Darshan Of Ayodhya, Shri Ram, Diwali And Saryu, Shri Ram Is Pleased With The Festival Of Lights On The Ghats, There Is Never Darkness In Life By Donating A Lamp.
Entire Ayodhya is situated on the banks of river Saryu. The festival of Deepotsav is being celebrated on this Saryu bank. There are 14 beaches in total. Which is mentioned in the Puranas. These include Guptar (Gaupratar) Ghat, Kaikeyi Ghat, Kaushalya Ghat, Papmochan Ghat, Laxman Ghat or Sahasradhara Ghat, Rinmochan Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Jatai Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat, Dhaurhara Ghat, Naya Ghat and Janaki Ghat.
Bathing and meditation on all these ghats have different significance. They also have a special association with Diwali. The government is also expanding many of these ghats. However, many are still untouched by development. First of all we reached Guptar Ghat to visit Saryu. It was here in Boat Bihar that we met Mahant Mithilesh Nandini of the Anadi Panchmukhi Hanuman Temple.
Let us know through them 5 questions and their answers, the importance of Saryu’s Ghats-
Mahant Mithilesh Nandini of the Anadi Panchmukhi Hanuman temple located at Gopratar Ghat in Ayodhya.
1. Question – What is the connection between the river Saryu, its Ghat and Diwali?
Diwali is the festival associated with the return of Lord Shri Ram to his home. The people of Ayodhya celebrated him with gaiety and lit lamps. There is always the question of every past being some eyewitness or the other. As the Sun and Moon are the witnesses of the fact that Lord Shri Ram came to Ayodhya, so is Saryu.
Saryu has seen Shri Ram taking birth, has seen him playing on his bank. Have seen them grow up. Have seen their marriage, seen their sanskar. He has seen leaving Ayodhya and returning to Ayodhya after being victorious.
Goswami Tulsidas, while discussing Diwali in Gitavali, has written that the splendor of Ayodhya Puri is worth seeing on the night of Diwali. The stairs built on the banks of Saryu are being illuminated with lamps. And Lord Shri Ram, the king of Ayodhya, is seeing Deepawali, is getting happy.
The stairs built on the banks of Saryu are decorated with lamps.
Question- What was the connection of Shri Ram with Saryu?
This saryu which originated from Mansarovar. Shri Ram is born with the glory of ancestors. Being attached to the head, his name is Saryu. Being born from the eyes of God, it is called Netraja. She is very dear to Shri Ram. It is discussed in Skanda Purana etc. It is said that one who bathes in Saryu becomes free from the enjoyment of destiny. And taking the form of Shri Ram, attains Shri Ram.
Question: What is the significance of Guptar Ghat?
On Diwali, we are sitting at Guptar Ghat and remembering the incident of God. This is the ghat, where Lord Shri Ram completed his human pastimes. Coming to this ghat, Maharishi Valmiki discusses it in Uttarkand. It is said that Shri Ram came to Guptar Ghat with his brothers, Janaki and the residents of Ayodhya.
He comes to the shore and bows to the river Saryu. Then Lord Brahma appears and prays to Shri Ram, urging him to leave the divine abode. Then Lord Shri Ram along with all the residents of Ayodhya leaves for the divine abode. That is why it is also said that all the people of Ayodhya are real idols of Lord Jagannath. That is why it is said that neither in the past nor in future there is going to be a holy pilgrimage from Guptar.
There are more than 14 Ghats in Ayodhya, each with its own glory.
Question: Saryu always protects Ayodhya, be it floods or anything else?
We believe that whatever exists in this world is the root conscious of God. These are all manifestations of God. And only the form of his discipline exists. That is why it is said that whether it is air, sea, fire, everything stays here only by being disciplined. In Ayodhya, there is only the discipline of Lord Shri Ram on them. Due to the discipline of Lord Rama, Saryu flows generously in Ayodhya. That is why Ayodhya does not have to face the wrath of Saryu.
Ayodhya is safe because of Saryu. Once King Dasharatha had come to the Sarayu coast to pray here with his four sons. Then Maharishi Valmiki introduces Ayodhya to them and tells that its identity is Saryu. The wealth and splendor here is all the blessings of Saryu. Then Saryu ji tells King Dasharatha that Chakravati ji see that Shri Ram is always sitting in my lap. That is why Saryu flows by considering Ayodhya as the abode of God. In the direction of Ayodhya, Saryu always stays in dignity.
Question: There is great importance of lamp in Saryu, what is the significance of this glory?
The month of Kartik is considered particularly important for religion. In the month of Kartik, bathing in Saryu daily, fasting, eating one meal at a time, donating lamps is the most special tradition. That is why the lamp is donated throughout the month of Kartik. It is believed that by donating a lamp, the path of a man’s journey should always be full of light. By donating a lamp, we wish that in life where we do not have access, when time takes us there, then the path ahead will be illuminated. May the path of truth, the path of welfare, never be dark.
Question: What is the significance of a normal bath and a bath in Saryu?
It is said in Skanda Purana that only Brahma is present in the form of water in Sarayu. Therefore, when one takes a dip in Saryu, he does not only get the benefit of water, but his mind becomes pure and free from all kinds of evils and vices.
Before Deepotsav, lamps are decorated on the ghats.
Question: There are more than a dozen Ghats in Saryu, what are the characteristics of all the Ghats?
All the Ghats situated on the banks of Saryu are connected with the Leela of God. From Guptar Ghat, the Lord departed to Divya Dham, hence it is also known as Gopratar Ghat. Similarly, there is the Ranmochan Ghat, where a person becomes free from debt by taking a bath. Similarly, one who takes a bath at Papmochan Ghat becomes free from sin.
There are also Kaushalya, Kekai, Sumitra, Dasharatha Ghat, Shriram Ghat. People of all classes used to take bath at Raj Ghat. Apart from this, where the srishis and sages did penance, they are known by their names. Like the place where Lord Brahma did penance, it is known as Brahmakund.