Valmiki Jayanthi on 8th October, 2014 !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
The great epic/Ithihas Srimad Ramayana was written by Maharishi Valmiki, it contains 24000 verses into 7 cantos, such as Bala Kandam, Ayodhya Kandam, Aranya Kandam, Kishkindha Kandam, Sundarakandam, Yuddha Kandam and Uthara Kandam.  The Uthara Kandam describes the early life of Sage Valmiki as a mugger Ratnakar, who plunders the travelers in woodlands and takes away their life. Once, Ratnakar happened to encounter Sage Narada.  The compassionate Sage enquired Ratnakar whether his family would carry the burden of the sin he has committed by looting the people and killing mercilessly.  He assured the sage that his family would be ready to share the sin he has committed.  But, Sage Narada insisted him to confirm the same with his family.  Soon, Ratnakar returned in utter desolation with a negative response, he realized the truth of life, further he begged for forgiveness to Sage Narada.   The compassionate Sage advised Ratnakar, a sacred hymn to get rid of the sins and attain salvation.   It was ‘Mara’,  a phonetic anagram of the sacred chant ‘Rama’, Ratnakar underwent severe austerities and immersed in the recitation of sacred hymn for many years, eventually an ant-hill mounted on his body.  Ultimately a mysterious voice declared that his penance was fruitful and bestowed him the name ‘Valmiki’.
Once, Sage Valmiki with his disciple Bharadhwaja went to River Ganga for ablution.  On their way, they took a halt on the river bank of Thamasa, Sage Valmiki witnessed two Krauncha birds in a pleasing mood, as he was watching over them suddenly an arrow hit the male Krauncha bird and it died instantly.  The lady Krauncha bird shrieked in extreme agony and that too died.  Sage Valmiki turned inconsolable after witnessing the pitiable sight.  His eyes searched for the hunter and cried out in anger by uttering the following verse:
Ma Nishadha Prathishtam Thvamagama: Shashvathi: Sama: |
Yath Krauncha Mithunadhekam Avadhi: Kama Mohitham ||
Later, Maharishi Valmiki composed the great epic Srimad Ramayan contains 24,000 verses in 7 cantos with the blessings of Lord Brahma, which is famously known as Ithihasa that describes the life of Rama, seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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