Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blessings To Lord Rama

In the Hindu epic of 'Ramayana', Lord Rama along with his brother and army of monkeys led by Hanuman went to Lanka to rescue his wife, Sita, who was abducted and imprisoned by the ten headed Ravana, the king of the Demons in Lanka. This battle ensued for a long period and Lord Rama fought and defeated many of Ravana's brothers and cronies. After all the other fighters were defeated and killed, th final battle between Rama and Ravana started. Before this final battle with Ravana, Lord 'Rama' sought the blessings of Devi Durga for defeating Ravana.

His advisers told him that the goddess would be pleased by his worship only if he offered a hundred blue lotuses. Lord Rama, in order to fulfill the requirements of the worship, started collecting blue lotuses. Blue Lotus not being available in abundance, was difficult to find. However, Lord Rama managed to collect 99 of them. This shortcoming had to be fulfilled. Lord Rama, to please the goddess Durga, decided to offer one of his eyes in worship as his eyes resembled blue lotus. This dedication pleased the goddess no end and she appeared to grant her blessings to Lord Rama in his battle against Ravana.


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