||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 6||(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||
स निकामं विमानेषु विषण्णः कामरूपधृत्।
विचचार पुनर्लंकां लाघवेन समन्वितः॥1||
Hanuman endowed with strength who can take any form , sad because he was unable to see Sita, again started moving speedily among the tall mansions of Lanka.

Sarga 6

Hanuman endowed with strength who can take any form was sad.
He was sad because he was unable to see Sita.

He started moving speedily among the tall mansions of Lanka again.

Then that Vanara reached the residence of the king of the Rakshasas.
The palace is enclosed by a boundary wall,
which is red in color and dazzling like the mid-day Sun.

The best among Vanaras observed that the palace was protected by fierce Rakshasas.
It was protected like a forest is protected by lions.
Hanuman saw colorful apartments with beautiful entrances,
which were surrounded by arches inlaid with silver and decorated with gold.

Hanuman saw warriors mounted on elephants.
He saw unwearied riders of chariots with irresistible horses
They looked ready for any undertaking.

The chariots were always moving about.
The chariots were covered with skins of lions and tigers,
The chariots were encrusted with images of ivory gold and silver with ringing bells.

The place was filled with excellent seats and vessels embellished with many precious gems.
The place was filled with deep sounds of great charioteers.
There were many places for big chariots.

The palace was filled with many kinds of beautiful pleasing beasts and birds.
The beast and birds were of different kinds in thousands.
Protected by disciplined Rakshasa palace guards,
the palace was full of important noble women.

The jingling sounds of ornaments and accessories of joyful women filled place.
The palace of the Rakshasa king with reverberated with sounds,
which were like the sounds of the sea.

That palace, full of eminent Rakshasas and great people endowed with royal traits,
looked like a great forest infested with lions.
It carried various fragrances.

That palace was filled with sounds of trumpets.
It echoed with sounds of conches and percussion instruments.
The Rakshasas performed daily worships and sacrifices on special days.
With deep sounds resembling a sea,
Hanuman saw the great residence of the great man with gem studded ornaments full of precious gems.

The palace was bright in appearance and full of elephants, horses and chariots
Hanuman thought that palace is the very jewel of Lanka.
Then Hanuman moved closer to Ravana's palace,

Hanuman moved about unobtrusively from house to house,
observing the gardens and the mansions.
He moved from house to house.

Courageous and quick Hanuman,
sprang from Prahasta's house to Mahaparsva's house,
then jumped to other houses.
Then the great Vanara moved from Kumbhakarna's house to Vibhishana's house.

The great Vanara jumped from Mahodara's to Virupaksha,
and jumped like that from Vidyujjihva's mansion to Vidyumala's
and then to Vajradamshtra's mansion.
The powerful Vanara then went by the houses of Suka, intelligent Sarana and similarly Indrajit.

The best of Vanara's then jumped from Jambumali's to Sumali's mansion.
Similarly, that great Vanara jumped from Rasmiketu's to SuryaSatru's,
and then to Vajrakaya's mansion.

Then the great Vanara jumped over the houses of Dhumraksha, Sampati,
He jumped over the houses of Vidyudrupa, Bhima, Ghana, Vighana.
Similarly, he jumped over the houses of the Rakshasas Sukanasa, Vakra.

He jumped over the houses of Vikata, Brahmakarna, Damshtra, and Romasa.
Then he jumped over the houses of Yuddhonmatta, Matta, Dhvajagriva, and Nadina.
He jumped over the houses of Vidyujjihva, Indrajihva and Hastimukha
Similarly, Hanuman jumped over the houses of Karala, Pisacha, and Sonitaksha.
he jumped over the houses in an orderly manner as he advanced.

The great Vanara saw the wealth of the wealthy in their mansions.

That Vanara rich in capabilities jumping over all the mansions
reached the residence of the king of Rakshasas.

Hanuman wandering about Ravana's palace saw Rakshasas.
They were with hideous eyes carrying tridents and hammers.
They were carrying powerful javelins and iron cudgels as arms.

At that home of the king of Rakshasas,
Hanuman saw different army troops of Rakshasas
who were ready with different kinds of weapons.
He saw well bred horses of red, white and cream colors which can travel fast.

He saw good looking elephants not inferior to enemy's
which are well trained and equal to Iravat in a battle,
which were unassailable in the battle and
which were shedding rut resembling thundering clouds pouring out on the mountains.

In Ravana's palace he saw thousands of troops bedecked with gold.
They were fully protected with armor of gold shining like the rays of the Sun.
The great Vanara who is the son of Vayu the wind god.

He saw different types of palanquins and sporting chambers
He saw hillocks made of wood. He saw charming houses for love making.
He saw chambers for the daytime activities also.

Comparable to mount Mandara, the palace was full of Peacocks.
It was full of flag posts.
It was resembling the house of the Lord of all creatures,
built by skilled craftsman with great care.
He saw a magnificent mansion which was full of gems and treasure troves.

That palace though full of gems with wonderful hues,
shone with the brilliance of Ravana like the Sun god with his rays of sunshine.

There the great Vanara saw beds, seats and main vessels made of gold.

Hanuman saw spacious very delightful palace like that of Kubera
The palace was drenched with liquor and other drinks.
There were gem encrusted vessels scattered all over.
Hanuman entered the palace complex
The palace complex was resonating with sounds of golden anklets of women and drums.
It had rows of mansions with lofty palaces and well laid apartments full of exquisite women.

|| Thus, ends the Sixth Sarga of Sundarakanda in Ramayana, the first ever poem composed by Maharshi Valmiki. ||

||om tat sat||
मृदंगतलघोषैश्च घोषवद्भिर्विनादितम्।
प्रासादसंघातयुतं स्त्रीरत्नशतसंकुलम्॥
सुपूढ्यकक्ष्यं हनुमान् प्रविवेश महागृहम्॥44||
Hanuman then entered the house which was resonating with sounds of golden anklets of women and the drums. which had rows of mansions with lofty palaces and well laid apartments full of exquisite women.
||om tat sat||