Bharat charit japjaaga…

Doha:

Shrota tribidh samaj pur gram nagar duhu kool/

Santsabha Anupam avadh sakal sumangal mool//

Three types of listeners habitate the neighbourhood, the village and the city situated on both shores of the river; and the convergence of the sages form Ayodhya which is the root of all auspicious prosperity.

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Rambhagati sursaritahi jayi/ Mili sukeerati saraju suhayi//

Sanuj Ram samar jasu pavan/ Milevu mahanadu son suhavan//

The beautiful Sarayu, glorious and healing merge in the Gangaji which epitomises deep devotion to Lord Rama. Into this confluence, flows the great river Son which represents the glorious victory of Sri Ramji along with his brother Lakshman, in the war with Ravan.

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Jug bich bhagati devadhuni dhara/ Sohati sahit subirati bichara//

Tribidh taap trasak timuhani/ Ram saroop sindhu samuhani//

Amidst the Sarayu and Son, the Ganga of bhakti flows, radiantly representing wisdom and detachment. The holy river, with three parts, drives away all three forms of worldly sufferings and proceeds to merge in the ocean called Sri Ramji.

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Manas mool mili sursarihi/ Sunat sujan mann pavan karihi//

Bich bich kadha bichitra bibhaga/ Janu sari teer teer ban bagaa//

The origin of Sarayu is Sriramcharitmanas and it merges with the Gangaji of devotion to the Lord. The good souls who listen to it will find their minds purified. The stupendous stories studded inside the narrative are like the enchanting forests and groves by the riverside.

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Uma mahes bibah baraati/ Te jalchar aganit bahubhanti//

Raghubar janam anand badhayi/ Bhawar tarang manohartayi//

The entourage of Lord Shiva’s marriage procession, all of them, are the various creatures thriving in the waters of this holy river. The ecstatsy triggered by the birth of Sri Ramji can be seen as the beauteous springs and ripples of the water.

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Doha:

Balcharit chahu bandh uke banaj bipul bahuranga/

Nrip rani parijan sukrit Madhukar baari bihanga//

 The childhood pranks and stories of the four brothers are the gorgeous, colourful lotus flowers blossoming in the river. The good fortune of Raja Dasradh, his queens and family members are the bees and waterbirds fluttering around those.

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Seey swayambar kadha suhayi/ Sarit suhavani so chabi chayi//

Nadi naav patu prasn aneka/ Kewat kusal utar sabibeka//

The beautiful story of Sitaji’s swayamvar is the cool shade which is palpable near the river. The philosophical questions which are deep and lovely are the boats bobbing along the waters and the discerning, remarkable answers are the alert boatmen who guide the boats to safety.

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Suni anukadhan paraspar hoyi/ Padhik samaj soh sari soyi//

Dhor dhar bhrigunadh risani/ Ghat subadh Ram bar bani//

The discussions which happen on listening to this story, are used to garner radiant wisdom by the pilgrims following the river’s path. The untrammelled fury of Parasu Ram symbolises the deadly whirlpools in the waters and Sri Ramji’s great, serene, wise words are the ghats on either sides which control the flow of the waters.

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Sanuj Ram bibah uchahu/ So subh umaga sukhad sab kahu//

Kahat sunat harshahim pulakahim/ Te sukriti mann mudit nahahim//

The enchanting swell of this river is caused by the euphoria surrounding the marriage of the Lord and that of his brothers. Those who are entranced at listening and singing this story, take a dip in this river, and are truly elevated souls.

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Ram tilak hith mangal saaja/ Parab jog janu  jure samaja//

Kayi kumati kekayi keri/ Pari jasu phal bipati khaneri//

The conglomeration of devotees around the river brings to mind the celebrations of the Lord’s impending marriage. But the twisted mind of Kaikeyi is like a deadly whirlpool causing many misfortunes in its wake.

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Doha:

Saman amit utpat sab bharat charit japjaaga/

Kali agh khal avaguna kadhan te jalmal bagh kaga//

Bharat’s illustrious character is  akin to the great yagya where the Lord’s name is chanted, which cleanses all the accumulated , innumerable forebodings and evils. The slush of the river and the ill-auguring crows and cranes, are equivalent to the sins of Kali Yuga and the rampant evil doings of the wicked therein.

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Keerati sarit chahu ritu ruri/ Samay suhavani pavani bhuri//

Him himsailsuta siva byahu/ Sisir sukhad prabhu janam uchahu//

This celebrated, ausipicious river is beautiful in all the six seasons. It is always bountiful and extremely pure all through the flow of time. The wedding of Shiv and Paravatiji is the pre-winter season (Hemanta); and the birth of Sri Ramji is the much awaited, gladsome winter (Sishira).

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Barnab Ram bibah samaju/ So mud mangalmay rituraju//

Greesham dussah Ram banagvanu/ Pandhkadha khar aatap pavanu//

The eternal, joyous, prosperous spring (Basanth) is the description of the crowds during the marriage of Lord Ram. His departure to the forest is the intolerable Grishma(summer) and the story of the journey epitomise the blistering heat and harsh winds.

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Barsha khor nisachar raari/ Surakul saali sumangalkaari//

Ram raj such binay badayi/ Bisad sukhad soyi sarad suhayi//

The war with the rakshasa can be understood as the monsoon season (Varsha); which is welcome and augurs prosperity for the harvest called devas. The peace, humility and greatness of Ram-rajya illustrate the pure, good, cool season of autumn (Sharad).

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Sati siromani siya guna gadha/ Soyi guna amal Anupam padha//

Bharat subhavu suseetaltayi/ Sada ekaras barni na jaayi//

The illustrious story of Mata Sita’s qualities form the pure and incomparable waters of this divine river. The coolness of the waters spring from Bharat’s sweet nature; which is always unflappable, steady and ineffable.

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