Bishwa Nath Singh
It has been said that one who listens the story of the marriage of Ram and Sita is blessed with godly bliss.Let us have glimpse of the marriage of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita and be blessed with godly bliss!
( Photo of Swamayvar of Mithila)
Share: You and Umashanker Saraswat like this..
Bishwa Nath Singh:
On the banks of the holy river Saryu stood the magnificent city of Ayodhya, the capital of the kingdom of Koshala. King Dasaratha, its ruler performed ceremonial sacrifice to fire God for having desirable son (putreshthi yagna). As a result..., Ram was born to Kaushalya, Bharat to Kaikeyi and Laxman and Shatrughna to Sumitra . As they grew, sacred thread ceremony was held for all the four brothers.One day Sage Maharshi Vishwamitra arrived at Ayodhya and approached the King Dasarath asking for Ram and Laxman's help in killing demons who were disturbing his meditation. Dasharatha was apparently hesitant as Ram and Laxman were of tender age at that time and were not ready for a fight against mighty demons. However Dashratha consented as sage Vashishta advised him that it would be in their best interest. They would learn numerous secret art and weaponry from Maharshi Vishwamitra. Maharshi Vishwamitra led Ram and Laxman to his hermitage On their way, Tadaka (or Tataka) had obstructed. On Maharshi Vishwamitra's command, Ram killed Tadaka at once. On reaching his hermitage (ashram), Maharshi Vishwamitra started oblation and assigned the task of protecting the place to Ram and Laxman. The heroic lads destroyed and thrashed demons like Marich, Khar-Dushan and Subahu easily. Maharshi Vishwamitra was impressed and took them under his wing and trained them to use magic weaponry. Meanwhile.Mithila King Janaka sent invitation to Maharshi Vishwamitra to adorn the swayamvar of his daughter, Sita. Maharshi Vishwamitra asked Ram and Laxman to accompany him to the beautiful capital of the Videhas, Mithila.ruled by King Janaka. On their way to Janakpur, Ram noticed a stone idol of a beautiful woman lying on ground. MaharshVishwamitra told Ram the legend behind it. She was Ahilya, wife of Sage Maharshi Gautama but turned into stone due a curse given by her husband Maharshi Gautama for her misconduct with no fault of her as she was badly deceived by a godly person who cheated her under garb of Maharshi Gautam while Maharshi Gautam had gone for his bathing into the nearby holy river..After listening its history, Sri Ram touched the stone with her feet and she was transformed soon back to her original form. On arrival at Janakpuri, Maharshi Vishwamitra was accorded rousing welcome by Raja Janak who came all the way to meet Marashi Vishwamitra who in turn introduced Ram and Laxman with their full details to Raja Janak. Later on, Mahrashi Vishwamitra . had asked Ram and Laxman to go for sight seeing and get some flowers for him. At the flower garden,Ram had glimpse of Sita and both were attracted towards each other.The day of swayamvar arrived. Maharshi Viswamitra accompanied by Ram & Laxman reached to the venue of Swaymvar where they were given due place with respect. Raja Janaka proclaimed that the man who could string the mighty bow of Lord Shiva would win his beautiful daughter, Sita's hand in marriage. Many kings tried to lift the great bow, but none could even budge it. Raja Janak was disheartened. He lamented that 'it seems that the earth is devoid of brave men. My daughter would remain unmarried.. None had been able to perform this feat. Maharshi Vishwamitra said, "My boy, Ram try that." Ram, with the blessings of the gods and his Guru Maharshi Vishwamitra, lifted the bow with no effort. As he bent down to string the bow, it broke with a sound that echoed in the three worlds, leaving him shocked at his own strength. Sita was overjoyed and garlanded Ram. But the path was not all rosy for Ram. As news of breaking of arrow spread like wildfire, A great Saga Parshuram known for his anger came to the site. When he saw broken bow he asked who did it. Ram promptly made him calm with his courteous replies. When Parshuram figured out the true identity of Ram, he was very much pleased and blessed him. Envoys were sent to Ayodhya with this good news carrying invitation and personal letter from Raja Janak to be delivered to Raja Dasarath of Ayodhya.. Raja Dashratha prepared for a grand procession and arrived in Mithila. A grand ceremony marked the marriage of Ram and Sita. With the advise of Maharshi Vashishta, Raja Janak ‘s other daughter Urimila was married to Laxman whereas Bharata and Shatrughn were given Mandavi and Shrtikirti in order being both the daughters of Raja Kushadhwaja, a younger brother of Janaka. Vishwarnitra blessed all of them heartily and went away to the Himalayas.After few days of stay at Janakpuri, Raja Dashratha departed for Ayodhya along with Maharshi Vashishta and four newly wedded couples followed by other processionals who had gone to Mithila from Ayodhya. For the people of Ayodhya, it turned out to be a festival of festivals and memorable for them. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to their lotus feet and seek their bliss for well-being of all living-being of this universe!
Bishwa Nath Singh
It has been said that one who listens the story of the marriage of Ram and Sita is blessed with godly bliss.All of my friends/well-wishers are requested to visit my Profile Page and have glimpse of my write-up on this subject and be blessed.
( Photo of Swaymabar of Mithila in which Sita was seen garlanding Ram)