Luv Kush are the children of Lord Shree Rama and Devi Sita who were born in the forest away from their father. They were raised in the ashram of Rishi Valmiki, learnt Ramayana and inculcated devotion for Lord Rama. But when they finally met Lord Rama, they challenged him to fight. Learn the complete story of Luv Kush and why did they fight Lord Rama.
POST LANKA WAR IN AYODHYA
According to major belief Post the Lanka war, It is believed that when the news of Devi Sita conceiving a child spread amongst the people of Ayodhya, they started questioning her character. That how could Lord Rama be with a woman who stayed in Lanka for 14 years. This is also linked the story of fisherman doubting the purity of Sita. This topic is quite controversial and ambiguous.
Although Lord Rama abandon Devi Sita, They were definitely connected together throughout and this was paving way for the end of Treta yuga. Devi Sita was Accepted by Rishi Valmiki who was then composing the Ramayana, as his daughter and gave shelter in his Ashram. Where Luv and Kush were born this article talks about the exact place where they were born.
BIRTH OF LUV KUSH
Devi Sita stayed in forest after the birth of Luv and Kush for 12 years to give them the freedom among the woods, teach the true values of nature, inculcate humility and avoid the palace hindrances. It is also popularly believed that, when Shatrughan left to his way to Madhupur to defeat Lavanasura he momentarily came to the ashram of Rishi Valmiki. Although there aren’t much details of his interactions with Devi Sita, but it is believed that during that stay he accidentally came up with the names Luv and Kush for the twins of Lord Rama and Devi Sita.
LIFE OF LUV AND KUSH
Luv and Kush didn’t know the real identity of their Mother. They knew her by the name of Lokapavani or Vandevi. Along with giving the kids life lessons by staying close to mother earth and nature, Devi Sita also used to narrate the true glories of Lord Rama, his pure actions, selfless intentions and unlimited love for the people of Ayodhya. This was the time when Rishi Valmiki was composing the Ramayana, he taught the children the entire Ramayana and inculcated devotion of Lord Rama in them.
LUV KUSH VISIT AYODHYA
Luv and Kush visit Ayodhya palace to recite the Ramayana that they had learnt from Rishi Valmiki and take the blessings of Lord Rama and Devi Sita. They recite the entire Ramayana in front of Lord Rama which makes him extremely happy. However when Luv and Kush fail to find Devi Sita in Ayodhya, they get extremely furious as they learn that Lord Rama had abandoned Devi Sita. They return to the forest in fumes and refuse to recite Ramayana anymore which infuriates their mother. To calm her down they apologise and re-chants the Ramayana.
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WHICH YAGYA DID LORD RAMA PERFORM?
12 years later, Lord Rama thinks of Performing Rajasuya yagya.
THE IDEA OF RAJASUYA YAGYA
Rajasuya yagya was believed to be the source for religious glory, and had the energy which could destroy all sins, and slay all foes. When Rama proposes this Idea of Rajasuya yagya to Bharata and Lakshmana,
Bharata very politely disagrees with this idea and says, Rajasuya Yagya would bring upon destruction of every Royal family present in earth. Every king who takes pride in his manhood would burn into ashes in the great fire of Rajasuya Yagya. With utmost difficulty Dharma was brought upon by defeating Ravana with the help of mighty Vanaras, causing destruction to all the Kingdoms at this point would not be correct.
Extremely happy with what Bharata said Lord Rama refrains from performing the Rajasuya Yagya.
THE IDEA OF ASHWAMEDHA YAGYA
Lakshmana who was carefully listening to the conversation of his brothers, then said, Ashwamedha Yagya is also an equally powerful Yagya which eradicates all the sins. Lakshmana gave the example of Paurandra who killed Vritra a brahmana. His sin of killing a Brahmana was again purified by the Ashwamedha yagya. Hence Lord Rama who had also killed a revered Brahmana (Ravana) should also perform this Yagya for the benefit of Ayodhya.
Lord Rama also agreed to this and recalled his ancestor ILA who had lost was converted into a female, by the virtue of Ashwamedha yagya regained his manhood.
Thus Lord Rama finally decides of Performing Ashwamedha Yagya.
LORD RAMA PERFORMS ASHWAMEDHA YAGYA
After consulting many sages like Vashishtha , Vamadeva, Kashyapa, who gave their agreement towards this Ashwamedha Yagya, Lord Rama set the Horse free. However, He couldn’t have performed the yagya without his wife. Lord Rama was completely of accepting any other female to which Sage Vashishtha advices to have a golden idol of Sita for successful completion of the Yagya.
DEVI SITA FEELS BAD
It is also a major belief that When the news of Lord Rama performing Ashwamedha Yagya without her reaches Devi Sita, she collapses and breaks down. When Rishi Valmiki releases her soul to Ayodhya and she found out Lord Rama sitting next to a golden idol of her own, she calms down and is feels happy to see Lord Rama’s adoration on her.
LUV KUSH DEFEAT LORS RAMA’S ARMY
When the horse reaches the forest and Luv Kush sees Shatrughan along with Angad, they realise it is Lord Rama’s horse. Luv and Kush stop the horse in order to know the actual reason why Lord Rama abandoned Devi Sita. Upon being asked to leave the horse multiple times they refuse, due to which Shatrughan indulges in a fight with them. Luv Kush were themselves very strong since they were the offsprings of Rama and Sita had divine protection of Devi Shakti which protected them
Luv Kush defeats Shatrughan, Lakshmana, Bharata, Sugriva, Angada and many others, finally Lord Rama had to come to free the horse along with Hanumana, who immediately identifies Luv Kush. He rushes to find Rishi Valmiki and Devi Sita. Who stops the fight between father and sons and reveals the truth.
LUV KUSH KNOWS THE TRUTH AND APOLOGIZE
When Luv Kush learn that Lord Rama is their father, they immediately release the horse and fall in their feet and apologise. This eventually leads to Devi Sita returning to Vaikunta. Lord Rama spends some more time in Ayodhya with Luv Kush. Eventually Rama along with his brothers leave their human form after giving up the kingdom to Luv and Kush