Protector of Sacrifice

“Hearing of the muni’s greatness, patience came to the queen. Then her friends told her of Rama’s feat of slaying Subahu.” (Janaki Mangala, 78) A justifiable fear for a person starting out in devotional service, or bhakti-yoga, is that through… Read More ›


“The princes are on the two sides of the muni, like blue and yellow lotuses with the sun in between.” (Janaki Mangala, 63) duhu disi rājakumāra birājata munibara | nīla pīta pāthoja bīca janu dinakara || This is another reference… Read More ›

Friends of the Demigods

“These two are the sons of King Dasharatha, are jewels of their family line, are named Rama and Lakshmana, and are here to vanquish the enemies of the demigods.” (Janaki Mangala, 47) pūṣana baṃsa bibhūṣana dasaratha nandana | nāma rāma… Read More ›

Brahman’s Form

“When he heard this, the muni said with love and excitement, ‘O king, these children are the appearance of your spiritual profit; they are the very Brahman.’” (Janaki Mangala, 46) kaheu saprema pulaki muni suni mahipālaka | e paramāratha rūpa… Read More ›

Gems On Earth

“Now happy in the heart, the king compliments the good qualities of the ocean of material existence: ‘The creator is very smart, for such gems like this grow here’.” (Janaki Mangala, 42) pramudita hṛdayan sarāhata bhala bhavasāgara| jahan upajahiṃ asa… Read More ›

Renouncing Renunciation

“Seeing Shri Rama’s enchanting form, in mind the king felt ecstatic love and affection. Bound up in love, the King of Videha renounced his renunciation.” (Janaki Mangala, 41) dekhi manohara mūrati mana anurāgeu | bandheu saneha bideha birāga birāgeu ||… 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 ›

Deliverance of Ahalya

“After the wife of Gautama Rishi was liberated and sent to the abode of her saintly husband, Vishvamitra continued on towards Janaka’s city, taking Rama with him.” (Janaki Mangala, 40) gautama nāri udhāri paṭhai pati dhāmahi | janaka nagara lai… Read More ›