The dynasty of Shri Ram, which was the Ikshwaku dynasty descends down directly from the Sun God, who is presiding diety of the dynasty. According to our ancient timelines, our entire land was called the Jambudweep, and our country was called the Bharatakhand over which the dynasty of Shri Ram ruled over.
Shri Ram was the 62nd king who ruled over the Ikshvaku dynasty along with his four brothers whose story is forever embedded in the most illustrated epic of Ramayan, authored by Rishi Valmiki. In this epic, Maharshi Valmiki not only wrote the entire story of Shri Ram along with his brothers and the royal family, but also in detail mentions the ancient places which were bequeathed by Shri Ram to his descendants rule over after his time. These places are still present and popular for the history they carry and are noted as the prominent cities in today‘s times.
Luv and Kush were the sons of Shri Ram. Tutelaged under Rishi Valmiki, Luv and Kush were worthy successors of Shri Ram. After Mata Sita left for the heavenly abode through Mother Earth, Shri Ram continued his rule as the king of Ayodhya in adherence to Dharma. After fulfilling his purpose of incarnation of retaining the Dharma, Shri Ram decided to end his incarnation. He then entrusted the kingdom to his two sons.
Kush, the elder one was crowned as the king of Kushavathi (also called as Kasur in today’s times) presently a prominent place near the Vindhya Ranges. Luv was installed as king to Lavpuri, which is recognised as present day Lahore, and both were a part of the Kosala kingdom.
Bharat was the founder of the famed Takshashila city, which flourished near the Indus River and was famous for having one of the first Universities of India. Bharat’s sons Taksh and Pushkal ruled this kingdom, Taksh ruling Takshashila, on his name and Pushkal ruled the kingdom Pushkalavathi, the Gandhara kingdom of the Mahabharat times.
Shri Ram ordered Lakshman to spread the kingdom in other areas too, and thus, Lakshman was the founder of the kingdom of Lakshmanapur, which is noted as the present day Lucknow. Lakshman was entrusted to help his sons Angad and Chitraketu establish their kingdom and Lakshman stayed there for a year till his sons were capable of handling the kingdoms. This is the only time that Lakshman stayed apart from Shri Ram in his whole life. Angad ruled the kingdom of Karupada in Odisha region and Chitraketu owned by Malwa region and both were great rulers under which the kingdoms prospered.
By killing Lavanasur, Shatrughan was already the ruler of Mathura as a righteous ruler and got as much as love as Shri Ram from his subjects, for his worthy rule. Mathura flourished as one of the great kingdoms and this was where Shri Krishna was born again in the Dwapar Yug. One of his twin son Subahu ruled over Mathura and the other Shatrughati was appointed as the king of Vidisha, the neighbouring region.
The lineage and the rule of Shri Ram’s dynasty is the most illustrated one in the annals of our country. It is not only the divine aura it carries as the incarnation of the Almighty and famed for Shri Ram’s birth and rule, but also fro the great deeds his ancestors and descedants performed all their lives to uphold Dharma. It wa for this very reason that Bhagwan Vishnu chose to be bron in one of these great dynasyies of India.