செவ்வாய், 22 ஜூலை, 2014

Sri Ramanin Padhayil (2010) Part 3/6)

ராதே கிருஷ்ணா 23-07-2014

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 13 - July 14 2013


Lakshmi thanthram Slogam

From the above slogam we understand that we all wanted to stay away from trouble and we all wanted to be protected ( rakshikapadanam) and we all wanted to progress and reach greater heights in life. This cannot be done just by our abilities since we are incapable of all the skills(naam sarva vallamail padaithavargal illai).  Hence, we go and surrender and take help from the Almighty who is responsible and who has created all this. "Maram vaithavan than thaneer utravendum", Parents responsibility is to take care of the children. Perumal who created this world - Jagat Karanan, and he protects all of us - RAKSHAGAN. While perumal is protecting all of us, does he do it alone ? or does he have a anyone to help him ? He is capable to do all by himself, but he gets angry on seeing all the mistakes which we Jeevatma's do. Why this jeevatma is not following shastram, why is he not doing puja, bhakthi, Why is he refraining in worshipping me who has given everything to him ? Paramatma gets angry on the jeevatma's for all these reasons. During this time, MaHALAKSHMI plays a greater role in calming down Perumal and makes HIM to shower the blessings to the jeevatma's.  We say "Lakshmi Kataksham", Mahalakshmi's thiru Kan parvai pattal than yellam sirakkum. Even in our homes, the skill of the lady in the house decides how effectively a family is run. Same here in Rama avataram. Till now we have been travelling with Brahmachari Ram. Now it is time for Ram to get married. This happened in Janakpuri in Nepal. Don't we need to go and see the birth place of the bride Sita which is SitaMarhi.  Today is a golden day. We are going to see about Sita. 
Key Takeaway:
1. MaHALAKSHMI plays a greater role in calming down Perumal when he is angry with the Jeevatma's because of the mistake. SHE mediates and makes HIM  shower the blessings to the jeevatma's.

Veda's say

हिरण्यवर्णां हरिणीं सुवर्णरजतस्रजाम् ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१॥
Hirannya-Varnnaam Harinniim Suvarnna-Rajata-Srajaam |
Candraam Hirannmayiim Lakssmiim Jaatavedo Ma Aavaha ||1||
Meaning of the above Sri Suktam Slogam..
1.1: (Harih Om. O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi) Who is of Golden Colour, Beautiful and Adorned with Gold and Silver Garlands.
 (Gold represents Sun or the Fire of Tapas; Silver represents Moon or the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva.) 
1.2: Who is like the Moon with a Golden Aura, Who is Lakshmi, the Embodiment of Sri; O Jatavedo, please Invoke for Me that Lakshmi.
 (Moon represents the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva and the Golden Aura represents the Fire of Tapas.) 

As explained in the above slogam Lakshmi is Golder colour with all attributes as high as Gold.  Sita is full of patience(porumai). Next we are going to worship Sita. From Sonepur, we wanted to reach SitaMarhi in 4 hours by starting at noon. The route is very kaccha and we ended up reaching at 10.30 PM and 1 PM in the night. We had bajanai and Q&A session during our trip. Many weddings also got fixed during the trip.  We are in  mechanical life and this trips help us to stay away from the mechanical life.

We are in bihar, district called "Dharbhanga" - Dhar- dharthi/bhoomi, Bhanga- Split/pilanthathu. That district is called Dharbhanga.   In this district is Sita Marhi. Marhi means Bhoomi. Place where Sita came from the Bhoomi. First time when we went there, we reached at 10.30 and a group came and stopped us thinking that we are terrorists. We explained that we are coming from south to see Sita. They were surprised to see us.  We stayed there very next to the place where Sita came out from the Bhoomi. Let us all wait for the Dawn to go and see Sita and her birth place. 

Pasuram from Thiruvaimozhi - 6-10-10, Agalagillen where Nammazhwar does Saranagathi to perumal. 

agala killEn iRaiyum enRu*alarmEl mangai uRaimaar_paa,*

nigaril pugazhaay! ulagamoonRu udaiyaay!* ennai aaLvaanE,*
nigaril amarar munikkaNangaL  virumpum* thiruvENGkadaththaanE,*
pugal onRillaa adiyEn* un  adikkeezh amarndhu pugundhEnE. 6.10.10
Meaning :
Telling that She, AlarmEl manghai, will NOT be away from You even for a fraction of a second and stays in Your Chest always (Nityaanapaayinee), Oh SrI nivaasaa! The One who is unparalleled and unbounded famous Lord!  The One who has all the three worlds to His possession! My Ruler! The peerless dEvAs and rishis worship You, pay obeisance to You, and desire You at TirumalA, always, ThiruvEnkadatthaanE! I,- THE ONE WHO HAS NO OTHER MEANS AND NO ONE ELSE FOR MY REDEMTION EXCEPT YOU AND ONLY YOU- YOUR ETERNAL SEVANT AND ONLY YOURS- HEREBY SURRENDER AT YOUR LOTUS FEET.  YOU SHOULD BLESS ME AND TAKE ME TO BE AT YOUR FEET FOR EVER.  (AzhwAr in order to fulfill his desire and wish for being with the Lord's Lotus Feet, takes Periya Piraati to his side, as Purushaakaaram and surrenders at Emperumaan's Lotus Feet. In the above nine pAsurams, he talks about Emperumaan's greatness. Here, he expressed his disqualification, limitations, helplessness, and having none else to save and protect him. i.e. Having no qualifications, Having disability to pursue any other means (like jnAnam, karma,  Bhakti yOgam), realizing the eternal nature of being His servant always- are the qualities to perform Prapatti at Divya Dampati's Feet. (also taking Periya Piraatti to his side and recommendation, praising her being closeness with Him). this pAsuram is the essence of Dwaya manthram. AlarmEl magahi: SrI. aghalagillEn- math (Sri + math). Nigaril pughazhaay... ThiruvEngadatthaanE... NarayaNa. unnadikkeezh- charaNau. amarndhu pugundhEnE....saraNam PrapadyE.)

Key Takeaway
2. Whenever we visit temples, we first need to go and visit Thayar sannadhi and then perumal sannadhi

We have come to Sita's birthplace to get her blessings and from here we can go to Janakapuri where the wedding happened. 

Now we are at Sita Marhi in the District called Darbhanga. There are two temples here. Also earlier India nepal were together and this section was called Mithila Nagar and was ruled by Janak from Janakapuri as capital.  Sita was hence called Mythili. On entering Sita Marhi there is a arch stating "Jagad Janani Mata Sita". This place was a Yagna Salai during Janakar's time. Those days every Raja used to have a Yagna Salai to do puthira kameshti yagam, ashwamedha yagam, Raja suya yagam, Vaja peya Yagam. This bhoomi is a punya bhoomi due to yaga yagyam been done. Whereever we see Yaga salai we should do our Namaskarams and can eat the ashes(aguthi kudutha sambal) and Nithila ittu kollalam.  Sudarsana Homam when done properly has great benefits. 

Now we are going to see the first temple. Beautiful temple depicting how sita was born.. we can see the kalapai and from that a straight line and a baby.  Ramaneeyamana temple.  There is the idol of Ram, Sita and Hanuman. The Hanuman in this temple is dressed in different manner everyday and every day his face expression ( muga bhavam ) is different.  Tuesdays - Ugra roopam, Monday - Soumya roopam, Thursday - Guru- Acharyan- like a strict of a teacher, Friday - day we get all we wish - Vara prasaddhi. How did Anjaneyar come here ? Anjaneyar is there doing Rama Nama Japam for loka shemam.  For the loka Shemam many rishi's are doing Tapas to keep the devatha's(indran, varunan) happy. So this is the temple in the Yagna Bhoomi. Next is the pond where Sita was born. We stayed next to that place and we all felt that night that we are sleeping on our mother's lap.  Like how a child likes to sleep with its mother on a simple saree of hers instead of bed, similarly we all had the feeling/bhagyam to sleep in that place. Let us go to that place where we stayed so that all the viewers also get the same bhavanai of staying there. 

Slogam - Aprameyam... about Mareechan. Ravanan took help of Mareechan to abduct sita. Mareecha refused to do it first and advised him that Ravana need to control his senses. 

Mareechan continues to say that "Ravana you do not know Ram's power(perumai). I have seen him when I went to trouble Vishwamitran's yagam and he had hit him and i happen to fall miles away. Also at that time Ram was young brahmachari but now he is married and with Sita. Ram with Sita  is even more powerful. Thannithu irukkum Raman kittave Abhacharam pada kudathu.  Sita Ram kitta Abhacharam pada kudathu. Athuvum matha Sita kiita abhacharam padave kudathu. So don't do this". This explains how Ram's perumai is full only when he is with Sita. Ram's Guna's are complete only when he is with Sita. Now we are at the place where Sita was born.

We are all following Ram's path. Sita was the one who married Ram and followed him. Without Sita Ram does not have importanct or greatness.  Mareechan says this in "Aprameyam.." saying along with Sita Ram's greatness is complete. Peruman Piratti yoda irunthal perumai. Sita Rammuku Perumai. We are at the place where Sita is born, a place filled with Shanti and we all feel that we are on our mother's lap. Ulagathai petru kuduthaval Sitai and Sitai pettru kudutha bhoomi intha Sita Marhi. Just before Nepal's border in Bihar in the Dharbanga district is Sita Marhi which is Sita's avatara Stalam. Let all the viewers get the shanthi equivalent to sleeping on mother's lap. Why did Sita was born here and the reasons for her name, kshetra magimai  and many other details to follow now.

Peruman in all HIS five forms( Vaikuntam, Sheerabdhi, vibhavam, antaryami, archai) does not stay away from Piratti. "Bhagawan narayanabhi..." says Ramanujar in his Gadyatrayam.  

In that he says "Peruman nithyam piratti vittu piriyamal irukkirar". Same in Vishnu Puranam as "Nithyai vesa...Raghavathve.." Parasara Bhagawan says "Deva devi perumanai vittu piriyarthe avanudan vanthu pirakiral". All the purusha thanmai jeevatmakal Perumalin amsam, Sri thanmai konda Jeevathmakal Pirattiyin amsam yenbathu periyorgalin nirubanam. Born as Sita with Ram, Born as Rukmini with Krishnan to explain how a women should be and to explain and live as example on what is SahaDharmaSadhini.  This bhoomi's greatness is due to Sita being born in this Kshetram.  We are here at Sita Kund and near by is the place where Sita was born. 

Names of Piratti in this avataram

Sita : Janakan started to plough using Kalappai, the path where the Kalappai moves is called "Sita", "kalappai pora vazhiyil thondrinathale she is called Sita", Iyar peryar karanam ithu. 
Vaidehi : There is a small story before this. Raja called Nemi. Nemi wanted to do a Yagyam for puthirabhakyam and requested Vashistar. Vashistar replied " i have already committed to do a yagyam for Indran and let me complete that and come and do your yagyam.". The king didn't wait for Vashistar and he did the yagyam with some other rishi's. Vasistar was angry that Nemi raja didn't wait for him to come and do the yagyam and cursed him saying "Ne degam(body) attravanai po" . Avan videgam(without body) aginan. His rajyam is this place so it was called Videha Rajyam. In that heridity Sita was born so she was called Vaidehi. 
Mythili : Then the Rishi's who did the Yagam knowing the greatness of the king Nemi suggested that they can request indran and get his body back. Raja didn't want to take a body and he said "oruthoruthat kan imikul oru chiru kirimiyaga vazgiren".  That is why Nemi maharaja is there in our eyes where we blink our eyes even today. The Rishi's wanted a heir to the throne and hence they took the Nemi raja's body and they churned with his body. A baby was born when they churned. Since the baby was formed due to churning, the child was called  Janakan. Jananam means pirappu. Churning is called Manthanam. So that Rajyam is called Mithila. So the devi in that rajyam is called Mithili.
Janaki : Sita is Janakar's daughter so called as Janaki.
Like how a mother helps a child, mother of all of us Sita will take care of us. Even Ram can try to test us but Sita always blesses us and takes care of us who are here children.

Slogam - Iyam.

Janakar's kula kuzhunthu is Sita who was married to Ram.  We are here in the birth place of Sita. After Bala Bhogam(tiffin) in the morning. Temples in north are opened at 4.30 AM in the morning. Now we need to read sita pirantha Gattam. This is not in Ramayanam but in Bhagavada Puranam.  In Bhagavadam, Sukachariar explains how Sita was born. We did the parayanam 

of the same. Small temple and the archagas was happy to see a hall filled by all of us. We used to take vastaram to all the perumal's and it was a feast to our eyes to see Ram/Sita/lakshman.bharathan dressed in those vastaram's as they were in Raj Darbar or kanaka bhavanam in Ayodhya.  Sita padugai is also there in marble and next to it is Ram's thiruvadi. We all had a great bath in the pond next to the temple. Rama bhajan and Ramayana Parayanam. Two people had come with us and they did the parayanam of all the 24000 slogam. People had no inhibitions and they exhibited all the skills like dance, bhajan, mimicry. Manam pona padi enjoyment. 

