RamaayaN by Valmiki 25
Brother! take care of your empire now, Bharat said
In no time the news of Ram on the way to Ayodhya covered all directions around. Whosoever heard this, ran to Ayodhya. Residents of Ayodhya came out from their houses and started confirming the news from each-other. Ayodhya was filled with flood of joy when Shatrughna announced the same. All hearts turned into thrilling waves and dim eyes started glittering with new hope.
Whole Ayodhya and all its habitations were waiting for the return of Ram, right from the day he was sent on exile unjustly.
People painted their houses to give fresh and shining look and they decorated their doors with variety of flowers.
Roads were cleaned and it was ensured that no dust or dirt is left anywhere.
Temples were painted and decorated in the best possible way. Recitation of mantras and sound of hundreds of conches echoed the sky.
Great singers and musicians and dancers came to greet Ram.
Finally the most awaited moment arrived.
The huge Pushpak Vimaan landed with thunderous sound and sending shivers to all trees around.
Everyone wanted to see Ram first. They ran and surrounded the Vimaan from all sides.
The upper door of vimaan opened and all eyes hanged there without any movement in their eyelids.
And there...there... the tall and mildly black colored Ram appeared like the sun of early morning after the dark night was over. He was followed by charming Sita and mighty Laxman who never left Ram alone in any condition. His love and dedication for his brother left no heights untouched.
Bharat ji ran fast to his brother and hugged him tightly. His eyes were blowing tears without any break and he had become wordless.
Ram took him in his long arms warmly and placed his lips on his head with boundless love and affection .
This great meeting of two brothers filled every heart with deep emotions and every one enjoyed this rare scene with their eyes of hearts .
In the mean time people saw with surprise, a huge number of monkeys, apes and bears coming out of the Vimaan with glorious Hanuman, mighty Sugreeva, Angagad, Jamvant and Vibhishan, the king of Lanka.
Ram introduced them all respectfully to the people present there.
Ram narrated the whole story and happenings which took place during his exile.
It was eventful. Sita was abducted by Ravan. His meeting with Sugreeva, killing of Vali and coronation of Sugreeva as the king of monkeys , the great jump of Hanuman across the ocean, his meeting with Sita and burning the whole Lanka of Ravan .construction of the bridge by great engineer Neel across the ocean with the help of mighty army of Sugreeva and crossing
The ocean and finally killing Ravan with his whole mighty army and placement of great Vibhishan as king of Lanka and back to the other side of the ocean with Sita.
People heard every word of Ram with their eyes widely opened with surprise and at the end they welcomed all in same voice and shouted loudly...Jai shri Ram…Jai mother Sita … Jai brother Laxman … which echoed the sky.
Shtrughna came and touched the feet of his elder brother, Sita and Laxman. They all received him warmly. Shatrughna invited the whole army of monkeys in the palace which was kept ready for them.
Bharat took all the three with him to the palace where his mothers waited for him.
Ram met Kaikeyee first and touched her feet. Then met Sumitra, mother of Laxman and Shtrughna and finally he met his own mother Kauslya…it was a rare scene charged with deep emotions.
In the mean time Bharat brought wooden sandal of Shri Ram carrying on his head and placed before him and said – ‘Brother! I have repented for all the fourteen years for what my mother did to you and my father. Father lost his life, you suffered so much and Sita faced so many troubles for her no fault .It all happened only because of me and my mother. The history will take me as a black spot on the race of glorious Raghu and my mother will always be quoted as a bad example among women. Brother! I am a sinner, who cannot be excused. However, I have not brought down the glory of great throne which my father left vacant and you left for jungle. The sandal kept near you is not an ordinary one. This is the same sandal of yours which I begged from you in the jungle. I placed it on your throne in your absence and gave my service to the people of your empire sitting and sleeping on the ground in your absence. Now you are back, kindly take care of your kingdom and release me from this burden. I shall always be in your service.’
Whosoever heard these emotion packed words of Bharat, coming from the depth of his heart had no words to praise for his being a symbol of highest order of human values.
Ram kept his palm on Bharat’s head mldy and accepted his offer.
Now preparations of his coronation started.
Barber gently cut his matted hairs and gave it a proper shape. He took bath with pious water brought from all directions, from the pious rives and oceans. Brahmins recited mantras loudly and clearly and they put tilak on his forehead as the new king of Ayodhya.
This great moment was watched by all with great enthusiasm and glitter of new hopes in their eyes.
Ram was the king of Ayodhya now. He went to his mothers with Sita and touched their feet and took their blessings.
He met each and every soldier of the army of Sugreeva and expressed his gratitude to them for their unparallel contribution in the war of Lanka and offered them precious gifts.
He met Hanuman and hugged him with love and told him that he will always be in his heart. Hanuman stood before him with his folded palms and head down in respect.
He met Sugreeva with all his respect and requested him to go back to his place, meet his family and take care of his kingdom.
He met Vibhishan, the king of Lanka and thanked him for what he did for him.
He sent them all to their respective places paying heartiest respect to all.
The Pushpak Viman opened it's feathers and started flying in the air.
They all kept it watching till it became invisible to the eyes.
(inspired by Valmiki)