Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beauty of Brotherhood: Lessons from Ramayana

Bhadrachalam is a small temple town on the banks of river Godavari. The town is known for 'Kondanda Ramalayam', a temple dedicated to Sri Rama. One striking feature of this temple is that Lakshmana is on the left side of Rama. A small background story for this elucidates how much Rama cared for his brother Lakshmana.

Once sage Bhadra performed deep penance for Lord Rama. Pleased with his penance Vishnu in his full form came before him and asked to wish for anything he wants. Bhadra solemnly refused Lord Vishnu's form and said politely that he wasn't expecting Vishnu in Vishnu's form and that he is seeking Rama even though it is quite evident that Rama is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Rama hurriedly appeared before him along with Sita and Lakshmana. Even when he is rushing to a demanding bhakta,  Rama never forgot taking his brother with him. One could clearly note that Lakshmana is standing on the left side unlike the traditional right side of Rama, a place where Lakshmana is always seen. Even though Bhadra din't specifically ask for Lakshmana, Rama and Lakshmana are one package. They cannot be separated. Wherever Rama goes Lakshmana will be there.

A picture of the place and its history can be seen  here 

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