Kusha – The Warrior Son of Rama
Kush is one of the twin sons of RamaRama
As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Rama... and Sita. He is the younger to his twin brother Luv. KushaKusha
Kush is one of the twin sons of Rama and Sita. He is the younger... is considered to be one the mightiest warriors of all time in Hindu mythology. Kusha is one of the most important and iconic characters of the Hindu epic Ramayana. He is revered and widely respected by devotees and worshippers all over the world.
Kusha being a son of Rama is depicted to have close resemblance with him. Kusha is depicted as a charismatic young boy with a wheatish complexion like his mother, Sita. He is always portrayed carrying a bow and arrow. In some depictions, he is shown as one of the princes of Ayodhya along with his brother LuvLuv
Luv is one of the twin sons of Rama and Sita. He is regarded as the elder brother... and seated on the throne with their father, Rama. Mostly, Kusha is shown to wear very simple clothes and bear a confident expression on his face.
There are many Vedic texts and religious scriptures which state that when SitaSita
Sita is the most benevolent Goddess, who is known... was pregnant, she stayed in the ashram of sage Valmiki. Later, in the ashram, she gave birth to Luv. One day Sita went out at the river to fetch water, and she took Luv with her. When ValmikiValmiki
There is a legend that Brahma appeared before... returned to the ashram, he found the cradle empty and became worried that the baby might have been taken away by some demon. To make everything look alright, he took some sacred dry grass known as kusha in Sanskrit. He then meditated and brought life to it making a clone of Luv. He took help of sage Shambhuka for the purpose of supplying soul to Kusha. When Sita returned to the ashram along with Luv, she was astonished to see Kusha, who was a complete look alike of Luv. Valmiki then explained the whole thing to her, and she accepted Kusha as her son as well.
Another famous legend associated with Kusha is in context with the AshwamedhaYajna. It is believed that when Rama performed the great yajna, he selected a great horse for the ceremony and released it in the forest. According to the rituals of the yajna the horse was supposed to return to the king but Kusha along with his brother Luv captured the great horse. Because of this, a battle ensued between Rama and his sons. Eventually, the twins prevailed and brought to a horse with them to the ashram. It is believed that after the battle sage Valmiki reveals to Rama that Luv and Kusha were his sons. Rama then got emotional and embraced his children. He wanted to take Sita along with the children back to Ayodhya but before that Sita immolated herself in mother earth. Everyone was grief stricken by the event. After some time, Rama took Kush and Luv to his kingdom and made them the princes of Ayodhya.
Beliefs and Significance
It is believed that Rama attributed the kingdom of Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh to Kusha. Many devotees and worshippers consider it mandatory to visit the place, at least, one in their lifetime. It is also considered that Kusha later founded the kingdom of Kasur in Pakistan. Kusha symbolizes great wisdom and knowledge of Vedas, Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism and an extraordinary expertise in archery and martial arts.