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Yashwant Kothari

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Yashwant Kothari

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Aayodhya

Aayodhya

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AYODHYA

Salute to all!

Pranam to earth!

Pranam to sky!

Pranam to sun!

Pranam to moon!

Pranam to rivers!

Pranam to agni!

Pranam to universe!

Pranam to all directions!

Praman to lord Shiv!

Pranam to Ganesh!

Pranam to adi kavi!

I recite, my God listens!

I read my God hears! 

I speak my God acknowledges!

I chant my God appears!

I write my God reads!

May my God become happy!

 

Once upon a time there was a king in Jambu dwip, Bharat Ayoddhya the name was Dashrath, he was born in Ikshvaku heritage, his ancestors were of very high repute –raja Raghu, Bharat, Aj, were known for their bravery, reputation and love towards public. In the same dynasty Ram was born. King Dashrath has three ranis (wives), but no children. King Dashrath performed a yagya known as putreshti yagya, on the completion of the yagya the three wives were given khir to eat, after that the ranis gave birth to four raj kumars. Koshalya the eldest rain; patrani gave birth to Ram, younger to her Sumitra gave birth to Laxman and shatrugn, where youngest rani Kekeyi gave birth to Bharat. King as well as as well as the kingdom were very happy. The birth day celebrations continued for a very long time.

Slowly the kids became elder, Dashrath used to watch their frolicsome and child like behavior and used to be happy. Ram was eldest son, so he was more lovely to his father, he used to be in his lap, again and again, his every movement was a matter of joy for all the residents of the palace. Ram usually took meal with his father, and other brothers.


Tamsa is the river flowing near Ayodhya, this river was near Ganga, the banks of river were clear, without any kind of pollution, no mud, no dead animals, no ugly things. Valmiki asked his pupil to hand over the cloths for bathing. He said to his pupil-

See the purity of water of Tamsa river it is as clear as the heart of a saint, sadhu or sanyasi or a holy man.

I will take a bath here. After bath Valmiki worshiped the almighty God for his kindness. He then started visiting the dense forest on the banks of river Tamsa, suddenly he saw a pair of cronch-(crane) bird, enjoying the love. The birds were singing, sweet voice, when they were busy in love, a hunter named Nishad came and hunted the male bird. The male crane fell down and was profusely bleeding. Looking to her partners condition the female bird cried, the bird came in deep sorrow and grief. Valmiki heard the pity, compassion voice of the female bird, he became kind towards the pair of birds. He said in harsh words-

it is wrong, Nishad should not have hunted these birds busy in love making.

Nishad you will never get peace in your life; you have brutally murdered the pair without any cause.

But Valmiki became upset after saying bad words (curse) to Nishad. He remembered his early days when he was a dacoit he used to loot the public. One day a brahmin said to him –you are doing a wrong thing go and ask your family members will they be responsible for your wrong doings, Valmiki’s family members refused. Valmiki came back to sadhu, sadhu than said-

Worship Ram to become a holy man, but unfortunately he pronounced mar ..mar …mar in place of Ram for a long time white ants covered him wholly during the time of worship, so he was called Valmiki rishi later on he became bramrishi due to his knowledge and tapsya i.e worship of God. 

So he said to his pupil my words are final, these will be taken as a first poem as it contains eight alphabets, his pupil Bhardwaj agreed, later on both came to ashram with a heavy heart. He was announced as a separated poet with an agony of one’s broken heart.( viyogi hoga pahla kavi )

Valmiki could not divert his attention from the incidence of crane birds, he was perturbed due to the sudden demise of the bird -the male bird. He then started to think deeply and remembered Ram katha i.e. journey of Ram for his mental peace. His pupils crammed the first poem-shloka and recited it in the whole gurukul, (university) thus Ramayan i. e. the journey of Ram came into existence. It is the journey of every person from out- side to inner self. Ram katha is being recited for thousands of years and will be recited for thousands of years to come. From brahma to Shiv to Narad tokakbhushundi to common men.

 

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Ram, Laxman, Bharat and Shatrughan were playing in the city palace of Ayodhya , King Dashrath, was watching them with a loving concern along with his three wives and hundreds of other women who were his raksitas and palace servants. The rajkumars were playing hide and seek game. Ram caught Bharat, it was Bharat’s turn now and so on, youngest of them came to Dashrath and said –Ram dada is not doing justice, but father ignored him took him in his lap and kissed him, ranis became happy by seeing this scene.

After some time they went for meal king and all kids took meals with ranis, the other women of raniwas serve the food, food was satvic, full of nutritive value, and drinks were also served.

Ayodhya is the capitol of koshal state of jambu- dwip, Bharat of surya legacy(SURYA-VASHI ) of Ikshwaku dynasty. Ayodhya is situated on the bank of Saryu river, the city is quite big in length and width central spine road is very big, broad and wide, on both sides of road are heavy trees, shrubs, the main road is cleaned every day, flowers are showered, water is sprinkled to keep the dust away, the city is closed by a city wall big gates, doors, and small windows. City has big buildings, with flying dwajas (flags). The public of Ayodhya was religious, all caste peoples live together without any discrimination Brahmins used to recite vedic richas, Magadh's busy with describing dynasty and legacy. A large number of drama parties were busy in presentations. The city is surounded by deep forests, deep and wide moats were safeguarding the city. citizens were law binding, busy in their routine works, used to pay taxes at times, business men, labors, craftsmen, artists, writers, poets and prostitutes, all were happy.

Beautiful and best women were there to entertain the masses. A large number of gardens and temples were present in the city. People worship Lord Shiv. Peoples of Ayodhya were honest, truth speaking, and generous. Vedic poems were recited regularly. King’s staff and other government officers used to pay regards to public; there were no problems, no un justice, no cruelties with poor and lower caste peoples, towards women, their interests were safe guarded by the king and his persons. The army of Ayodhya was very strong. Powerful elephants, horses, warriors, rath, fire arms were in the military of Dashrath, the forces were quite capable to safe guard the state. The neighboring states were friendly with the king. The kings ruled the state as its child and always take care of the peoples. There were eight ministers in the cabinet, the ministers always think of the benefit of the country. They were full of pure thoughts, all the decisions taken democratically. Names of ministers are- Dhrashti, Jayant, Vijay, Surashtra, Rashtravardhan, Akop, Dharmpal and Sumantra. Vasishtha and Vamdev were kings raj purohit, in addition to them Suyagy, Jabali, Kashyap, Gautam, Markendey, Katyayan were other Brahmins to help Kulguru Vashisht. There was a long tradition of knowledge-sharing among the faculty members, Ayodhya was a big centre of learning, knowledge was imparted to all without caste, creed and gender. Brahspati and Shkracharya were big names in the field of higher education.

Thus we see that Ayodhya is very rich in art, culture, literature, education, military and administration etc.


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