Now we are going to start from SitaMarhi to go to Janakapuri  by crossing Nepal's border. When the bus started, around 10 localities entered our bus and started to serve pori, tender coconut and many such things to all of us. They were very happy since we all had gone to visit the temples in their town and wanted to offer the food. We all had tears rolling from most of our ears. Sitai sevitha aananda kanneer + aananda kanneer on seeing the bhakthi of the localities. The localities requested us to come very ofte. When we asked if they wanted any donation etc.. they replied saying "Mahalakshmi was born here.. we don't need any donation. Not many people know about this place, so tell about this place to many people and they can come. "  To go to this place one need to go to Bihar/Patna, from there take a vehicle to reach Sonepur and from Sonepur to SitaMarhi. Minimum 8 hrs travel but depends on the road and 
weather condition. Let us all try to go to SitaMarhi and do rama nama japam there.  There was a GoShala too. The owner invited us to see and there were more then 200 cows who were all well maintained.  Our hearts were filled with joy after seeing all these in Sita Marhi. 

Now it is time for us to go to Janakapuri for the wedding. Let us all get beautifully dressed, with all  batchanams for the thirumaangalya dharanam of Sita at Janakapuri.

ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம் 

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 14 - July 21 2013


Perumal and HIS Avataram's

Slogam from Bhagavad gita.
"paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam 
dharma-samsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge"
Meaning : In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.
The above slogam talks about the reason behind the various avatar's of perumal. To guard the sadhu's, to kill the evil and to restore dharmam peruman takes many avataram. 

Note : Azhwar pasuram Periya Thirumozhi 8.8.10

"Meenodu Aamai kezhal ari, kuralaai, muunum iraamanaai, thaanaai,
pinnum iraamanaai dhaamodharanaai karkiyum aanaan "
 Meenodu - (Mathsya), Aamai - (Koorma), Kezhal - (Varaaham), Ari -(Narasimham), Kuralaai (Vaamanam), Munnum Iraamanaai (Parasu Raman),Thaanaai (Rama), Pinnum Iramanaai (Bala Raman), Dhaamodharanaai(Krishnan), Karkiyum Aanaan (Kalki).

Key Takeaway
1. Bhagawan takes avataram to guard the sadhu's, to kill the evil and to restore dharmam peruman takes many avataram
2. MaHALAKSHMI plays a greater role in calming down Perumal when he is angry with the Jeevatma's because of the mistake. SHE mediates and makes HIM  shower the blessings to the jeevatma's.
3. Whenever we visit temples, we first need to go and visit Thayar sannadhi and then perumal sannadhi. 

Piratti with Perumal in all HIS avataram's

In all the avataram, Lakshmi accompanies Perumal. HE comes down to kill/destroy evil. Why does SHE need to accompany him too ?
Mahalakshmi is the thalaivi of all women and Narayanan is the thalaivan of all men.  They both take these avatar's to lead by example and show men and women on how they need to live. 
Also, when Ram attempts to save the adiyar's, but we the jeevatma has many faults in us. Even if Ram decides to take care of the jeevatma's the papa of the jeevatma becomes a great hinderance.  Peruman gets angry on seeing all the evil acts done by the jeevatma and Piratti comes in between to help the jeevatma. Sita talks on behalf of the Jeevatma's to peruman and helps us in relieving us from our papam and helps the jeevatma's to join the paramatma.  If SHE is not around HE punishes the Jeevatmas. If SHE is around HE showers loads of blessings. 

Hence in all the temple we visit Thayar sannadhi first and then we visit perumal sannadhi. 

Time for Ram to get married

What is the use if Ram is Brahmachari ? Ram need to be along with Sita for our sake.  We the children(jeevatma's) need our mother and her love and affection. MOther's afffection is always better than father's.  Sita is Jagath Matha, Jaga Janani. 

We saw the place Sita Marihi the place where Sita was born.  We are starting from this place and continuing on our journey. But before that when was sita born ?

Sita Jayanthi

We know when was Ram was born. When did Sita was born ? Like Rama Jayanthi do we have Sita Jayanthi ? Though it is not celebrated in South india, but in Sitamarihi and Janakapuri.

Sita Jayanthi/Janaki Jayanthi is celebrated. In north, Janaki Jayanthi is celebrated to celebreate the birth of Sita. 1 month after Ram was born, Vaikasi masam, sukla paksham, Navami thithi, pushya Natchathiram. From now on, we can also start to celebrate Sita Jayanthi. 

Yatra team at Nepal

Now we are going to enter Nepal border. We need identification like voter card to proove identity of indian citizen and no need for visa/passport.  Need to show this indian citizen identification card to the border security force.  This is the arrangemen between Nepal and India. They just note the details and allow indians to enter Nepal region. 
There are three places to enter Nepal.
1. Sonali border which we saw earlier.
2 . Bhittamod is the border. Sitamarhi to Janakapuri is 50 KM. In the middle we have Bhittamod where the border security is done.  After the security check , we entered Nepal. Mentally relieved since there were many doubts on whether there will be problem in crossing the border.  The language is Mythil. Janakapuri was earlier called DheeraBhukthi and later over period it changed and came to be known as Thiruhoot

Mithilanchal Dham

Once we enter the town, they say Mithilanchal Dham, also known as Janakapur Dham.  Beautiful town and when Ram entered all the "Mani Kodigal" welcomed Ram and it looked as if the entire kingdom was welcoming Ram and telling "Come Ram.. Sita is waiting for you..". 
As per KambaRamayanam, Mithilai Katchi Padalam - 1 "Chezhumani..."

Sita Kalyanam timeline

We are at Janakapuri, Janaki Mandir is a beautiful temple and we all were astonished on looking at that temple.  
Golden day. Sita kalyanam. Panguni utthiram is Sita kalyanam. In south it is celebrated as panguni utthiram. In Srirangam, Serthi Utsavam thinking Nam perumal as Ram and Thayar as Sita.  Once in the year, on Panguni Utthiram, this Serthi Utsavam happens.  

In the north, especially in Janakapuri, Viviha Panchami is celebrated Marghazhi, sukla paksham, Panchami thidhi to mark the marriage between sita and Ram.  We can also celebrate both the days. 

Let us all watch Sita Kalyanam, we don't have enough knowledge, bhakthi to wish this couple Ram/Sita but we have loads of affection. Due to the affection towards Ram/Sita let us sing "Pallandu Pallandu" for this Dhampathi.  Marriage comes with lots of fun and chaos too. We also had lots of chaos during our travel. Plan was to start at 9 and reach by 11, so that we can finish the Sita Kalyanam by 3 PM, so that after the kalyana virundhu, we could start at 5 PM inorder to avoid the night travel which had security issues. But we ended up starting at 10 PM in the night.  After Kalyanam thirumangalya dharanam, Sapthapathi, Bajan's and wedding food  we started from there.

Janaki Mandir

Here is Janaki mandir is a wonder to watch. A temple of marble stones.  The current temple has been built some 500 years ago. Earlier another temple was there and it was renovated to the temple which is there today.  A marvel made of marble.  As we enter we can see a big mutram and when we go around the temple lots of small small sannadhi's.  In one of the Sannadhi's 
there is more than 1000 Salagramam and Janakar used to worship these everyday.  Watching those Salagramam is a feast to us, even for people without bhakthi it will induce/cultivate bhakthi.  The poojari has closed all those salagramam with a cloth. He removed the cloth and showed us those salagramam. We were all dumb stuck on seeing those and it was a feast to our eyes.  We recently saw about kandagi and how salagrama is formed and aboout Mukthinath which is also in Nepal. So here in Janakapuri also we can see those salagramam.  We did pradakshinam in the temple. Huge halls were there and we decided to have our wedding feast inside the Janaki mandir. 

Then we went to see Perumal Thayar.   In this sannadhi - Ram, Sita, Dasarathan, Janakar's Srimurthi's are available. After arathi we got theertham  from teh pujari.  The pujari explained the greatness of that place. 

The pujari said "When Ram/lakshman came with Vishwamithrar, Sita saw them from the balcony(uparigai) , annalum nokinar avalum nokinal, "intha uyir antha idathil antha uyir intha udathil , intha kangal antha kangalai kavva, antha kangal intha kangalai kavva, iruvarum orutharukku oruthar kathal vayapattargal, Ram saw Sita everywhere. Antha Kaadal(love) piranthathe yenga oor. All the jeevatma's benefit because of this union between Ram and Sita."

Piratti ku purushakaram nu sollarom - perumanai nammidathil anbhu udayavanaga aakkugiral, kodupavanaga aakugiral, nam pavangalai tholaithu namai munnoki nadaka vaikiral.  Sita is like a bridge between us and perumal.  

Dhanusha Dham & Swamyamvar

We have seen Janaki Mandir.. Before Sita kalyanam is the Swayamvar. Vishwamithrar comes with Ram and lakshman to Janakapuri. Janakar explains about the Bow - shiva's bow which has been kept for the Swayamvar. We need to go to Dhanusha Dham to see the Dhanush. This  place is 20 KM from Janaki mandir. 
Ram was 12 years and Sita was 6 years. Sita is a Gunashalini. Janakar was searching for the groom for his daughter. Janakar had a Bow and he told that the person who breaks the bow can marry sita. This is the bow we all say as "Ramar muritha Vil" . What is the history behind this bow ? We reached Dhanusha Dham. Ram when he broke the bow, it broke into 3 pieces. 
Vil murinthu vizhuntha idam.   In this place called Dhanusha Dham there is a wonderful old tree and the roots of the tree has been growing towards east direction.  This tree's root is linked to the broken bow.  

Pujari in that temple explains more in detail - 

Ram at Sita's Swayamvar

Why did Ram break the bow ? Where did this bow come from ? 
Shiva's name is pinakapani.  Shiva got a bow to do thirupura samharam.  The bow was given to Janakan's ancestor's called devarathan. After 6 vamsam's it was Janakar and all the raja's did pooja for that bow. 

Seerathdhuvajan(Janakan's name) and Sunaina - Sita's Father and Mother were taking care of this bow. Sita was also worshippign this bow. This bow was kept in the swayamvar. Many King's had come to lift the bow and they all didn't succeed. Now Ram has come.  Vishwamithrar asks Janaka to get the bow.  The huge bow was carried by many people and brought to the hall.  All the king's saw the bow.  Vishwamithrar asks Ram to see the bow.  Everyone looks at Ram with anxiousness, including Sita.  Ram is full of Gambhiriyam, Viryam, Sowriyam, paraakramam.  Kambar says "People didn't even want to wink the eyes, they were keeping the eyes wide open since they didn't want to miss what'z going to happen. " Ram came, saw the bow, he thought on how to lift the bow, lifted it by holding it in the center of the bow and the bow broke.  Broke into three parts.  First top part flew to the sky and fell at Dhanush Kodi in Rameswaram.  Dhanush Koti - meaning - Dhanushin oru munai/corner/koti.  Next bottom piece went towards pathalam.  This is available in Janakapuri.  The center portion fell down at Dhanusha Dam.  Near the tree, there is a hole ( bonthu) and in that hole the middle part of the Dhanush is there.  We can also see a theertham called pathala gangai. This is a holy water and they sprinkle that water on us , the belief  is that this water helps in reducing our sin.  

Sita Kalyanam

After the bow broke, Sita comes with the Varmalai(garland), Ram says "My acharyan asked me to see the bow, instead of just seeing I lifted and the bow broke. Regarding the marriage, i need to check with my father Dasarathan. ".  On hearing this, Janakar sent the messengers/soldiers (horsewing) to inform Dasarathan, the troups reach Ayodhya at the speed of wind. 

While the group come back from Ayodhya, let us all get ready for the marriage. :) 

Panguni masam, Uthira natchathiram sita kalyanam with Janakar and Dasarathan. The troups informed Dasarathan about the news, Dasarathan checked with Vasistar. Vashistar was happy and told that it was for this marriage he had suggested to send Ram with Vishwamithrar, let us all start immediately to Mithila.  The entire ayodhya started and reached Mithila which with happiness and great celebration full of dhoom dham celebration. 

