Ramcharit Charcha CCCXVIII

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 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।।

We covered up to Doha 345 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the Barat has returned to Ayodhya and the city of Shri Ram has been decorated by the citizen in choicest ways with keen interest. The mothers (the queens of King Dashrath) are upbeat so much so that they have forgotten to take care of themself. King’s palace is surcharged with activity and its decoration makes the gods and even Brahma envious. All now have a great desire to have glimpse of their loved one Shri Ram and His bride Sita as soon as possible.

मोद प्रमोद बिबस सब माता। चलहिं न चरन सिथिल भए गाता।।
राम दरस हित अति अनुरागीं। परिछनि साजु सजन सब लागीं।।
बिबिध बिधान बाजने बाजे। मंगल मुदित सुमित्राँ साजे।।
हरद दूब दधि पल्लव फूला। पान पूगफल मंगल मूला।।
अच्छत अंकुर लोचन लाजा। मंजुल मंजरि तुलसि बिराजा।।
छुहे पुरट घट सहज सुहाए। मदन सकुन जनु नीड़ बनाए।।
सगुन सुंगध न जाहिं बखानी। मंगल सकल सजहिं सब रानी।।
रचीं आरतीं बहुत बिधाना। मुदित करहिं कल मंगल गाना।।
दो0-कनक थार भरि मंगलन्हि कमल करन्हि लिएँ मात।
चलीं मुदित परिछनि करन पुलक पल्लवित गात।।346।।

Ecstatic and joyful mothers found there legs unable to move and physical strength ebbing, they were now eagerly awaiting the moment when they would have their dear Shri Ram before their eyes. They were now fully prepared for Parichhan and various sorts of musical instrument were now being played. The youngest of the queen Sumitra joyfully readied all the needed holy stuffs like turmeric, Durva (a type of grass), curd, leaves, flowers, betel-leaves & nuts, grains of rice, sprouted plants, Roli (red power made from lime) and Tulsi leaves etc. The nice round-vessels were painted beautifully and covered with leaves, they looked like the nests made by birds of god of love, the spray of perfumes of high quality portended good fortune. The queens wore all the ornaments and make-up signifying welfare and good-fortune. Taking care of all aspects of the Aarti to be performed they started singing melodious songs inviting good times.

With the golden round trays in their hands which were loaded with all the auspicious materials the mothers cheerfully went ahead to perform welcome ritual, the surge of emotions afflicted their bodies.

We have covered up to Doha 346 of Balkand.

धूप धूम नभु मेचक भयऊ। सावन घन घमंडु जनु ठयऊ।।
सुरतरु सुमन माल सुर बरषहिं। मनहुँ बलाक अवलि मनु करषहिं।।
मंजुल मनिमय बंदनिवारे। मनहुँ पाकरिपु चाप सँवारे।।
प्रगटहिं दुरहिं अटन्ह पर भामिनि। चारु चपल जनु दमकहिं दामिनि।।
दुंदुभि धुनि घन गरजनि घोरा। जाचक चातक दादुर मोरा।।
सुर सुगन्ध सुचि बरषहिं बारी। सुखी सकल ससि पुर नर नारी।।
समउ जानी गुर आयसु दीन्हा। पुर प्रबेसु रघुकुलमनि कीन्हा।।
सुमिरि संभु गिरजा गनराजा। मुदित महीपति सहित समाजा।।
दो0-होहिं सगुन बरषहिं सुमन सुर दुंदुभीं बजाइ।
बिबुध बधू नाचहिं मुदित मंजुल मंगल गाइ।।347।।

The incense burning was so intense that it made the skies dark, so much so that it looked as if that in the month of Shravan clouds laden with water had overcast the skies. The gods dropped garlands made of flowers of Kalptaru (divine tree) which looked like the rows of herons flying over the skies. The festoons made of strings of jewels looked like rainbows in sky. The elegant and glamorous ladies were peeping down the parapets now and then and it looked like the flashes of lightening. The drum beating sounded like the thunderous noise of clouds, the clamoring by beggars matched the mixed sounds made by the frogs, Chatak and the peacocks. The aromatic rain-drops from heavens made every one utterly happy. The the right auspicious moment arrived when the Guru instructed Shri Ram, the jewel among the Raghus, to enter the precinct of the city who remembering Lord Ganesh and Maa Parvati did enter along with the King and rest of the people in the Barat.

Ram’s entry was signal of good times approaching and good omens started to appear and the gods began to rain flowers and blowing horns, their consorts went about dancing while singing beautiful songs to celebrate the occasion.

We have now covered up to Doha 346 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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