Ramcharit Charcha CCLXXXV

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

भूप भरत पुनि लिए बोलाई। हय गय स्यंदन साजहु जाई।।
चलहु बेगि रघुबीर बराता। सुनत पुलक पूरे दोउ भ्राता।।
भरत सकल साहनी बोलाए। आयसु दीन्ह मुदित उठि धाए।।
रचि रुचि जीन तुरग तिन्ह साजे। बरन बरन बर बाजि बिराजे।।
सुभग सकल सुठि चंचल करनी। अय इव जरत धरत पग धरनी।।
नाना जाति न जाहिं बखाने। निदरि पवनु जनु चहत उड़ाने।।
तिन्ह सब छयल भए असवारा। भरत सरिस बय राजकुमारा।।
सब सुंदर सब भूषनधारी। कर सर चाप तून कटि भारी।।
दो0- छरे छबीले छयल सब सूर सुजान नबीन।I
जुग पदचर असवार प्रति जे असिकला प्रबीन।।298।।

We covered up to Doha 298 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas and learned that King Dashrath called Bharat and instructed to arrange for the Barat, get the horses, elephants and the carriages readied. Both brothers, Bharat and Shatrughan became happy to learn that Barat would shortly leave for Janakpur they will have occasion to meet their other two brothers and gave further instructions to the concerned staff. The preparations began and all the young princes of Ayodhya became astride horses of fine breeds, they wore ornaments and also their held their bows and quivers, looked handsome and brave. Each horse was accompanied by two foot soldiers who were expert in sword fight.

बाँधे बिरद बीर रन गाढ़े। निकसि भए पुर बाहेर ठाढ़े।।
फेरहिं चतुर तुरग गति नाना। हरषहिं सुनि सुनि पवन निसाना।।
रथ सारथिन्ह बिचित्र बनाए। ध्वज पताक मनि भूषन लाए।।
चवँर चारु किंकिन धुनि करही। भानु जान सोभा अपहरहीं।।
सावँकरन अगनित हय होते। ते तिन्ह रथन्ह सारथिन्ह जोते।।
सुंदर सकल अलंकृत सोहे। जिन्हहि बिलोकत मुनि मन मोहे।।
जे जल चलहिं थलहि की नाई। टाप न बूड़ बेग अधिकाई।।
अस्त्र सस्त्र सबु साजु बनाई। रथी सारथिन्ह लिए बोलाई।।
दो0-चढ़ि चढ़ि रथ बाहेर नगर लागी जुरन बरात।
होत सगुन सुन्दर सबहि जो जेहि कारज जात।।299II

The warriors in the army of Dashrath who had committed themselves to fighting fiercely in the battle field stood out side the city in readiness and were exercising the horses at various paces and ways and were cheerful listening to the sound of drumming. The charioteers prepared their Raths (cars) in imaginative ways and fixed flags and banners as also ornaments studded with gems. The bells were tied to the cars and were making tinkling sound. On the whole the chariot of Sun-god might be considered a little less in elegance and splendor compared to the chariots that were being readied there (Sun-god is supposed to cross the sky in a chariot in a majestic way). Horses of a special kind of breed having black ears and totally white bodies were attached to the chariots (these horses are used while performing Ashwamedh Yagna), they were beautifully ornamented and stole even the hearts of Munis (who do not give much importance to pomp and show). These horses were capable of running over the water bodies in the same fashion as they would run over the landed tracts, because of their high speed their feet will not sink deep. The chariots were provided with weapons that are thrown and weapons that are held in hand while fighting. The charioteers signaled their masters and occupants as passengers that they were ready.

People now riding on their respective vehicles collected out side the city and all those who were running errands found good omens on their way which indicated good tidings and auspicious happenings.

We have now covered up to Doha 299 of Balkand.

कलित करिबरन्हि परीं अँबारीं। कहि न जाहिं जेहि भाँति सँवारीं।।
चले मत्तगज घंट बिराजी। मनहुँ सुभग सावन घन राजी।।
बाहन अपर अनेक बिधाना। सिबिका सुभग सुखासन जाना।।
तिन्ह चढ़ि चले बिप्रबर बृन्दा। जनु तनु धरें सकल श्रुति छंदा।।
मागध सूत बंदि गुनगायक। चले जान चढ़ि जो जेहि लायक।।
बेसर ऊँट बृषभ बहु जाती। चले बस्तु भरि अगनित भाँती।।
कोटिन्ह काँवरि चले कहारा। बिबिध बस्तु को बरनै पारा।।
चले सकल सेवक समुदाई। निज निज साजु समाजु बनाई।।
दो0-सब कें उर निर्भर हरषु पूरित पुलक सरीर।
कबहिं देखिबे नयन भरि रामु लखनू दोउ बीर।।300।।

Special kind of seats and canopies were placed on the magnificent elephants; the elephants swayed in their toxic mood and the bells tied to their neck made pleasing sound like the sound of rumbling of clouds in the month of Shravan (a monsoon month). There were other kind of vehicles too like the palanquins etc and the groups of Brahmins were seated in side those, it looked as if the hymns of Vedas had appeared in human form. The eulogists, singers and bards also took suitable vehicles and the mules, camels and bulls etc were loaded with needed goods of various kinds. The servants also also joined in various groups carrying items of use.

All in the procession had hearts full of cheer and bodies lightened with feeling of pleasure at the prospect of seeing the two brothers, Ram and Lakshman, in full measure with both eyes as long as wanted (the God oriented people are always thrilled at the prospect of participating in events related with their master).

We have now covered up to Doha 300 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Prabhu Shri Ram Ki Jai!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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