.  I would like to hear your purpose of arrival and I would treat it as a blessing to serve you.”  Thus, the righteous King Dasaratha gave a humble speech which was pleasing to the ears as well the hearts of the people assembled and Sage Vishwamithra as well.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!