sita’s wedding

More Than Brahma-Sukha

“The king went and received blessings and then paid so much honor and respect after that. When he saw Rama, he experienced a happiness one hundred times that of Brahman realization.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 5.2) nṛpa gahe pāya asīsa pāī… Read More ›

A Welcoming King

“Taking Rama with him, the son of Gadhi became happy in the heart when he saw the city. Hearing the news of their arrival, the king, bringing his advisers, guru and priests, comes to welcome them.” (Janaki Mangala, Chand 5.1)… Read More ›

Passing The Test

“Rama showed His tremendous knowledge of fighting by killing the demon Tataka. The muni then gave to Him knowledge of secret mantras to be used in fighting.” (Janaki Mangala, 36) badhī tāḍakā rāma jāni saba lāyaka| bidyā mantra rahasya die… Read More ›

Vinoda Pramoda

“Seeing the children playing happily Vishvamitra’s heart fills up with love. Wherever they go the clouds hover above to give shade and the demigods drop flowers from the sky.” (Janaki Mangala, 35) dekhi binoda pramoda prema kausika ura | karata… Read More ›

Running Like a Child

“He is looking at the many mountains, vines, rivers and ponds on the way. As part of His childish play, He is running after birds and trying to stop deer.” (Janaki Mangala, 33) thgara tarū beli sarita sara bipula bilokahiṃ… Read More ›

Inviting Auspiciousness

“By offering good tidings and wishing for all good things to happen, it was as if the people invited auspiciousness to the scene. Rama and Lakshmana then left with the sage.” (Janaki Mangala, 31) hohiṃ saguna subha mangala janu kahi… Read More ›

Little Did He Know

“Welcoming his dear guest and worshiping his feet, the king said, ‘Because you have visited I don’t think anyone is as fortunate as I am.’” (Janaki Mangala, 16) pūji pahunaī kīnha pāi priya pāhuna | kaheu bhūpa mohi sarisa sukṛta… Read More ›

Raising the Roof

“Wherever you go there are the ecstatic sounds of singing and drums beating. The excitement for Sita’s marriage is so great that what words are there to explain it?” (Janaki Mangala, 14) gāna nisāna kolāhala kautuka jaham̐ taham̐ | sīya-bibāha… Read More ›

General Admission

“One party is very jealous while looking at Janaka welcoming everybody. The place was so crowded on the inside and out that one cannot describe it.” (Janaki Mangala, 13) janakahiṃ eka sihāhiṃ dekhi sanamānata | bāhara bhītara bhīra na banai… Read More ›