||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 31||(Summary in English)


(PS: This is a true translation of the Sanskrit epic which tends to have long descriptive sentences which are retained as they are)||om tat sat||

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Sarga 31

That great Vanara having thought through many thoughts spoke these sweet words to Vaidehi.

'There was a king by name Dasaratha who has many chariots elephants and horses, who is steeped in merits, who has great fame , who is illustrious among all Ikshvakus. He is the most virtuous one among sage like kings. He is equal to Rishis in performing penance. He is equal in strength to Indra and is born in the dynasty of emperors'.

'Dasaratha is committed to non violence, magnanimous, compassionate. He is one whose strength is truth. Chief among Ikshvakus, he is an embodiment of wealth and is grower of wealth. Endowed with signs of kingship, with vast wealth, a bull among rulers, known on the earth surrounded by the four oceans, provider of happiness and is himself happy'.

' His eldest son and a dear one named Rama is one with the face like that of a moon, a scholar of all knowledge, best among all the wielders of bow. The destroyer of all enemies, he is a protector of righteousness, protector of his people, protector of all beings and the righteousness. Honoring the word of his father who is ever steadfast in truth , he went to the forest along with his wife and his brother as a wanderer'.

'There in that great forest chasing animals, he killed many Rakshasas who can take any form. Then hearing about the killings in Janasthana as well as the killing of Khara and Dushana, Ravana abducted Sita out of anger, having deceived Rama in the guise of a deer'.

That Rama in search of blemish less Sita found a friend by name Sugriva who is a Vanara. Then the destroyer of foes and powerful Rama , gave the kingdom of Vanaras to Sugriva after killing Vali. On the orders of Sugriva thousands of Vanaras who are capable of assuming any form went in search of Sita in all directions.

In search of that wide eyed one , based on the words of Sampati , I have crossed the sea which is hundred yojanas wide. I have seen here a lady of similar form, similar complexion, similar glow as described by Raghava. Having said this that Vanara stopped.

Hearing that Janaki was also struck with wonder.

Then the timid lady with her face covered with black hair lifted her face and looked at the Simsupa tree. Hearing those words of the Vanara Sita looked in all directions and quarters while contemplating on Rama, the self of all and she experienced supreme joy.

She looked up and down obliquely and saw Hanuman who is of unimaginable intelligence, who is also the minister of the Vanara King. He is the son of the wind god , and looked like a rising Sun

Thus ends Sarga Thirty one of Sundarakanda in Ramayana the first ever poem composed in Sanskrit by the first poet sage Valmiki

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