||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 65|| (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||

Sundarakanda
Sarga 65

Then Vanaras having arrived at the Prasravana mountain with wonderful forests, offering salutations to Rama Lakshmana and Sugriva , keeping the prince ( Angada) in the front , they began telling the story of Sita.

The Vanaras told about the detention of Sita in Ravana's harem, the threats by the Rakshasis, the devotion of Sita to Rama, the time limit set by Ravana , all of that in the presence of Rama.

Hearing that Vaidehi is not harmed Rama too asked .' How is Sita? How is she towards me? Oh Vanaras tell me everything about Sita.'

The Vanaras having heard what was said by Rama, request Hanuman who knows everything about Sita to answer Rama. Hanuman the son of wind god who is wise in speech, hearing their request, bowing his head in the direction of divine Sita, spoke these words.

' Having crossed hundred Yojana wide ocean with the intention of seeing Sita, I arrived on the other shore of the ocean. There on the southern shores of the sea is the Ravana's city by name Lanka . There the evil minded one rules.

Oh Rama ! There in the harem of Ravana , in the middle of Rakshasis saw Sita giving up all desires living with her mind fixed in you. I Saw her surrounded by Rakshasis , in the beautiful garden protected by ugly looking Rakshasis, being threatened again and again.

The divine lady with her mind filled with grief, not deserving to experience such sorrow, detained in the Ravana's harem was some how found by me. Wearing her hair in one plait, absorbed in your thoughts, piteous, sleeping on the ground , limbs turned pale like the lotus in the winter, Sita was averse to Ravana and is determined to give up her life. She was having Rama alone in her mind.

' Oh Sinless one! Softly singing the praises of the line of Ikshvakus I inspired her confidence. Then the divine lady spoke. I presented everything to her including the friendship of Rama and Sugriva. Hearing that the virtuous Sita whose devotion is fixed in you became delighted '.

' Oh Bull among men ! Thus richly endowed with austerities, imbued with devotion to you , the delight of Janaka was seen by me'.

'Oh Wise one ! She gave me the story of the crow in the Chitrakuta as a token of your recognition'
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Janaki told me " oh Son of wind god ! Rama the tiger among men shall be told all that you have seen here. These words shall be told within the hearing of Sugriva. Present this that has been protected by me . This auspicious Chudamani was preserved by me carefully. Remind him of the decorative red mark he painted with stone pigment on my forehead . It is appropriate to remind him of this. Oh Sinless one! the auspicious one sent to you , born in ocean was my solace. Seeing the same I was feeling happy as if I saw you. Oh Son of Dasaratha ! I will be living for one month. Coming under their control I will not live beyond a month". The lady with emaciated limbs, following virtuous life, detained in the harem of Ravana , eyes wide open like a deer in fear, she said this to me.

' Oh Rama I have told everything that happened. By all means we have to pay attention to crossing the ocean'.

Realizing that the two princes are sighing in relief , he gave the token , after having told everything in full in an orderly manner.

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

|| om tat sat ||