Month: October 2013

Vishnu’s Carrier

“That very powerful Garuda in the form of Rama will swiftly uproot the great serpents in the form of the Rakshasa kings, just as Vainateya swiftly uproots serpents.” (Sita Devi speaking to Ravana, Valmiki Ramayana, Sundara Kand, 21.27-28) rākśasendramahāsarpān sa… Read More ›

Making the Ideal Song

“Taking the names of each, the married women sang auspicious songs. They worshiped Gauri and Ganesha for the wellbeing of the prince and princess.” (Janaki Mangala, 143) lai lai nāun suāsini mangala gāvahin | kunvara kunvari hita ganapati gauri pujāvahin… Read More ›

Again and Again

“Looking at the bride and groom, the men and women were so happy. Again and again, songs and drums played and the demigods rained down flowers.” (Janaki Mangala, 142) dulaha dulahininha dekhi nāri nara haraṣahiṃ | chinu chinu gāna nisāna… Read More ›

Blessed in Speech

“Sitting amidst the group of young ladies, Sita looked so beautiful. In trying to compare that beauty, even Sarasvati Devi shyly runs away.” (Janaki Mangala, 141) jubati juttha mahan sīya subhāi birājai | upamā kahata lajāi bhāratī bhājai || Download… Read More ›

Worshiping the Groom

“The king worshiped the groom and offered an auspicious throne for sitting. They then gave the order to the sakhis to bring the bride.” (Janaki Mangala, 140) barahi pūji nṛpa dīnha subhaga sinhāsana | calīṃ dulahinihi lyāi pāi anusāsana ||… Read More ›

Beyond Reproach

“All the rituals were done exactly in accordance with family tradition and the Vedas. Both priests here and there did everything with a happy mind.” (Janaki Mangala, 139) kula bibahāra beda bidhi cāhiya jahan jasa | uparohita dou karahiṃ mudita… Read More ›

Painting Assignment

“Everyone is enchanted by the groom sitting inside the mandapa, looking so beautiful, like Kamadeva in the middle of the woods during the spring season.” (Janaki Mangala, 138) bara birāja manḍapa mahan bisva bimohai | ṛtu basanta bana madhya madanu… Read More ›

The Best Friend’s Wedding

“Offering arghya water, taking Rama to the mandapa they went. There the sakhis sang auspicious songs with excitement and bliss.” (Janaki Mangala, 137) deta aragha raghubīrahi manḍapa lai calīṃ | karahiṃ sumangala gāna umagi ānanda alīṃ || Download this episode… Read More ›

For the Sake of Others

“Then Janaka offered the king and his entourage beautiful and appropriate seats. Worshiping Vishvamitra and Vashishtha, he offered the king new clothes.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 17.2) taba janaka sahita samāja rājahiṃ ucita rūcirāsana dae | kausika basiṣṭhahi pūji rāu dai… Read More ›