On this side Sathanandar - Janakar's kula guru, on the other side Vashistar - Dasarathar's kula guru. They both talk and decide to get Ram and Sita married. During this occasion they read the names of all the ancestors of both the sides and they talk about the greatness of the Kulam.  So both the kula guru's were busy discussing all these. Vishwamithrar was standing there, it 

was he who brought them here and arranged the wedding, but vashistar is representing Ram's side.  Once Vashistar reached, he took over the responsibilties and he got all the importance. 

Vishwamithrar must that thought "Vellai seiya naan, perai avar thatindu porare.."  Both of them are Brahma Rishi and they both are equally great. 

Which side shall we represent ? Ram or Sita. It is always better to be on Sita's side. if we are on Sita's side it means that we are in the shadow of our mother - "thayin nizhal".  Sita matha will forgive all our sins and will guide us towards peruman. 

Here is the place where the wedding happened called as Sheesh Mahal - Mirror Hall.  This place has so many vigrahams.  Dasarathan, Kausalya parents from the groom's side.  Janakan,Sunaina parents from the bride's side.  4 Son's of Dasarathan and hence 4 bride's - Ram-Sita, Lakshman-Urmila, Bharath-Mandavi , Satrugnan - Shruthakeerthi. of the 4 bride's two are Janaka's daughters and two are Janaka's brother Kushathvajan's daughter. 

Now it is time for the Marriage. Janakan says this Slogam during the wedding. Few important segments in the wedding are as follows. Kanyapreshanam, Varapreshanam - Varikka vendum saying "intha manamaganukku yen pennai kalyanam panni kodukiren".

Thirumangalya Dharanam - Thaliyai kattuvathu. We human's follow this ritual wishing for long life, to follow the dharmam assigned to us, to have children for santhathi vrithi, But Sita Ramar's kalyanam is for Loka Shemartham.  In our temples we do the Kalyana utsavam for perumal piratti, they are already married but the concept behind this is for Loka Shemam - when we see the sita kalyanam we get peace of mind/thirupthi, all the places filled with mangalam, followed by many marriages.

The Yatri's who joined us in this anu yatra had many marriages fixed in their family after the Ram anu yatra.  Many had taken blessings by bringing jadagam, thirumangalyam, koora pudavai and taken blessings from SitaRam thiruvadi. Few of them lost their gold chain  in ayodhya and they had tied the charadu kept at sitaRama thiruvadi during the wedding.

Here is SheeshMahal.  Wishing all the viewers of this program all the great blessings and especially who has bride and groom in their family to have the marriaged fixed soon. Wishing  the young bride/groom to get married and live as good Dhampathi's and follow the Dharma's. 

Janakar says "Iyam Sita - Rama here is Sita" , "Mama Suta - My daughter", who is full of beauty and born in my great kulam(clan), She will follow you in all your Dharma's,  If you follow Dharma she will follow you and when you act against Dharma she will get you back on right track hence we call "SahaDharmaCharini",  Her hands are like the lotus - senthamarai kai., 

Note - perumal's hands are compared to lotus/Thamarai, while piratti's Senthamarai.  "When we go to perumal temple Thayar and Perumal's hands are in a position telling us "Anjel - don't fear", Question is what should we not fear about ?, Perumal's message is - Don't worry about your papam, i am with you to help you come out of it., Piratti's message is 
- Perumal must have told you not to worry about your papam since he would help you. But he is full of anger(kovam), so i am telling you don't worry on seeing perumal's anger. ".
Perumal's hand tells us - papathai kandu anjel and piratti's hand tells us - peruman kovathai kandu anjel.  So which one do we need first. We need to seek Piratti first and then she will help us to reach Peruman.

"Nangaiyai kana nambhiku ayiram nayanam vendum...." or is it "Nambiyai kana Nangaiku ayiram nayanam vendum...."

Groom's side some one said - "to see our Ram, Seetha needs 1000 eyes". Bride's side replied - "For every second Ram sees sita he would need 1000 eyes.." 
Whatsoever it is Ram-Seetha wedding is for mangalam and loka Shemam. 
Slogam - "Mangalam kosalendraya ... chakravarthi thanujaya...."

Sita Kalyanam with Bajanai at Janakapuri

Today we are doing Seetha kalyana with Bajanai done by people who travelled from south. Let us watch the same. 

With the bhajanai of the bhakta's the Sita Kalyanam concluded graciously. After the wedding, it is time for a feast/virunthu and we had a great wedding feast at 4 PM. 

After lunch, no one was ready to start. Everyone visited the temples and places once again in the evening to enjoye/experience all the places where sita kalyanam had happened.
Later at 10 PM we all started from Janakapuri with the new bride/groom and started our journey towards Ayodhya. 

ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம் 

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 15 - July 28 2013

Slogam : Iyam sita...

Janakar married Sita to Ram. We all had the Bhagyam of watching the Sita kalyanam at Janakapuri.  As wished earlier, wishing all mangalam, many thiru kalyanam in the families of all the viewers, may everyone get santana prapti, may everyone feel the bhagavad anubhavam, may everyone's be happy(aanandam). Let us all wish this during the occasion of Sita kalyanam.

Yatra team starting from Janakapuri back to Ayodhya

After the wedding and grand feast the entire yatra team took rest and decided to start from Janakapuri at 10 PM in the night. Meanwhile, had the opportunity to discuss with the people at Janakapuri. They all seem to be of the very excited about Ram coming and marrying Sita of mithila. They all consider themselves part of Bharatha Desam.  

The team also had the opportunity to visit the temples once again. Unlike South, in the north there are many sevai in a day.  In south perumal happens to be in 1 thirukolam the whole day. But in north the Sevai keeps changing ie. Alankaram keeps changing with varied anikalan, vasthram, abharanam. Uthapan - morning sevai, Sayankala Arathi - in the evening, Sayan - in the night. 3 sevai in the morning, 3 sevai in the evening is the minimum count. Also 6 times prasadham/nivedhiyam is also served called as Bhogam.  So if we happen to stay for a day in north india temples, we can get to see 6 sevai of the perumal. 

The yatra team started around 8.30 PM and with many doubts in mind about terrorists and attacks during the night the team left Nepal.  The yatra team had to return to Ayodhya and hence the exit from Nepal was different from the entry point the team came into Nepal.  In 2006 the team went to Ayodhya but in 2010 trip the team went straight to Allahabad due to Ram Janma Bhoomi verdict. Came back through Narayana Ghat, crossed Sonali border, entered Uttar pradesh to reach ayodhya.  Nepal border crossing is always a big challenge one is due to all the security procedures and second reason is because of leaving Sita's janma bhoomi.  Adding to our fear, in one of the buses 10 military men boarded ( we were in doubt on who they are)  and they  guarded us in crossing 30 KM stretch. Looks like Ram had requested Janakar to escort us and we reached Ayodhya Safely. 

Yatra team back at Ayodhya 

Ram-Sita's  Married life while in Ayodhya

Slogam - "Sama Dvadasa..."

Sita says these above words. After our marriage, we spent 12 years happily while in Ayodhya. 
Ram who was 12 years married Sita who was 6 years and they lived in Ayodhya for 12 years after marriage. During these 12 years it was - Kaadal, kaadal , kaadal  Raman arintha shastramo. ithai thavira matru ondrum theriyatha yennum alavukku Sitai yode avalavu anniyoniyamaga vazhunthar. Dasarathan had kept very old security gurads in the anthapuram.  

The marriage group/kalyana Ghosti from Janakapuri came back to one of the Dasaratha Bhavan and we see the Sita ram temple once again.   We happen to hear lots of bajanai when we visited Ayodhya - Pora uyiraiyum kakkum namam Rama Namam.  Let us visit all those temples again - kanaka Bhavan. 

Periazhwar - Pallandu Pallandu - Mangalasasanam

In this occasion, wanted to share an important note specific to the Vaishnava tradition/sampradhayam. 
PeriAzhwar - Azhwargalil periya azhwar who got this name due to singing "Pallandu".

Kannanai parthavudan, kan yecchil pattudum yendru perumalluku pallandu padinar periazhwar.  Dasarathar also felt the same when he saw ram and sita together. 

Nachiyar Thirumozhi - "Kaithalam pattra kana kanden thozhi naan.." explains about aandal's dream about her marriage and sung during aandal kalyanam. 
In this also is mentioned "Kai thalam Pattruvathu" i.e Pannigrahanam - refers to Ram holding sita's hand. On seeing this Janakar he himself thought "Nambha kanne pattudum pola irukke.." and he said "bhadranthe" ungallukku mangalam undaguga. 

This is what is Periazhwar famous is all about. Periazhwar was born in Aani masam, swathi thiru natchathiram. In srivilliputhur we can have great darshan of Periazhwar, and all his focus was singing pallandu for perumal.  So now the question is how come or why shud human's sing Pallandu/long live to Perumal. The essence behind this is as follows. We can request perumal saying "you are the supreme and ultimate and you need to take care of us". Another way to show the bhakthi is to care for perumal's thirumeni due to bhakthi and wishing that nothing wrong happens to ram/kannan's soft thirumeni.  A mother of a great soldier feels for her son when he gets hurt in a battle irrespective of the son being a great warrior and winning the battle. Similarly Periazhwar had this motherly feeling and sang Pallandu for Ram/Kannan. Hence he was referred as Periazhwar.  Even today during thiru aadi pooram, in Srivilliputhur, fifth day utsavam, (5)Pancha garuda sevai happens and on that day a utsavam called Mangala Sasanam happens. One by one each perumal comes and Periazhwar with thalam sings "Pallandu.." for each one of them. This happens in Srivilliputhur.  

Similarly in thiruvali thirunagari - thirumangai azhwar's aasthanam. There in Thai masam amavasai - Thirumangai azhwar starts and meets 11 divya desam emperuman and he sings Pallandu for all of them. This is called as (11) Pathinoru Garuda sevai Utsavam.

Similarly Nammazhvar in his avatara sthalam Azhwar Thirunagari during his thiru Natchathiram vaikasi visagam happens Vaikasi Visaga Utsavam. During that Utsavam on the 5th day morning emperuman's from Navathirupathi - 9 divya desam come to meet Nammazhwar, Nammazhwar welcomes them and the araiyar swami sings Nammazhwar pasuram for each of the emperuman's from Navathirupathi.  It is a feast for eyes to watch and that night Garuda sevai for all the perumal happens. 

The concept in all these is that these azhwar's are worried that Perumal will get Dhristi and they sing for the goodness of Perumal.  Like how we keep Dhristi for even perumal the concept is the same caring for  HIM on seeing his beauty. 

puLiNGkutikkitandhu varaguNamangaiyirundhu* vaikundhaththuL ninRu*
theLindha_en_chindhai akangaziyaathE* ennaiyaaLvaay enakkaruLi*
naLindhacheerulakam moonRutanviyappa* naangaLkooththaadi nNinRaarppa*
paLingunNeer mukilinpavaLampOl* kanivaaychivappanNee kaaNavaaraayE. 9.2.4
Meaning : 4. BhagawaanE! At ThiruppuLingudi, You are blessing us with your reclining Beauty! At VaraguNamangai Thirupathi, You are sitting so gracefully! and at Sri Vaikuntam, You are showing Yourself in standing posture, so beautifully. You are in my (clear) mind in all these three postures and are blessing me (without any gap and uninterruptedly). You should shower 
Your mercy on us and show Yourself just by a mere thought of You by Your bhakthAs and cool our hearts. You should surprise them by showing Your most auspicious qualities and kalyANA guNAs and come straight.  We should be excited and highly elated to be blessed to see the most Beautiful Red mouth which is like the most beautiful lightning and the Coral lipped creeper as 
seen in the midst of dark, rain laden black clouds on the sky.
In my front, for us to see Your exquisite lovely beauty, You should bless us with Your presence right here, PHYSICALLY.

Similarly, we are in ayodhya and let us all sing "Pallandu Pallandu " on seeing the beauty of our dear Ram and Sita. 

We also did a quick recap of the first 4-5 days of our trip that evening in Ayodhya since we planned to start next day. It was great to hear all the opinions from the yatra group and we all stayed like a family. 

Ram's Pattabhishekam

We are at ayodhya - "Mukthi tharum kshetram"  after Sita-Ram wedding which happened at Janakapuri.  Ram and Sita where living happily in Ayodhya for 12 years. Meanwhile, Dasarath wanted to do Pattabhishekam for Ram.  Though it was king's rule, Dasarath followed the dharma and checked for people's opinion about Ram getting crowned as the King.   Dasarath checked with his ministers, people and Kulu Guru's and decided to proceed with Ram's pattabhishekam.  We shall discuss more on this next week.

