Till now we’ve seen for the past few episodes that Lord Rama has victoriously returned back to Ayodhya and his coronation ceremony had taken place in an extremely grand fashion. As part of the coronation ceremony, we had witnessed that Mother Sita and Lord Rama recognize the special efforts of Hanuman, Sugriva, Vibhishana and Angadha in fighting against Ravana and defeating him successfully. In the previous episode we had witnessed a very important accord on the famous “Sriranga Vimaana”, which is worshipped even today as the main sanctum sanctorium of Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli.
Now moving on, as the coronation ceremony is wrapped up, the famous “Raama-Raajya” begins. This is an ideal kingdom, which Lord Rama is creating – All the people in Ayodhya follow the path of Dharma (Righteousness) meticulously, without compromising it at any point in time. At every situation, all the people talk only the truth and stand for it! Vaalmiki Maharishi brings out the significance of this important “Raama-Raajya” thus:
“Sarve lakshana sampannaaha sarve dharma paraayanaaha!
Dasha varsha sahasraani raamo raajyam akaarayath!!”
Thus from the above sloka we can understand that during the “Raama-Raajya”, there is place only for “Dharma”. Lord Rama protects his people like his own children. Whenever there is a happy event happening in any house, Lord Rama would be the first person to take part in it and spread happiness. Whenever there is a sad incident anywhere, he would be the first person to console the family. There is no instance wherein there is poverty, hatred, violence, etc. of any sort. There is always peace, calm and serenity in the air.
Even the nature acknowledges the “Raama-Raajya” and the rainfall occurs perfectly during the required season. There is no question of water scarcity anywhere. Every season has it’s own beauty and occurs without any delay. All the plants and trees in Ayodhya are in full blossom every time, full of beautiful flowers, tasty fruits and vegetables.
Lord Rama performs innumerable “Ashwamedha Yaagas” (Sacrifices) for the welfare of his people. Thus, Lord Rama rules Ayodhya for the next eleven thousand odd years, without any blemish and by ensuring complete peace and happiness to all his people. Both Lord Rama and Mother Sita made sure that they protected the world together with all their love and compassion!
Thus with this note, we mark the end of this great epic, authored by the great Vaalmiki Maharishi. We’ve witnessed innumerable instances of Dharma and have seen how Mother Sita and Lord Rama stood as an epitome of various practices of righteousness.
Every epic has some divine effects on us if we read them with wholeheartedly. What are those divine effects that we can derive out of this important epic called Ramayana? What do we gain by reading this great work of Vaalmiki Maharishi? We shall wait till the final episode to witness the “Phalastuthi”! 🙂