Created by Jijith Nadumuri at 26 Aug 2011 14:56 and updated at 26 Aug 2011 14:56
BOOK 2: AYODHYA KANDA
Then, bards and pangegyrists, who knew the importance of tidings, eulogized Bharata with auspicious hymns of praise on the night preceding Naandimukha. A drum from the sound of which nigh hours are identified, struck with a golden stick, gave its sound. Couches and loud sounding instruments in hundreds producing various types of noises were blown. That mammoth sound of the musical instruments, as if filling up the whole sky, created further distress and grief to Bharata who was already tormented with grief.
Then, the awakened Bharata proclaiming that I am not the king, caused to stop that sound and spoke the following words to shatrughna: Behold, O, Shatrughna! How much harm was done to the world by Kaikeyi! The king Dasaratha left us, leaving all sorrows to me. This prosperous kingdom of Ayodhya, a foundation of law and religion of that high souled Dasaratha the righteous king is now like boat without a rudder moving hitter and thither in water.
Even that Rama, who was a great protector has been sent to the forest by this very mother of mine, abandoning her righteousness." Seeing Bharata who lost his consciousness by lamenting in that way, all the women then miserably cried in one voice. While Bharata was lamenting thus, the great illustrious Vasishta who knew the rules relating to kings, entered the assembly hall of Dasaratha the Lord of Ikshvaku dynasty.
The pious minded Vasishta along with his attendants entered that lovely assembly hall, made of gold and studded with gems and jewels, resembling Sudharma the celestial assembly hall. Vasishta, who knew all the scriptures, then sat in a presidential chair made of gold and wrapped with a comfortable cushion. He ordered the messengers as follows: Quickly bring Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, ministers and troop commanders coolly. There is an urgent duty indeed for us to be done. Bring Shatrughna with his royal attendants, the illustrious Bharata, Yudhajit (Bharatas maternal uncle) Sumantra the charioteer and those people who are royal well wishers there.
There was a huge hallooing sound generated while the people invited were coming on chariots, Horses and Elephants. People of high position like ministers and other welcomed the approaching Bharata in every way as they had welcomed Dasaratha and as Indra was welcomed by Devas. That royal assembly, made splendid by Bharata the son of Dasaratha, radiated as before as with the presence of Dasaratha, like a lake of tranquil waters sown with pearls shells and sand and filled with great fish and serpents.