Now there is one more place to visit in Ayodhya before we start from Ayodhya to follow Ram on his second journey. Ram mara ori tharithu, naadhu thuranthu is going to start on his journey to the forest.  But this place is related to Ayodhya but at a later stage in Ramayana. Which place is that ? Didn't we not cover all the places in Ayodhya ?  Puzzle.. yes Nandi Gram.

Nandi Gram

The Place from where Bharath had ruled the kingdom of Ayodhya on behalf of Ram while Ram was in exile.  After Ram left to the forest and when he had reached Chitrakut, Bharath went to Forest to bring back Ram to Ayodhya. But Ram didn't accept that offer and asked Bharath to go back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom for 14 years while he finishes the vanavasam and returns.  Bharathan accepted Ram's suggestion but he didn't go inside Ayodhya and he lived in Nandi Gram which was ~ 20 KM from Ayodhya. Bharath lived here ruling the kingdom onbehalf of Ram and eagerly waiting Ram's arrival back to Ayodhya. "raman varuvana varuvana yendru yethir parthukondu irunthan Bharathan". Ram came back from exile to Nandi gram in the pushpakavimanam. 

Bharathan odi poi Raman thiruvadigalile paninthu, Raman avanai alli anaithu, than madiyile amarthikondar.  This is a beautiful Gattam in Ramayanam.
Also, Ram didn't come back straight to Nandi Gram from Lanka. Instead he did stop at Bharadwaj ashram and stayed for a night.  14 years of exile was over and Ravanan was also killed by Ram.  On the way back, they stayed in Bharadwaj ashram as per Bharadwaj Rishi's wish. But 14 years was over and Ram was worried on what will Bharath do and he sent Hanuman to provide the message to Bharathan about Ram's return back to ayodhya and the delay of 1 day.  Hanuman met Bharathan and they both hugged each other. All these great sections in Ramayanam happened in the place called Nandi Gram.  Here we are on the way to Nandi Gram which has beautiful small temple. 

The pandit at Nandi Gram is taking care and doing his kainkaryam in that temple for more than 60 years. It was great to hear him talk with full flow (thada thada thadanu) about Ram in Hindi - all great words which we heard from him was a great bhagyam to listen.  While we are at our home, we talk about many logic, but once we reach those puniya bhoomi, becuase of the 
great nature of that puniya bhoomi we agree to what they say and accept and stand astonished too. 
The temple has two floors. Small entrance and need to go in small groups one by one.  With a hand lamp the pujari guided us towards the ground floor and it was a great surprise to see three sannadhi's.  

1- Bharathan Sannadi

First sannadhi with Bharathan's in a white beautiful marble idol - in padmasanam, sitting posture in marauri, sadai mudi, eyes eagerly waiting for Ram's arrival and mouth uttering Rama namam, beautiful katcham/dhoti in the waist, hands eagerly waiting to do pranams for Ram and eagerly waiting to do kainkaryam for Ram.  Pujari asked us to see Bharath's eyes and whichever angle we look the idol it looks as if Bharathan is looking at us.  Those eyes are full of Ram Bhakthi - thazhumbarathu Rama BHakthinale. Prathyakshama we can see the Rama Bhakthi of Bharathan... The pujari does his kainkaryam at that temple with full of aacharam. Bharathan used to go to Sarayu at 3AM in the morning to have his bath inorder to avoid seeing the Ayodhya people who are upset on Bharath saying "Ramanai piritha pavi yendru yesuvargal, yerkanave kooni kurugi kidakiren, inimel nammal sol ketka mudiyathu".  Bharath was full of sorrow. The pujari here goes to Sarayu and comes back from Sarayu in those wet clothes and he does his kainkaryam for Bharath. 

2- Padugai

Next after Bharath it is the Padugai which Bharath did the pooja. 

You must have heard about Paduka Prabhavam. At Thoopul near Kanchipuram Villakoli Emperuman Sannadhi is there.  Deepa Prakashar Sannadhi at Thiruthanka.  The place of Swami Vendantha Desikan's avatharam.  (The Moolavar of Thiruthanka (Thoopul) sthalam is Sri Deepa Prakasar. He is also called as "Vilakkoli Perumal, Divya Pirakasar". Moolavar in Standing position facing West Direction.)

Slogam on Swami Desikan:
"Sriman Venkata Natharyah Kavitarkika Kesari !
Vedantacharya Varyo Mey Sannidhattam Sadaa Hridhi"!!

Thaniyan by Swami Desika's son Varadacharya implores "the great lion of poetics and dialectics and the great preceptor of Vedanta (that Swami Venkatanatha was) should reside in his heart always."

Desikan has written 1000 slogam on Paduka vaibhavam Called Paduka Sahasram.  He wrote these slogam over night. Avaral pada patta perumai mikka padugai. Bharathan poojitha padugai. 

When Ram was in Chitrakudam Bharathan had taken these padugai.. Ram stood on those Padugai as per Vashistar's words  and gave it to Bharath. Bharath kept those on his head and brought it to Nandi gram, did pattabhiskekam for the Padugai ( you can check the kreedam on those padugai) and ruled the kingdome on Ram's behalf.  We had the bhagayam of seeing those Padugai on that same place. 

Slogam from Paduka Sahasram - "Bharathaya.."

In the beginning of Paduka Saharanam, Vedanta Desigan talks about Bharathan's perumai. Bharathan is jesta Rama Bhakthi. Rama Bhakthargalin Thalaivan. Even though it was his kingdom, he refused to accept it since he thought it to be Ram's property. Bharath considered only Ram's thiruvaid has his property(Sotthu).  Because of Bharath, world came to know about the Padugai's vaibhavam. Vedanta Desigan says that the Padugai and Nammazhwar are the same.  Nammazhwar  born in thirukurugur , azhwar thirunagari, thiruchenganni thurai thamarabharani aatrankariyil piranthavar.  When we visit any temple,  we get the Satari which is none other than Peruman's padugai which is kept on our head. The Padugai is none other than Nammazhwar says Vedanta Desikan.  

When we visit Vanamamalai - Deivanayagam Perumal - antha perumal sataryil nammazhwar thiru uruvathodu yezhuntharuli irukirar. 

We had the darshan of Padugai here at Nandi Gram. 

One more information on Padugai Prabhavam.  Bharadhan gives a sacred bath to the padugai with Sarayu water. This water joins the river Sarayu, Sarayu join Bay of Bengal, the bay of bengal continues till Thirupullani - Rameshwaram.  When Ram was trying to cross the ocean and decided to dry the Ocean using a bow/arrow so that the group can cross the ocean and reach 
lanka. Samudrarajan appears and he does pranam to Ram and requests him to spare him. Then Ram aggrees not to dry up the ocean.  Vedanta Desigan says "Raman ambhu veenaga pogumo. Athu veenaga pogatha ambhu, amogamana bhanam. Kuri thappathu. Pinne yen samudhram thapichadu ? beautiful meaning - Ramanaleye Samudhirathai onnum panna mudiya villai, yen yendral Bharathan Rama padugaiku neeratina neer Kezhaku Samudarai karaiyil serunthu ullathu , Rama Padukai patta theertham, punithamana neer kadal la kalanthutathale Ramanaleye onnum panna mudiayavillai". Such is the prabhavam/greatness of Rama padugai.  

Thats why whenever we go to temple we take the Sripada theertham of Perumal, padothakam. Such is the mahatvam. 

Next is whether Ram's Padugai has great value/prabhavam or Ram himself.  It is Ram's Padugai.  Usually the item which is kept for mortgage has more value than the money got from keepign it for mortgage. Ram kept his padugai and got himself back to go to exile. So it is Ram's padugai which has more value.  We can have the darshan of such great Ram padugai here at Nandi Gram.

Paduka Pattabhishekam vaibhavam Upanyasam

Paduka Pattabhishekam vaibhavam can be understood easily through a story. 1 lion, 1 lioness and 1 lion cub. Lioness is feeding the cub and the lion is sleeping next to them. An elephant came near the entrance of the cave and made huge sound(piliral). The lion could not listen to that sound and wanted to fight with the elephant. When the Lion went, the lioness accompanied the lion till the cave with the cub. The lioness waved to the lion who went to fight the elephant and the lioness came back inside the cave with the cub. Paduka Pattabhishekam agiduthu, charithirathai mudichunduten yendrar Desigan.  Here lion is Ram, Lioness is Padugai, Lion cub is Bharath and the elephant is none other than Ravanan, cave entrance is Chitrakut, Padugai came back with Bharathan to Ayodhya/Nandi gram. For 14 years Bharathan was looking towards south expecting Ram's arrival and was here at Nandi Gram. 

3 - Hanuman Sannadhi

Now let's go to the top floor in the temple and on the way while we do a pradakshinam we can see a red colour Anjaneyar, shakthi vaintha anjaneyar - vendum varam tharum anjaneyar. 

Full of sendura podi. His sendura podi color keeps changing and it appears as if he is smiling, as if he is full of veeram, as if he is saying rama namam. 
Anjaneyar is the best of the Brahmachari, Bharathan has discarded all the suka bhogam and he is doing his tapa waiting for Ram to return and other the side is Rama Padugai - all these are making this place with full of shakthi and it is divine. Also the pujari here does everything with full of niyamam, aacharam and thooimai. 

4 - Bharathan-Hanuman Sannadhi

4- In the top level we have Bharathan and Hanuman hugging each other. While Ram was in exile, he always used to think and talk about Bharathan. Next Hanuman - he is Ram Dhoothar, Ram Bhakthar. On one side Bharathan at Nandi Gram expecting Ram's return to Ayodhya and on the other side Hanuman.  Bharathan got this name due to "Bharathaha Rajyasa Bharanathu" - Bharath was treating the kingdom like Bharam(load).  He always thought that Ram was the king and his role was just to follow Ram's order.  Each of us need to acquire this mental attitude who are all Sishyas of ram. Bharathan is much greater when compared with Lakshman.  Nattai vittu pirinthu vantha Ramanai Piriyamal irunthar Hanuman.  Nattil irunthu ramanai poga vittathunale avanai nenaithukonde irunthar Bharathan. Bharathan was always thinking -"Yeppo Raman varuvan yeppo varuvan", Hanuman was always thinking -"Yeppo Ramanai nattuku kootindu povom kootindu povom".  These two are meeting at Nandi gram. Ram's stay at Bharadwaj aashram is delayed by a day and hence he sends Hanuman to give the message of his travel back to ayodhya else Bharath had told that he will jump into the fire and he will follow his promise.  Hanuman comes to Nandi Gram and he sees Bharath ready with the fire. Hanuman tells Bharath of the message about Ram's return back to ayodhya. Hanuman was so sad and he wept and he said "why are you doing this Bharatha, Ram is on the way back to Ayodhya. If you die, Ram will also die, don't do this".  Then both of them hugged each other. We are going to see this great scene in Nandi gramam today.  Intha katchi Rama bhakthan 
oruorutharaiyum azha vechudum.  Request all the viewers to go and see this in Nandi gram all by yourself.  Rama bhakthi's one type we can see on the face of BHarathan and the other type on the face of Hanuman. Both their eyes are sparkling. Idols made of marble stone.  Bhakthiyin miliruthal antha kangalil parkalam. Bharathan almost in tears( kannir koppalichindu nikkarthu).  Will not Ram come back ? . Hanuman though he was with Ram, on seeing Bharathan he was stunned on seeing the Ram Bhakthi Bharathan had and on seeing that Hanuman was all with tears to see a ram bhakthan.  On seeing Bharathan's feeling and his Ram bhakthi Hanuman is all with tears. On seeing the Ram Bhakthi of Hanuman and Bharathan all we could think is whether we will get atleast a little bit of the Ram Bhakthi.  We did Parayanam and Upanyasam and everyone who listen and saw were all in tears.  Not even in Ayodhya but everyone was in tears on seeing the Ram Bhakthi and on hearing about Ram Bhakthi at Nandi Gram.  Ram Bhakthi is in those tears only. 

Kambha Ramayanam Parayanam from Nandi Gram

Let us all join the Parayanam from Nandi Gram. 

