LIFE OF LORD RAMA – AN EMBODIMENT OF VIRTUES
LORD SHRI RAM JI
The renowned embodiment of righteousness & virtuosity – Maryada Purshotam
With most adorable traits with immense prowess full of idealism
The Avtara of Lord Vishnu – the one who stood for Truth
A reservoir of humility with simplicity in abundance
Tolerance, harmony and elderly reverence
That an offspring should profusely be having
For the parents the most adoring.
Lord Rama left for exile, leaving everything and everybody
Most dear ones too in Ayodhya,
When his father King Dashratha of Ayodhya
Is constrained to act on the promises made in the past
To his wife Kakai – mother of Shri Bharata
And step-mother of Lord Shri Rama
Who had saved Shri Dashratha’s life once,
By putting her own life in danger,
Consequently, extracting two promises for fulfilling
At a time and occasion of her own choosing,
Manthra – the courtier of Kakai too showed her true color,
In making Queen Kakai realize the promises,
Crown for her son Shri Bharata
And 14 years in exile for Shri Rama.
Shri Ramji, as expected, accepted exile for fourteen long years.
And that too without slightest demur,
He embraced the life simplest in the forest,
Subsisting on the fruits and herbs that existed there,
Truly speaking, that is the crux of a lesson for today’s younger generation,
Maa Sitaji the consort of Shri Rama
With brother Lakshmana too accompanied Shri Rama.
Who despite his knowledge of Vedas
And being the fondest Bhaktas of Lord Shiva
Ruined his name and fame along with the knowledge he had had thus attained
Vijaydashmi should establish a kingdom of love,
Overflowing with peace, full of tolerance, a feeling of goodwill for all,
A kingdom of love for everybody, leaving none
For it is a celebration for destruction of evil
And a win for TRUTH an ultimate ONE.
MOST PERTINENT LESSON FROM VIJAYDASHMI
We learn a lot from Vijaydashmi
And organized every year
Commemorated to showcase to the people at large
That evil-doers may have history of some happiest past
But will meet doom one day – which is for sure
Indeed an eternal lesson
That evil always meets its end one day
We repeat Vijaydashmi celebration simply to keep reminding us
That evil-doers days’ are numbered always
And the footprints of evils are obliterated for good
So that we may not traverse on the path
Spiky-one at every step
Throwing us challenges
Anywhere and anytime
If thee go through evil path
Thy feet will bleed with the contact of spiky thorns.
Besides celebrating the same with utmost enthusiasm
We tend to reminisce
The day as a grim reminder for us all
That if we forget to follow righteous path being humans
We would be suffering the pangs
And pains of our Karmic deeds
As we get the lesson
From the Great Epic Ramayana
How the misdeeds of most powerful demon King Ravana
Although a most loved worshipper of Lord Shiva Ji
Our revered Bhola Ji
Yet, Ravana committed a cardinal sin of abducting Sita Maa
And took her to his kingdom Lanka
Kept her in Ashok Vatika
Lord Rama with his younger brother Lakshmana
Along with Sugriv and Lord Hanumana
With all the monkey warriors
Before crossing the sea, Lord worshiped Lord Shiva
For His blessings for winning the battle with Demon King Ravana
As Lord Rama knew the power of King Ravana
Being the Bhakta of Lord Shiva
There was a battle between the two armies
In which demon army were punished by Lord Rama
And Lord Hanumana
The Lord with immense power
The demons met with death and devastation
Along with the entire family of King Ravana
Except for righteous brother of Ravana named Bavishana
Who did not want to be an accomplice in the evil of Ravana
Since he did not like abduction of Sita Maa
Being a religious man himself shunned violence
In any forms
The forbidding reminder for all of us
That those who willfully commit misdeeds or Kukarma
Are not spared at all
Reaction of bad-karma is always bad
Now or some other time may be
However powerful the perpetrators may be
There is eternal lesson for all of us from this epic,
Remove the evil from our midst,
Burn it out, the sooner it is done the better for us,
As we burn the effigies of Ravana along with Kumbkarna and Meghnada.
