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Daily Story Sundara Kanda Parayanam (31MAR TO 08APRIL 2014)

Daily Story Sundara Kanda Parayanam (31MAR TO 08APRIL 2014)

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As a part of the2014 Ramanavami celebrations, daily Sundara Kandam Parayanam is being conducted at the Sri Balaji Temple of Great Lakes (3325 Middlebelt Road, West Bloomfield, MI). The story as told by Valmiki is being shared each day, with the story being written in the afternoon, following the parayanam in the morning.
As a part of the2014 Ramanavami celebrations, daily Sundara Kandam Parayanam is being conducted at the Sri Balaji Temple of Great Lakes (3325 Middlebelt Road, West Bloomfield, MI). The story as told by Valmiki is being shared each day, with the story being written in the afternoon, following the parayanam in the morning.

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THE SUNDARA KANDA PARAYANAM STORY AS TOLD EACH DAY (Mar 31
 April 8, 2014) Shree Ramachandram Dasharathaatmajam Aprameyam
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Sitaapatim Raghukulaanvaya ratnadeepam
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  Aajanu baahum Aravinda-dalaayataaksham
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Raamam nishaacara vinaashakaram namaam
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 Sitaapatim Raamam namaami
Let us begin with a short dhyanam sloka on Lord Raama. Here Shree Raama is described as Dasharathaatmaja, which means the son (aatmaja) of King Dasharatha. If you think about it, this is unique. Children are usually described with reference to their mothers, not their fathers, as in Devakinandana for Krishna, One who brought great joy to Devaki, or Yashodanandana, One who brought great joy to Mother Yashoda.
 
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Dasharathaa was very fond of his son Raama and hence Raama is called Dasharathaatmaja. And, if you recall the story of Ramayana, Dasharathaa could not bear the pain of being separated from Rama. When Kaikeyi asked for the two boons that Dasharathaa had promised, and wanted Rama to be banished to the forest with one boon, Dasharathaa could not bear the pain. Dasharathaa never spoke to Raama and told Him about the vanavaasam. That news was conveyed to Raama by Kaikeyi, who said His father had suddenly taken ill and that she was conveying the news on his behalf. And, if you remember the story before this, Dasharathaa was suffering like Shravana-kumar parents suffered. One day, while hunting in the forest, Dasharathaa, by mistake, killed the young boy Shravana-kumar who was fetching water for his thirsty parents. The kalasha that he dipped into the river to collect water made a sound (budu budu) as the water entered the empty vessel. Dasharathaa thought it was the sound of an elephant and sent his arrow (that follows the sound) which killed Shravana-kumar. When he realized his mistake and went to Shravana kumar's parents, the grief stricken parents cursed Dasharathaa that he should suffer likewise, when he meets his own death. According to Naam Ramayanam, that we recite regularly in the temple, it is this Dasharathaatmaja Rama who is described as Dasharathaa santata cintita Raam One who was always remembering His father Dasharathaa, while in the forest. This comes before the episode where Bharata comes to Chitrakoota and begs Raama to return to the kingdom and instead is sent back with Rama padukas Bharatarpita nijapaduka Raam Raama Raam Jaya Raajaa Raam Raama Raama Jaya Sitaaraam
 
 
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Day 1 Story Sundara Kandam
’s (day 1) parayanam ended with sargam 5, one of the most delightful
and the most poetic sargams in the entire Valimiki Ramayanam. It describes the night with the full moon shining in the sky as Hanuman was searching for Sita in Lanka. The story begins with Hanuman leaping across the ocean in sargam 1. Valmiki provides a very detailed and beautiful description of how Hanuman prepared to leap across. It almost feels like the space shuttle is ready to take off. In one sloka, Valmiki also describes how Hanuman made himself more aerodynamic to reduce the resistance as he traveled through the sky. Before his departure, Hanuman vowed to return only with good news about Sita, if not that he would drag Ravana out of Lanka and bring the latter to the vanaras.

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