Role of Satrughan in Ramayana at Dayaram Mandir, Queens
At the ongoing Maha Yajna at the Dayaram Mandir in Hollis New York, Pandit Krishna Misir focused on a different aspect of the Hindu scriptures. The mandir has been packed to capacity every evening since the yajna started on Saturday September 1.
On Monday evening, he focused on the role of Prince Shatrughan in the Ramayana. Shatrughan is the youngest (half) brother of Lord Rama. He is the twin brother of Lakshman. Satrughan’s mother was Sumitra who was princess of Kashi and the third wife of Raja Dasrath, father of Ram abd Bharat. The other two wives were Kaushalya and Kaikeyi. Kaushalya had Rama and Kaikeyi had Bharata.
Pt. Krish Misir, who hails from Hollywood Mandir, Ft. Lauderdale, noted that Shatrughan is an ideal character of the way humans should live; he is not much different from Bharat or Ram. Shatrughan looked after the welfare of his extended family while Ram was in exile for fourteen years. He took care of the three queens in the kingdom of Ayodha.
Bharat was appointed king as Lord Rama was sent into exile with Mata Sita. Bharat put Shatrughan in control of Ayodhya because he (Bharat) felt an injustice was done to Ram and Bharat did not want to administer the every day affairs of the kingdom. Bharat did not fall for the trappings of power and neither did Shatrughan or Ram or Lutchman, another brother who accompanied Ram to the forest for the 14 years exile. Shatrughan administered the affairs of the kingdom. He was honest and a person of impeccable character.
Shatrughan was a brave ruler and warrior. He was not afraid to stand up to the enemies of the kingdom or to those who played a role in sending Shri Ram to exile. And like Bharat, he defended the family’s honor and stood up for the right of his brother to govern Ayodha. Shatrughan was quick to volunteer to lead battles for his brother or the family. And he was the one who defeated the evil Lavanasura demon King of Mathura, who was a nephew of Rawan, the wicked King of Lanka, who was slain by Rama after he kidnapped Sita, wife of Shri Ram.
Pandit Krish Misir is very knowledgeable and eloquent in his explanation of various aspects of the Ramayana and the other scriptures. He quotes from them, and he is a very good singer.
The public is invited to attend daily pravachans or readings (at two sessions 9 to noon, and 7 to 10 PM ) thru September 9. This Maha Yajna is sponsored by Bhai Dayaram and wife Nalinee and family. It is open to the public. Gifts are distributed nightly. Dayaram Mandir is located on 192nd Street, just east off Hillside Ave, Hollis.