List of Lord Rama unknown reality checks and facts
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Sri Rama, that one name is enough for us to get the moksha / mukti (Divine liberation) and free us from this Sansar (worldly things).
Sansar is different from Parivar. Sansar means from the time we take birth and until our death comes. Whereas, Parivar means our family like father, mother, wife, husband, children, etc.
As a Sanatana Dharmi, we should always chant the names of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, like Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Sri Hari, Sri Keshava, Sri Madhava, Sri Madhusudana, Sri Damodara, etc. etc. etc.
If we chant Bhagavan Sri Vishnu one or more names, we will definitely gain both bhoutika (worldly) and adhyatmika (spiritual) things, this is 100% guaranteed.
Sometimes, it may take more time, this could be because of our earlier Karmas (Earlier lives, this life’s, etc. Karmas).
Now, let us know “List of Lord Rama unknown reality checks and facts”:
Taraka mantra : Sri Rama (Rama) name is called as ‘Taraka mantra’ of Bhagavan Sri Rama. In Sanskrit ‘तारक / ತಾರಕ / tāraka’ (Taraka) means saver, rescuer, someone who liberates, etc.
Moola Roopa (Original incarnation) :Bhagavan Sri Rama is a svayam (direct) avatar of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. There is no difference between Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and Bhagavan Sri Rama.
Avatar : Bhagavan Sri Rama is the ‘paripoorna manushya avatar’ of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. This means, in his avatar as Bhagavan Sri Rama, he took an avatar as human, but he himself is the original Bhagavan Sri Vishnu. Both Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and Bhagavan Sri Rama are the one and the same. There is no difference between them.
Dashavatar number : Bhagavan Sri Rama took the 7th avatar in the Dashavatar category. 1st is Varaha, 2nd is Narasimha, 3rd is Matsya, 4th is Kurma, 5th is Vamana, 6th is Prashurama, 7th is Rama, 8th is Krishna, 9th is Buddha and 10th will be Kalki at the end of Kali Yuga.
Avatar purpose : Dushta Shikshana (For the punishment of the Adharmis / wicked), Shishta Rakshana (For the protection of the Dharmic people) and for Dharma Samsthapana (To re-establish the Dharma).
Birth Yuga : In the 24th Treta Yuga in Vaivasvata manvantara, that is, approximately 20,00,000 (2 million) years ago.
Contemporary Bhagavan Sri Vishnu avatar : Bhagavan Sri Parashurama was already present when Bhagavan Sri Rama took the avatar. Both Bhagavan Sri Parashurama and Bhagavan Sri Rama are one and the same. Both are Bhagavan Sri Vishnu itself.
Avatar duration : Bhagavan Sri Rama was on earth for 13,000+ years. He was emperor of the whole earth for 13,000 years. At his period, there was no one who could stand against Bhagavan Sri Rama and his Dharma.
Birth date : As per Chandramana Panchanga (Lunar Calendar), Bhagavan Sri Rama took avatar in Uttarayana, Vansanta Ritu, Chaitra masam, Shukla Paksha, Navami tithi.
Birth star : Punarvasu nakshatra (star), 4th charana, in Karkataka Rashi (Cancer).
Birth place : At Ayodhya (Present U.P., India) on the banks of Sarayu river.
Varna : Among the four Varnas, that is, Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, Bhagavan Sri Rama took avatar in Kshatriya varna.
Dynasty : Bhagavan Sri Rama took avatar in Suryavansh (Suryavamsha / Solar Dynasty) in which great and divine kings too birth like Raghu, Ikshvaku, Sagara, Satya Harishchandra, Prithu, Mandhata, Dileepa, Bhagiratha, Ambarisha, Aja, Dasharatha, etc.
Original person of Solar dynasty : Vaivasvata Manu (He is popular as Manu) is the son of Vaivasvata Surya Deva (present Lord Surya Deva). From this name / word Manu, all the modern words like man / human (English), Musalman (Islam), humano (Latin), humano (Spanish), etc. have originated.
Parents : King Dasharatha and Queen Sri Kausalya Devi.
Grandparents : King Aja and Queen Indumati (Paternal).
Great-grandparents : King Raghu and Queen (Unknown) (Paternal).
Great Great-grandparents : King Dilipa and Queen Sudakshina (Paternal).
Yajna performed by Dasharatha for progeny : Sri Putrakameshti Yagna (Putra + Kama + Ishti + Yagna = Son + Wanted + Like + Sacrifice). This Yagna (Divine sacrifice) is performed to get child (children).
Brothers : Lakshmana (Mother Sumitra Devi), Bharata (Mother Kaikeyi Devi) and Shatrughna (Mother Sumitra).
Teachers (Gurus) : Maharshi Vashishtha and Maharshi Vishwamitra.
Wife : Sri Sita Deva. Bhagavan Sri Rama married only Sri Sita Devi and thus he is known as ‘Eka patni vratastha’, that is, married to one and only single wife.
Wife’s different names : Sri Sita Devi (Got while ploughing), Sri Janaki Devi (Daughter of King Janaka), Sri Vaidehi Devi (She is from Videha Kingdom), etc.
Marriage mode : Got married to Sri Sita Devi by participating in Swayamvara. Swayamvara is a ritual in early Hinduism, in which bride with full independence can choose her life partner as per her wish. Bhagavan Sri Rama broke the Shiva Dhanush and married Sri Sita Devi as per her wishes.
Brothers’ wives : Urmila (Lakshmana), Mandavi (Bharata) and Shrutakeerti (Shatrughna).
Sons : Kusha (elder) and Lava (younger). Both were twin sons born in the Rishi Valmiki ashram (hermitage).
