Luv Kush also called UTTAR RAMAYAN is a sequel to Ramayan and covers the later portion of Ramayan following Rama’s coronation.
Ram is coronated and Shri Ram is addressed as “Maryada Purshottam” by Narad Muni. Brahmaji asks Valmiki to write the Ramayan. Sita conceives Luv-Kush. Ram overhears people talking negative about Sita’s purity which shocks him. Guru Vashisht asks him to follow his duties as a king and to keep the honour of the state; Sita decides to go away from Ram. Lakshman leaves her in the forest and Valmiki welcomes her to his hermitage. Sita leads a life of a Sanyasin. Maharshi Valmiki advises her to forget the memories of Ayodhya where In Ayodhya, Ram slept on grass below the level of Sita’s bed.
Rishis plead Ram to save them from the atrocities of demon Lavana. Ram hands over the divine weapons to Shatrughna to kill Lavana and Shatrughna goes to Valmiki’s ashram to seek his blessings. Sita is happy to see him but does not come out. Sita give birth to twins. Shatrughna blesses them and Shatrughna kills Lavana, Rishis and Munis are set free. Valmiki teaches archery to Luv and Kush. Maharshi Valmiki tells the story of Ram to Luv and Kush. Ram is to perform Ashvamedh Yagya. Guru Vashisht asks him to get married again as he cannot perform yagya without his wife. Instead, Ram makes a golden statue of Sita and performs the yagya. Sita also performs a yagya on her own.
Shri Ram sends Shatrughna with Ashwamedh horse for conquest. Luv- Kush read the challenge written on the horse’s forehead and
Luv-Kush managed to defeat Shatrughna’s army that shocks Ram.
Luv and Kush after defeating Lakshman and Bharat hold Hanuman captive. Ram confronts them and Valmiki intervenes and stops the fight between father and sons. Luv-Kush came to know that Ram is their father. Luv-Kush sings the tragic story of Ram and Sita in the streets of Ayodhya.
Luv-Kush sings Ramayan-the story of Shri Ram in his court. People of Ayodhya accept Luv and Kush. Maharshi Valmiki brings Sita to Ayodhya to meet Ram. Mother Earth splits and accepts Sita in her lap. Lakshman goes back to the sea as Sheshnag and Shri Ram enters the Sarayu River for jalsamadhi.
Year of telecast:
Spellbinding sequel to Ramayan, story of the sons of Ram was first telecasted in 1989 on Doordarshan in 39 episodes.
It was also successfully telecasted in:
Mauritius, U.K., Kenya and Indonesia.
Direction and casting:
Luv Kush was produced by Ramanand Sagar, Subhash Sagar and Prem Sagar under the banner of “Sagar Enterprises” and directed by Ramanand Sagar, Anand Sagar and Moti Sagar.
Arun Govil played the role of Ram, Deepika as Sita and Darasingh as Hanuman.
Teleserial Luv Kush bagged 7 awards of the Indian Cinegoers Academy.