Deepika & Ranveer’s wedding has given us major goals! However, her red dupatta with the Sanskrit quote “Sada Saubhagyavati Bhav” is clearly gaining more popularity and the upcoming brides are surely going to up the game with similar styles this wedding season.
Digging back to basics, let’s look at interesting facts and tales associated with this Aashirwad. This Sanskrit blessing is only showered upon married women in India. It means “May The Good and Auspicious Embrace You”. It is also believed that the married couple share their destiny and hence this blessing applies automatically to the groom as well! The literal Sanskrit meaning of Saubhagyavati is “Fortunate Woman”. In other words, the intent is to bless the bride with a long lasting happy marriage.
One such story from Priyadas’ biography which is attributed to Tulsidas’ power of working miracles is heart-warming.
Tulsidas was a Hindu Vaishnava saint and poet, renowned for his devotion to the Lord Shri Rama. He has been acclaimed as one of the greatest poets in Hindi, Indian, and world literature. The Bhavishya Purana also predicts the incarnation of Shri Valmiki as Goswami Tulsidas in the Kaliyuga, in its verse.
In one such miracle, he is believed to have brought back a dead Brahmin to life. While the Brahmin was being taken for cremation, his widow bowed down to Tulsidas on the way who addressed her as Saubhagyavati. The widow told Tulsidas that her husband had just died, so his words could not be true. Tulsidas said that the words have passed his lips and so he would restore the dead man to life. He asked everybody present to close their eyes and utter the name of Rama, on doing which the dead Brahmin was raised back to life.
In another miracle described by Priyadas, the emperor of Delhi, Akbar, summoned Tulsidas on hearing of his bringing back a dead man to life. Tulsidas declined to go as he was too engrossed in creating his verses but he was later forcibly brought before Akbar and was asked to perform a miracle, which Tulsidas declined by saying “It’s a lie, all I know is Rama“. The emperor then imprisoned Tulsidas at Fatehpur Sikri, “We will see this Rama” he proclaimed in anger. Tulsidas refused to bow to Akbar and in captivity he created a verse in praise of Hanuman and chanted it (the Hanuman Chalisa) for forty days and suddenly an army of monkeys descended upon the town and wreaked havoc in all corners of Fatehpur Sikri, entering each home and the emperor’s harem, scratching people and throwing bricks from ramparts. An old Hafiz told the emperor that this was the miracle of the imprisoned Fakir. The emperor fell at Tulsidas’ feet, released him and apologised. Tulsidas stopped the menace of monkeys and asked the emperor to abandon the place. The emperor agreed and moved back to Delhi. Ever since then, Akbar became a close friend of Tulsidas and he also ordered a firman that followers of Lord Rama, Lord Hanuman & other Hindu gods, should not be harassed in his kingdom.
Now we know why it’s not just any other red dupatta! Every Shloka has its roots going thousands of years back to Indian culture & tales.
May Heaven & Earth Shower Love To This Power Couple!