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Divine Paduka – Lord Rama - Part 5

 

citrakūṭaṁ gatē rāmē putraśōkāturastathā ..1.1.32..
rājā daśarathassvargaṁ jagāma vilapansutam .

When Rama had set out to Chitrakuta, king Dasaratha, stricken by the grief over the separation from his son and mourning over him departed to heavens.

mr̥tē tu tasminbharatō vasiṣṭhapramukhairdvijai: .. 1.1.33..
niyujyamānō rājyāya naicchadrājyaṁ mahābala:.

After Dasaratha had passed away, mighty Bharata did not desire to rule the kingdom against the orders by Vasishta and other brahmins.

sa jagāma vanaṁ vīrō rāmapādaprasādaka: .. 1.1.34 ..

The brave Bharata, who had conquered envy and hatred went to the forest in order to worship Rama's feet.

gatvā tu sumahātmānaṁ rāmaṁ satyaparākramam .
ayācadbhrātaraṁ rāmamāryabhāvapuraskr̥ta: ..1.1.35..
tvamēva rājā dharmajña iti rāmaṁ vacō’bravīt .

Bharata reached Rama, so pleasing venerable, truthful and chivalrous, worshipped him with reverence and implored.
Bharata addressing Rama said, 'You are knower of righteousness. You alone should be the king (meaning that when the elder brother is alive, the younger brother is prohibited from ruling the kingdom)'.

rāmō’pi paramōdārassumukhassumahāyaśā: .
na caicchatpiturādēśādrājyaṁ rāmō mahābala: ..1.1.36..

Although a source of universal delight, although exceedingly generous and of cheerful countenance, highly renowned and capable Rama refused to accept the kingdom in accordance with the command of his father.

pādukē cāsya rājyāya nyāsaṁ datvā puna:puna: .
nivartayāmāsa tatō bharataṁ bharatāgraja: ..1.1.37..

Having handed over his sandals to Bharata as symbol of authority for ruling the kingdom, Rama persuaded him again and again to return to the capital.

sa kāmamanavāpyaiva rāmapādāvupaspr̥śan ..1.1.38..
nandigrāmē’karōdrājyaṁ rāmāgamanakāṅkṣayā .

Disaaponted in his mission to take Rama back, Bharata worshipped the sandals of Rama and ruled the kingdom from Nandigrama, awaiting his return.

gatē tu bharatē śrīmān satyasandhō jitēndriya: ..1.1.39..
rāmastu punarālakṣya nāgarasya janasya ca .
tatrāgamanamēkāgrō daṇḍakānpravivēśa ha ..1.1.40..

When Bharata departed, Sri Rama, a man of good fortune and steadfast in vows one who had conquered under control perceiving that the citizens from Ayodhya would arrive there, entered the Dandaka forest with single minded determination (so that there would not be breach of his promise).