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Disappearance of Sri Ram from Earth – How Lord Ram Died?

Disappearance of Sri Ram from earth happened when he entered voluntarily into the Sarayu River. This divine event is described as the death of Lord Rama. The story of the disappearance of Sri Ram is mentioned in many Hindu scriptures. This story of His death is from the Padma Purana.

Note - Many people wanted to know how Sri Ram died? Death is not a term used with Avatars of Vishnu. All Avatars appear to restore Dharma and then they return to Vaikunta.

Bhagavan Sri Ram ruled for several years and performed numerous yajnas for the benefit of his people. His sons and the sons of his brothers were made kings in many part of the large empire that he ruled. During this period Sita Devi also disappeared from earth when she was taken back by Bhudevi (Mother Earth).

One day an old Saint came to Sri Ram and asked him for a private audience. The Saint said that no one should enter the room in which they were having the conversation. Sri Ram directed Lakshman to guard the door of the room and said that if anyone entered the room during the conversation he will be put to death.

The old saint was Kala Deva, or Time, and He appeared to remind Sri Ram that the objectives of Sri Ram’s appearance on earth were completed and it was time for him return to Vaikunta.

While this conversation was going on always-hotheaded Sage Durvasa appeared outside the room and demanded that he wanted to have an audience with Sri Ram immediately. Lakshman tried to explain the situation but Sage Durvasa became angry and threatened to curse Lakshman if He was not allowed inside. Lakshman now was left with two choice death or curse.

Soon Lakshman realized that this particular situation was the play of time for Him to disappear from earth. He readily agreed to the play of Kala (Time). He then walked into the Sarayu River and took the form of Ananta Sesha.

Sri Ram who came to know about the death of Lakshman decided that it was time to end His Avatar. He then handed over His responsibilities to his sons and bid adieu to all. He then walked deep into the Sarayu River and disappeared. Soon in the same spot Srihari Vishnu appeared resting on Ananta Sesha and blessed his devotees.