King Raghu was son of King Dilīp. The practice of donating amass wealth, protecting cows and sharing prosperity with people and Sages was done more passionately by King Raghu in his Kingdom.
King Raghu was one of the greatest donors. Demands of common people, whoever visited the palace were met, while giving them dignity and respect. Sages, Sadhus were regarded as protectors of the land and held with high esteem in the palace. There was common saying in the kingdom that “no one returned from the palace of King Raghu empty-handed.”
Such was the passion to keep people happy that all promises and demands of the praja was fulfilled by King Raghu.
This also led to the another famous saying:
Raghukul Reet Sada Chali aayi, Prann Jaaye Par Vachan Na Jaaye
Meaning: The legacy of Raghukul continues; words and promises are kept even to the extent of giving life to fulfill it.
- 1 The Most Respected Vansh of Bharat: Raghuvansh, The Glowing Lineage of Solar Dynasty (Surya Vanshi)
- 2 The Importance of Gau Seva, How It Led to Birth of King Raghu
The Most Respected Vansh of Bharat: Raghuvansh, The Glowing Lineage of Solar Dynasty (Surya Vanshi)
Clash of King Dilip with Indra on Completion of Yagna
Performing 100 yagnas with proper Vedic principles under guidance of Sages was done before by Indra, King of Gods (Indra is a position acquired by the person who is eligible to become one).
King Raghu’s father King Dilīp was a very pious king and devotee of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, so he performed as many as 100 yajnas. It required immense devotion, penance and focus to perform 100 yagnas and only Indra was successful to do so. King Dilip was nearing the completion of his 100th yagna, Indra felt jealous and so he placed many hurdles in the path of the ongoing 100th yagna, but King Raghu with his piousness, bhakti and devotion was able to continue the 100th yagna and successfully complete it. The most celebrated of all, Raghukul Dynasty was thus born. It was series of pious karmas of forefathers of King Raghu and then his future sons that made it possible for Vishnu to take Avatar as Bhagwan Ram so as to eventaully make the end of Treta Yug more dharmic filled with prosperity, piousness and free from Asurs (Rakshas).
How King Raghu, Great Grandfather of Bhagwan Ram, Ruled The Kingdom
King Raghu was soft spoken, kind hearted and intelligent ruler. He took blessings of Sages and their guidance to rule the Kingdom. His foresightedness was responsible that kept his Kingdom very happy; free from wrath, distress and sorrow. He was ardent devotee of Vedic gods, very brave King and knew rightful ways to treat enemies.
To avoid invasion, establish dharma and make this world peaceful place – pious and free from adharmis, Anti-Vedic people. King Raghu showcased his great warrior skills when he marched towards central Asia (now Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, southern Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan). King Raghu made them aware of the Vedic science, principles and peaceful ways of leading life. He was successful in defeating local Kings.
The kingdom of Raghu extend from his capital Ayodhya (Awadh) to the Bay of Bengal, then south along the eastern shore of India to Cape Comorin, then north along the western shore until the region surrounded by the Indus (Sindhu river), finally east through the tremendous Himalayan range into Assam.
The various nations were also covered when King Raghu made Mlecchas – Persians, Greeks, and White Huns – all submit either with or without fighting.
When King Raghu reached the Vankshu (now called the Oxus River), he battled the Mlecchas (adharmis/barbarians). The Mlecchas/Hepthalites were defeated, and the expanse of peace, prosperity of Raghuvansh Kingdom spread across central Asia.
After crossing the Vankshu river, Raghu and his army encountered the Kambojas (now called as an ancient Indo-Scythian people). The Kambojas submitted to the glory of King Raghu and offered him gifts and treasures, treating him with guest of honor. The Kambojas then spread over in the vicinity of the Pamir Mountain range under astute guidance of King Raghu. Even then the region was popular for the cultivation of Walnut trees for the upkeep of the local people and this legacy was properly maintained by King Raghu and Kambojas.
On his safe return to Ayodhya, Raghu offers a great yagna and gives away all his wealth for the benefit of people and kingdom.
The Importance of Gau Seva, How It Led to Birth of King Raghu
Birth of Pious King Raghu, The Beginner of Raghuvansh Lineage
Vasishtha informs the King Dilip that on a former occasion he had offended the divine cow Fragrant, and had been cursed by the cow to lack children until he had propitiated her own offspring. While the sage is speaking, Fragrant’s daughter approaches, and is entrusted to the care of the king and queen.
King and Queen happily perform Gau Seva. During twenty-one days the king accompanies the cow during her wanderings in the forest, and each night the queen welcomes their return to the hermitage. On the twenty-second day the cow is attacked by a lion, and when the king hastens to draw an arrow, his arm is numbed, so that he stands helpless. To threaten the King, the lion speaks loudly in a human voice, saying that he is a servant of the Bhagwan Shiv, set on guard there and has right to eating as his appointed food, any animals that may appear. Dilip perceives that a struggle with earthly weapons is useless, and begs the lion to accept his own body as the price of the cow’s release. For the Gau Seva, King Dilip is ready to sacrifice his own life.
Lion pursues King Dilip not to sacrifice his youth for the sake of cow. “He is King and very fortunate to have such a great life full of glory, only a fool can let go such life for a cow. Like gods of heaven, you are having all earthly pleasures here. Why leave it so easily.”
Dilip has no trouble in piercing the shallow argument put forth by the mystic Lion, and again offers his own life, begging the lion to spare the body of his fame rather than the body of his flesh. The lion consents, but when the king resolutely presents himself to be eaten, the illusion vanishes, and the holy cow grants the king his desire. The king returns to his capital with the queen, who shortly becomes pregnant.
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The queen gives birth to a glorious boy, whom the joyful father names Raghu. So with the divine blessings of Gau Mata, King Raghu took birth for the protection of Dharma and morality.