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Why Bhagavan Sri Ram Is Known As Maryada Purushottam?

Bhagavan Sri Ram is often referred to as "Maryada Purushottam" because he is considered the epitome of righteousness, virtue, and adherence to dharma (duty or righteousness). The term "Maryada Purushottam" can be translated to mean "the best among those who follow the path of righteousness."

The title highlights Bhagavan Sri Rama's unwavering commitment to upholding moral and ethical values in every aspect of his life. His character is depicted in the epic Ramayana, where he serves as an ideal king, husband, son, and warrior. Bhagavan Sri Rama strictly adheres to the principles of dharma, even in the face of challenging situations and personal sacrifices.

One of the most famous incidents that showcases Bhagavan Sri Rama's commitment to dharma is his exile to the forest for 14 years to honor his father's promise and uphold his duty as a son. Additionally, his dedication to his wife, Sita, and his loyalty to his subjects further emphasize his exemplary character.

This is not a question that has come up today. It is a similar question that was asked of Narada by Maharishi Valmiki, over 7100 years ago too. His question was, “Was there someone on earth who had exemplified all characteristics that any human can ever bear?”. Out of this question emerged the answer that it was Shri Ram, who was living then, who possessed all such 16 possible gunas. It is to bring out these 16 gunas that Maharishi Valmiki started penning the Ramadan as a Itihasa, history in a poetic form. Shri Ram, through His life has relied on and showcased each of these guna, as He went about His Dharma in the various roles of a son, a brother, a student, a prince, a husband, an exile, a warrior, a king and father.

Maryada Purushottam Ram, the torchbearer of the 16 possible gunas that a human can conduct himself by, hence, also exemplifies the intertwined bridge between Dharma and Guna in each and every one of us.

It is this innate connection between Dharma and guna, with Shri Ram as a role model for the same, which has connected Shri Ram to everyone across Bharat and across the world too. It has kept Shri Ram relevant to the people of Bharat even across millennia.

In summary, Bhagavan Sri Rama is called "Maryada Purushottam" because he represents the highest standard of righteousness and moral conduct, serving as a timeless role model for individuals seeking to lead a life guided by dharma.