Slogam about Bharathan at Nandi Gram - "Thunbhu..."
If we give roopam/uruvam for Thunbam, it will look like Bharathan.  If we give roopam/uruvam for Raman's anbhu  then it will look like Bharathan. Bharathan is the form of sorrow due to Ram's absence and he is also the form of all the affection which Ram has.  Bharathan was just seeing towards south side. Bharathan was going lean due to waiting for Ram and missing Ram. Bharathan thinks that his papam are so much that even ram is not keeping his words. Due to His Mother's act he had to accept all these and he wanted to meet Ram and he is upset that 

Ram is yet to return to Ayodhya.  
Slogam "Thozhuthu nindra than.."
Bharathan asks Satrugnan to light the fire to sacrifice his life. 
Satrugnan answers "i don't know what i have done. Ram had gone to the forest as per father's words, Lakshman followed him to do Kainkaryam for Ram,  you (Bharath) is ready to sacrifice your life due to Ram bhakthi, inbetween these troubles/sorrow is lighting fire for your bodies is my work.  Am i born as a brother to you for doing this downtrodden work ? 

Slogam "Kan aala..."
Satrugnan says "intha arasatchi irunthale ippadi than pola irukku. Intha nila magal vendam yendri othari oru Raman purapattu ponnan, nila magal vendam yennaku kainkaryame magal yendru kainkaryame thai yendru Lakuvanan pin thodarnthu ponan. Intha nila magalai yetru kondal , parathanthiriyam poividum yendru solli neethan bharathan. Anal antha nila magalai naana katti katka vendum. Allathu Vendam vendam yendru nila magalai utharinargale, antha nila magal idathuleya neruppu mooti bharathan kuthika vendum " yendru vimmi azhuthan Satrugnan.

As per bharath's order, the fire was ready. Meanwhile Hanuman comes via Aakash margam. 

Slogam "Yen il kodi.." Ram's mother Kausalya stops Bharathan and says " oru kotti ramanai oru thatil tharasil vaithal kuda, Bharatha ne irukkum matrum moru thattu than osanthu irukkume thavira, bharatha Yen magan raman irukkum thattu uyarnthu irukkathu. Innum ondru sollaren, Raman irukkatum illamal pogatum, Ne illai yendral jagathil dharmam puniyam illamal poividum. Athanale ne azhivathai oru naalum yetru kolla matten" 
But Bharathan doesn't seem to listen even to Kausalya and he is ready to sacrific his life in the fire. Meanwhile Hanuman reaches and says "Annal vanthanan, Aryan Vanthanan" sollikkonde kuthithar. After a while they understood who is Hanuman and they hugged and understood that Ram is on the way. Then Ram himself came via aakasha Margam, bharathan thandam samarpithan.  Everyone where happy and they all went to Ayodhya from nandi Gram. Ram ruled Ayodhya for 11,000 years and Bharathan continued his Kainkaryam for Ram and needoozhi vazhnthan. 

Our hearts are filled with joy and we are concluding for this week after seeing two great Ram Bhakthas. We are also going to start from Ayodhya to continue on our second journey following Ram's footsteps. 

ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம் 

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 16 - August 4th 2013


The people of ayodhya just lived for Ram, thinking about Ram, uttering his namam.  Ramane ulagam, Makkale Raman. 
12 year old Ram married  6 year old sita and they lived happily in Ayodhya for 12 hours.  On the way Parasuram had come and Dasarathan got scared and worried on Ram's wellness and he sang "Pallandu" for Ram.  Though Ram was a great warrior he was still a kid to Dasarathan.  Last few episodes we saw various mangalasasanam done by the azhwars similar to what Dasarathan did. 

All the 4 couples lived happily for 12 years. Dasarathan was getting old.  How long will he rule and he wished to give charge to his Son. He checked with all his ministers, people representatives, kula guru Vashistar and 8 Mahaacharyas  about their opinion.  All these come in valmiki ramayanam's second kandam. The Raja aalochanai happens at Dasaratha Bhavan, Raj darbar. 

Ayodhya Kandam - Dasartha's Desire

Link to ValmikiRamayan ayodhya kandam on the net : http://www.valmikiramayan.net/utf8/ayodhya/sarga2/ayodhya_2_frame.htm

Ayodhya Kanda - 2 - Dasaratha's Desire

प्राप्य वर्षसहस्राणि बहू न्यायूंषि जीवतः |
जीर्णस्यास्य शरीरस्य विश्रान्ति मभिरोचये || २-२-८
8 : Meaning : "This body has been living for many thousands of years. Hence I desire rest."

तं चन्द्रमिव पुष्येण युक्तं धर्मभृतां वरम् |
यौवराज्ये नियोक्तास्मि प्रीतः पुरुषपुङ्गवम् || २-२-१२
12: Meaning : "Joyfully, I shall appoint Rama, who shines like the moon together with Pushya star, who is the best among the protectors of righteousness and who is an excellent man, to the realm of prince."

यदीदम् मेऽनुरूपार्धं मया साधु सुमन्त्रितम् |
भवन्तो मेऽनुमन्यन्तां कथं वा करवाण्यहम् || २-२-१५
15: Meaning : "I am telling this after lot of thinking. Give consent to me if you feel this to be good and befitting. How else shall I do it?"

इदं शरीरं कृत्स्नस्य लोकस्य चरता हितम् |
पाण्दुरस्यातपत्रस्य च्छायायां जरितं मया || २-२-७
7: Meaning: "In conducting the kingdom for benefit of the entire people, my body became impaired under shade of the white umbrella."

यद्यप्येषा मम प्रीतिर्हितमन्यद्विचिन्त्यताम् |
अन्या मद्यस्थचिन्ता हि विमर्दाभ्यधिकोदया || २-२-१६
16: Meaning: "This is my desire. Yet, let there be thinking on any other beneficial way. Thinking by impartial neutral people will be distinctive and well developed through grinding of opposing views."
Dasarathan was ready to listen and discuss the opinions from his people. 

स्निग्धोऽनुनादी सम्जज्ञे तत्र हर्षसमीरितः |
जनौघोद्घुष्टसन्नादो विमानं कम्पयन्निव || २-२-१८
18: Meaning: That building appeared trembling by the sweet and reverberating sound made by the gathering of people there with their fond uproar.
The people  assembled there roared due to happiness since Ram is going to take over the kingdom.

अनेकवर्षसाहस्रो वृद्धस्त्त्वमसि पार्थिव |
स रामं युवराजानमभिषिञ्चस्व पार्थिवम् || २-२-२१
Meaning: "Oh king! You are an elderly person with thousands of years of age. Hence, inaugurate Rama as the ruling prince."
The people wanted to get rid of Dasarathan and they said the same.  Dasarathan was shocked to hear this from his people since he thought he ruled properly and he asked the people why they feel that way and why are they asking him to go away. 
The people responded "Dasaratha the only mistake you did was, you had given birth to Ram who is a gunashali. We are not angry or we do not see fault in you. "
Azhwar says "Dayarathan petra maragatha mani thadam".

कथं नु मयि धर्मेण पृथिवीमनुशासति |
भवन्तो द्रष्टुमिच्छन्ति युवराजं ममात्मजम् || २-२-२५
Meaning: "Why do you desire to see my son as the prince, when I am ruling this earth with righteousness?"

People of Ayodhya talking about Ram

ते तमूचुर्महात्मानं पौरजानपदैः सह |
बहवो नृप कल्याणा गुणाः पुत्रस्य सन्ति ते || २-२-२६
26 : Meaning : Those kings together with urban and rural citizens after hearing those words spoke to the great soul Dasaratha as follows: "Oh king! Your son Rama has many auspicious virtues".

27:"Oh king! We shall tell you now the various virtues of your wise son, listen to them. His qualities are equal to those of celestials. They are liked by all. They 
give happiness to all."
28:"Oh king! Rama is equal to Devendra in heavenly qualities. He has true valor. He is greater than all the kings born in Ikshvaaku clan."
29:"Rama is the world renowned gentleman. He is keenly interested in truth and righteousness. Only Rama can make both righteousness and wealth combine without separation."
30:"He is equal to moon in making the people happy; equal to the earth in the quality of forgiveness; equal to Brihaspati in wisdom and verily to Devendra in valour."
31:"Rama knows all righteousness. He is true to his word and has good character. He has no envy. He has patience. He consoles those who are in troubles. He speaks good words. He has gratitude. He keeps senses under control."
32,33:"Rama is soft natured; has stable mind, always an auspicious man, and has no envy. He speaks truthful and loving words to all living beings. He worships aged Brahmans endued with the knowledge of various sciences. By that, his name, glory and splendor are growing in this world."

34:"He is skilled in the use of various weapons known to celestials, demons and men. He has duly concluded his vow of studying the various sciences and has systematically learnt all the 
Vedas along with its branches. *"
* Branches of Vedas: - (six in number): 1.Siksha or phonetics 2.Vyakarana or Grammar 3. Chandas or Prosody 4. Nirukta or Etymology 5. Jyautisha or Astronomy 6. Kalpa or the branch of knowledge prescribing the ritual and giving rules for the ceremonial or sacrificial acts.
35:"Rama is best in the world in the art of music. He has best relatives. He is gentle. He is not weak in mind. He has great wisdom."
36:"Rama was trained in all matters from the best of Brahmans skilled in the art of righteousness and in the science of political economy. If it is necessary to go to a battle to protect a village or a city, Rama goes with Lakshmana and returns home only after obtaining victory."
37,38:"After returning from battle, Rama goes to citizens on an elephant or a chariot and inquires about their well being as though they were his own kinsmen, like a father does to his sons. He asks about their wives and children, about the sacred fires, about their servants and students, always completely as per the due order."
39:"Rama the best among men always asks us 'Are your disciples serving you by keenly performing their actions?' "
40:"Rama feels very sad towards afflictions of men; and feels delighted in all functions celebrated by people on the occasions of child birth and the like, just as their own father does."
41: "Rama speaks only truth. He is a great hero. He serves elders. He kept the senses under control. Rama, who talks smilingly, protects righteousness in all ways."

42:"Rama duly procures beneficent deeds. He is not interested in wrangling talks. He is an orator like Brihaspati by his replies and rejoinders."
43:"Rama, who enchants the world, has beautiful eyebrows. He has red and broad eyes. He is absolutely like the God Vishnu himself in strength, heroism and valour."
44;"He knew the ins and outs of public administration. His senses are not afflicted by passion. He is capable of administering not only earth, but also the three worlds."
45:"Rama's anger or mercy is not arbitrary at any time. He kills those who are to be slain as per rules. He is not angered at the innocent."
46,47:"He gladly bestows wealth to those with whom he is satisfied. As the sun shines by his rays, Rama shines by his qualities that are peaceful, which are enchanting and delightful to men."
48:"All people desire Rama, who is endowed with this wealth of qualities, who has true valour, who is equal to presiding deities like Devendra, to be their lord."
49:"Oh king Dasaratha! Rama is born to you as a son, because of your good fortune, for the welfare of this world. He has all the virtues befitting of a son, like Kasyapa, the son of Marichi."
50,51:"All people in the state including those in the capital as well as those in the nearby and in the far off places, pray for long life, health and strength of Rama of reputed nature."
52:"Both young and aged women are praying with a stable mind each morning and evening to all celestials, for the benefit of renowned Rama."
53:"Oh best of kings, Dasaratha ! We shall see Rama adorned with princely kingdom. Your son Rama has the complexion of a black lotus flower and annihilates all his enemies. Let the wish of the people be fulfilled by your grace."
54:"Oh fulfiller of people's desires, Dasaratha! For our benefit, you gladly and immediately inaugurate your son Rama, who is equal to Vishnu, who is interested in the welfare of the entire world and who is possessing the best of virtues."

The people echoed Dasarathan's wish.  It was arasatchi(monarchy) but still decision was taken as if it was makkalatchi(democracy). 
Let us find answers for the same.........

Dialogue with Sriman Gopalaswamy

Conversation with Sriman Gopalaswamy - retired Election officer on various aspects of Democracy.............
For detailed information on the conversation please check the video on the youtube vijaytv channel.
Let us continue to see whether Pattabhishekam  happened.

Preparation for Pattabhishekam

The people of Ayodhya wanted Ram as the king the Ayodhya which was also Dasarathan's wish. But GOD who is none other than Ram wants something else.  Ram thinks of the reason for his Avatar. If Pattabhishekam happens then how can Ram kill Ravana and other Demon, how can he save the Rishi's and Devas ?
But on the other side Pattabhisheka preparation was in full swing.  Vashistar arranged for holy scared water from 4 sides.  People were all happy and the entire kingdom of ayodhya was decorated, music was played, people were dancing with joy. 

Mantra and Kaikeyi's boon

During this time,  a lady called Mantra/Kuni who came with Kaikeyi from her mother's place during wedding of Kaikeyi and Dasarathan.  She saw ayodhya from her balcony. 

