Ramcharit Charcha CCCVI

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

पुनि जेवनार भई बहु भाँती। पठए जनक बोलाइ बराती।।
परत पाँवड़े बसन अनूपा। सुतन्ह समेत गवन कियो भूपा।।
सादर सबके पाय पखारे। जथाजोगु पीढ़न्ह बैठारे।।
धोए जनक अवधपति चरना। सीलु सनेहु जाइ नहिं बरना।।
बहुरि राम पद पंकज धोए। जे हर हृदय कमल महुँ गोए।।
तीनिउ भाई राम सम जानी। धोए चरन जनक निज पानी।।
आसन उचित सबहि नृप दीन्हे। बोलि सूपकारी सब लीन्हे।।
सादर लगे परन पनवारे। कनक कील मनि पान सँवारे।।
दो0-सूपोदन सुरभी सरपि सुंदर स्वादु पुनीत।
छन महुँ सब कें परुसि गे चतुर सुआर बिनीत।।328।।

We covered up to Doha 328 of Balaknd of Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that after the marriage functions were over King Janak called the Baraties and organized a feast for them. King Dashrath and his sons were personally attended by Janak and were properly seated. The cooks served them very tasty food that was prepared with purity.

पंच कवल करि जेवन लअगे। गारि गान सुनि अति अनुरागे।।
भाँति अनेक परे पकवाने। सुधा सरिस नहिं जाहिं बखाने।।
परुसन लगे सुआर सुजाना। बिंजन बिबिध नाम को जाना।।
चारि भाँति भोजन बिधि गाई। एक एक बिधि बरनि न जाई।।
छरस रुचिर बिंजन बहु जाती। एक एक रस अगनित भाँती।।
जेवँत देहिं मधुर धुनि गारी। लै लै नाम पुरुष अरु नारी।।
समय सुहावनि गारि बिराजा। हँसत राउ सुनि सहित समाजा।।
एहि बिधि सबहीं भौजनु कीन्हा। आदर सहित आचमनु दीन्हा।।
दो0-देइ पान पूजे जनक दसरथु सहित समाज।
जनवासेहि गवने मुदित सकल भूप सिरताज।।329।।

First of all five portions of food was kept aside by people ready to eat to discharge their obligation towards Devtas (gods), Pitras (ancestors), Rishis (the thinkers and philosophers), Manushyas (fellow human beings) and Bhutas (all types of beings) and then they began taking food themselves. The people from Janak’s side started joking and teasing them through pleasing songs with affection and all enjoyed it while eating. A variety of preparations were being served which tasted heavenly and the service was being carried out by the cooks who knew the art of cooking, some of the items were never before tasted by the guests and they didn’t even know what these items were referred as.

All the four types foods i e Charvya (which are chewed), Choshya (which are sucked), Lehya (which are licked) and Peya (which are drunk) were served but each category of food had some extra-ordinary varieties. All the six types flavors formed part of the meals consisting of mouth watering recipes. Each one of the guests were addressed by taking their names and were teased while they enjoyed their food. It was time for raillery (in terms of popular practice) and therefore didn’t make anyone uncomfortable; bemused King Dashrath enjoyed it along with his people. When all finished feasting they were carefully offered water to rinse mouths and wash hands.

We have now covered up to Doha 329 of Balkand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitarambhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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