Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Balakandam !! Rama & Lakshman arrives at the confluence of river Ganga & Sarayu !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Kousalya Supraja Rama Poorva Sandhya Pravrarthathey |
Uththishta Nara Shardhoola Karthavyam Deivamahnikam ||
Thasya Rishey: Parama Udharam Vacha: Shruthva Nrupa  Nara Uththama: |
Snathva Krutha Udhakaou Veerou Jepathu: Paramam Japam ||
Thou Prayanthou Mahaveerya Divyam Thripayagam  Nadhim |
Dhadhrusha They Thatha: Sangamey Shubhey ||
Thathra Ashram Padham Punyam Rishinam Bhavi Atha Athmanam |
Bahu Varsha Sahasrani Thapyatham Paramam Thapa: ||
The illustrious Sage Vishwamithra saw in the early hours of dawn that the legatees of Kakustha sleeping on the grass bed and spoke “ Oh! Rama, Kousalya is extremely fortunate to beget you as her son. Oh! Valorous son, the early hours of sun rays has come into sight, there are some important rituals to be performed to satisfy the deities”.   Hearing the compassionate words of Sage Vishwamithra, the two valiant men got up from the grass bed, bathed and performed ablutions reciting the holy hymns of Goddess Sri Gayathri.  After finishing the rituals, they enthusiastically appeared before Sage Vishwamithra and paid obeisance to him.  They continued the journey with the Sage Vishwamithra through the woods, shortly they arrived at a sacred place where river Ganga confluences with the river Sarayu, they witnessed the hermitages of great souls, the place where the Rishis and sages performing severe austerities for several thousands of years.  Rama and Lakshman were highly delighted at this sight and enquired Sage Vishwamithra “ Oh! Revered Sage, Whose hermitages are they? Who is the Preceptor of these great souls?  We are thoroughly inspired by this sight and  we would like to listen more about this place.”  Sage Vishwamithra replied with a smile “ Oh ! Rama,  it  is the place where Lord Kamadeva was burnt by the wrathful third eye of  Lord Shiva,  Lord Kamadeva was disrupted Lord Shiva while performing severe penance.  Ultimately, Lord Kamadeva was burnt into ashes and remained bodiless entity, the place where Lord Kamadeva gave up his body was known as Anga Province.  And these are the hermitages belonged to Lord Shiva, occupied by the disciples of Lord Shiva, who are sinless by nature.  Let us put a halt on this sacred place tonight, tomorrow we will continue our journey to cross Ganga.   Initially we will perform ablutions and meditation before entering into the venerable hermitage.”   The Sages who were present in the hermitages were blissfully approached Sage Vishwamithra, reverentially greeted him and offered water to wash hands and feet, offered initial veneration to Sage Vishwamithra, in a while they offered warm welcome to Rama and Lakshman.  Sage Vishwamithra was pleased at the dedication of the sages assembled; they amused their guests with various myths and legends, Rama & Lakshman along with the sages went to perform meditation at the early hours of sunset, that night Rama comfortably stayed in the precinct of Lord Shiva’s hermitage in the association of virtuous souls and Sage Vishwamithra, happily absorbed in various myths.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!