Ayodhya Kanda - 7 - The Wicked Mantra

ज्ञातिदासी यतो जाता कैकेय्या तु सहोषिता |
प्रासादं चन्द्रसङ्काशमारुरोह यदृच्छया || २-७-१
1-Meaning: Manthara, a housemaid who was residing with Kaikeyi since her birth, accidentally ascended the balcony of Kaikeyi's white palace, which resembled the full moon.
She enquired what is the reason for the joy in ayodhya and everyone told about Ram's pattahishekam. Filled with anger, she went to Kaikeyi's anthapuram and tried to poision Kaikeyi's mind.

Pasuram - Kalakiya...

Here comes a twist in the story, everyone thought that Ram's is going to get crowned. But all good things have some hiccups and troubles.

For eveyone even for great people, there are always trouble when they start on activiity and one should not get bogged down due to that and should try to overcomes those troubles using Bhagawan's blessings and need to continue on the path of Dharma. This incident in Ram's life is an example for the same. Whenever we hit roadblocks in our life, we think why it happens like to this often to me. Ram's pattabhishekam itself had road blocks. As per Dasarathan, Vashistar who is a brahma rishi is fixing the time/date for pattabhishekam but it didn't happen.  If something which was planned by Dasarathan and Vashistar had not happen then think of the plan which ordinary people like us do.  It is not a wonder that we also face roadblocks at times and we should not worry on those.  They will get cleared on their own and we need to continue to stay with Bhakthi. In all our families joy and sorrow keeps coming and going. Sometimes sorry might even happen one after other.. this is all natural. 

Ram also faced roadblock. Kuni went and spoked to Kaikeyi who first denied and said "My son Ram's Pattabhishekam".
Such a great heart was Kaikeyi and Kuni changed her too. 
We should stay focused on Bhakthi. There will be many hindrances  but still we should not loose focus.  Kaikeyi didn't had that focus/self control and hence her mind was poisoned by kuni and this made her to wish for her son Bharath's Pattabhishekam instead of Ram's. 
Then they thought on the plan on how to execute this wish of Kaikeyi and Kuni.  Long ago, Kaikeyi had saved Dasarathan during a war. Dasarathan had offered her two boon which she didn't use it at that time. She decided to ask for those two boons now. 
1  - Ram to go to forest for 14 years
2 -  Pattabhishekam for Bharathan

Dasarathan who was busy in monitoring all the activities related to Pattabhishekam finished them all and late night went to meet Kaikeyi at her anthapuram. Probably, if Dasarathan didn't go there, kaikeyi would not have come out to ask those two boons. 

Ram praying to Srirangam Periya Perumal

Meanwhile, Vashistar asked Ram to do something. We knew that Srirangam perumal - Periya Perumal - Ranganathar(he was referred those days as Jagannathan-Narayanan) was in ayodhya during Ram's time. Vashistar asked Ram to go and pray to perumal praying for all good things during pattabhishekam.  But Raman went and prayed for some option so that pattabhishekam does not happen to periya perumal. 
Slogam : "saha pathiyam ...Visalakshi.." Valmiki says Sita is Visalakshmi due to her beautiful wide eyes. Ram went with Sita to see the Jagannathan-Narayana Perumal(Ranganathar).

Pattabhishekam Stopped and Ram on his way to the forest..

Ram's prarthanai got fulfilled. Periya Perumal through Kaikeyi and her stubborn boon made dasarathan to accept her wish. 

Everyone was stunned , became sad and cried. Kaileyi was not ready to listen to anyone.  Ram changed from his new clothes to MARAURI, MAN THOL(dear skin), removed all his jewellery,  tied Sadaimudi. Ram along with Sita and Lakshman started from Ayodhya towards forest. 

Even today, we can see the place where Sumantra stopped the chariot near kanaka Bhavan and from this place Raman thiruvaadi vaithu Raman, Seethai and ilakuvan got into the chariot.  First Ram helped Sita to get into the chariot, then Ram, then Ilakuvan got into the chariot. Everyone in that city, came to the Rajamargam and started to cry. Everyone including animals cried since Ram is on the way to the forest leaving ayodhya.  

Ram started on his journey and the first place he reached was Sringaverapuram.  We are going to see about Sringaverapuram - Guhan's place on the banks of river Ganga.  Guhan is a padakoti and we all during yatra did boat ride at that place.  Beautiful  place and boat ride. Ram accepts Guhan who is a hunter, as his brother. Let us see more about Guha Sakhkiyam from Sringaverapuram. 

Nammakkum Rama Bhakthi kittum. 

ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம் 

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 17 - August 11th 2013


Nama: kothanda hasthaya sandhi kruthacharaayacha
kandithakila daithyaya ramaya: pannivaarine

Ramanai vananguvom.  Seeta and Ram with ilakuvan started from ayodhya towards south. we are starting on the second journey of Ram. First Journey of Ram is completed.  Now Ram is starting on his second journey towards south. Kaikeyi asked for two boons to Dasarathan, inspite of Dasarathan's request it was no use. Dasarath had to accept the two boons asked by Kaikeyi.  This has caused a big turning point in Ram's life.  Ram is going to start on his longest journey. It is for this Ram had come to this world. 

Kulasekara azhwar in Perumal Thirumozhi's pasuram talks like Dasarathan and his crib when Ram had to leave ayodhya. 
Pasuram - Vevayen...

Ram walking first, then Sita and then ilakuvan they start on the journey. Till yesterday you had all the pleasure like silk bed today you are sleeping  under a tree using your hands as pillow and stones as side pillow. How are you doing this ? as expressed by Dasarathan. 

Ram climbed the Rath, Sumantran was ridhing the ratham towards south. All the people followed him saying "don't go", "Stop", "Take us too..", the entire kingdom was following Ram.  They all slept on the banks of the river the first night. Ram was sad that if this is continuing the people follow him, then entire jungle will be converted to kingdom - "Kaadu naadagividum".  Then how will i be able to fullfill the promise. Thought Ram. Then Ram tells sumantra to ride the chariot towards the north, so that everyone will think that Ram has gone back to ayodhya towards north.  After some distance come back and we shall go towards south direction. All the people when they wake up next morning they will search for us and they will follow the north path and reach ayodhya. Sumantran followed Ram's order and next day morning, the people thought that Ram had gone towards north and they walked towards ayodhya. But actually Ram  walked towards south and he crossed 3 rivers - Veda Shruthi, Gomathi, Syandhika and then finally he reached Sringaverapuram - the place of Gugan, on the banks of river Ganga. 
Gugan owns boat and is the head of Vedar kulam(hunters), he is a great bow and arrow warrior and a very rich person since he had the treasure called bhakthi.  Now Ram and gugan are going to become friends and that is "Guha Sakhyam". Let us all go and see the same from Sringaverapuram.

Upanyasam from Sringaverapuram

"patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami prayatatmanah" - Bhagavad Gita
Krishna gita says in Gita on what we need to give to make him happy.  HE is not asking us money. HE is expecting Bhakthi, premam, bhavan, kangalil avanai ninaithu neer vazhi yarthukkum. We  can give many examples to explain this. Ram reached Sringaverapuram and become gugan's friend.  Gugan is an example for a true bhakthan, who does not belong to a high kulam by birth, who does not have education, who does not have wealth, who was not into aacharam/anushtanam.  All Gugan had is Sita-Ram Bhakthi. Hence he is an example for great bhakthi.  
1)We are here at Sringaverapuram. We need to first visit Rishya Shringar, Shantha Devi temple. Rishya Shringar and Shantha Devi helped Dasarathan to perform Ashwamedha Yagam and puthira Kameshti yagam to get the payasam which the queens drank to give birth to the 4 sons's. 
2) Next we need to see the precious Ganga. It is the bank of river ganga which added praise to Gugan.  It is on this river bank that Gugan took Ram/Sita in a boat from this side to the other side of the river.  We are stuck in the river called samsaram, Ram is here as OOdam/boat and helps us to cross this samsaram and takes us to Vaikuntam.  And that Ram was carried by Gugan in a boat to cross the river ganga.  Perumanai thanduvitha bhakthanukku yenna perumai irukkum.  The evidence for Gugan's bhakthi is nothing other than Ram's acceptance of whatever Gugan offered.

Pasuram -Thirumangai AzhwAr - 
Ezhai Ethalan keezhmagan ennaa
thirangi maRRavaR kinnaruL suranthu
'maazhai maanmada nOkkiyun thOzhi;
umbi embi'en Rozhinthilai, uganthu
'thOzha Nneeyenak kingozhi' enRa
soRkaL vanthadi yEnmanath thirunthida,
aazhi vaNNa!nin adiyiNai yadainthEn
aNipo zhilthiru varangaththam maanE     (5.8.1)
A great pAsuram! yEzhai- yEthalan- Keezhmagan- AzhwAr refers to Guhan..Lord Ramachandran- hugged Guhan and said, "ninnudan aivarAnOm- with you, we have become five brothers..What a quality! Sowseelyam! (ability to mix freely with those much below one's status and level) Guhan- illiterate and immersed in sensual pursuits; always kills (being a hunter); born in low caste; Still, You did not look down at him; You showered Your grace on him; and also said to him, further, -This darting, deer eyed  Seetha is your friend; this younger brother is your brother too"-   Not just that. He added that You are my friend; the fifth brother (in our family).

(Kamban says "Guganodum ivaranOm.)

Pasuram - Periazhwar - Guganoda thozhamai kondathor adayalam

Of all the Kalyana guna's of Ram the key is Sowseelyam - ability to mix freely with those much below one's status and level).  We can see this Sowseelyam in three key places - one is Gugan on the banks of river Ganga. Let us watch this now and the rest two we shall see when we reach that place. :)

MONKEY, CAT Explanation 

Sringaverapuram is a beautiful place, full of ramaneeyam. We all will feel like coming to this place. What is that we understand from Ram's friendship with Gugan. Should we go and seek HIM or will HE come and embarace us.  Need to understand a story of monkey and cat. The baby monkey holds the mother monkey when  jump from one tree to another.  If the baby does not hold properly it will fall down. The mother cannot do anything.  On the other hand, the cat when it walks carries the kitten in its mouth and the responsibility lies on the cat to safeguard the kitten.  Kitten is free without any pressure.  The cat holds the kitten properly. Ram came to meet Gugan and Gugan got Perumal's friendship and kadaksham. Next we are also going to see how Bharath came to meet Ram during which Bharath had to return back to 
Ayodhya without Ram with the Padugai.  So the truth is that GOD attempts to reach us and all we need to do is just accept it and not stop it or hinder it.  This does not mean that we should not go to temple. Ram the great person - accepts guhan as his brother. We should all understand about manithaneyam. One atma and another atma is equal. This is what Ram is explaining here. 

Ram Temples at Sringaverapuram along with Shantha Devi and Rshiya Shingar

There are two temple in Sringaverapuram. Gugan's temple. Where we can see a boat on which Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Guhan are seated along with the kevat - who rides the boat - padagoti. Beautiful scene to watch. Ram is chakravarthi thirumagan, learned person but he sat and accepted everything offered by Gugan. Ram decided to stay at Gugan's place one night and 
start next morning. We all travellers too did a boat ride. The next temple - one need to climb few steps to go to the temple of Shantha Devi and Rshiya Shingar.  Who is Shantha Devi and Rshiya Shingar ?  Once a upon time when Dasarathan was ruling ayodhya there was no rain. The next kingdom is Roma Padan's kingdom and there also no rain.  They were thinking what to do. Then the ministers of Roma Padan told about Rshiya Singar who is a young rishi who has not married and no kama thought. If he comes it would rain.  But he will not come so easily, since he is away from wordly pleasures. He is the son of vibhandagan.  Somehow the king sent people, to bring Rshiya Singar to his kingdom. Then it started to rain once Rshiya Singar came. Then the king married his daughter Shantha devi to Rshiya Singar.  It is this Rshiya Singar who had come to Ayodhya to do Puthira kameshti Yagam.  This Shantha Devi and Rshiya Singar temple is here. Beautiful temple and from that temple we can see the huge Ganga. Then 600 of us took turns to go on a boat ride on the Ganga.  The ganga was 80 feet deep and we left it to Sita/Ram and did the boat ride. There were lot of surprises awaiting. 


When Ram had come, Gugan had brought all the fruits/vegetables for Ram. Then Ram stayed with Gugan for a night and that place is little far from this place and we can visit the same. 

