Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 34

Sargam [Chapter]: 34
King Gādhi's Story

[King Kuśanabha then does a Puthrakameshti and gets a son called Gādhi and a daughter called Sathyavathi. Sage Viśvāmitra is the son of Gādhi and his sister became a river called Kauśikī. They reach the banks of river Kauśikī, where Viśvāmitra normally does penance.]

"After the marriage ceremony and departure of Brahma Dutta, King Kushnabha, who does not have any sons, performed a Puthra Kameshti Yagna." 34.1

"While the ritual was being conducted, the generous Kush, who was the son of Lord Brahma, spoke to King Kuśanabha." 34.2

"Oh son, you will get a virtuous son who would be just like you, he will be called as Gādhi and he will get fame in all the three worlds." 34.3

"Oh Rāma, after saying this, Kuśa vanished in the sky. A son named Gādhi would be born to Kuśanabha, who was highly intellectual and follower of Dharma." 34.4

"After some time, the great Kuśanabha got a virtuous son, who was known as Gādhi." 34.5

"Oh son of the clan of Kākutstha, my father Gādhi was a great follower of Dharma and since I was born in the clan of Kuśa, I was called as Kauśika." 34.6

"Oh Rāghava, I also had an elder sister named Satyavatī and she was given in marriage to a sage called Richika." 34.7

"Desiring to do service to the world, my sister Kauśikī emerged as a pious river and depended on the Himalaya Mountains." 34.8

"Accompanying her husband, she went to heaven with her body and being a generous lady she coursed as the famous river known as Kaushiki." 34.9

"Oh son of Raghu clan, hence I am living in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains happily performing my rituals and near me flows my dear sister Kauśikī who loves me." 34.10

"Sathyavathi was a pious one completely established in Dharma, virtuousness, really great and one of the chief rivers known as Kauśikī." 34.11

"Oh Rāma, being bound by a vow, I left her and after reaching Sidhāśrama, I have completed my vow and have come back because of you." 34.12

"Oh Rāma, this is the story of my birth, in a famous family, in the place where we are camping now and narrated by me in response to your question." 34.13

"Oh son of Kakustha clan, after relating this story by me the time is now past mid night; please sleep safely now and let no further hindrance happen on our way." 34.14

"Oh son of Raghu clan, now all trees are still; birds and animals are asleep; to our eyes, the sky is decorated by stars and starlets which are spread densely." 34.15

"The sky is slowly getting spread with stars and it is shining with the stars and planets which is making it bright." 34.16

"Also the cool moon is rising in the sky to end the darkness of the world and light of the moon is gladdening the hearts of all the animals and people." 34.17

"All those beings, which move about at night including Yakṣas and Rākṣasas, as well as the angry man eaters, are milling about everywhere." 34.18

Saying this, that great sage, who was lustrous, paused and all the sages appreciated that sage by saying "well said, well said." 34.19

They further said, "The Kings of Kuśika dynasty have been protectors of Dharma always and those great men are equal to Lord Brahma." 34.20

"Oh greatly famous Viśvāmitra, you are exemplary and equal to Lord Brahma; your dynasty is greatly exemplified by the River Kauśikī." 34.21

The famous son of Kuśika dynasty was greatly pleased and then the great sage entered in to sleep like the sun going down on the western Mountains. 34.22

Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa also were greatly astonished by the story, praised the tiger like sage and started serving him. 34.23

This is the end of Thirty Fourth Sarga of Bala Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.