Chapter – 314– Sri Ramacharitha Manas – Bala Kanda–King Janaka and Devi Sunayana washing the feet of groom Lord Ramachandra as a part of the wedding ceremony
Sage Shathanandha and Sage Vashishta performed the customary rites in great enthusiasms, invoked the blessings of the deities, Gauri and Ganesa. The deities assumed the form of beautiful females and twice-born, received the offerings, and blessed the couple. The priests carried out the ceremonies meticulously, whatever they have intended to offer the deities have appeared in their hands in a golden pitcher and trays instantly. Lord Surya observed the customary rites of the family and personally taken care of the ceremonies. Devi Sita was taken a seat on a magnificent throne and began the worship of invoking family deities, the loving glances shared by Devi Sita and Rama were beyond description and it was not perceivable, it was beyond mind, intellect, word. The grand fire sacrifice has begun, the Agnidevatha was overjoyed at an abundance of offerings made to the fire, the four Vedas of Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva disguised as twice-born, guided the marriage ceremony. King Janaka and Devi Sunayana who is the essence of virtues, wisdom, fortune, beauty, and joy, was resembled the creator’s excellence. At an auspicious hour the family priests summoned Devi Sunayana to attend with the members of the family, the Queen along with a large number of Suvasinis present on the dais was received with great honor. The King and the Queen resembled Mount Himvan and Devi Mena who performed the wedding ceremony of Devi Parvathi with Lord Mahadeva. The King and the Queen offered a golden pitcher of scented water, trays full of Mangaladhravya, gems, and jewels, to the groom. The whole atmosphere reverberated with the Vedic chants; the deities showered flowers on them, further the couple blissfully washed the feet of Lord Rama.
Acharu Kari Guru Gauri Ganapathi Mudhitha Bipra Poojavahi | Sura Pragati Pooja Lehi Dhehi Aseesa Athi Sukhu Pavahi || Madhuparka Mangala Dhravya Jo Jehi Samaya Muni Mana Mahu Chahai | Bhare Kanaka Kopara Kailasa So Thab Liyehi Paricharaka Rahai || Kula Reethi Preethi Sametha Rabi Kahi Dhetha Sabu Sadhara Kiyo | Yehi Bhanthi Deva Poojayi Seethahi Subhaga Sindhasanu Dhiyo || Siyarama Avalokani Paraspara Premu Kahu Na Lakhi Parai | Man Budhdhi Bara Bani Aagochara Pragata Kabi Kaise Karai ||
Homa Samaya Thanudhari Analu Athisukha AhuthiLehi | Bipra Beshadhari Bedha Sab Bibaha Bidhi Dhehi ||
Janaka Pattamahishi Jagajani | Siya Mathu Kimi Jayi Bakhani || Sujasu Sukritha Sukha Sundharathayi | Sab Sameti Bidhi Rachi Banyi || Samau Jani Munibaranha Bolayi | Sunatha Suasini Sadhar Plyayi || Janaka Bama Dhisi Soha Sunayana | Himagiri Sanga Bani Janu Mayana || Kanaka Kalasa Mani Kopara Roore | Suchi Sugandha Mangala Jala Poore || Nijakara Mudhitha Raya AruRani | Dhare Rama Ke Aage Ani || Padahi Bedha Munimangala Bani | Gagana Sumana Jjari Avasaru Jani || Baru Biloki Dhampathi Anurage | Patha Puneetha Pakharan Lage ||