Gugan requested Ram to stay with him. Ram asks what is here for me to stay and gugan replied "Then ula, thinai ma ula, gangai and i am here to help you and serve you." Ram didn't want to stay there and told him that he would meet him on the way back. Thunbham, perivu nallathu.  When Ram came back from Lanka he happen to stay in Bharadwaj ashram and could not come to meet Gugan. However, Ram had sent the message through Hanuman that he could not come back. Gugan is so happy that Ram is followed his words and remembered him when he came back. It is till this place Sumanthran came with Ram in the Chariot. Gugan helped to cross the river ganga and from their they went to Bharadadwaj aashram. Ram asks Bharadwaj on what to do, where to stay, and Bharadwajar advised them to stay in chitrakoodam.  Now Ram is in Chitrakoodam. It seems Sumantran was waiting for 2 days on this side of the river bank expecting that Ram will call him and Ram will come back.  Then Sumantran went back to ayodhya told everything to Dasarathan and then Dasarathan died.  Then later Bharathan comes with everyone to get back Ram to Ayodhya.  Only Sumantran knew that Ram has come to this place of  Guhan.  Bharath was on the northern bank of ganga and gugan was on the southern bank. Gugan was worried on why Bharath as come  ? Has he come to kill Ram ? Bharathan had come with tears in Jata mudi. Gugan alerted everyone to fight with Bharathan,. Gugan was ready to fight. Then Sumanthran who knew bharathan and gugan came and introduced both of them. Sumantran said "Gugan owns the two banks of the river ganga, he has  huge trooups", but bhrathan does not seem to heed to any of these, then Sumantran said "Ungal kulathin Ramanukku Uttra thunaivan". Then Bharathan was eager and then looked at Gugan. Gugan was confused on seeing bharathan who was with tears. Then gugan said "even if i keep 1000 Ram on one side , one Bharathan will have more value". Thirumangai azhwar says in this pasuram.. 

Ram says "Hye gugan, this Sita is your friend" Ram looks at sita to give kadaksham to Guhan. Sita's kadaksham is important for anyone to acquire Ram's. Guhan's Bhakthi is a great example and this is the place. We all need to get atleast a bit of that bhakthi and we shall get it. 

Periazhwar says "gugan nodu thomazhamai kondathor adaiyalam". We can understamd that Ram has the ability to mix freely without looking at one's status and level. We can see this in 3 places - Gugan, Sugrivan, Vibheeshanan.  

Kambhar Ramayanam. 
guhanodum aivar aanOm munbu; pin, kunRu soozhvaan
maganodum aRuvar aanOm; emmuzhai anbin vandha
agan amar kaadhal aiya! ninnodum ezhuvar aanOm;
pugal arum kaanam thandhu pudhalvaraal polindhaan undhai
The meaning of this verse is as follows:
“We became five (brothers)with Guha earlier and then with Sugreeva we became six. Now due to your sincere love to me we have become seven with you. By sending us to the impenetrable forest your father(meaning Dasaratha whom Rama refers as the father of Vibheeshana to show the height of grace and love) is now shines with many sons. 4 sons were not enough for Dasarathan and hence he had sent Ram to forest to acquire more Sons it seems :)

Rama Shaiya

From the place where we were in Sringaverapuram on the banks of river ganga, we travelled around 1.5 KM through the green forest. It was just a single person walkable path in the fields. 
One had to walk minimum 3-4 KM during yatra, climb steps, walk to buses parking area which might be far.. all these are part of the trip. Now we are at a place called "Rama Shaiya" - "Ramanin Padukkai".  The place where Ram and Sita stayed for a night. The mat/pai which they had used is here, kept on a medai, ollai.  We cannot climb that medai or touch that ollai. we can do namaskaram for the same. The place is small but the feelings and bhakthi is something which everyone shoudl expeirence themselves.  Let us go and see and hear from that place.

Upanyasam at Rama Shaiya

Ram and sita were staying in this place for a night and hence this place is called Rama Saiya- Rama Sayanam.  Ram was sleeping and Lakshman was safeguarding. Gugan asked Lakshman to sleep, but lakshman refused to sleep till Ram gets back to ayodhya and sleeps on his bed. Gugan followed lakshman's foot steps and whole night he and his trooups also didn't sleep 
safeguarding Ram. All of them eagerly stayed awake whole night. Later when Bharathan came Gugan explained all this to Bharathan about how lakshman safeguarded Ram/Sita when they slept in this place.  Great Guhan was talking about the Great Lakshmana Charitram/mahatvam to none other than the great Bharathan. Conversations between Ram bhaktha's about another Ram Bhaktha.

Ram stayed Sringaverapuram and we had the darshan of that place.  With heavy heart we all started from that place. Then on the way back had lots of prasadhams. Everyone came back to the Ganga Store to do Boat ride. With lot of bhajanai while boat ride.  It was raining and with umbrella everyone was eager to do the boat ride. Ram namam sollikondu yellarum seithom.  

Allahabad , Prayag, Theertha Raj , Prayag Raj, Thiruveni Sangamam
After that we took leave from Guhan and Sringiverapuram and started to continue our journey. As per Ramayanam, Guhan drops Ram on the other side of river. Then Ram goes to Bharadwaj aashram.  Here we are also reaching Allahabad after 20-25 Km travel.  Before going inside the Allahabad city or Bharadwaj aashram.. we reached Prayag, theertha raj, Prayag raj, Sangamam, 
in english it is called Confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna Saraswati(under the ground)... We had to go in the boat to reach the place where all the three rivers Sangamam happens. 

This is the place where Kumbha Mela happens during which 30 lakh people were there everyday and on the final day almost 3 crore people are at Sangamam.  On one side is Ganga who is fast but clean 4 foot depth, on the other side Yamuna with 40 foot depth who is slow, with kalakam  and light greeen colour referred as Jamuna in north india. Below them is Saraswati who 
comes and joins them under the ground.  At Badrikashram, Vysar started to write Mahabharatham. At that time, Saraswati was going with roaring sound and this disturbed vysar who asked her to go under the ground. She went under the groudn and came out at Allahabad. This place is called Prayag - nadhigalin serkai and king of Prayag so called as Prayag Raj. Theertha Raj -
Mupathu muk kodi theerthangalukkum thalaiyanathu. Thiruveni sangamam - 3 pinnal mudichiugal, Mahalakshmi thayarin 3 kal of the pinnal. From here Ganga goes near Kolkatta and reaches Bay of Bengal and at Ganga Sagar. We all went to the middle where the sangamam happens in the boat, had bath, did aachamanam, did tharpanam. This is the place where Kumbha mela happens once in 12 years. << do check the video of this episode to see the Prayag at Aallahabad>>

There are many places in Allahabad where Ram travelled like Akshayavadam, veni mathavar kovil,place where Ram did the pinda pradhanam for his dad, Bharadwaj aashram. Let us all visit these places and then move to Chitrakootam and continue our Journey of Ramanin Pathayil. 

ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம் 

Sri Ramanin Padhayil - Episode 18 - Aug 18 2013


Last episode we had seen Shringaverapuram and Guha Sakhyam.
Kambha Ramayanam by Kambhar is Valamiki's Ramayanam in theninum inniya Tamil.  As per that story, we are at Allahabad which is called as Prayag Raj, Theertha Raj, Thiruveni Sangamam. Last week we saw this place briefly.  This week we shall visit all the places in Allahabad.  Very important Kshetram is Allahabad. In 7th century, Hiuen Tsang  messenger came to India from China and travelled to many places and used to write about the greatness of each places/country. He has told many great things about this Prayag. 

Prayag, Kumbha Mela 

As per our Puranas, muppathu mukodi theerthangal confluence here at this prayag. We have to go in a boat to reach the Sangamam place. At the Sangamam, we all wanted to do pooja and worship.  We happen to check with the boy who was riding the boat about the greatness of the place - prayag. He was happy and said " one cannot explain easily the greatness of Prayag and let me try to explain since you had asked.  This is Jamuna river. This comes from Delhi, Agra, Mathura, Brindavan and this is Green in colour. THe water is calm for 10 months and wild rest of the 2 months during monsoon. Jamuna is in 4 colour green, blue, Black, red,  On the other side is Ganga from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanpur. It's colour is like Elachi like our colour.  Usme Bhav rehta hao Gehrahi Kam hai. Saraswati run between them. 3 river confluence and we can only see two of them here." 
More on what we heard from them as follows. "When perumal churned the ocean to get the mrutham/nectar, the place where teh nectar was kept is this Prayag Raj. Thalamai peetam of all the Sangamam. In our Bharatha desam once in 3 months the kumbha mela happens. Chithirai, Vaikasi, Aani- Aadi, avani, puratasi - Iypasi, Karthigai, Marghazhi - Thai, masi panguni - And the Kumbha mela happens in 4 different places.  At prayag, the biggest Kumbha Mela. 30 lakhs people came everyday this year and on the final day 3 crore people came for the kumbha mela.
Similarly Godavari Prayag happens at NasikGanga Prayag/KUmbha mela happens at Haridwar, Chipra river's Kumbha mela happens at Ujjain. If the kumbha mela happens once in 6 months it is called Ardha Kumbha Mela.  Once a year the Kumbha mela happens at allahabad and it is called Maha kumbha Mela. When we visited we happen to see the Arathi in the evening called Prayag Arathi.  Watching that scene is a Mahabhakyam. Thiruveni Sangamam holy bath is punyam. Let us all join the Arathi.

Like this Arathi, this place has many Mahatmiyam. Ram had come here, Ram had stayed here for a night and then went to Bharadwaj Aashram.  We can see all these hostorical incidences in the valmiki Ramayanam, Thulasidas Ramayanam, Kambha Ramayanam.  But somebody who came from a different country, had written in detail about each and every place in Allahabad, about the Sanatana Dharma.  We all had the great bhakyam to visit the thiruveni Sangamam. It was almost evening and from there we visited Bharadwaj aashramam.
Let us continue on Ramanin Padhayil. Guhan brought Ram in the boat and they crossed the River. Guhan was not ready to part Sriram. Who will like to part Sriram? Ram said " Guha, don;t worry, when i come back i will come and meet you at Shringiverapuram and take you to Ayodhya.  Even we weren't happy to start from Shringiverapuram, but we had to move on and we reached bharadwaj aashram.

Bharadwaj Aashram 

Ram, Lakshman, Sita visited Bharadwaj aashram. Bharadwaj welcomed Ram and enquired about his visit.  Bharadwaj aashram is in the center of the city of Allahabad. We need to walk towards the Aashram. Busy area with lots of museum and exhibition.  Small temples for Bharadwaj, Bharathan and it is punya bhoomi. When we checked on the details from the local people they say that the aashram must have been on the shore of the prayag and later moved to this place.  We can see Bharadwaj in that temple. Now let us see who is
Bharadwajar. Rishi's life guide us to good path.  The rishi's are referred as Rishi, Muni.  The Rishi's are classified as Rishi, Raja Rishi(janakar), Deva Rishi(naradar), Brahma Rishi(Vashistar and Vishwamithrar wished for Brahma Rishi). Rishi means Mantra Dyaksha means the one who has seen(Prayatyakshamaga parkarthu) the Mantram.  He will use the Mantra's for the well  being of the world. Who is Bharadwajar ? Bhara means "bharathai dharippavar".  Bharadwajar himself tells " do you know why i am called Bharadwajar ? yenyendral naan oruthorutharaiyum dharithu irukiren, katthu irukkiren(save wife, brahmins, vedam) and i am ready to take this load so called so" beautiful slogam "bhare asutan, bhare slokan, .........".
His birth story is very interesting.  His family tree as follows Brahma, Angiras, Bruhaspathi(wife mamatha), Bharadwajar.

Bharadwaj was Valmiki's student.  When we saw the first episode of Bittoor, where we saw the Valmiki Ashram, where we saw the Tamasa river, Valmiki went with his student including Bharadwajar to have a bath. When they  returned from the river, they went to a garden near by and they happen to see  one of the two bird being killed by a hunter. Valmiki was sad and this resulted in subsequent events and then the birth of Ramayanam. ( Please see Bittoor episode for more details).
There is one interesting story about Bharadwajar. He happen to marry a apsaras women called Grithachi.  Dhronacharyar was the son of Bharadwaj and Grithachi.  Dhronar by birth was a brahmin, but he was very good in Shooting bow and arrow.  He was the acharya for Kauravas and Pandavas.  He happen to stay on the side of Adharma and hence was killed. When the mahabharatha war was going on, Bharadwajar happen to come to Kurukshetra bhoomi. He advises his Son Dhrona, not to fight since fighting is not  his Dharmam and suggested him to do dhyanam, tapas. But Dhronacharya didn't listen and then later as per Kannan's plan and Yudhistra's had to stay a lie and Dristadyumnan took off Dhrona's head and he died.  When bharadwaj happen to hear the news he said that since dhrona was on the sides of Adharmam he lost his life.  THis is the story of Bharadwaj's family.

