HC15. BACK TO NORMAL LIFE

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

HARICHANDRAN

Just as gold, heated in fire,
Became pure and fair,
Chandramathi became pure
With her appearance fair.

Like a well polished gem,
King Harichandran became.
All the Gods in Heaven
Blessed them, one by one.

Viswamithra came again
There, telling every one,
He only made Harichandran
Popular and well known.

His defeat, he didn’t mind.
But his success, he claimed
To boost up the King’s name
To the height of fame.

What Sage Vashista told
In all his words bold,
At the end, came out
True in letter and spirit.

Shiva with Parvathi,
Vishnu with Lakshmi,
Brahma with Saraswati
All blessed them happily.

Lord Murgan pulled
Child Devadasan’s hand
Who at once got up
As if rose from sleep.

Also, Kasi King’s son
Came to life again
As if he got up
From his normal sleep.

When Shiva asked
Who was defeated
Viswamithra replied
That himself was defeated.

He gave back the land
But the King refused.
He asked the King
Why he was hesitating?

He said, “Once given
How can it be mine?
Now, you’re the ruler.
Here, I’m the server.”

The Sage said, “I was
A king like you once,
And became a Sage
At a later Stage.”

“This drama is just to prove,
Your faith in truth and love.
In my defeat you gained.
In your gain, I feel proud.”

“The Brahmin who bought
Your wife and son, in fact,
Is the Fire God, in disguise,
Who helped me in the tests.”

“Veeravagu is Lord of death,
Who helped me on this earth,
As a master of the graveyard
To make your life hard.”

In place of the graveyard
A beautiful garden appeared.
The burning bodies disappeared.
There, sacred fires appeared.

It was all the design
Of the great heaven
To test Harichandran,
In that, at last, he won.

Shiva advised him to take
His lands and go back
To rule the Ayodhya Kingdom,
With his courage and wisdom.

THE END OF HARICHANDRAN STORY

HC14, SERVANT IN THE GRAVEYARD (II)
KING HARICHANDRA

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