Biographies | Men
Bharat is the Raamaayan character. He was the second son of Dasharath, from his youngest wife Kaikeyee, among his four sons. His other brothers were Raam (incarnation of Vishnu), Lakshman (incarnation of Aadi Shesh) and he himself was the part Avataar of Vishnu - the incarnation of Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra. He used to love Raam very much. It is said that he was the symbol of Dharm and idealistic behavior after Raam.
He was married to one of the two daughters of Kushdhwaj, brother of Seeradhwaj (Seetaa's father) - Maandavee. he had two sons - Takshak and Pushkal.
Bharat and Kaikeyee
But he was not for ruling. He abused his mother like anything, performed last rites of his father and immediately left for Van to bring Raam, Lakshman and Seetaa back to Ayodhyaa to rule it. But they didn't come back to keep the words of their father. So he came back with only Raam's Paadukaa (footwear). Still he does not go inside Ayodhyaa to live in palaces, rather he also lives outside the city in a hut. He lives in the same way as Raam was living in Van, rather he was living in a harder way and voluntarily. Raam's exile was by the order of His parents, but his was at his own will. His character is very high. Who can be such brother who can live like that to follow his brother?
He had so much hatred with his mother, that he didn't talk to her for the whole period of exile to Raam, he didn't go to her palace for 14 years, although he sometimes personally used to go to Ayodhyaa to ask welfare of his other mothers - Raam's mother Kaushalyaa and Lakshman's mother Sumitraa. When Raam came back from His exile and He advised him not to behave like this with his mother as it was all their Destiny, then only he started speaking with her. After Raam has come back, he wanted Lakshman to declare as the Crown Prince of Ayodhyaa, but Lakshman told Him that since Bharat's experience in ruling Ayodhyaa was more than his own, that is why he should be appointed the Crown Prince. So Raam appointed Bharat as the Crown Prince of Ayodhyaa.
Bharat Meets Guh Nishaad and Bharadwaaj Muni
On the way he meets Guh Nishaad in the same way as Raam met him. Seeing his love towards is brother Guh's heart also moves. Later h comes to Bharadwaaj's Muni's Aashram. There he has been given not only royal but a Divine treatment.
Bharat and Hanumaan
When he came to know about Lakshman's illness, he repented a lot and blamed himself for all this situation. As the Praayashchit, he offered Hanumaan a fastest conveyance to go to Raam. But Hanumaan politely declined it. [there are two versions of this incident, one, that Hanumaan accepted to fly on Bharat's arrow; two, Hanumaan declined it.] He was very much worried about Raam hearing about Raam, Lakshman and Seetaa. He abused himself for all this happening.
Bharat and Raam
He went to Heaven along with Raam.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 03/16/13