तदा तदन्तःपुरमुज्घितप्रभं सुरैरिवोत्सृष्टमभास्करं दिनम् ।

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे चतुर्दशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३१ श्लोक) Describing the poor state of the palace without ShriRaama and Dasharatha, Valmiki uses this shloka: “(Without the presence of ShriRaama and Dasharatha) the palace is as un-auspicious as a day without the Sun, where the Devatas restrain from having food and water.” Shastras declare that “मेघच्छन्नेह्नि दुर्दिनम्”. Since such sun-less…

मन्दाकिनीं नदीं रम्यां प्राङ्मुखास्ते ययुस्तदा । प्रदक्षिणं च कुर्वाणाः चित्रकूटं महागिरिम् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे त्रयोदशोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३ श्लोक) This shloka mentions that Bharata, and the residents of Ayodhya who followed him, performed pradakshina to the great mountain, Chitrakoot. Performing namaskar and appropriate salutations to great hills, rivers etc. is indeed an ancient tradition of Indians. They realize such holy articles as Divya-vibhutis of Paramaatma and hence serve them…

एष्टव्या बहवः पुत्त्रा गुणवन्तो सहुश्रुताः । तेषां वै समवेतानां अपि कश्चिद्गयां व्रजेत् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्ताधिकशततमस्सर्गः (१३ श्लोक) While teaching Bharata the important duties of progeny, ShriRaama spoke this dharmic verse: “The learned, who understand shastras, always wish that they have(had) many good sons. This is because atleast one of them may perform Shraadha karma in Gaya and thus show their gratitude to PitruDevatas”. This shloka told by…

एवं पूर्वैर्गतो मार्गः पितृपैतामहो धुवः । तमापन्नः कथं शोचेत् यस्य नास्ति व्यतिक्रमः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे पञ्चोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (30 श्लोक) Advising Bharata about His duty, ShriRaama speakes these beautiful words: “Going in the path taken by our ancestors and progressing by building on the success achieved by them is the ideal. There is no better way than it”. This beautiful shloka by ShriRaama should be an eye-opener for all those modern youth…

इदं भुङ्क्ष्व महाराज प्रीतो यदशना वयम् । यदन्नः पुरुषो भवति तदन्नास्तस्य देवताः ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे द्व्युत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३०व श्लोकमु) ShriRaama gave Jalatarpanams and performed Shraaddham as per the Shastras. While doing Pinda-pradaanam, He spoke these dharmic words: “O great King! Please accept this food (pindams) that we are offering with love. Indeed humans offer to God the same food as they are restricted to eat as per their family…

आसनं पूजयामास रामायाभि प्रणम्य च । वालव्यजनमादाय न्यषीदत् सचिवासने ॥

() श्रीमद्रामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे एकनवतितमस्सर्गः (३८ श्लोकम) Using his incredible Tapashshakti, Bharadwaja maharshi invited Vishvakarma and built a heavenly palace for the night stay of Bharata and His army. “Bharata entered the palace (after His purohits entered) and did pooja for the most-glorious aasana present inside (that meant for the King of the palace), imagining that ShriRaama is…

ततस्तु जलशेषेण लक्षणोप्यकरोत् तदा । वाग्यतास्ते त्रयः सन्ध्यां समुपासत संहिताः ॥

— श्रीमद्रामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे सप्तातीतिशमस्सर्गः (१८व श्लोकमु) “After SitaRaama consumed water (as substitute for dinner), Lakshmana ate the remaining water (as Prasad). Before the three ate water, they worshipped Sun God (सन्ध्योपासन) with ultimate concentration and according to Shaastras”, told Guha to Bharata. The morals to be learnt: We should also always perform Nivedanam to God…