In the previous episode we had witnessed that Rama, along with the others have landed at Sage Bharadhwaja’s ashram, just outside Ayodhya. Rama’s fourteen-year exile period has come to an end and thus, seeks the blessings of Sage Bharadhwaja for the next phase of his life. As Sage Bharadhwaaja blesses Rama, he requests him to stay in the ashram for a night before proceeding to Ayodhya.
Upon hearing this from the Sage, Rama couldn’t tell a “no” to him. However, he also knows that Bharata is eagerly waiting for him at Nandigrama. Hence, Rama sends Hanuman to Nandigrama to explain to Bharata of his arrival and that, he is on the way! As all of us know, Hanuman, being one of the most intelligent and smart person amongst the entire population, swiftly makes his way to Nandigrama where Bharata is.
Meanwhile, as Rama’s arrival is getting delayed, Bharata gets dejected and he thinks within himself that his dear brother has deserted him forever! Bharata couldn’t control his emotions and he straightaway heads to the place where the wooden logs are stored, picks up few of them and prepares a pyre. The idea is to jump into the burning pyre and end his life, because Rama has deserted him. Hence, as per the plan, Bharata has set up the logs and arranged the pyre. He is all set to lit the pyre and jump into it. Along with Shathrugna’s help, the pyre is ready.
It is at this time that Hanuman sees Bharata in this situation while he is nearing Nandigrama. Upon seeing Bharata in this condition, Hanuman is shell-shocked! He has to do something immediately to stop Bharata from jumping into the fire. He should not allow Bharata to take one step forward too. What can he do? Now Hanuman quickly decides within himself, “Oh! The best way to stop Bharata from proceeding forward is to narrate the ‘Raam-Katha’ (Story of Lord Rama)! Let us give it a try!”
Thinking thus, Hanuman starts narrating Rama’s story of victory as he comes closer slowly! He explains how Rama emerged victorious and lists all of Rama’s achievements in these fourteen years in the forest.
“Dadharsha bharatam dheenam krishamaashrama vaasinam!
Phala moolaasinam dhaantham thaapasam bhramhachaarinam!!”
Thus, Hanuman begins to address Bharatha who is also appearing like a “Tapasvi” (Saint), unable to bear the separation from Rama.
“Asmin muhurthe bhraarthraa tvam raamena satha sangathaha!
Yeva muktho hanumathaa bharatah kaikeyi suthaha!!”
Now Hanuman starts from the very beginning – “Once upon a time there was a great and a mighty king by name Dasharata. King Dasharata was childess for a long time and after performing the “Puthra-Kaameshti Yaaga” he was blessed with four sons….”
I’m not going into the story again, as all of us know it by now! 🙂
Thus as Hanuman narrates the whole “Raama-Charithra”, Bharata listens to it with tears in his eyes and looks up to find who is that person chanting Rama’s story with such an expertise and an emotionally touching manner. (Here too we can understand the importance of giving a effective speech at the right time!)
As Bharata stands confused and unable to take a step forward to jump, Hanuman lands in front of him and introduces himself as “Raama-Thooda” (Lord Rama’s messenger) and that, Lord Rama has sent him to inform his arrival. Upon hearing this, Bharata is all excited and is speechless! He hugs Hanuman with all his happiness. Even today, we can see the portrait of Bharata hugging Hanuman at Nandigrama. Shathrughna is at the same time, overwhelmed with joy and excitement. Thus all of them are eagerly waiting for Lord Rama’s arrival.
As Bharata and Hanuman are conversing with each other and as Hanuman narrates the whole fourteen-year experience of Lord Rama in the forest, the Pushpaka Vimaana makes its way to Nandigrama. As the Vimaana lands on the ground, Rama walks out of it along with Sita and Lakshmana!
What an emotional moment for Bharata! He immediately runs towards his brother and hugs him with all his emotions and tears in his eyes! Rama too is extremely happy to see Bharata again, safe and secure! All the four brothers are excited emotionally to see each other again! They’ve re-united in a grand manner!
For today, let Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shathrughna meet each other and re-unite after fourteen long years. We shall also celebrate this grand reunion for the whole of today and wait till tomorrow’s episode to find out what happens next! 🙂