Ikshvaku dynasty Dasharatha is king of Ayodhya and father of Rama. Once, Kaikeyi saved Dasaratha in a war and as a reward, she got the privilege from Dasaratha to fulfil two of her wishes at any time of her lifetime. She made use of the opportunity and forced Dasharatha to make their son Bharata crown prince and send Rama into exile for 14 years. Dasharatha dies heartbroken after Rama goes into exile.
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We must not forget also, that it was Shatananda who officiated the marriage of Sita Devi and Sri Ramachandra. In this way, everything culminates in auspiciousness. Maharshi Parashurama is akin to a revolutionary. That becomes a revolution. Revolution is the response for injustice that has crossed all limits. It is the uprising of the Sattva feeling in human nature—however, this uprising is mixed with the zeal of Rajas.
The rage of the revolutionary does not have any place for pity or restraint. There is also no place for patience or a measured discrimination of the wisdom of sifting the relevant from the irrelevant.
Everything hinges upon obstinacy—a stubbornness devoid of reason. Indeed, there is a place in human history for even such feverish obstinacy. Because there is opportunity in human nature for committing injustice. When this injustice reaches a heightened state, a revolution rooted in justice will be the most appropriate vengeance. The kind of medicine required is directly proportional to the nature of the disease. Ginger for common cold.
The first sign of a safe and healthy society is the complete absence of any cause for a revolution. The second sign is to remedy the aftereffects of a revolution as soon as possible. The revolutionary work of Parashurama was complete. However, the intensity of the blaze of his fury had still not cooled down. Once the cooking is complete and the vessel is taken down from the stove, the charcoal continues to burn.
Of the twenty-four hours in a day, the stove in our home must burn only for a maximum of a couple of hours or so. Similarly, a society might require a revolution for just a couple of days in an entire era.
At all other times, what it needs is contentment and orderly peace. That can be established by Dasharatharama. The Balakanda concludes by informing us that such a magnanimous warrior was ready in the person of Sri Rama. However, several other episodes are harmoniously woven into and make the story flow in an enchanting manner, and in the Ayodhyakanda, shows how Sri Rama got himself ready to face a sudden, dire question.
One can characterize the Ayodhyakanda as the heart of Srimad Ramayana. This portion of the story comprises several heart-wrenching episodes.
Even while reading the work and becoming involved in the respective circumstances and characters, the proverbial ordinary reader will be unable to stop his heart from overflowing with emotion and shedding tears. Valmiki does not merely narrate a story but a poem. Poetry contains a far subtle element apart from the incidents narrated in the story. Overall, it can be couched in the term, Rasa. To elucidate this further, it can be called Bhava feeling, emotion or Bhava-Dhwani suggestion of feeling.
A special emotional, suggestive strength lies hidden between one written or printed sentence and the next, which is deeper than the direct meaning it conveys. When we carefully grasp this subtlety and internalize it, our learning of poetry attains fulfilment. His words are derived from common usage and his sentence construction is simple. Its flow is beautiful. In this manner, his poetry has a lilting quality to it.
Thus, there is the danger of us being content only with the easy bits and forgetting its true depth. We need to be careful about this attitude. In the episode of denying the coronation of Sri Rama in the Ayodhyakanda Sarga 8,9 , the conversation between Manthara and Kaikeyi is noteworthy. Here, Valmiki makes us laugh uproariously. Kaikeyi did not initially like Manthara. To be continued.
We must not forget also, that it was Shatananda who officiated the marriage of Sita Devi and Sri Ramachandra. In this way, everything culminates in auspiciousness. Maharshi Parashurama is akin to a revolutionary. That becomes a revolution. Revolution is the response for injustice that has crossed all limits. It is the uprising of the Sattva feeling in human nature—however, this uprising is mixed with the zeal of Rajas. The rage of the revolutionary does not have any place for pity or restraint.
The Ayodhya Kanda as a Harbinger of an Entire Tradition of Nobleness
The ageing King Dasaratha therefore decided to install him as his successor. Preparations were made for a grand and splendid inaugural ceremony. Mother Sarasvati perverted the mind and and speech organ of Manthara, the hump-backed maidservant of Kaikeyi. Kaikeyi was overjoyed to hear that Sri Rama would be crowned yuvraja the following day. But as Manthara addressed her, her mind slowly changed.