(Meaning): O Lord who ascended the throne of AyodhyA and celebrated your coronation ceremonies and thus fulfilled the deep wish of Bharatha, who had made a vow earlier to enter the fire to immolate himself, had you not returned from your exile to sit on the throne of the Raghus! Hail to Thee! Hail to Thee!
(Comments): Bharatha returned to Nandigramam with Rama PaadhukhAs, when he failed to persuade Rama to abandon his exile and return to Ayodhya to succeed King Dasaratha as the rightful heir to the throne of Raghus. At that time, BharathA made a vow that he will immolate himself in fire, if Rama did not return to Ayodhya at the end of his exile of 14 years in the forest. On the last day of the fourteenth year, he was all set to enter the fire, when Rama ‘s messenger (Hanumaan) rushed to his side to tell Bharatha that his brother was speeding in Pushpaka vimAnam to reunite with him. Bharatha was thus saved from his vow of self-immolation.
The brothers were united and the coronation (PattAbhshekam) was celebrated to the utter delight of Bharatha and others. BharathA’s heart overflowed with joy at the sight of Janaki RAman on the ancient throne of the Raghus.
Vaidehee sahitam suradhruma talE haimE mahamantapE
madhyE pushpakamAsanE maNimayE veerAsanE susthitham |
agrE vAchayathi prabanjana suthE tatvam munibhya: param
vyakyAntham Bharathadhibhi: parivrutham Ramam bhajE syAmalam ||
vAmE BhumisuthA purasccha HanumAn pascchAth SumithrAsutha:
satrugnO Bharathasccha pArsvadhalayO: vAyvAdhi kONEshu cha |
Sugreevasccha Vibhishansccha yuvarAt tArAsuthO JambhavAn
madhyE neela saroja komaLaruchim Ramam BHajE syAmaLam ||
Sri SitA sametha Ramachandra ParabrahmaNE nama:
Sri VaishNava dAsan,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan
To be continued…