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Sri Rama meeting Bharata at Chitrakoota

(Ref: Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 101 to 112)

Sri Rama meeting Bharata at ChitrakootaMeditation: I meditate on Sri Rama meeting Bharata at Chitrakoota and giving his padukas to him.

Events:
1. Sri Rama meeting Bharata: Sri Rama meets Bharata (who was choking with emotion and also clad like ascetics with bark) who comes to Chitrakoota with an army to take Rama back. Sri Rama indirectly gives instructions to Bharata about the duties of a king (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 99 to 100).

2. Bharata informing about death of king Dasharatha: Bharata informs Sri Rama about the death of king Dasharatha and requests him to accept the throne (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 101 to 102).

3. Sri Rama offering oblations: Sri Rama faints hearing the news of this father's death and after regaining consciousness sorrowfully offers oblations with Ingudi fruit pulp in the waters of river Mandakini (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 103).

4. Sri Rama meeting mothers: Sri Rama meets mother Kaushalya and others (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 104).

5. Bharata trying to persuade Sri Rama to return: Bharata tries to persuade Sri Rama to return and accept the kingdom through various arguments. Sri Rama refutes them (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 105 to 107).

6. Jabali trying to persuade Sri Rama to return: Brahmana Jabali tries to persuade Sri Rama to accept the kingdom through various arguments. Sri Rama refutes them (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 108 to 109).

7. Sage Vasistha trying to persuade Sri Rama to return: Sage Vasistha tells about creation and the lineage of Sri Rama. He says that the eldest son only can become the king. He asks Sri Rama to accept the throne. But Sri Rama says that his father's words cannot be disregarded (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 110 to 111).

8. Bharata resolving to fast-unto-death: Bharata then resolves to undertake fast-unto-death sitting on a Kusha grass. Sri Rama rebukes him saying that it does not befit a Kshatriya. The citizens support Sri Rama. Bharata says he can instead go for forest exile, but Sri Rama says the words of father cannot be exchanged. Sri Rama says that after returning from forest exile he will rule the kingdom with the help of his brothers (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 111).

9. Sri Rama giving his padukas to Bharata: The sages request Bharata to agree to the words of Sri Rama. When Bharata tells him about his inability to rule the kingdom, Sri Rama tells him to seek the advice of the council of ministers. Finally Bharata agrees and asks for the padukas (sandals) of Sri Rama (as a representative of the actual king). Sri Rama gives his padukas to Bharata (Valmiki Ramayana - Ayodhya Kanda - 112).

See also Sri Rama staying at Chitrakoota.

Pilgrimage:

Chitrakoot, Chitrakoot district, Uttar Pradesh Chitrakoota is spread across the border of Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) (Chitrakoot - UP) and Madhya Pradesh (Satna district).


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