My Posts are an attempt to unravel our History, which has been distorted ,erased beyond imagination by the Britishers and other westerners at the instance of the Vatican and the special effort of the Britishers to Divide India and rule it, by sowing seeds of mistrust, disrespect for our scriptures.
Rameshwaram, where Rama worshiped Shiva.
This was achieved by totally erasing some of our texts,by having the ancient manuscripts shipped abroad, by introducing English as a Medium of instruction totally banishing India Languages, especially Sanskrit and by pseudo Indologists like Max Mueller,a Missionary by initially trying to write honestly and later interpolating meanings of the Vedas that would make a mockery of Hinduism.
I am trying to piece together our History , thanks to the web, where wittingly or unwittingly the suppressed information about Santana Dharma is available.
It takes a considerable effort to locate them.
That has been the purpose of my Blog, apart from informing the younger generation about how they are inheritors of a Great Culture.
In this process some times information is likely to surface, which may not be palatable to some Hindus even.
For example the information that Vedas do not prohibit women from performing Sraddha or having Upanayana performed for them
Or there is no such thing temple worship.
Or there is no Caste by Birth.
Now I am presenting information about the Avatars of Vishnu,Rama here.
Similar information on other Avatars follows.
After the Vedic period there have been unsavoury pollution of Sanatana Dharam with many schools of Thoughts coming into force, some denying the Vedas, some denying God, but believing in the Vedas,then sects Saivism and Si Vaishnavam
The last one took an ugly turn with each accusing the other and one sect insulting Vishnu and another Shiva.
All are wrong and they do not carry the authority of the Vedas, notwithstanding what the Puranas say.
For a Hindu, the Vedas are The Authority, period,
Now to the question of whom did Lord Rama worship, one depends on Valmiki Ramayana and other Ramayana also by Valmiki.
Now Valmiki Ramayana is the one being accepted as the source.
Lord Rama belonged to Surya Vamsa, the Solar Dynasty.
As such Surya the Sun is their Deity.
That Surya is considered as the expression of Vishnu is another matter.\
However Lord Krishna says , in the Bhagavad Gita,otherwise.
He says He is Vishnu, not as the other way.
Adhityaanam aham Vishnu and not as
Vishnunnam Aham Adhitya.
So Rama. following family Traditions, worshiped Surya.
Apart from this Rama worshiped Shiva a couple of times the important one being His Worship of Lord Shiva, at Rameswaram to rid of the Brahmahathi Dosha accrued by killing Ravana, a vedicV scholar.
Rama also worshiped Surya in the battle field for mental strength and victory, at the instance of Sage Agastya.
Thus was born the Adhitya Hrudayam Sloka.
Rama also seemed to have worshiped Devi though Valmiki does not mention this in Ramayana.
‘As per Patteeshwaram Ashtabhuja Durga Temple stala, it is noted that the worship of Devi Durga owes its origin to ShreeRam. In the ‘Ramayana’, as it goes, Rama went to ‘Lanka’ to rescue his abducted wife, Sita, from the grip of Ravana, the king of the Demons in Lanka. Before starting for his battle with Ravana, Rama wanted the blessings of Devi Durga . He came to know that the Goddess would be pleased only if she is worshipped with one hundred ‘NeelKamal’ or blue lotuses. Rama, after travelling the whole world, could gather only ninety nine of them. He finally decided to offer one of his eyes, which resembled blue lotuses. Durga, being pleased with the devotion of Rama, appeared before him and blessed him…
..he correctness of Ramayana is that the story is based on the Ramayana, but does not actually come in the Ramayana text of Valmiki. It is found in various Puranas. When Rama was going to cross the ocean, some texts describe that He performed worship of Durga Devi to inform her of His intentions of invading Lanka. The reason for this is that Durga was the protector of Kuvera’s island of Lanka before it was taken by Ravana. As such, it was proper etiquette for Rama, acting as a human king, to inform Durga Devi that He was about to invade her area of control. In this story, Rama acts as a yajaman, and Brahma acts as a priest who performs the sacrifice to please Durga Devi.
In the sattvika puranas, the story is described that Rama prays to Durga, and Durga replies, “I am your external shadow energy. What ever you wish to do, I am your servant.” This is along the lines of the text “shrishti-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-shaktir eka chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga” found in the scriptures. Durga Devi (Maha Maya) is the shadow energy of Lord Narayana.
In the rajasika puranas the story is described differently. When Rama calls to Durga, she refuses to appear. Then Rama pierces his eye with an arrow, and Durga Devi appears crying tears of blood.
Throughout the Puranas and various versions of the Ramayana we find a variation of three types of puja Rama did, either to Shiva, Durga or Brahma. It is likely that the variations are due to yuga-bheda, or the minor differences that occur in different ages. The Rama-lila is performed every Treta-yuga, and as such it has occurred thousands of times with many variations. We do not know from which time period the stories are recorded in each book. Thus there are many seemingly contradictory descriptions in the Puranas. It is described that Jambavan, the vanara devotee of Lord Rama, takes part in each incarnation of Rama in the same body. The cosmic cycles of time are moving like seasons, and these histories are played out in every age on schedule.
Finally, depending on Valmiki Ramayana, the sage Agastiya suggested Rama is found correct and nowhere it is found Durga worship by Rama. Only sage Agastiya adviced Rama to conquer in the battle field by worshipping the Surya, the sun-god rendering Aditya Hridayam. Rama accepted the sage Agastiya’s advice and worshipped.’
I have posted quite a few posts where Rama is shown to have worshiped Shiva many times.
And his ancestor Bhagiratha brought Ganges to Earth by severe peneance to Lord Shiva.
Based on these texts, Lord Rama worshiped Shiva and Surya.
Bhagiratha Worships Shiva, Stuthi.
PS.Let me add that Shiva and Vishnu are expressions of the Same Reality Brahman and there is no question of who is Greater.
Though comments are welcome, no comment about sectarian issues will be published.
This site is meant for Sanatana Dharam, the underlying principle being,
All Gods are One, May Every One Be Happy.
Everything Is Dedicated to Krishna.
Maatha Ca Parvati Devi Pitha Devo Maheswaraha,
Baandhavaa siva Bhalthaascha Swadeso Bhvanathrayam
My Mother is Parvati,
Devotees of Shiva are my relatives and
All the three worlds are Mine