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Like Father Like Daughter

“Applying the sindura, performing the homa, offering rice, circumambulating the fire, touching the stone – in doing all of this the enchanting murti of the dark-skinned groom stole the mind.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 18.2) Download this episode (right click and… Read More ›

Mangala Arati

“They then went to welcome the groom with an auspicious arati on a decorated plate. They were happy like the golden lotus blooming at sunrise.” (Janaki Mangala, 132) mangala ārati sāja bahari parichana calīṃ | janu bigasīṃ rabi udaya kanaka… Read More ›

Five-Star General

“In the three worlds, nothing could compare to the two. Dasharatha was equal to Janaka and Janaka equal to Dasharatha.” (Janaki Mangala, 129) tīni loka avalokahiṃ nahiṃ upamā kou | dasaratha janaka samāna janaka dasaratha dou || Download this episode… Read More ›

The Two Fathers

“In the three worlds, nothing could compare to the two. Dasharatha was equal to Janaka and Janaka equal to Dasharatha.” (Janaki Mangala, 129) tīni loka avalokahiṃ nahiṃ upamā kou | dasaratha janaka samāna janaka dasaratha dou || Download this episode… Read More ›

All Glories

“Full of all good qualities and equal in all respects in the relationship were the two fathers. When they met they felt tremendous happiness. Looking at them, the demigods, men and sages kept saying, ‘All glories!’ and ‘Wonderful!’” (Janaki Mangala,… Read More ›

Disciplic Succession

“The muni said, ‘Go and bring the King of Ayodhya here.’ The king then started, remembering the guru, Parvati, Shiva and Ganesha.” (Janaki Mangala, 128) jāi kaheu pagu dhāria muni avadhesahi | cale sumiri gurū gauri girīsa ganesahi || Download… Read More ›

Non-Sectarian

“Both family priests did the rituals according to the family traditions and the Vedas. Calling for the barata party, Janaka’s heart is full of joy.” (Janaki Mangala, 127) beda bihita kularīti kīnhi duhum̐ kulagura | paṭhaī boli barāta janaka pramudita… Read More ›

The Wedding Garden

“The barata procession in the middle of the road looked very appropriate, like Kamadeva taking rest underneath a desire tree in a garden.” (Janaki Mangala, 125) madhya barāta birājata ati anukūleu | manahum̐ kāma ārāma kalapatarū phūleu || Download this… Read More ›