BOOK 2 : BOOK OF AYODHYA
CHAPTER 25 - SARGA 25
Smritir dhritih ca dharmah ca
paantu tvaam putra sarvataha
Skandah ca Bhagavaan Devaha
Somah ca sa Brihaspatihi
sapta rishayoo Naaradah ca tee
tvaam rakshantu sarvataha.
Sarva looka prabhur Brahmaa
Bhuuta bhartaa tathaa rishayaha
ye ca Sheshaaha suraaha tee
tvaam rakshantu vana vaasinam.
Mayaa arcitaa deva
gan`aah S`iva aadayop
mahaa asura uragaaha
vanam ciraaya tee
dishaha ca Raaghava.
Rama was proceeding to forest as ordered by his father. Rama's mother Kausalya was blessing Rama. She names the Gods who have to protect Rama.
Let sacred texts (Vedas, smritis), courage (Goddess), righteousness (God) protect you everywhere. Let the God Skandha (Murugan or Kumara Swami or Shanmukha or Kartikeya s/o Lord S`iva) protect you. Let the Moon, Jupiter, the seven Sages, Narada protect you!
Verse 25: Let the Lord of all the worlds Brahma, Lord of the creatures, sages, demi-Gods, the Great Serpant God (or the remaining Gods), protect you, the forest dweller.
* Kausalya does not mention the God S`iva initially. She mentions his son's name. Though we can take the name 'bhuuta bharta' as Lord Siva, the phrase is more generic rather than referring specifically to S`iva.
* In the verse No. 45 (third verse above) she just makes a passing reference grouping S`iva with host of other Gods (gan`aas). This chapter makes emphatic reference to Lord Indra, Vishnu, Garuda, Vayu et al. But does not give prominence to Siva.
* At 5-50-2
"Kimesha bhagavaan Nandii bhaveet
saakshaad iha agataha
yeena s`aptoo asmi Kailaasee
mayaa samchaalite puraa."
Ravana refers to the Bull God (Nandiswara) the vehicle of S`iva. This reference was when he saw Hanuman in his Court.
* Compare these verses to the verse on Gods at Sage Agastya's hermitage. PL. go to labels and click to see post No. 022.
* It is said that Ramayana attained a consolidated form during the Gupta rein. Gupta Kings had names like Kumara Gupta and Skandha Gupta. There was also a Rama Gupta- brother of Chandra Gupta II. Chandra means moon.
* Historians have to check up whether Gupta Kings worshipped Siva or not!