||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 33||(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||

||om tat sat||

Sarga 33

Dressed in a somber manner, and shining he whose face was of the color of corals, having offered salutations approached the pitiable one. The son of wind god, Hanuman with great luster, bowing his head as mark of respect, spoke to Sita in sweet words.

’Oh Lady with eyes like lotus petals, blemish less one, wearing crumpled silk garments and holding a branch and standing , who are you? Tears are flowing from your eyes like the water trickling down a pair of lotus petal”.

’Oh Auspicious looking lady ! Are you a goddess or a demon, or Gandharva, or Nagas, or Rakshasa or Yakshas ? O Beautiful lady ! Are you one of Rudras or Maruts ? Oh best among women you appear to be a goddess to me. Are you one one of the luminaries that fell down separated from the moon? Are you Rohini, embellished with the best of virtues among all the constellations? Oh Lady with blemish less eyes! Who are you ? Are you Arundhati who out of anger or out of love, made Vasistha angry? Who is the son or father of brother or husband , who departed from this world making you sorrowful'.

' From your crying and the deep breaths and the touching of the ground, you bear the signs of a royal queen. On the basis of your signs and other qualities I think that you are the queen of a king or a princess. Are you Sita that was brought by force from Janasthana by Ravana , if you are that please tell me. May god bless you. Your plight, superior human form, your robes marked with asceticism , as such you certainly look like Rama's queen'.

That Vaidehi hearing his words , delighted by the words of praise about Rama, addressed Hanuman who was seated on the tree.

' I am the daughter in law of Dasaratha, who is the foremost among the great kings on this earth, who knows self, who is a slayer of enemy armies. I am the daughter of the great soul Janaka , the king of Videha. I am the wife of sagacious Rama'.

' I have lived in Rama's house for twelve years, enjoying the pleasures of a human being. Then in the thirteenth year, along with the Royal preceptor, the king decided to anoint Rama, the delight of Ikshwaku line, as the king. While the arrangements for anointing Rama are going on, queen by name Kaikeye spoke to her husband. 'I will not drink or eat or eat food. if Rama is anointed. This is the end of my life. Oh Best of Kings those words of love you spoke to me, if they are not to be false then Rama goes to forest'.

'The king ever truthful,remembering the word given to Kaikeye, hearing the unpleasant words of Kaikeye fainted. Then the king who is aged , who is established in righteous conduct, while crying begged his famed eldest son to give back the kingdom. That illustrious one for whom father's word as more important than the kingdom , having accepted in his mind then accepted his words'.

'Rama whose strength is his truthfulness, gives but not take even for his life, nor will he speak harsh words. That great person, casting off the luxurious upper garments, giving up the kingdom wholeheartedly, entrusted me to his mother. I myself started before him to be a forest dweller. for without him even heaven is not preferable. Sumitra's son, a noble one, a delight to his friends, dressed himself in bark clothes to follow his brother to the forest’.

’ Then we following the kings orders fully determined entered the impenetrable forest. While the most valiant Rama was living in Dandaka forest , I his wife was carried away by the evil minded Ravana. He has given me a two months to live. After those two months I will be giving up my life'.

Thus ends the Sarga thirty three of Sundarakanda in Ramayana the first poem ever composed in Sanskrit by the first poet sage Valmiki.

|| om tat sat||