Lord Ram is the most revered of the great kings of the Suryavanshi lineage, the direct descendants of the Sun. Right at the beginning of all creation, Vivaswan, the Sun God, came forth from the Creator, Lord Brahma himself. He bore a son, the great Manu, who went on to become the lord of all creatures. Manu established the kingdom of Ayodhya in the beautiful land of Kosala, along the banks of the river Sarayu. His son Ikshwaku became the first ruler of Ayodhya. Many other illustrious kings like Bharata, Bhagiratha and Raghu followed in his footsteps and spread the fame of the lineage far and wide with their noble actions. Due to the exploits of Raghu in particular, the family also came to be known as the Raghuvanshis.
Into such a glorious lineage, Sri Ram was born to the great King Dasharath. The race included great kings, who were all exceptional rulers and the noblest of men to have walked this earth. It included the Sun God himself and yet it is Lord Ram who outshines all of them with his brilliance. Lord Ram was illuminated by the virtues and ideals that defined him and it was his noble character that earned him everyone’s adoration. He fulfilled his duty in every role of his life, never faltering from the path of dharma, his duty, and thus his fame spread far and wide as ‘Ram, the Righteous One’. The manner in which he conducted himself in troubled times and the clarity with which he made all his decisions based on his duty makes him an ideal for every man.
In the same way, if we lead a life fulfilling our duty, our personality will illuminate everyone around us, bringing glory to our forefathers and upholding our family name. Lord Ram lived up to his full potential and fulfilled the purpose of his life. Anyone doing so will also gleam like a jewel of his own race.