Dhruva Maharaja was born as a son of a great king. The king had two wives, and he begot children by each of them. One day, while Dhruva’s stepbrother was playing on the lap of the king, Dhruva also wanted to play on his father’s lap. We can picture the king, whose name was Uttanapada, seated on the throne in a leisurely moment, in an affectionate mood, with one of the boys on his lap. His boy Dhruva, who was five years old, climbed up on his father’s knee, but his father did not receive him with any particular attention or affection. Moreover, Dhruva’s stepmother came forward and chastised Dhruva. “My dear boy,” she said, speaking loudly so that everyone could hear, “you cannot sit on the lap of your father. Although you are his son, you are disqualified because you have not taken birth in my womb.” Dhruva’s stepmother was the favorite wife of the king, and since the king was more or less henpecked by her, he allowed her to speak out although she was inflicting pain on his little son. ”If you want to sit on your father’s lap,” she went on, humiliating the boy and exploiting her own position as the king’s favorite, “you must first worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead by penances and austerities, and then in your next life you can take birth from my womb. Then it may be possible.” Dhruva burst into tears and ran home, taking shelter of his mother, to whom he blurted out the whole story.
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Dhruva Maharaj’s story on the power of the Holy Name is one of perseverance, courage, and inspiration. Though he started out praying to Lord Vishnu to fulfill his material desires, his continued prayers to the Lord destroyed them. Even after many thousands of years, his story continues to inspire all those who walk the path of Bhakti. Such is the strength of his sincere chanting of the Holy Name. Like the Namacharya thousands of years later, he was sustained by the spiritual strength of the Holy Name. Due to his devotion, the Lord blessed him with a life in memory of Him. Lord Vishnu also gave him the world of Dhruvaloka which would not be touched even during Maha Pralaya. This made him even greater than his ancestor, Lord Brahma