|Ancestors of Lord Rama|
Ancestors of Lord Rama:
Tradition has it that Lord Rama was a ideal king. Gandhiji was only reinforcing it when he named his ideal state " Rama Rajya". Yet the predecessors of Rama, in his dynasty of The Ikshwakus, were as valiant and benign as Rama himself. This story tells f their deeds.
The hers of epics have their tragic flaws because epics always tell the whole truth. Like Rama, his ancestors also had flawed characters despite the glory of their personalities.
|Translation of The Raghuvamsa of Kalidasa|
Inspired by epic of Valmiki, Kalidads wrote his classic poem " Raghuvamsha". While chronicling the lives of the ancestors of Rama, it noted the decline of the ruling house also.
It is interesting to note that the Purdnas trace the genealogy of Rama to the Sun. Some of the illustrious ancestors listed in the genealogy are given Below :
Manu's successor was the founder of the Ikshvaku dynasty. Ikshwaku fathered 101 children of whom most illustrious were Vikukshi, Nimi and Danda. Ikshvaku's 50 children were protector of northern countries while 48 were prince of southern countries. Nimi was ruler of Mithila region and started the kingdom of Janaka. After death of Ikshwaku, his son Sasada succeeded him. According to Jain sources, Ikshvaku was Rishab Deva
Aja, son of Raghu.
Dasaratha - He was father of Rama.
Brihadbala, who fought in the Mahabharata war is said to be a descendant of Rama.