Sunday, 22 March 2015

Balakandam !! 72. Bharatha & Shathrugna’s marriage proposal to the daughters of King Kushadhvaja !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Thama Ukthavatham Vaidheham Vishwamithro Mahamuni: |
Uvacha Vachanam Veeram Vashishta Sahithey Nrupam ||
Achinthyani Aprameyani Kulani Narapungava |
Ikshvakunam  Vidhehanam Na  Yesham Thulyo Asthi Kaschana ||
Sadhrusho Dharma Sambandha: Sadhrusho Roopa Sampadha |
Rama Lakshmanayo Rajan Sita Cha Urmilaya Saha ||
Vakthavyam Cha Narashreshta Shruyatham Vachanam Mama |
Bhratha Yaviyana Dharmascha Yesha Raja Kushadhvaja: ||
King Janaka described the lineage of Vidheha, eminent Sage Vishwamithra and Sage Vashishta approached the King Janaka and replied “ Oh! Narapungava, Ikshvakus and Vidhehas are matchless dynasties with prominent Kings of incomparable valor and glories.  The marriage alliance of Rama and Lakshmana to Sita and Urmila is the perfect association of bridegroom and bride of righteousness and charm.  Oh! Narashreshta, listen to me, your younger brother King Kushadhvaja who is well known for his virtue, his two daughters will be the perfect match for Bharatha and Shathrugna as well.  Hence, we would like to choose the two daughters of your younger brother for the two honorable men.  These all four sons of King Dhasharatha are stunningly charming and youthful, equivalent to the rulers of world and valorous as deities.  Oh! Rajendra,  Ikshvakus and Vidheha are unparalleled dynasties with their pious deeds and therefore with this alliance both the dynasties will remain interconnected.”  Sage Vishwamithra paused; King Janaka replied after listening to the eminent Sages “I am highly honored by the opinion of you.  It will be appropriate to choose the two daughters of Kushadhvaja as the bride for Bharatha and Shathrugna respectively.  Oh! Mahamuney, Let our four daughters palms taken for marriage by the valorous princes on the same day of Uthara Phalguni.  Oh! Munipungavai, you both had performed generous act for that I will remain grateful and earnestly pray to accept the dignified seats, you two eminent Sages can complete the marriage ceremony as the way you feel appropriate, just like how Mithila belongs to King Dhasharatha and vice versa.”  King Dhasharatha was highly pleased at the generosity of King Janaka and replied “   Oh! King Janaka of Mithila and King Kushadhvaja, you both have abundance of virtues and high reverence for Rishis and Kings, which are highly commendable.  We shall proceed to conduct the ritual of tribute to our ancestors.” Further the two Kings were undertaken the procedure for homage to ancestors.  On the next day morning King Dhasharatha performed the initial rituals of marriage in a grand manner, he abundantly offered hundred thousands of cows to Brahmin in the name of four sons.  King Dhasharatha who is extremely affectionate towards his sons, donated hundred thousand of cows in the name of each son; the cows were decked with golden case on their horn along with their calves and milking pot, in addition to this various riches were offered to the Brahmins in the form of charity.   While performing abundance of charity, King Dhasharatha in the midst of four sons shone like four faced Lord Brahma on Earth.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!