Kingdom : Kosala
Capital : Ayodhya
Key weapon : Dhanur and Baana (Bow and arrow). Bow name is Shargna (Also pronounced as Sharanga).
Meeting of Rama and Hanuman : At a place called Rishyamukha mountain in Kishkinda, Bhagavan Sri Rama meets his most beloved devotee Hanuman. (Kishkinda is present day north Karnataka, that is, a place called Hampi).
Person responsible for forest exile : Kaikeyi listening to the words of her maid Manthara, forced her husband Dasharatha to tell his elder son Bhagavan Sri Rama to go exile, so that her son can become the King of Ayodhya (Kosala).
[Manthara is the original ‘Alakshmi’, that is, wife of Kali (Kali Yuga’s Kali). Kali was born as Duryodhana during the Dwapara Yuga (Mahabharata period)].
Forest exile life : Due to vow given by King Dasharatha to his third wife Kaikeyi and as per her wishes Bhagavan Sri Rama had to go for forest exile for 14 years.
He along with his consort Sri Sita Devi and brother Lakshmana visited multiple place like Dandakaranya, Kishkinka, etc.
Met Sugriva, Hanuman at Rishyamukha. Killed many demons and also had to slay Vali due to his Adharma works. Finally killed the King of Lanka Ravana.
Rama setu : A bridge was constructed near today’s Rameshwaram and was named as ‘Rama Setu’ (Today it is called as Adam’s bridge) to reach Lanka (Today’s Sri Lanka).
Nala was the architect of this bridge ‘Rama Setu’ (Nila is also credited and considered as an engineer, but this is not given in Valmiki Ramayana). Nala was an avatar of the Demigod’s architectural engineer ‘Vishwakarma’.
End of Rama avatar : After ruling the whole world for 13,000 years and as per the request by Sri Brahma Deva and other Devatas (Demigods), Bhagavan Sri Rama ended his journey on earth and returned back to his most divine abode of Vaikuntha.
Who instigated Rama to end his avatar : Sri Rudra Deva (Lord Shiva) instigated and requested Bhagavan Sri Rama to end his avatar as per the instructions given by Sri Brahma Deva.
Moola Ramayana : The ‘Moola Ramayana’ or ‘Original Ramayana’ was written by Bhagavan Sri Hayagriya Swamy (Bhagavan Sri Vishnu avatar).
This ‘Moola Ramayana’ has 100 crore shlokas. This ‘Moola Ramayana’ was narrated to Sri Brahma Deva by Bhagavan Sri Hayagriya Swamy. Later Sri Brahma Deva same to Devarshi Narada.
In turn Devarshi Narada narrated the same to Rishi Valmiki. Finally, Rishi Valmiki rewrote this epic which has 6 Khandas, which comprises of 24,000 shlokas.
Valmiki Ramayana : As said above, Valmiki Ramayana contains 24,000 shlokas with 7 Khandas and this version of Ramayana is very brief part when compared to ‘Moola Ramayana’ which contains 100 crore shlokas.
Sri Rama Raksha Stotram : Sri Rama Raksha Stotram is a Sanskrit stotram, dedicated to Bhagavan Sri Rama. The composer of the ‘Sri Rama Raksha Stotram’ was Budha Kaushika (Also called as Valmiki), a Rishi. This Rishi is different from Valmiki Ramayana’s Rishi Valmiki.
In this stotram it is said that:
चरितं रघुनाथस्य शतकोटि प्रविस्तरम् |
एकैकमक्षरं पुंसां महापातक नाशनम् ||
ಚರಿತಂ ರಘುನಾಥಸ್ಯ ಶತಕೋಟಿ ಪ್ರವಿಸ್ತರಮ್ |
ಏಕೈಕಮಕ್ಷರಂ ಪುಂಸಾಂ ಮಹಾಪಾತಕ ನಾಶನಮ್ ||
caritaṁ raghunāthasya śatakōṭi pravistaram |
ēkaikamakṣaraṁ punsāṁ mahāpātaka nāśanam ||
Meaning of above shloka (stotram) : The life story (caritaṁ) of Bhagavan Sri Rama (raghunāthasya) is as vast as 100 crore (śatakōṭi) expanse (pravistaram). If we recite each and every word (ēkaikamakṣaraṁ), it is capable (punsāṁ) of destroying (nāśanam) even the greatest sins (mahāpātaka).
Different names of Rama : Dasharatha Nandana, Dasharathi (दाशरथि – Read as Daasharathi), Kausalya Nandana, Sitapati, Sri Ramachandra, Kodanda Rama, Maryada Purushottama, Raghava, Raghu Rama, Ayodhya Rama, etc.
Main enemies of Rama : Ravana and Kumbhakarana. They are the main security guards of Vaikuntha called Jaya (Ravana) and Vijaya (Kumbhakarana).
Due to curse of four Brahma Manasa Putras [Sanaka (Ancient), Sanatana (Eternal), Sanandana (Ever Joyful) and Sanatkumara (Ever Young)], these two had to take birth on earth.
Firstly they took birth as Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha (Slayed by Sri Narasimha Swamy and Sri Varaha Swamy in Satya / Kruta Yuga – Both are avatars of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu), secondly they took birth as Ravana and Kumbhakarana (Both were slayed by Bhagavan Sri Rama in Treta Yuga) and thirdly and finally took birth Shishupala and Dantavakra (Both were slayed by Bhagavan Sri Krishna in Dwapara Yuga).
Close friends of Rama : There are unlimited number of friends of Bhagavan Sri Rama. In that, let us know few of them as given here: Sri Sita Devi, Hanuman, Sugriva, Vibhishana, Guha, Lakshmana, etc.
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