Raghuveera Gadhyam – 11

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GS 32:dhushaNa jalanidhi soshaNa toshitha rishigaNa goshitha vijaya goshaNa! Jaya! Jaya!

O Raghuveeraa who dried the ocean of the night-stalker by the name of DhushaNa by the firey arrows leaving form Your Kodhandam! The assembly of sages thrilled by witnessing Your power as a supreme archer raised to sky level their eulogies to celebrate Your victory.

DhusaNa was the general of Khara, the brother of SurpaNakA. DhushaNa marched his army of 14,000 ogres from Janasthanam to Panchavati to attack and kill Rama as per his Master’s orders. Rama killed first the entire army of 14,000 ogres and confronted DhusaNa in battle. Rama broke the bow of DhushaNa, killed his charioter as well as his horses and then lopped off the mace-wielding hand of the ogre and killed him too. All the sages witnessing this fierce battle were thrilled at the sight of Rama’s extraordinary valour and hailed him as a supreme hero. They filled the sky with thankful salutations to recognize Rama’s victory. Adi Kavi says in this context:” Saadhu Saadhu ithi Kaakuthstham sarva bhoothAnyapoojayan “(all beings present at the battle field acclaimed Sri Rama saying “well done! Bravo!). Swami Desikan follows this line of Srimad RaamAyaNam to state that the assembled rishis made the Vijaya GoshaNam.

GS 33: kharatara Khara taru kantana chanta pavana!

O Lord who was like a fierce cyclone(chanta maarutham)in breaking in to two the fierce tree named Khara. The ferocious Khara upset over the destruction of Trisiras, DhushaNan and his huge army by Rama attacked latter. Rama broke him in the battle like a swift wind would break a tall tree into two pieces. Thus in the course of one and half hours Rama destroyed Khara,his two genarals and the army of 14,000 ogres. Swami Desikan’s mind is still absorbed with that mighty prowess of Raguveeran. Hence, he goes on to add two more salutations to celebrateRama’s victory at Panchavati.

GS 34: Dvisaptha raksha: sahasra naLavana vilolana mahAkalabha! Jaya! Jaya!

O Hero who destroyed the tall grass of 14,000 RakshasAs just as a powerful elephant destroys a forest of swamp grass. Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

GS 35: asahAya Sura! Jaya! Jaya!

Hail to Thee O great hero who does not need the support of anyone else in Your battles! You destroyed single handedly Kahara, DhushaNa, Trisaras and their retinue of fourteen thousand warriors in the battle at Panchavati right in front of Your ParNasAla. There is no one to match Your heroism in battles.

GS 36: anapAya SAhasa! Jaya! Jaya!

It is daring act indeed to take on all these fierce rakshsAs in battle and to crown that act by emerging victorious at the end of this terrific battle. Your daring and courage is indeed unmatched.Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!

GS 37: mahita mahAmrutha darsana mudhita mythilee dhrutatara parirambhaNa vibhava viropitha vikata viravraNa! Jaya! Jaya!

O Raghuveeraa! You stood firm in your battle with the thousands of RakshasAs headed by the dangerous Khara and became victorious.All the sages and the DevAs acclaimed You as supreme hero. Your consort also witnessed this fierce battle and was joyous over your victory. She was thrilled to see your extraordinary skills in the battle field. She was overwhelmed by her feelings of pride about you and embraced You tightly to congratulate You on Your victory.At that time Your proud chest was covered with the wounds resulting from the just-ended battle. Your consort ‘s embrace representing her present to you acted as though it was a fomentation for Your wounds to heal them. Hail to Thee O Raghu Veera! Hail to Thee!


Adi Kavi describes this scene of the expression of Joy and affection by Sita to her victorious husband. He says: “Seeing her husband, who had made short work of His enemies and brought happiness to the sages, Sita (a princess of Videha desam) felt rejoiced and embraced Him. Nay, transported with supreme facility to see the hordes of ogres killed, the daughter of Janaka felt gratifiedto find Sri Rama whole. Then closely embracing once more that destroyer of the ogre hordes — the daughter of Janaka felt rejoiced, her countenance lit with joy.”

Sri Sitaa Rama ParabrahmanE nama:

Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan

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