Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Balakandam !! 34. The legend of Sage Vishwamithra’s lineage!!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Krutha Udhavahey Gathey Thasminn Brahmadattey Cha Raghava |
Aputhra: Puthra Labhaya Pouthrim Ishtam Akalpayath ||
Puthra: They Sadhrusha: Puthra Bhavishyathi Sudharmika: |
Gandhim Prapsyasi Thena Thvam Keerthim Lokey  Cha Shvashvathim ||
Kasyachith Thu Atha Kalasya Kushanamasya Dheematha: |
Jajye Paramam Dharmishto Gandhi: Ithi Yeva Namatha: ||
Maharishi Vishwamithra continued “ Brahmadatta with his hundred wives returned to their Kingdom.  King Kushanabha was distressed due to lack of son, decided to conduct a Vedic ritual as an initiation to Puthrakameshti Yaga to beget virtuous progeny.  A grand Yaga was organized, while the performance of the ritual, the splendid King Kusha Manasa Puthra of Lord Brahma appeared before the ritual fire and spoke “Oh! Dearest son, you will be blessed with a virtuous child named Gandhi who will uphold your grandeur and through him the world will remember you always.” Shortly King Kusha departed to the abode of Lord Brahma.  In due course of time, King Kushanabha and his celestial wife had a son and they named him Gandhi.  Oh! Rama of Kakustha dynasty, the illustrious and righteous Gandhi born in Kusha dynasty is my father; hence I got the name Kaushika.  I have an elder sister Sathyavathi who undertook many austerities and married to Sage Ruchika.  She followed her departed husband with her mortal body to the abode of heaven with the powers of her austerities; she was named after the sacred river Kaushiki.  Later, her water courses descend down to Earth for the welfare of the Universe and its living beings, through the Himalayan Mountains.  Sathyavathi was pious, righteous, highly devoted to her husband turned out as one of the sacred rivers Kaushiki. I have come down to Siddhashrama in order to accomplish the task which I was assigned, fulfilled my vow but remained indebted to your splendor.  Oh! Rama, I have narrated to you about my lineage, birth and about my province the place we are presently on the river bank of Sona.”   It was past midnight, stillness followed the woods, trees, animals and birds were quite, and sea waves disappeared, sky remained with full of stars, moon dispelled the darkness by spreading sparkling rays, cool breeze and happiness as well.   It was the time of Yaksha and demons to find pleasure in the dark hours of the night.  Sage Vishwamithra advised Rama to get some sleep.  All sages assembled were agreed to the words of the eminent Sage Vishwamithra.  They highly praised Sage Vishwamithra and his dynasty well known for their righteousness, prominent among the mankind who has the resemblance of Lord Brahma and they remained highly revered.  They eulogized Sage Vishwamithra for his prominence and River Kaushiki who is glorifying her lineage by serving the humanity.  Sage Vishwamithra was pleased at heart listening to the appreciation of the sages assembled, slowly drifted to sleep, even Rama with a great astonishment admired Sage Vishwamithra and went to sleep with Soumithri/Lakshman.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!