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Putrakameshti performed by King Dhasharatha-Rishyashringa performed the holy sacrifice and the final day of the event, a dark skinned deity appeared from sacrificial altar and handed over a vessel of payasam to Dasharatha.

Putrakameshti is a special Yajna performed in Hinduism for the sake of having a child. It is a kaamya-karma.

In the Ramayana, upon the recommendation of Sage Vashishta, King Dasharatha of Ayodhya performed the Putrakameshti Yajna under the supervision of Rishishringa Muni, who was an expert in Yajurveda, which has the guidelines for this prayer. After its successful completion, the Lord of Fire, Agnidev appeared and gave a bowl of sweet to the King of Ayodhya, which was provided to his three queens in order to promulgate his sons Sri Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna.

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:30:00 -0700

Some of his films did well with the so-called 'balcony' audiences too; films such as Putrakameshti, Manushyabandhangal, Neetipeedham, Naadan Premam and Chottanikkara Amma. A photographer with dreams of making a name for himself in films, Mani ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:11:15 -0700

The first was in Ezhukadal, where Malayuthavaja Pandian and Kanchanamalai performed a 'putrakameshti yagam,' praying for a child. The next appearance was before poet Kumaraguruparar when his 'Meenakshi Amman Pillai Tamizh' was made public.
Daily Bhaskar
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:37:30 -0800

Dasaratha, King of Kosala had three wives - Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi . The kingdom was sad because he had no children. Putrakameshti Yaga was performed by Dasaratha for begetting a male progeny. Soon, the birth of his four sons, Rama (Kausalya) ...
The Hindu
Mon, 20 May 2013 10:37:30 -0700

Dasaratha performed putrakameshti yaga and gained the status of father. Kings perform Aswamedha yaga to establish their empire. But such continued performance of karma and repeated enjoyment of results do not lead to salvation. Jnana Kanda concerns ...

Indian Express

Indian Express
Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:12:37 -0700

So consumed is he with this burning desire for a son, that on the advice of Guru Vachaspati (Amit Behl), he holds a Putrakameshti yagya along with his wives, Mayamaya (Deepika Upadhyay) and Prajapati (Gungun Uprari). With the stars auspiciously aligned ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 04 Apr 2013 03:22:30 -0700

While narrating the sage Rushysringa's role in advising Dasaratha to perform 'Putrakameshti Yagnam', Bhadrakali explained the role a 'guru' plays in building up the character of his sishya. Bhadrakali also gave reasons why Rama is named so saying it ...
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 23:33:45 -0700

Dasaratha invited noble sages to attend the putrakameshti yaga (a sacrificial ritual) on the advice of his minister Sumanta. Dasaratha invited sage Rishyasringa to come and grace the function. Rishyasringa was a noble sage. There were timely rains ...
The Hindu
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:36:17 -0800

During Dasaratha's time, when he performed the Putrakameshti Yaga, the Chola King Dharmavarma went to Ayodhya and became enamoured with the image of Ranganathar. He went back to his place, sat on the banks of the pond, Chandra Pushkarini and ...

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