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(Ref: Valmiki Ramayana - Bala Kanda - 28 to 30)

Sri Rama with VishwamitraMeditation: I meditate on the penance of sage Kashyapa and Devi Aditi and Lord Vishnu incarnating as Vamana Avatara in Siddhashrama; I meditate on Sri Rama visiting Siddhashrama and guarding the yagna of sage Vishwamitra.

Sri Rama reaches Siddhashrama after coming out of the Tataka forest: Coming out of the Tataka forest, Sri Rama sees a very pleasant forest by the side of the mountains. The mountains were appearing like clouds. The forests were as if decorated with various animals and birds. The sounds of the birds appeared very charming. The entire environment was happy and delightful. Sri Rama enquired about the forest from sage Vishwamitra.

Sage Vishwamitra tells about the penance of Sri Vishnu at Siddhashrama: Sage Vishwamitra then told about the penance of Sri Vishnu at Siddhashrama. Sri Vishnu abided at this place and performed penance for many hundreds of yugas.

Sage Vishwamitra tells about the Vedic ritual of king Bali: During that time emperor Bali, the son of king Virochana, was conducting a grand Vedic ritual after conquering the abodes of the gods. The gods appeared before Vishnu and appealed to him to ask for a gift from Bali for the welfare of the gods. Bali was well-known for his magnanimity, hence anything asked from him is expected to be granted.

Sage Vishwamitra tells about the penance of sage Kashyapa and Devi Aditi at Siddhashrama: During the same time sage Kashyapa and Devi Aditi were also performing penance in this place which continued for thousand divine years. After completing their penance, sage Kashyapa started eulogizing Sri Vishnu. He described Vishnu as Tapomaya (who is full of Tapas), Taporashi (Who is an aggregate of Tapas), Tapo Murti (Who is an embodiment of Tapas) and Tapaatmakam (Whose essence is Tapas). Sage Kashyapa said that within the form of Sri Vishnu he is seeing the entire universe which is without any end. Pleased by the eulogy of the sage, Vishnu appeared before him and told him to ask for a boon. Kashyapa asked the boon that Sri Vishnu himself descend as his son and help the gods to get back their kingdom from king Bali. The sage also declared that since his penance got accomplished there, the hermitage will be known as Siddhashrama (or the hermitage of accomplishment).

Sage Vishwamitra tells about the incarnation of Vamana at that place: Granting the boon of sage Kashyapa, Sri Vishnu descended there as the Vamana Avatara from Devi Aditi. Approaching emperor Bali, the Lord took away the whole empire of Bali with three strides.

Sage Vishwamitra tells about his hermitage there: Sage Vishwamitra then told that due to his devotion to Vamana, the hermitage of Vishnu was accorded to him. However demons were causing disturbances in that hermitage.

Sri Rama spends that night in the hermitage: Sri Rama spent that night in the hermitage of sage Vishwamitra (Siddhashrama).

Sri Rama safeguards the yagna of Vishwamitra for six days and nights: After entering Siddhashrama, sage Vishwamitra took the vow of silence to complete a yagna. The other sages told Rama and Lakshmana to guard the yagna for six days and nights from demons who come to create obstacles in the yagna. Sri Rama guarded the yagna for six days and nights. On the last day two demons named Mareecha and Subahu appeared from the sky with an array of demons to stop the yagna. They started pouring spates of blood and tried to destroy the ritual completely. Sri Rama aimed a Manava Astra towards Mareecha and with it flung him hundred yojanas away inside the ocean. With Agneya Astra Sri Rama killed demon Subahu. With Vayavya Astra Sri Rama repelled all the other demons. The yagna of Vishwamitra was thus protected. The sages praised Rama. Vishwamitra said that Rama has kept the honour of Siddhashrama (the hermitage of accomplishment) because his yagna also got accomplished there on that day. Sri Rama and Lakshmana spent that night in that hermitage.

Pilgrimage: Vamaneshwar Dham, Charitravan, Buxar, Bihar Siddhashrama is identified with Vamaneshwar Dham in the Buxar district of Bihar.

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