Ramo Vigrahvan Dharmah

A part of this verse is imprinted on the gift bag presented on January 22nd during the Pran Pratishtha ceremony of Sri Rama in Ayodhya for the guests.

Interestingly, these words were spoken by none other than Maricha,the golden deer, to Ravana when he came to instruct Maricha to assist in the kidnapping of Sitadevi.

The complete verse is:
“๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ค ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™™๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™ข๐™–๐™,
๐™Ž๐™–๐™™๐™๐™ช ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™.
๐™๐™–๐™Ÿ๐™– ๐™จ๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™–,
๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ข๐™–๐™ซ ๐™ซ๐™–๐™จ๐™–๐™ซ๐™–๐™.”

Maricha is warning Ravana and also conveying him to seek Sri Ramaโ€™s shelter.

“๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ต” means that the entire personality embodies the essence of dharma. That the dharma is nothing but Sri Ram’s Karunya. It encompasses His magnanimity, compassionate nature, forgiveness, and the offering of many chances however one wants to take it.

His parakrama, or the ability to take action is not for show-off, but to protect the afflicted.

Maricha was not killed by Sri Rama; Marich knew Rama could kill but saved him on compassionate grounds. The Astra used by Sri Rama was a “manavastra”, signifying that humanity was shown to Maricha for the first time. Unfortunately, Maricha was forced to act against Rama. He succumbed to Ravana’s order and lost his life a second time.

Therefore, “๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ผ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฑ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ” indicates that Sri Rama’s action is to protect the afflicted and only to protect the afflicted, Sri Rama might punish Maricha.

The construction of the new temple and the consecration of the beautiful vigraha of Sri Rama indicate a new policy for Bharat inspired by Sri Rama’s character. Maricha will be shown no mercy if he messes-up with disguised attacks and supports Ravana.

Sitadevi was kidnapped, but Maricha was punished instantly and Ravana was punished eventually, all within a brief period. Yet, the purpose was not to show-off but to rescue the afflicted and unprotected.

๐—๐—ฎ๐—ถ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ผ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐——๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐Ÿ™

–ย Govindaย Das