By Swami Harshananda
Guha in Rāmāyana
Guha was the chieftain of the forest tribes living at Sṛṅgaverapura and a friend of Daśaratha, Rāma’s father. Guha hosted Rama, entertaining him with love and affection, and helped Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa to cross the Gaṅgā to get to its southern bank at the beginning of Rama's 14 years of exile.
When Rāma was staying at the Citrakuta mountain, Bharata arrived to the forest with his army to take him back. Suspecting that he must have come to harm Rāma, Guha prepared his men to fight with Bharata if necessary. However, after learning of his real motive, Guha regretted his hasty action, entertained Bharata and his army and helped them to cross the river Gaṅgā.
Guha, son of Śiva and Pārvatī
Guha is the son of Śiva and Pārvatī and the commander-in-chief of the army of the gods. It is also one of the names of Subrahmaṇya known by other names such as:
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore