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Arjuna Rebuilt Ramsetu

Once Arjuna arrived at Rameswaram on a pilgrimage. Earlier in Treta Yuga, Rama had established a Sivalinga here to worship Shiva before attacking Lanka . In this effort, His army of monkeys and bears had constructed a bridge of stones across the vast ocean.Arjuna gazed at the remains of that bridge and wondered aloud, "Why did a great archer like Rama have to rely on creatures like monkeys and bears to build a bridge? Instead he could bridged the distance with arrows?" 

Suddenly a small monkey appeared and replied "A bridge of arrows? No such bridge could have withstood the weight of stalwart like Sugreeva, Angada and Hanuman etc. Even it could not withstand my weight!" Arjuna mocked upon this and vowed to burn himself, if his bridge of arrows fails to bear the tiny monkey.Arjuna laid down a bridge across the ocean with his famed boundless arrow. But the bridge got collapsed, the moment monkey jumped onto it. Utterly humiliated, Arjuna asked for another chance, but again the story got repeated. Arjuna was ashamed of himself and prepared a huge pyre to give up his life.Just he was about to step into it, a youth appeared and stopped him arguing that contest without a judge is pointless. He suggested to repeat the whole exercise under his jurisdiction. Neither Arjuna, nor the monkey could refute his argument and so they got ready for a third round.Infused with some confidence, Arjuna built a third bridge, using every bit of his skill. The monkey started walking on it, but the bridge remained still solid. 

 He began to jump on the bridge but it did not collapse. Suddenly the monkey became overgrown into the size of a big mountain, but the bridge remained intact even after jumping of the giant monkey. He was actually Hanuman, appeared to humble pride of Arjuna.Arjuna and Hanuman were awestruck over the ongoing event, while judge kept smiling throughout. Both got enlightened about the adjudicator and fell at his feet. The very next moment, Vishnu was standing before them. He announced "I am Rama, and I am Krishna.”

Vishnu reprimanded “ I protected your bridge from collapsing, Arjuna, as I did earlier in Treta yuga. May this be a lesson in humility for you. Vanity and pride undo the best of men. And Hanuman, you should have known better than to humiliate Arjuna like this. He is a fine warrior of his times. How could you drive him into giving up his life?"Both sought the Lord's forgiveness.As an act of remorse, Hanuman promised Arjuna to  stabilize and protect his chariot in the imminent great battle by presenting on the banner of Arjuna's chariot . As promised, Lord Hanuman perched on the flag of the chariot of Arjuna throughout the war. On the very last day, Lord Krishna asked Arjuna to get down first; just opposite to the established convention of charioteer stepping out first. Just after Arjuna stepped out, Lord Krishna get down thanking Hanuman for his divine presence there till the end. The moment Hanuman left, the chariot caught fire. Arjuna was amazed to see this. Then Lord Krishna explained that the chariot would have been burnt long ago if Lord Hanuman was not protecting it against the celestial weapons. Thus, we find that Lord Hanuman is not only one of the central characters of Ramayana but is also a crucial character in Mahabharata.

Shrawan Singh

Shrawan Singh

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