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
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।।
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।।
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।।
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।।
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।।
दो0-जय धुनि बंदी बेद धुनि मंगल गान निसान।
सुनि हरषहिं बरषहिं बिबुध सुरतरु सुमन सुजान।।324।।
We covered up to Doha 324 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that graceful Sunayanaji, who had been very fortunate to have Sita as her daughter, and King Janak seated together looked no less then the fortunate Maina and Himvan. The royal couple carried out all the rituals like washing lotus-feet of Shri Ram with great interest and love for Shri Ram while the Vedic hymns were being sung by host of Brahmin and Munis; the feet of Shri Ram were the very same feet that Lord Shiv always holds in his heart. The feet of Lord Shri Ram remove the evil from heart just when remembered, the touch of these feet had liberated Ahalya and now Janak had the good fortune of washing them. Later the Kul-Gurus performed the ritual of holding of hands (Panigrahan) and subsequently Janak performed the Kanyadaan (formal giving away of daughter in marriage) and the couple then looked at the Bride and the Bridegroom very fondly. After other customary Pujas, Sita and Ram began to go round the sacred fire (called Bhanvari) as the final
part of their becoming married in the presence of fire-god as witness.
कुअँरु कुअँरि कल भावँरि देहीं।।नयन लाभु सब सादर लेहीं।।
जाइ न बरनि मनोहर जोरी। जो उपमा कछु कहौं सो थोरी।।
राम सीय सुंदर प्रतिछाहीं। जगमगात मनि खंभन माहीं ।
मनहुँ मदन रति धरि बहु रूपा। देखत राम बिआहु अनूपा।।
दरस लालसा सकुच न थोरी। प्रगटत दुरत बहोरि बहोरी।।
भए मगन सब देखनिहारे। जनक समान अपान बिसारे।।
प्रमुदित मुनिन्ह भावँरी फेरी। नेगसहित सब रीति निबेरीं।।
राम सीय सिर सेंदुर देहीं। सोभा कहि न जाति बिधि केहीं।।
अरुन पराग जलजु भरि नीकें। ससिहि भूष अहि लोभ अमी कें।।
बहुरि बसिष्ठ दीन्ह अनुसासन। बरु दुलहिनि बैठे एक आसन।।
While Prince Ram and Princess Sita did the Bhanvaris in charming manner, they presented a sight which was no less than a great reward for the eyes; no example might be found to compare the lovely couple Ram and Sita. The alluring reflection of Ram and Sita in the jewel-studded pillars seemed as if the Kaamdev and Rati had taken manifold forms to watch the unworldly marriage of Shri Ram (the images of Sita and Ram looked like Kaamdev’s and Rati’s); the images were appearing and dis-appearing while the couple (Ram and Sita) moved and it seemed that Kaamdeva and Rati were returning back time after time because they could not satiate their desire in one go. All the people present there became captivated by the sight of Sita and Ram at that moment and became lost as much as Janak watching the couple. The Munis kept directing the couple during the course of taking the seven rounds of fire and finished all the rituals along with customary gifts being offered to the deserving. Later Ram applied Sindur (vermilion) on the forehead of Sita where the hairs parted, this picture presented an indescribable spectacle. The lotus like hand of Ram holding red-colored power over the moon-like fore-head of Sita looked like a thirsty snake striving to drink nectar by clinging around moon. After Sindur-ceremony was over, Muni Vashishtth directed the newly wed Ram and Sita to sit on single seat together.
छं0-बैठे बरासन रामु जानकि मुदित मन दसरथु भए।
तनु पुलक पुनि पुनि देखि अपनें सुकृत सुरतरु फल नए।।
भरि भुवन रहा उछाहु राम बिबाहु भा सबहीं कहा।
केहि भाँति बरनि सिरात रसना एक यहु मंगलु महा।।1।।
Seated on a special seat meant for the newly-wed couple, Ram and Janaki Sita presented a very delightful and reassuring sight for King Dashrath, thrilled by it and looking at the couple again and again King Dashrath felt that the Kulpa-vruksha (the tree that fulfills all desires) of his good deed had borne an new crop of fruits. The whole arena of marriage was now up-beat that Ram’s marriage had taken place, it was such an auspicious happening that no tongue could have successfully described the import of the event.
तब जनक पाइ बसिष्ठ आयसु ब्याह साज सँवारि कै।
माँडवी श्रुतिकीरति उरमिला कुअँरि लईं हँकारि के।।
कुसकेतु कन्या प्रथम जो गुन सील सुख सोभामई।
सब रीति प्रीति समेत करि सो ब्याहि नृप भरतहि दई।।2।।
After the related ceremonies for marriage of Shri Rama and Sita were over, Mandvi (daughter of Kusketu), Shrutikirti and Urmila were called there duly dressed like brides and Mandvi, virtuous and talented as well as very sober and charmingly beautiful, was married to Bharat by Janak joyfully, observing all the rites & rituals.
जानकी लघु भगिनी सकल सुंदरि सिरोमनि जानि कै।
सो तनय दीन्ही ब्याहि लखनहि सकल बिधि सनमानि कै।।
जेहि नामु श्रुतकीरति सुलोचनि सुमुखि सब गुन आगरी।
सो दई रिपुसूदनहि भूपति रूप सील उजागरी।।3।।
The younger sister of Sita i e Urmila, known to be more beautiful than others, was married to Lakshman with due observation of ceremonial and ritualistic details and in an honorable way. Shrutikirti named daughter who had beautiful eyes and lovely face besides having a lot of good qualities, was married by the king to Ripusudan (Shatrughan); she exuded elegance and refinement.
अनुरुप बर दुलहिनि परस्पर लखि सकुच हियँ हरषहीं।
सब मुदित सुंदरता सराहहिं सुमन सुर गन बरषहीं।।
सुंदरी सुंदर बरन्ह सह सब एक मंडप राजहीं।
जनु जीव उर चारिउ अवस्था बिमुन सहित बिराजहीं।।4।।
The brides and bride-grooms looked very much alike and were seated togther and they saw each other with a bit of hesitation but with great joy in their hearts. Their beauty was being enthusiastically praised by all and the gods were showering flowers on them. The beautiful brides sat under a single canopy along with their handsome husbands in a graceful poise; they seemed to be like four states of beings i e Jagrut (wakeful), Swapna (dream), Sishupti (sound-sleep) and Turiya (ego-less and conflict-less state) along with their masters.
दो0-मुदित अवधपति सकल सुत बधुन्ह समेत निहारि।
जनु पार महिपाल मनि क्रियन्ह सहित फल चारि।।325।।
King Dashrath saw his four sons along with their brides with enchantment as if the great king had achieved the rewards of four pronged practice (Daan,Yagna,Tapa and Yoga) in shape of four ends (Dharm,Arth, Kaam and Moksha).
(Daan i e charity results in gain of Dharma i e the the Religious righteousness, Yagna i e observation of sacrifice and sharing in worldly acts results in Artha or means and capacity, Tapa i e penance and discipline results in control of Kaam i e desires and lastly Yoga i e union with God, being with self ensures Moksha i e liberation and salvation. All should remain active in this way and find the ultimate reward of having human life.)
We have now covered up to Doha 325 of Balkand.
Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!