As I am going through Balakand of Valmiki Ramayana, I came across the following.
Sage Vishvamitra asks King Dasharatha to send Rama to protect the Vedic ritual that is being conducted by him, from the demons namely Mareecha and Subaahu that are constantly disrupting it by drenching the Altar of Fire with streams of meat and blood, from the sky. The sage asserts that King Dasharatha and the other sages in Dasharatha's court know the capabilities of Rama and though Rama is in his adolescence, he can easily kill the demons. The ire of sage Vishvamitra is shown towards king Dasharatha. To pacify sage Vishvamitra, sage Vashishta intervenes and convinces king Dasharatha to send Rama with sage Vishvamitra. While doing so, sage Vashishta enumerates the capabilities of sage Vishvamitra and his knowledge of weaponry. Vashishta also hints that all those weapons will be given to Rama, if Rama is dispatched with Vishvamitra. At last, Dasharatha agrees to send Rama.
As most of you might know, Vishvamitra was an emperor who left off everything. He was primarily a Raajarshi (kingly sage) who later became Brahmarshi and performed moksha kaamesthi. That is the highest asceticism for achieving salvation. All the missiles are known to Vishvamitra. He had complete knowledge of weaponry and God Shiva gave weapons/missiles to Vishvamitra when he was ruling his kingdom.
My questions are:
- What kind of Vedic ritual was Vishvamitra performing? Was he performing the moksha kaamesthi yag?
- Why didn't Vishvamitra kill those mighty demons himself?
Most interesting thing is, Vishvamitra, can as well kill (control) those demons (Mareecha and Subaahu) himself as he was an emperor and had the knowledge of weaponry. But he did not kill them.
- Why didn't Vishvamitra approach Parashurama?
As we know, one more incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Parashurama, was also there in Treta yuga. Instead of asking Lord Rama who was still too young (only 12 years old) to kill those mighty demons, Vishvamitra could have approached Lord Parashurama.
Why didn't Vishvamitra approach Dasharatha (as he was a king of Ayodhya) to kill the demons?
Why did Vishvamitra need only Lord Rama to kill the demons?
What I was thinking was, to kill demons like Mareecha and Subaahu one needs rajasic guna and Vishvamitra (as he became a Brahma Rishi from being an emperor) lost his Rajasic guna and became Sattvic guna in the process of Brahma Rishi. As Lord Rama was born as Kshatriya and having Rajasic guna, it could be the reason why he needed Lord Rama. Or it might be Lord Rama's wish that Vishvamitra take him to a Vedic place to kill the demons and learn the knowledge of weapons from Vishvamitra to prepare himself (for the final battle) to kill Ravana.