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Bharat journeys to Ram, Death of Dashratha – Chapter 5

Death of Dashratha, Bharat journeys to Ram – Chapter 5

Shri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita reached the hermitage of Valmiki. The Sage welcomed them and they spent the night there. Rama requested Valmiki’s advice on finding a place where they could spend their years in the forest.

 

Valmiki said, “Your ideal place is in the hearts of your devotees, but from a worldly perspective, there is a place nearby, by the banks of the River Mandakini, at Chitrakoot. It is a very peaceful and picturesque place. Many sages spend their ascetic lives around there.

 

Bidding farewell to Valmiki, Rama, Sita, and Lakshman reached Chitrakoot. The forest dwellers Bhils and tribals welcomed them with delicacies from the forest, flowers and fruits. At Chitrakoot, on the slope of Kamadgiri hill, Rama and Lakshmana built a small hut for their home. They lived there, surrounded by ascetics and tribals.

 

 

Valmiki said, “Your ideal place is in the hearts of your devotees, but from a worldly perspective, there is a place nearby, by the banks of the River Mandakini, at Chitrakoot. It is a very peaceful and picturesque place. Many sages spend their ascetic lives around there.”

When Sumantra finally returned to Ayodhya alone, without Rama, and told Dashratha that he could not persuade Rama to return, the king fell into deep sorrow and could not be comforted. He could not bear the idea of separation from his beloved Rama. It was then he recalled an incident from his youth, when he had gone hunting one evening.

 

 A young man, Shravan Kumar, was fetching drinking water for his old, blind parents from the river Sarayu. It was a moonless night. Young Dashratha heard the sound of the pot in the river and thought it was an animal drinking the water. He shot a Shabd Bhedi Baan (an arrow aimed by the direction of sound), and to his horror, he heard a human cry instead of an animal one. He ran to the riverbank and found that he had fatally wounded a young man. The dying Shravan Kumar asked Dashratha to take the water to his parents, who were thirsty, and to give them the news of his death. When Dashratha told Shravana’s blind parents that he was the cause of their son’s death, they cursed him that he too would someday die of the sorrow that came from parting from a beloved son, and then threw themselves into the flames of their son’s funeral pyre.

When Sumantra finally returned to Ayodhya alone, without Rama, and told Dashratha that he could not persuade Rama to return, the king fell into deep sorrow and could not be comforted. He could not bear the idea of separation from his beloved Rama. It was then he recalled an incident from his youth, when he had gone hunting one evening.

After recounting this memory, Dashratha then uttered a last sorrowful cry of ‘Rama!’ and breathed his last.

 

That night, in his grandparent’s house, Bharata had a sad nightmare, and told Shatrughn about it. Just then, some messengers arrived from Ayodhya, requesting them to return home at once.

 

When the two princes reached Ayodhya, they found it in deep mourning. When they learnt of their father’s untimely death, and that the cause of it was the devious designs of Kaikeyi, they were stunned and shocked. They criticized Kaikeyi with harsh words, and Shatrughna caught hold of Manthara and dragged her by her plait in anger.

 

As instructed by Guru Vashishtha, they performed the funeral rites for Dashratha, and made oblation to their ancestors with sampoorna pindodaka kriya (last rites).

As instructed by Guru Vashishtha, they performed the funeral rites for Dashratha, and made oblation to their ancestors with sampoorna pindodaka kriya (last rites).

Bharata was asked to accept the throne, and that the coronation ceremony to install him as king of Ayodhya was ready to be performed. But he declined, and insisted that according to Suryavanshi code, only the eldest son could ascend the throne. Bharata then declared that his mother may have sent Rama to the forest, but that he himself would now fetch him back, after performing a Rajtilaka to crown him king.

Everyone hailed his decision.

Bharata, Shatrughna, Guru Vashishtha, the ministers, courtiers, senior citizens, the queens and kinsmen all set out to meet Rama in the forest and bring him back.

 

With his entourage, Bharata reached Shrngaverapura, the City of Nishadraj Guha. At first Guha suspected Bharat’s motives. He wondered if after attaining the throne, Bharata had come with some evil intentions against Rama. Guha planned to attack Bharata with his army, but an ill omen gave him pause, and on the advice of a wise old man, he instead sent two spies to discover Bharata’s true intentions. When he learnt that Bharata was in fact planning to persuade Rama to return as king, he then befriended Bharata and personally escorted them to the ashram where Rama was staying.

Bharata, Shatrughna, Guru Vashishtha, the ministers, courtiers, senior citizens, the queens and kinsmen all set out to meet Rama in the forest and bring him back.

The entourage reached Bhardwaj’s ashram, where the Sage welcomed Bharata, Shatrughna, Guru Vashishtha and the others. They rested there in the ashram for the night and next morning, all of them set off towards Chitrakoot to meet with Rama.

 

 

 

Rama, Lakshman and Sita visit Sage Bharadwaj’s Ashram and request him to show a place where they can spend their forest period”. Rishi Bhardwaj advises ram to go to Chitrakooot. Rama leaves his Ashram and goes to Chitrakoot. They make themselves a small straw hut to stay there. When Raja Dashrath saw Sumantra coming back alone without Rama, he went into a deep sorrow and remembered his younger years and one incident with Shravan Kumar. Then for the last time he called out Rama’s name in pain And died. Bharat and Shatrughan came to know about the death of their father and blamed their mother for it. Bharat denied himself the crown and decided to go to the forest to bring Rama back to Ayodhya. Website : https://www.sagarworld.com Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/sagarworldmu… Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sagar.world

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