Ramcharit Charcha CCCXIX

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

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।।

We covered up to Doha 347 of Balkand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and learned that the mothers had been eagerly awaiting to welcome Shri Ram and other sons fully prepared but were also emotionally very surcharged. The citizens also had decorated city’s every nook and corner. The king’s palace looked so elegant and attractive as to make the city of gods look inferior. The good omens were noticeable and the gods showered flowers, their consorts sang and danced while Guru Vashittha gave signal for the Barat to enter the city of Ayodhya.

मागध सूत बंदि नट नागर। गावहिं जसु तिहु लोक उजागर।।
जय धुनि बिमल बेद बर बानी। दस दिसि सुनिअ सुमंगल सानी।।
बिपुल बाजने बाजन लागे। नभ सुर नगर लोग अनुरागे।।
बने बराती बरनि न जाहीं। महा मुदित मन सुख न समाहीं।।
पुरबासिन्ह तब राय जोहारे। देखत रामहि भए सुखारे।।
करहिं निछावरि मनिगन चीरा। बारि बिलोचन पुलक सरीरा।।
आरति करहिं मुदित पुर नारी। हरषहिं निरखि कुँअर बर चारी।।
सिबिका सुभग ओहार उघारी। देखि दुलहिनिन्ह होहिं सुखारी।।
दो0-एहि बिधि सबही देत सुखु आए राजदुआर।
मुदित मातु परुछनि करहिं बधुन्ह समेत कुमार।।348।।

Bards, poets and lyricists sang praises (of the solar-dynasty) and the savvy actors skillfully demonstrated through plays the same themes. Calls of victory and pious recital of Vedas in steady voice could be heard from all the ten directions giving a feeling of well-being and good fortune. A number of musical instrument were being played filling the skies with music and making the gods and citizens enchanted. The Baraties were smartly dressed and looked dignified, they were all bubbling with happiness. The citizens paid respects to king and complimented him and when they looked at Shri Ram they were delighted. They started to throw around him jewels and clothes (for the servants and the needy) their eyes filled with tears and bodies thrilled with joy. The ladies of Ayodhya did Aarati of Shri Ram and the brothers with great pleasure and also peeped in to covered palanquins to have a look at the young brides with great interest and felt very pleased.

Making everyone happy and cheerful, the princes reached the doorsteps of the palace and the mothers delightedly came forward to do the Aarati of the newly wedded couples.

We have now covered up to Doha 348 of Balkand,

करहिं आरती बारहिं बारा। प्रेमु प्रमोदु कहै को पारा।।
भूषन मनि पट नाना जाती।।करही निछावरि अगनित भाँती।।
बधुन्ह समेत देखि सुत चारी। परमानंद मगन महतारी।।
पुनि पुनि सीय राम छबि देखी।।मुदित सफल जग जीवन लेखी।।
सखीं सीय मुख पुनि पुनि चाही। गान करहिं निज सुकृत सराही।।
बरषहिं सुमन छनहिं छन देवा। नाचहिं गावहिं लावहिं सेवा।।
देखि मनोहर चारिउ जोरीं। सारद उपमा सकल ढँढोरीं।।
देत न बनहिं निपट लघु लागी। एकटक रहीं रूप अनुरागीं।।
दो0-निगम नीति कुल रीति करि अरघ पाँवड़े देत।
बधुन्ह सहित सुत परिछि सब चलीं लवाइ निकेत।।349।।

The mothers kept waving the lighted lamps over around them for longer than ordinarily done out of their excitement and love which knew no bounds. They gave away ornaments, jewels and various kinds of clothes in various ways to the servants and the needy. The mothers felt having out of the world type extreme pleasure and satisfaction when they set their eyes upon the four brothers along with the brides. They wished to look back again and again at Ram and Sita to enjoy their beauty and did so, in this way they felt the complete fulfillment of the ultimate need of their lives. The friends of the mothers also appreciated the beautiful face of Sita and looked at her again and again, they acknowledged it to be the result of their own good deeds in the past that they had such an occasion. The gods continuously showered flowers, sang and danced at this great moment, ever ready to provide whatever was the need. The Goddess Sharda looked for a suitable metaphor to describe the four heart-stealing couples now present before her eyes but failed, nothing else could ever be even a near comparison; she kept looking with one pointed attention at them with affection and appreciation.

The mothers performed all rituals as mentioned in Vedas, they also did every thing in line with the local custom; they then took along the sons and their brides in to the interior of the palace, the carpets were laid along the way for them.

We have now covered up to Doha 249 of Balkand.

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

HariOm,

Krishna Khandelwal

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