THere is one more interesting history. Bharadwaj wanted to learn all the sections of the Veda. So when his last moments was reaching, he went to Indhiran and asked for extension of his life since he wanted to learn Veda.  Indiran extended for 100 years. After 100 years Bharadwaj came back and asked for 100 more years. Indiran extended again. After 100 years Bharadwaj came back and asked for 100 more years third time too. Indiran gave for 3 times and when asked for the 4th time for 100 more years Indiran took Bharadwaj to a place where there were 3 mountains and lots of small hillocks of sand. Indiran asked Bharadwaj to see the mountain and the sand hillock too.Bharadwaj replied stating that mountain is huge and hillock sand is very little.  I gave you 3 hundred years like those 3 mountains and you have learnt Veda's and the amount of it is equivalent to the small hillocks of sand. Bharadwaj was fine and he said that he wanted to work towards learning the rest of the Veda. Then indiran replied saying that the remaining veda's volume is as much as the mountains.  Katrathu kai mann alavu, kallathathu ulagalavu. Valmiki bhagawan learnt everything when he was with Ram. We have seen Valmiki ashram, bharadwaj ashram been there in many places. Now we are at the Bharadwaj ashram in Allahabad.  After this we shall visit two more important places in Allahabad. Lets go to those places.

"Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha" meaning it is our duty to protect Dharma and the Dharma inturn will protect us.  Yatra is a type of Dharmam.  For all the papam we have done, we do prayachitam and Yatra is one type of prayachitam.  Bhagawan has made many punya Kshetram.  Why do we have all these punya Kshetram ?  All these places are there for many years.. puradanamaga ullanave.  Bhakthas need to visit those places, have holy bath and need to do tharpanam.  There is no need to check on the thithi. One can do the tharpanam for the ancestors in those holy waters any day. "yettu(8) yel(thil) yeduthu dhanam koduthal athan mahatmiyam solla yennathu". That too doing this 8 thil dhanam in those important Ghatam's of
holy waters, gives punyam for many following generations. Many of us have heard about Pithru Sabham resulting in delayed marraige or health problems. We will not know which ancestor (pithru) for what reason has cursed us but the existence of Pithru sabham might be visible in the jathakam when checked by an astrologer.  So when going on an yatra one can do that  common prayachitam. There are common(pothu) prayachitam and specific prayachitam too. It is diffcult to know on those specific prayachitam, even if we understand it is difficult to do those. So common prayachitam is theertha yathirai, pithrukalukku pinga pradhanam seivathu, nama sankeerthanam pannuvathu, dhanam kodupathu, upavasam irupathu, athma gyanathil idupaduvathu. All these are common prayachitam. So when we go on a theertha yathirai, if we do tharpanam one is doing prayachitam for unknown pithru sabham.  Seek perumal's feet and do the common prayachitam since specific ones are difficult to do.


Allahabad is a punya kshetram. Here Pathal puri sannidhanam is there. Inside that temple there is Akshayavatam, a temple which has been there and didn;t get destroyed in all the 4 yugas. This is the place where Ram came and thought about his Father. First Let me tell you the story as heard from a person who was there which might lead to some doubts.

The people say that Ram had come here and  did the tharpanam for his expired father. When did Ram do this tharpanam ? Because as per our Yathirai Ram is yet to receive the  news of his father's death.  Only after Ram reaches Chitrakut, bharathan has to come and break the news about Dasarathan's death. So Ram could not have done the Tharpanam here on his way to Chitrakut. Probably, he might have done on his way back from Srilanka.  After Ram-Ravana war, along with Sita when Ram returned back to Ayodhya, Ram had visited Allahabad. So Ram had come to Allahabad twice.  Ram visits this same Bharadwaj aashram which comes twice in Sri Rama Anu yatra.  So when Ram returned, he is aware of his father's death and he must have done the pinda pradhanam when he came to Allahabad on the way to Ayodhya. The place where Ram did the pinda dhanam is called as AkshayaVatam. Here is Pathal Puri temple and the tree called Akshaya vatam. Here is the tree and roots of that tree which is under the ground. We can see the roots of that tree under the ground and the tree above the ground. The entire temple is under the ground. All these temple were above the ground once upon a time and later some kings moved it under the ground. It is a wonder to watch. Everyone who visits need to spend time to see what is in those places. We say Prayag - Pra Yagam.  Yagam here means Deva puja, here referring to pithru puja. Yagam panna vendum which is for the deva's and puja for pithru's. This place is to do the Pithru puja. For doing this pithru puja is Akshayavatam. Referred as Akshayavatam since this is near the Dasa(10) Ashwamedha Ghat - place where 10 Ashwamedha Yagam was done. Such a great yagya bhoomi. If one done pinda pradhanam in this akshayavatam, it is equivalent to doing 10 ashwamedha yagam and it cleanses our papam.

Akshayavatam - means azhiyatha, one which has not got destroyed.  Even after 4 yuga's this Akshayavatam will not get destroyed and will stay. Ram has done the pinda pradhanam in this place.  There are two branches for this tree. one is Pitha shakai and the other one is Mathru Shakai.  One for mother's side and another one for father's side. Pinda pradhanam is given for parents under this place. Whatever Dhanam is given in this place it gives great benefits - akshayamana palan.  First one need to have holy bath, then come and give the dhanam, then do the pithru tharpanam and then place the head on the branches and roots and do pranams on the floor. This helps in cleansing the dirt  in our body and also to cleanse the dirt in our mind
like ahankaram, mamakaram, kamam, krodham, veruppu, viruppu. All the papa which are stick to one's atma are cleansed in doing these at this place called akshayavatam.  Ram has done the pinda pradanam first in allahabad and then at Varanasi(Kasi) and then third he did at Gaya.  Ram himself has done pinda pradanam at three places.  There is a Dhoha/slogam which is said related to this.
"Chale mann prayag, akshayavat dharshan, thiruveni pathakarani, matha pitha ke tharpan karke purna kar dho apni karji."
Do the pinda pradhanam at akshayavatam, Gaya(river palguni), varanasi to get rid of all the debts towards deva's, pithru's, manushya's, bhootha's. We have visited such a great place today.

We are at allahabad. When we reached allahabad from Shringiverapuram it was almost evening and there is lots of places to visit here. We had to rush in few places. Why was this tour done for 21 days only ?  this was mainly to accomodate less week days to help working people.

Veni Madhava Sannidhi

Next we all started to the Veni madhavan Sannidhi in Allahabad. There are lots of Madhavan Sannidhi in this city. Totally 12 Madhavargal had been here.  Currently there is only 7 Madhavargal Sannidhi.  Rest 5 probably got destroyed  by river floods or some other reason. Out of the sannidhi's today, the most important is the Veni Madhavan Sannidhi. Veni means, thriveni means Nachiyar Mahalakshmi thayar's three pinnalgal(hair locks), Ganga Yamuna Saraswathi are the thriveni. Intha veniyai karthukondu irupavar than veni madhavar.  Here is Veni Madhavan sannidhi on the northern side of the Sangamam. On the west of Ganga is located Veni Madhavan Sannidhi. He is the pradhana devata for this city. There is a place called Dhara Ganga. Madhavan means - Ma- Kalvi/vidhya/upsanam, Dhavaha means swami. Kalviku yellam
athipathi, kalvi yellam kodupavan. Ma- Mahalakshmi ku swami, Thirumagal kelvan. Pasuram "Madhavan perai solluvathe othin surukku othin porul mudivum athuve.." whatever the veda says that seek him to serve him. To reach HIM say Madhavan and none of the papam will come to us. Thru Piratti we need to attain HIM who is the Madhavan.  Raman had come to this place and he had worshipped the perumal in this place and then he had gone to Chitrakut says the history.  There is also a note that Tulasidasar wrote Ramayanam from this sannidhanam.  We are going to see about Thulasidasar in detail. Now let me tell you about that in short. Thulasidasar, Ram have worshipped this Madhava perumal. Then imagine how old will be this temple.  The prayag associated to this place is explained by Thulasidasar as " Ko kahi sahe..." meaning Who can explain the prabhavam of this prayag, Ram has come here, so all of you come here, Ram's footsteps have been in this place so all of you come says Thulasidasar. Near this madhavar perumal temple, in small sila salagrama vadivam lots of Madhavargal are there as follows
asi madhav - the madhav who smiles,
Anantha Madhav - Madhavan who does not have an end - endless by time, place, form.
Aadi Madhav - Madhav who created this world and is there since aadi kalam
Chakra Madhav - Madhav who has Sangam, Chakram on his hands
Harita madhavan(Padma Madhavan ?) - Madhav who was in green colour in the third yugam, first yugam white colour, second yugam - red color, third yugam - maa thalir pachai(green) color.
Manohara Madhavan - Madhav who gives happiness/aanandam.

Currently there are 7 Madhavas here.  When we went to that place, we happen to talk to an old person to hear about the prabhavam of this place. The old man started to explain and then an young man explained too. Let us hear from them.
Bhagavadam, shruti, smriti explains this prayag as TheerthaRaj, PrayagRaj. This prayag is called TheerthaRaj. The deity of this prayag is Veni madhav Bhagawan. One has to visit this temple after the holy bath to get the complete benefit of this visit to this place. Visiting this temple is believed to be mandatory. Ram during his Vanvasam had come to the Prayag and also has visited this temple.

Ram starting from Allahabad towards Chitrakoot

Now it is time for Ram to start from Allahabad, Bharadwaj Aashram. Ram has to complete the rest of the years in the exile and he asked Bharadwaj for his suggestions on the place to stay.

Bharadwaj explained Ram the route and told "Rama go towards the bank of Yamuna, cross the river of Yamuna and after few distance you will see Chitrakut a beautiful place like kuberan's city on the banks of river Mandagini. There are lots of Rishi's who stay in those mountains and are doing Tapas/Penance. You can stay and learn from them great things and you can live  in Satsangam." Note that Bharadwaj advises Ram to stay along with bhakthas - SatSangam. Basically this will help in controlling the mind and not letting the mind to wander. Ram's mind is not going to wander but still this advice is for us. Stay in a Satsangam, live on the banks of river. Chitrakoot is called as Kamadha giri and will fulfill onces wish.  Go stay there and after finishing, 14 years come back to this place on the way back to Ayodhya. This was the order by Bharadwaj. Vishwamithrar, Vashistrar, Bharadwaj - Ram listens and obeys the order of these great rishi's.
When ram came back to Bharadwaj aashram on his return journey, Bharadwaj asked him to stay for a night. Ram didn't expect this additional one day stay and hence he sent Hanuman to pass the message of his arrival to Bharathan.

Ram crossing Yamuna to Reach Chitrakoot

So Ram starts from this Bharadwaj Aashram and let us also start from here. we need to reach banks of river Yamuna and we crossed the huge bridge to see the place where Ram crossed the river Yamuna. we reached that place after travellign through a busy market place. Lakshman had created a small boat and then they crossed the river Yamuna to come to the other bank. From here they went to Chitrakoot. Even today, we can have the darshan of the place where Ram had crossed the river Yamuna.  We were not able to go to this place first time and we made it to this place next time. This Yamuna only goes and joins Ganga at Allahabad. We are travelling south west direction from Allahabad to reach this place where Ram crossed the river Yamuna.
There is a huge bridge for us to cross the Yamuna river.  Ram crossed the Ganga earlier and now they are crossing Yamuna. Sita first does her namaskaram to Yamuna Matha, she does aarathi using a small leaf and diya/deepam. Facing north Sita prays to Yamuna saying " Yamuna please do protect Ayodhya. We are going and request you to take care of our children".
When we all said the same slogam and did the prathanai, tears rolled from all of our eyes and mei silurthu poiduthu.  Ganga Yamuna are our nations river - jeeva nadhi, vatradha ootru. More water resulting in flood or dried rivers are problem. We all had darshan of this river Yamuna.


Before going to Chitrakootam, there is a beautiful aashram of Thulasidasar. Thulasidasar is a great bhaktha, pandithar and Poet/kavi. There is an ashram and a temple for Thulasidasar, where Thulasidasar's hand written ollai chuvadi of his Thulasidasar Ramayanam is there. Thulasidasar used a dialect of hindi called avathi basha, he wrote two two lines can be called as couplets or four four lines called Rama Charitha Manas.  Manas means Pushkarani, Pond, kulam - Raman yennum charitham yennum periya kulam.  Also the world famous Hanuman chalisa was also written by Thulasidas. Hanuman Chalisa parayanam is done daily in north india. Also he had written 22 works. His original manuscript has been protected and kept safe even today.  We saw thulasidasar aashram on the banks of river Yamuna.

Let us start from this aashram towards chitrakut where a huge surprise is awaiting us. Lets go.

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