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Bharat

Other names : Bharata

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harata was the son of Dashratha’s third wife Kaikeyi. Rama was extremely fond of his younger brother Bharata. His name was carefully selected by Sage Vashishtha, for his innate ability to look after the welfare of his subjects, and keep them well fed and nurtured. In the kingdom of Rama, the care of his subjects and the welfare of his people was a task assigned to Bharata. Shatrughna and Lakshmana were younger than Bharata. The single motto of Bharat’s life was to follow the example set by Rama’s ideal behavior. He cheerfully carried out whatever task was given to him by Rama. No one could match Bharata in his attitude of sacrifice, un-worldliness and devotion. He was as close to Rama as one could be.

His name was carefully selected by Sage Vashishtha, for his innate ability to look after the welfare of his subjects, and keep them well fed and nurtured.

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When Kaikeyi was persuaded by her cunning maid Manthara to ask Dashratha for the two boons he owed her, she requested the throne for her son, Bharata, and a fourteen-year exile for Rama, Shatrughna and Bharata were away visiting their uncle at Kaikey (near present day Kashmir). On returning to Ayodhya, when Bharata heard that Rama, Lakshmana and Sita had left for their forest exile, and Dashratha had died from grief, he was greatly shocked. He considered the throne and crown the root cause of selfish behavior and disputes, and decided to relinquish it. Along with family members and court seniors, he went to the forest to attempt to persuade Rama to take the throne back. They reached Chitrakoot where the three, Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were living like ascetics in simple huts. However, Rama persuaded Bharata to return to Ayodhya, by telling him that they must honour their father Dashratha’s vow.

 

 

 

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On returning to Ayodhya, when Bharata heard that Rama, Lakshmana and Sita had left for their forest exile, and Dashratha had died from grief, he was greatly shocked. He considered the throne and crown the root cause of selfish behavior and disputes, and decided to relinquish it.

For him to be able to do so, Bharata requested from Rama his charan paduka (sandals). He also declared that if Rama delayed his return to Ayodhya by even a day longer than the decreed fourteen years, he, Bharata, would take his own life. He returned to Ayodhya and placed Rama’s paduka (sandals) symbolically on the throne. Considering himself a regent of Rama, he managed the affairs of the kingdom for fourteen years. Till Rama returned, Bharata lived in a simple, ascetic fashion at NandigRama, near Ayodhya.

Bharat’s total devotion to Rama, and his unquestioning service to him, are held as societal role models, and shine like a beacon of ideal character, illuminating the path for those who follow.

 

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Bharat Requesting Nishadraj (tribal forest dwellers who had helped Ram) to tell him the whereabouts of Ram, his elder brother

He also declared that if Rama delayed his return to Ayodhya by even a day longer than the decreed fourteen years, he, Bharata, would take his own life. He returned to Ayodhya and placed Rama’s paduka (sandals) symbolically on the throne.

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