During the years of exile when Lord RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... reached at the banks of river GangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of...., he needed a boat to cross it. He approached a boatman, KewatKewat
During the years of exile when Lord Rama reached at the banks of river Ganga, he needed a boat to cross it. He approached a boatman, Kewat for his services... for his services. But Kewat refused. He said, “I have heard that there is magic in the dust of your feet. By the touch of your feet, a stone can change into a woman. (he was referring to the previous incident in which Lord Rama removed the curse of Ahilya by touching his foot to a stone which turned into a woman)”.
Kewat laid the condition that first he would wash Rama's feet to remove the dust and only then he would allow him to to sit on the boat. Lord Rama smiled and allowed Kewat to wash His feet. Kevat by his simple manner, thus achieved what great sages could not achieve. It was kewat’s devotion which made it possible for him to accomplish a feat that even the gods are envy of.
After washing the Lord’s feet, Kewat ferried them across the river Ganga. As soon as they alighted from the boat, goddess SitaSita
Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known... immediately withdrew a ring from her finger and handed it over to Lord Rama, signaling to him to pass it on to the boatman. But Kewat refused to accept it. On asking the reason, kewat replied," Lord, ! how can i accept any money from You because people of the same profession do not charge each other for their services.
A barber never takes payment, when he gives a haircut to another barber. Even a washer-man never charges a fellow washer-man.". Lord Rama was surprised with the response and wanted clarification from Kewat that how could he be of the same profession . Kewat answered "Lord, both of us do the same work. I ferry people from this bank of the Ganges to the other. You ferry people across the ocean of Sansaara (Bhav-sagar), through the journey of life.How can I accept payment from you? Lord!.
But please, as I have made you cross this river today, when my time comes, take me across sansaar saagar (the ocean of life). That would be your return to me."The Lord was so overwhelmed at this devotional request from Kewat, that he held out his arms and embraced the boatman and blessed him. Later, the Kewat was liberated from the cycle of birth and death just because of this little service done unto the Supreme Lord! After the completion of his exile when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya, he was crowned as King.
But in coronation ceremony his eyes were looking for some special guest. When Sita asked Rama that is he waiting for some one. Lord Rama replied that he is missing Kewat too much today. Even on the day of extreme happiness Lord Rama did not forget the good deed done by Kewat long time ago. Jai Shri Ram.