” DHANUSHADHAAM AND LORD RAMA”

         It is believed  Paramashivan instructed  Vishwakarma  for making  a bow . The bow was   gifted to  King Janaka   . This bow  was safely kept which  was  too  big and   needed almost  300 people to lift,  and a cart with several wheels  was used to push this cart . 

way to Dhanusha
ENTRANCE GATE TO SIVADHANUSHAA

King Janaka was the ruler of the kingdom of Videha whose  capital  was Mithila.  One day, while a field was being ploughed in the presence of the king, he found a female child in the deep furrow dug by the plough. Janaka and his wife Sunayana were overjoyed by this discovery and adopted the little baby girl as their own.

Birth of Sita from yajna bhoomi, Sitamarhi

 

The child was named Sita, meaning ‘Furrow’ in Sanskrit. Thus, Sita is  glorified to be the daughter of Bhumi Devi (Mother Earth) since she was born or found in the earth.

photo of Sita's birth

Sita grew up to be a girl of unparalleled beauty and charm and possessed the greatest of womanly virtues. When Sita became of marriageable age, the king decided to have a Swayamvara which included a contest. The king  announced that whosoever could wield the bow and string it, could marry Sita.

one-third piece of Shivadhanush broken by Ram at Dhanusha,Nepal
THE REMAINS OF SIVADHANUSHA

 On the other side  , after the protection of Vishwamitra’s sacred ritual, on their way back to Ayodhya,  Lord Rama and Lakshmana traveled to Mithila. Accompanied by Vishwamitra, they attended Sita’s Swayamvara.  Lord Rama successfully broke Shiva’s bow as he picked it up and was examining the tautness of its bowstring. The young prince’s strength and courage perplexed all the attendees. And with the breaking of the bow, Janaka proposed Sita to  Lord Rama in marriage. On the approval of Sage Vishwamitra, Janaka sent his messengers to Ayodhya to convey the message to Dasharatha. He gladly accepted the marriage proposal of Rama and Sita . Lord Rama had performed the brave valor of lifting the mighty Siva danusha in his  divine pastime at this holy place  Dhanushaa  a place which  is located  about 30 kms from Janakpur near Bihar Nepal border . This place is  also  popularly called as  ” Dhanush Sagar”.

Sita Temple, Punouda
TEMPLE FOR MOTHER SITA AT SITAMAHI , BIHAR

As per the locals belief, it is said that when Lord Rama lifted the bow, it broke into 3 pieces -one piece went to heaven,  one  at Madhubani and the third piece fell at this place. This broken bow  was submerged under a pipul tree during the course  .

Sita's birth place,Punouda
TEMPLE FOR MOTHER SITA AT SITAMAHI , BIHAR

Over a period of time , this bow has started growing   in size  since  ages .Presently it measures about 12 metres.

dhanush details
DISPLAY BOARD AT THE TEMPLE ENTRANCE

 The villagers  here  said that whenever there is a famine in this village , the locals  gather at this holy  place and pour milk near the  pipul  tree. Few gallons of milk would be absorbed  in no time and when the milk starts overflowing,  it is believed the area would be blessed with rains  .

dhanush mandir entrance
DHANUSHADHAAM ENTRANCE

The area is  well protected by  a covered shed and  maintained  by the locals . Once in 3 years during a ritual ,  the locals  measure the size of the Dhanush,  and they find it to increase in size towards east by 3 cms or so. This is one the most important places in Nepal not to be missed ..

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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6 thoughts on “” DHANUSHADHAAM AND LORD RAMA”

  1. Jai Shree Seetaaraam.
    Really worth reading. This life is not enough to understand fully. But, sure, Impact of Chanting HIS name would develop the spiritual thirst to pave the way to BHAKTI.
    Adiyen ayodhyadasan.

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  2. Thanks for sharing about Dhanushahaam place where Janakar & his family lived there. Of course I couldn’t visit those places, but I could see all the places through your web.site. Your site is very informative.
    When I read this line I wondered myself (Over a period of time , this bow has started growing in size since ages .Presently it measures about 12 metres.) I want to know still it has been growing.
    Jai Sriram, Sita Ram.

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