Ramcharit Charcha CCCXVII

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

बार बार करि बिनय बड़ाई। रघुपति चले संग सब भाई।।
जनक गहे कौसिक पद जाई। चरन रेनु सिर नयनन्ह लाई।।
सुनु मुनीस बर दरसन तोरें। अगमु न कछु प्रतीति मन मोरें।।
जो सुखु सुजसु लोकपति चहहीं। करत मनोरथ सकुचत अहहीं।।
सो सुखु सुजसु सुलभ मोहि स्वामी। सब सिधि तव दरसन अनुगामी।।
कीन्हि बिनय पुनि पुनि सिरु नाई। फिरे महीसु आसिषा पाई।।
चली बरात निसान बजाई। मुदित छोट बड़ सब समुदाई।।
रामहि निरखि ग्राम नर नारी। पाइ नयन फलु होहिं सुखारी।।
दो0-बीच बीच बर बास करि मग लोगन्ह सुख देत।
अवध समीप पुनीत दिन पहुँची आइ जनेत।।343।।

We covered up to Doha 343 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that King Janak has returned back after meeting the sons-in-law and others and has paid respects to the Munis; Janak expressed his immense sense of indebtedness to Muni Vishwamitra telling him that it was him whose very sight gave him the benefits one could ever expect in life (even the fruitful and very ingratiating glimpse of Shri Ram, the avatar of the Supreme God with whom he now had established relationship). Completing the journey from Janakpuri to Ayodhya, halting at many points and enabling people on the way to have glimpse of Shri Ram, the marriage party has reached the outskirts of Ayodhya on an auspicious day.

हने निसान पनव बर बाजे। भेरि संख धुनि हय गय गाजे।।
झाँझि बिरव डिंडमीं सुहाई। सरस राग बाजहिं सहनाई।।
पुर जन आवत अकनि बराता। मुदित सकल पुलकावलि गाता।।
निज निज सुंदर सदन सँवारे। हाट बाट चौहट पुर द्वारे।।
गलीं सकल अरगजाँ सिंचाई। जहँ तहँ चौकें चारु पुराई।।
बना बजारु न जाइ बखाना। तोरन केतु पताक बिताना।।
सफल पूगफल कदलि रसाला। रोपे बकुल कदंब तमाला।।
लगे सुभग तरु परसत धरनी। मनिमय आलबाल कल करनी।।
दो0-बिबिध भाँति मंगल कलस गृह गृह रचे सँवारि।
सुर ब्रह्मादि सिहाहिं सब रघुबर पुरी निहारि।।344।।

There was a great roar of the drum-beating, blowing of conch-shells and the mix of neighing of horses and trumpeting of elephants. Sweet tune through Shahnaai (a musical instrument that is played by blowing) was being played and the cymbals clashed along with other instruments being played when the citizens of Ayodhya learned of return of the Barat and became thrilled. They decorated their beautiful houses as also the markets, the gates and the courtyards. In the streets fragrant water was sprinkled and at places beautiful designs were made on ground with colored earths. Flags, banners and canopies were adding grace to the beautiful decorations in the markets. To add touch of nature, many kinds of trees which had fruits and flowers hanging on them were transplanted in the marketplace along with decorative other trees. Around the bases of trees exquisite stones were used to encircle and beautify them further.

Propitious Kalashas (round vessels) with designs made with different colors were placed over all the houses. Ayodhya, the city of Shri Ram’s birth looked so elegant and marvelous that the gods and Brahma, the creator themselves felt jealous (gods because their own capital was inferior and Brahma, the creator because he couldn’t have created something like this himself).

We have now covered up to Doha 344 of Balkand.

भूप भवन तेहि अवसर सोहा। रचना देखि मदन मनु मोहा।।
मंगल सगुन मनोहरताई। रिधि सिधि सुख संपदा सुहाई।।
जनु उछाह सब सहज सुहाए। तनु धरि धरि दसरथ दसरथ गृहँ छाए।।
देखन हेतु राम बैदेही। कहहु लालसा होहि न केही।।
जुथ जूथ मिलि चलीं सुआसिनि। निज छबि निदरहिं मदन बिलासनि।।
सकल सुमंगल सजें आरती। गावहिं जनु बहु बेष भारती।।
भूपति भवन कोलाहलु होई। जाइ न बरनि समउ सुखु सोई।।
कौसल्यादि राम महतारीं। प्रेम बिबस तन दसा बिसारीं।।
दो0-दिए दान बिप्रन्ह बिपुल पूजि गनेस पुरारी।
प्रमुदित परम दरिद्र जनु पाइ पदारथ चारि।।345।।

The palace of King Dashrath also looked so charming that it stole the heart of even the Kaamdev by its decor. The auspiciousness and good omens, the magnetic appeal, the sumptuousness and accomplishments lured everyone and the place had all the riches. The avidity and mirthfulness had surrounded the home of King Dashrath, besides who could have remained without an intense desire to have a look at the newly wedded couple, Shri Ram and Sita. The married ladies in groups started to move in direction of the palace, they were themselves capable of defying the charm of Rati, the consort of Kaamdev. They held Aarati-Thaals (dish containing the auspicious stuffs and lighted lamps) and were singing and it seemed as if goddess Bharti (the goddess of knowledge and speech) had herself come there taking many forms. Furor and excitement filled the palace and these moments of rejoicing were inexplicable. Kaushlya and other two mothers were had come under spell of love and affection that they even forgot to take care of themselves. The Pujas of Ganesh (the god who eliminates the obstacles and is worshiped first) and Lord Shiv were performed and the Vipras were bestowed upon enormous gifts who felt as if men without means had been rewarded in all four ways (they had been materially rewarded, their desires fulfilled, they had received it as part of ritual completing the Puja and were happy to have been the part of celebration of marriage of none other than Shri Ram, the Supreme God in human forms. No body could have received such rewards at one time and one place, the grace of God had got them all this).

We have now covered upto Doha 345 of Balkand.
Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Sitaramabhyam Namah!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tusidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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