Ramcharit Charcha CCCI

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

सिय सुंदरता बरनि न जाई। लघु मति बहुत मनोहरताई।।
आवत दीखि बरातिन्ह सीता।।रूप रासि सब भाँति पुनीता।।
सबहि मनहिं मन किए प्रनामा। देखि राम भए पूरनकामा।।
हरषे दसरथ सुतन्ह समेता। कहि न जाइ उर आनँदु जेता।।
सुर प्रनामु करि बरसहिं फूला। मुनि असीस धुनि मंगल मूला।।
गान निसान कोलाहलु भारी। प्रेम प्रमोद मगन नर नारी।।
एहि बिधि सीय मंडपहिं आई। प्रमुदित सांति पढ़हिं मुनिराई।।
तेहि अवसर कर बिधि ब्यवहारू। दुहुँ कुलगुर सब कीन्ह अचारू।।
छं0-आचारु करि गुर गौरि गनपति मुदित बिप्र पुजावहीं।
सुर प्रगटि पूजा लेहिं देहिं असीस अति सुखु पावहीं।।
मधुपर्क मंगल द्रब्य जो जेहि समय मुनि मन महुँ चहैं।
भरे कनक कोपर कलस सो सब लिएहिं परिचारक रहैं।।1।।
कुल रीति प्रीति समेत रबि कहि देत सबु सादर कियो।
एहि भाँति देव पुजाइ सीतहि सुभग सिंघासनु दियो।।
सिय राम अवलोकनि परसपर प्रेम काहु न लखि परै।।
मन बुद्धि बर बानी अगोचर प्रगट कबि कैसें करै।।2।।
दो0-होम समय तनु धरि अनलु अति सुख आहुति लेहिं।
बिप्र बेष धरि बेद सब कहि बिबाह बिधि देहिं।।323।।

We covered up to Doha 323 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that Sita who looked indescribably beautiful reached the central pavilion and every one saw her extra-ordinary beauty and respectfully bowed down their heads within their hearts. King Dashrath and his sons were very pleased too while the gods showered flowers to pay their respects towards Sita. The Munis recited Vedic hymns and the two Kul-Gurus performed various rituals enshrined in the Vedas as well as those which were being locally practiced. The Sun-god being the elder of the Sun-dynasty guided them and the gods happily appeared in person to accept the offering made to them in Pujas. Sita and Ram also exchanged glances laced with their super-natural love for each other but none of those present there noticed it.

जनक पाटमहिषी जग जानी। सीय मातु किमि जाइ बखानी।।
सुजसु सुकृत सुख सुदंरताई। सब समेटि बिधि रची बनाई।।
समउ जानि मुनिबरन्ह बोलाई। सुनत सुआसिनि सादर ल्याई।।
जनक बाम दिसि सोह सुनयना। हिमगिरि संग बनि जनु मयना।।
कनक कलस मनि कोपर रूरे। सुचि सुंगध मंगल जल पूरे।।
निज कर मुदित रायँ अरु रानी। धरे राम के आगें आनी।।
पढ़हिं बेद मुनि मंगल बानी। गगन सुमन झरि अवसरु जानी।।
बरु बिलोकि दंपति अनुरागे। पाय पुनीत पखारन लागे।।

Queen Sunayana, the consort of King Janak, who is well known all over the world, had such good fortune that not only did the creator exhausted all his skills in shaping her and ensuring to let her have special glory, all the virtues and limitless joys along with unmatched beauty and capacity to perform good and pious deeds. The Munis now wanted her to join Janak and sit beside him on the left side (in India wives sit on the left side of their husbands when they are performing worldly affairs and sit on the right side when engaged in religious affairs) and she was escorted honorably by married young ladies to come there. Sunayana with Janak looked as charming as did Maina and Himvan (when they gave Parvati away in marriage to Lord Shiv).

King Janak then put before Shri Ram golden Kalash (round vessels) filled with holy water and trays filled jewels and other fragrant and auspicious material using their own hands and did it with great joy. In the back-ground the Munis were continuously recited Vedic hymns and the heavens rained flowers considering it to be an occasion fit for it. The royal couple became very emotional and affectionate looking at the bride-groom i e Shri Ram and started to wash His feet (this is a ritual performed before other rituals for marriage are commenced as the bride-groom in considered to be a form of Lord Vishnu by the in-law).

