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Rama as King and Marriage Season – Chapter 3

Rama as King and Marriage Season and – Chapter 3

Soon the invitation and message sent by King Janaka reached Ayodhya and the messenger narrated the details of the Swayamvar and Rama’s lifting of the mighty arrow of Shiva, thereby winning Sita’s hand. A proud Dasrath knew his son had great potential to be King, but he waited to declare Rama as King until the marriage ceremony was over. 

 

King Dashratha, along with the leading citizens of Ayodhya, Bharata, Shatrughna and others immediately prepared and then set out in a resplendent wedding procession or “barat” for Janakpuri. The groom’s party was accorded a warm and ceremonial welcome at Janakpuri. The two kings, now bound by the children’s alliance, embraced warmly.

 

As advised by Vishwamitra and his guru, King Janaka arranged for the wedding of the other princes at the same time. Thus Lakshmana was married to Urmila, Mandavi to Bharata, and Shrutkirti to Shatrughna, there at the same wedding pavilion as Rama and Sita.

King Dashratha, along with the leading citizens of Ayodhya, Bharata, Shatrughna and others immediately prepared and then set out in a resplendent wedding procession or “barat” for Janakpuri. The groom’s party was accorded a warm and ceremonial welcome at Janakpuri. The two kings, now bound by the children’s alliance, embraced warmly.

Even the gods of heaven appeared there to witness this wondrous spectacle. The women sang auspicious songs, while the apsaras in heaven danced with joy.

 

After the wedding, Janaka bade a tearful farewell to Sita, distraught at being parted from his beloved daughter.

 

The groom’s party returned to Ayodhya with the four new brides. The three mothers-in-law welcomed them ceremoniously, with auspicious music, song and celebration. They stepped into their new households with the ceremony of griha pravesh (the ceremony of entering the new house). The whole city of Ayodhya rejoiced with song and music.

 

Vishwamitra was given a warm and cordial farewell by King Janaka. Bharata and Shatrughna went with their Uncle to stay with the maternal grandfather of Bharata, who lived at Kaikey. The days passed by in peace and joy. King Dashratha then held counsel with his ministers regarding the appointment of Rama as Yuvaraj, designating him as the heir to the throne. His decision was approved by his court and hailed by the senior citizens and the prominent people of Ayodhya.

The groom’s party returned to Ayodhya with the four new brides. The three mothers-in-law welcomed them ceremoniously, with auspicious music, song and celebration. They stepped into their new households with the ceremony of griha pravesh (the ceremony of entering the new house). The whole city of Ayodhya rejoiced with song and music.

People burst into celebration to herald the news of the choice of Rama as Yuvaraj (young King) and Ayodhya resounded with music and celebration, while Mangalkalash (auspicious pots) were placed at the crossroads and gates of the city. But when Kaikeyi’s favorite maid Manthara saw this spectacle, she became very envious.

 

She burnt with anger and resentment when she saw people making merry, singing and dancing as they rejoiced at the choice of Rama as heir apparent. Accordingly, she went to Kaikeyi’s palace and began to fill her ears with devious bits of gossip and malicious insinuations. She assured her that if Rama became king, then Kaushalya would then become the most important queen, and Kaikeyi as the third wife would then be treated little better than a slave. When Manthara saw that the queen was being swayed by her words, she launched another strategy. She advised Kaikeyi that she could still turn the game around to her advantage if she were to use the two boons granted to her long ago by Dashratha. Influenced by Manthara’s evil insinuations, Kaikeyi went into the kopbhuvan (room in the palace kept for sulking purposes), threw off her jewels, put on a drab black garment, her hair disheveled and flopped down on the bed in an angry pose.

When Manthara saw that the queen was being swayed by her words, she launched another strategy. She advised Kaikeyi that she could still turn the game around to her advantage if she were to use the two boons granted to her long ago by Dashratha. Influenced by Manthara’s evil insinuations, Kaikeyi went into the kopbhuvan (room in the palace kept for sulking purposes), threw off her jewels, put on a drab black garment, her hair disheveled and flopped down on the bed in an angry pose.

 

King Dashrath was elated when he came to know about the deeds of Rama in Mithila and his marriage to Sita, daughter of King Janak. He along with his other sons bharat and shatrugna, and courtiers made his way to Mithila with a huge marriage procession. After consulting with his gurus and others, He got Lakshman married to Urmila, Bharat Married to …and Shatrugna married to …. The couples were greeted with great fanfare by the wives of Dashrath and the public on their return to Ayodhya and celebrations continued. Dashrath decided to coronate Rama as the King of Ayodhya. As public jubilation took place on this announcement, Manthara the maid of Queen Kaikey was very unhappy and jealous to hear about it. She poisoned the mind of Queen Kaikeyi telling her that she would become a mere maid after Rama becomes King of Ayodhya. Kaikeyi decides to ask for her two boons promised to her by King Dashrath, and goes and sits in the sulking chambers of the palace, waiting for the King to hear about it. Website : https://www.sagarworld.com Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/sagarworldmu… Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/sagar.world

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