With the chanting of the name of Lord Rama
The most benevolent & symbol of virtues
Who had at his heart the wellbeing of his subjects
We should also burn the existing sinful thoughts
Which bedevil us and enhance our Karmic-debts
And spoil the chances of adding-on to our Karmic Credit.
Vijayadashami or Dushehra is one of the well-known Hindu festivals and is celebrated at the end of Navratri. It is an annual festival– on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashvin which falls in the month of September – October. Vijayadashami personifies victory of goodness or righteousness over evil or wickedness. Vijay means victory and dashmi means falling on the tenth day.
It is significant to note that Dushara is derived from two syllables: Dus means evil or bad and hara means to destroy or to remove or to annihilate – by combination, we deduce Dushara as a day which we observe as a sign of annihilation of evil from amongst us. There is, in fact, a lesson for us all og us– the forces representing evil will meet their end ultimately now or after sometimes afterwards is the potent question.
REASONS FOR ITS CELEBRATION IN THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN STATES OF INDIA
Marks the end of Durga Puja wherein the devout remember Goddess Durga’s win and ultimately his death of Demon king Maheshasur thereby restoring the law of Dharma. Maheshasura wanted to establish the rule of demons; for this, he killed many sages/sadhus and even defiled their Yajna fires besides killing general masses for establishing his rule.
• It also marks the end of Navratri, represented by Nine Devis with different traits.
RAMLILA -PLAYED BY DEVOTEES DEPICTING THE LIFE OF LORD RAMA
In many parts of India Ramlila is enacted wherein different artists play various roles (Lord Rama, Lakshman, Bharat, Shatrugun, Sita Maa, Demon King Ravana, brother Kumbhkarna and Babishna, son Meghnadh etc) from beginning i.e. births of Rama and his brothers, Sita Devi is described as the daughter of Prithvi (the Earth) because she was found in a pot by Mithla King Janaka while ploughing the fields. She was brought up by the king. Janaka. All the situations are enacted as though it was happening in real life till, of course, on a ninth day on the death of demon king Ravana who is symbolized as the personification of evil. On the tenth day, the effigies of Ravana, his brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnadh are burnt to showcase to the masses at large that the evil, however, powerful ends ultimately.
WORSHIP OF MOTHER DIVINE
People also take out processions, carrying the statues of Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha etc accompanied with the chants of songs and dances and immersed in the water. After immersion of statues, the devotees pray to Maa Durga for blessing them with her bounties for the entire year.
PEOPLE START PREPARATION FOR DIWALI
After Dusheshra people start preparation for DIWALI – another festival in connection with reception of Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana by the Ajodhya gentry. They illuminated their homes and street for welcoming their beloved Lord Rama.
SIGN OF RESPECT FOR LORD RAMA IN VARIOUS PARTS OF INDIA
In Northern India, Dashara (ten days) is celebrated to pay respects to Lord Rama. The plays based on the life of Lord Rama and his humble and benevolent rule too Is also depicted in the form of plays and dramas with light and sound accompanied by music and dance. Finally, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbkarna, and Meghnatha are burnt for depicting the end of evil and supremacy of the goodness. In Kullu Valley, there is a big fair and people come to witness this fair with gaiety and enthusiasm to enjoy it.
In South India (Karnataka) also Dashehra is celebrated with the worship of Durga Maa. In the south, the festival is dedicated to Lordess of Knowledge Saraswati and worship the books and musical instruments. Children are initiated to studies, it is considered auspicious to start new business ventures and new houses, cars and other properties are purchased.
In western regions (In Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat), people install their deities and immerse the same on Vijaydashmi. Lord Rama and Goddess Durga are worshipped. The famous dandia dance known as Garba in traditional dresses is one of the wonderful attractions in Gujarat.
In eastern regions, the Durga Maa statues are immersed in rivers. Vijayadashami has special significance in West Bengal. Besides worshipping Maa Durga they have singing and dance competitions besides competitions on other literary features.
It is, therefore, in the fitness of things to say that all of us should follow the path of sanity, a righteous path so that we may also transform others and make them virtuous on whom no evil can cast a spell. It is my sincere prayer to Maa Dhurga Ji & Lord Rama to shower us with their blessings and graces.