छं0-लागे पखारन पाय पंकज प्रेम तन पुलकावली।
नभ नगर गान निसान जय धुनि उमगि जनु चहुँ दिसि चली।।
जे पद सरोज मनोज अरि उर सर सदैव बिराजहीं।
जे सकृत सुमिरत बिमलता मन सकल कलि मल भाजहीं।।1।।

Charmed by lotus-feet of Shri Rama overly elated the couple washed His feet while the shouts of victory, sounds of singing and drumming filled the skies and the city and it spread across the four directions. It was the very same lotus-feet that always find a place in the center of heart of Lord Shiv, the enemy of lust; these are the same very feet which rid the mind of a person of the ill effects just when he remembers these feet and he embarks on path of doing the good deeds (the feet of Lord Ram remind one of the path He treads and when the path is clear, walking the same becomes easy).

जे परसि मुनिबनिता लही गति रही जो पातकमई।
मकरंदु जिन्ह को संभु सिर सुचिता अवधि सुर बरनई।।
करि मधुप मन मुनि जोगिजन जे सेइ अभिमत गति लहैं।
ते पद पखारत भाग्यभाजनु जनकु जय जय सब कहै।।2।।

These are those very feet that touched consort of Muni Gautam i e Ahalya and made her impure body pious and emancipated her by removing bondage. The nectar like water which falls over the head of Lord Shambhu flows from the toe of these every feet and makes him purest i e greatest among the gods who accept this status of Lord Shiv and declare it willingly. The Munis’ and Yogis’ minds hover around these feet of Lord like a humming bee and get a firm conviction which provides them salvation. King Janak is washing those feet which makes him very fortunate indeed and therefore all the people are hailing him for it.

बर कुअँरि करतल जोरि साखोचारु दोउ कुलगुर करैं।
भयो पानिगहनु बिलोकि बिधि सुर मनुज मुनि आँनद भरैं।।
सुखमूल दूलहु देखि दंपति पुलक तन हुलस्यो हियो।
करि लोक बेद बिधानु कन्यादानु नृपभूषन कियो।।3।।

The palms of the bride (Sita) and bride-groom (Ram) were then joined by the Kul-Gurus while they recited Mantras and this way the ritual of Panigahan (holding of hands, symbolic of being husband and wife) was over, observing which the creator, the gods, the Munis and the ordinary people had hearts filled with joy (i e all sections of society found it a source of joy, the togetherness of Sita and Ram is the very source of all joys for every one). The heart of royal couple overwhelmed with emotional surge upon the sight of bride-groom Lord Shri Ram who in fact is the very source of all joy (as the Supreme God). This is how observing all the Vedic norms and local customs the ornament like personality among the kings i e King Janak gave away his daughter in marriage to Shri Ram (this is known as Kanyadaan).

हिमवंत जिमि गिरिजा महेसहि हरिहि श्री सागर दई।
तिमि जनक रामहि सिय समरपी बिस्व कल कीरति नई।।
क्यों करै बिनय बिदेहु कियो बिदेहु मूरति सावँरी।
करि होम बिधिवत गाँठि जोरी होन लागी भावँरी।।4।।

Janak gave away Sita in a similar manner as Himvaan did by presenting Girija (Parvati) to Lord Shiv and the Sagar (the ocean who got Lakshmi upon its being churned by the gods and the demons and therefore was considered to be her father) did by presenting Lakshmi to Lord Hari, thus he became renowned and glorious like them this latest time. King Janak became speechless and failed to say some sweet words at this special occasion as he had really become Videh (unmindful of body) upon looking at the Lord Ram’s form of blueish hue and justified his being called ‘Videh’ because of the extent of his knowledge which had made him realize that the body is temporary and Atman was permanent. The scared fire was lit up and auspicious substances were poured in to it in process of performing Homa and the edges of upper garment of Sita and Ram were ritualistically tied together after which they began doing rounds of this sacred fire, this process is called Bhanvari (the seven rounds of fire pot taken by the newly weds seals the marriage under Indian system, the fire god becomes the witness to marriage).

दो0-जय धुनि बंदी बेद धुनि मंगल गान निसान।
सुनि हरषहिं बरषहिं बिबुध सुरतरु सुमन सुजान।।324।।

Calls of ‘Jaya,Jaya’, the praises sung by wards, the reciting of Vedic hymns and singing of festive songs and sounds of kettledrums made the gods jubilant and these wise gods now showered the flowers obtained from the Kulpvruksh (the wish-grating tree) planted in their back-yard.

We have now covered up to Doha 324 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tusidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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