Ramcharit Charcha XCVIII

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri ram jai Ram Jai jai Ram II
II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II
II Sri ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

जस दूलहु तसि बनी बराता। कौतुक बिबिध होहिं मग जाता।।
इहाँ हिमाचल रचेउ बिताना। अति बिचित्र नहिं जाइ बखाना।।
सैल सकल जहँ लगि जग माहीं। लघु बिसाल नहिं बरनि सिराहीं।।
बन सागर सब नदीं तलावा। हिमगिरि सब कहुँ नेवत पठावा।।
कामरूप सुंदर तन धारी। सहित समाज सहित बर नारी।।
गए सकल तुहिनाचल गेहा। गावहिं मंगल सहित सनेहा।।
प्रथमहिं गिरि बहु गृह सँवराए। जथाजोगु तहँ तहँ सब छाए।।
पुर सोभा अवलोकि सुहाई। लागइ लघु बिरंचि निपुनाई।।
छं0-लघु लाग बिधि की निपुनता अवलोकि पुर सोभा सही।
बन बाग कूप तड़ाग सरिता सुभग सब सक को कही।।
मंगल बिपुल तोरन पताका केतु गृह गृह सोहहीं।।
बनिता पुरुष सुंदर चतुर छबि देखि मुनि मन मोहहीं।।
दो0-जगदंबा जहँ अवतरी सो पुरु बरनि कि जाइ।
रिद्धि सिद्धि संपत्ति सुख नित नूतन अधिकाइ।।94।।

We covered up to Doha 94 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Goswami Tulsidas in the last post when the procession of Shiv’s Barat was joined by all his Gans of different ilks who started madly enjoying themselves.

The commotion resulting from marriage procession nearing the city added to its charm (the procession has gods along with Brahma and Lord Vishnu and Shiv himself as the bridegroom which fact is bound to make the city more active and alive and full of attraction). The members of advance party from side of Himvan, in decorated vehicles, went ahead to receive the Baraat with due honor and offerings. They became very happy and pleased in their hearts looking at the gods, their groups and Lord Hari (Vishnu) as they had an aura of grace and beauty but their enthusiasm proved short live when they had glimpse of those who accompanied Shiv more closely. The party of hosts ran away due to dreadful sight, in their vehicles leaving some who stayed had some understanding and courage.

The village children who out of curiosity had flocked around ran like mads to save their lives. Seeing condition of these children their parents inquired of them what the matter was. These children shaking badly told their parents, “How can we describe what we saw, the Baraat procession looked like army of god of death. The bridegroom seems as a maniac, he is riding on a bull; serpents, skulls and ashes have been used as ornament and cosmetics.”

The children kept informing all visiting houses along their way that he (the bridegroom) is naked, with long unkempt hair, smeared with ash, snacks dangling about him and is holding human skulls, he is accompanied by ghosts,goblins and spirits, Jogies and people who move only in nights, their faces are ugly and deformed. Only a one who is lucky on account of his good deeds may survive after meeting them and would be able to witness Uma’s wedding.

The elders then could make out what the children were talking is retinue of Shiv and smiled, they then explained to children that there is nothing in it to be afraid about (Shiv is long known to people and he is known to be keeping this very kind of company and dressings and items and hence it was not a surprise to parents of children, but this knowledge is yet to be acquired by the younger).

We have now covered up to Doha 95 of Balkand. The story Shiv’s wedding with Uma is just about to take an interesting turn, we will enjoy it all in next few posts. The original lines from the Manas are given below:

नगर निकट बरात सुनि आई। पुर खरभरु सोभा अधिकाई।।
करि बनाव सजि बाहन नाना। चले लेन सादर अगवाना।।
हियँ हरषे सुर सेन निहारी। हरिहि देखि अति भए सुखारी।।
सिव समाज जब देखन लागे। बिडरि चले बाहन सब भागे।।
धरि धीरजु तहँ रहे सयाने। बालक सब लै जीव पराने।।
गएँ भवन पूछहिं पितु माता। कहहिं बचन भय कंपित गाता।।
कहिअ काह कहि जाइ न बाता। जम कर धार किधौं बरिआता।।
बरु बौराह बसहँ असवारा। ब्याल कपाल बिभूषन छारा।।
छं0-तन छार ब्याल कपाल भूषन नगन जटिल भयंकरा।
सँग भूत प्रेत पिसाच जोगिनि बिकट मुख रजनीचरा।।
जो जिअत रहिहि बरात देखत पुन्य बड़ तेहि कर सही।
देखिहि सो उमा बिबाहु घर घर बात असि लरिकन्ह कही।।
दो0-समुझि महेस समाज सब जननि जनक मुसुकाहिं।
बाल बुझाए बिबिध बिधि निडर होहु डरु नाहिं।।95।।

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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