INDIA’S PROUD HERITAGE... BHARATA, AN EPITOME OF BROTHERLY LOYALTY.

INDIA’S PROUD HERITAGE.

BHARATA, AN EPITOME OF BROTHERLY LOYALTY.

PART 1
KAIKEYI’S SCHEMING.

Bharata, one of Sri Rama’s younger brothers, occupies a special position in Indian hearts and in the Indian Epic Ramayana. He was a person on whom greatness was thrust, so to say, by the machinations of his ambitious mother, Kaikeyi, but chose righteousness and brotherly love over personal ambition.

As many amongst us know, as per the holy epic Ramayana, Bharata was the son of Kaikeyi... Youngest among three wives that the great King of Ayodhya (called Oudh at that time) Dasarath had. Sri Rama, son of Rajmata (Crown Queen) Kausalya was the eldest, Lakshman and Shatrugnan were the twin sons of the second wife, Sumitra.

When Sri Rama, the eldest son and rightful ascendant to the throne of the ageing Dasaratha, came to Ayodhya with his lovely wife, Sita, the overjoyed king announced Rama as the heir to his throne and even announced the day of coronation. Needless to say, this wonderful news was greeted with great jubilation by the happy citizen folks of Ayodhya who loved their Sri Rama to distraction.

It was double celebration time in Ayodhya- The wedding of Sri Rama with Sitadevi and their succeeding to Ayodhya’s cherished throne.

But Alas! Little did they know then that they would have to yet wait for many more years for that to happen!

In the chambers of the youngest wife, Kaikeyi, political machinations were going on at the same time. Though this lady loved her stepson, Sri Rama very well, her mind was poisoned by her old nurse, a wicked woman named Manthara. This old lady reminded Kaikeyi of two boons that king Dasaratha had given the former when she had saved his life once during a battle in which she had accompanied the king.

Though Kaikeyi was averse to this wicked proposal initially, her blind love and ambition for her own son Bharata soon overrode her better feelings and she fell for Manthara’s manipulations.

It was thus that she asked of King Dasaratha that her two boons be now granted. King Dasaratha, in a mood of great joy and happiness and sadly unaware of her ulterior motives, agreed grandly to grant her boons.

With her first boon, she demanded that her son Bharata be made king in place of Sri Rama, and with her second boon, she wanted Sri Rama to be sent into exile from Ayodhya for fourteen years.

King Dasaratha, who was totally unprepared for this, was shocked beyond words.

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  1. Krishnan Kailasom31 March 2020 at 12:36

    Brings out the essence in a crisp & absorbing narration with a lucid style.

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