||Sundarakanda ||

|| Sarga 42 (Summary in English)


||om tat sat ||
ततः पक्षि निनादेन वृक्षभंगस्वनेन च।
बभूवु स्त्राससंभ्रांताः सर्वे लंकानिवासिनः॥1||
स॥ ततः सर्वे लंकावासिनः पक्षि निनादेण वृक्षभंगस्वनेन च त्रास संभ्रांताः बभूवुः॥
Then all the residents of Lanka became panicked hearing the sounds of the birds and the cracking sounds of trees.

Sarga 42

Then all the residents of Lanka became panicked hearing the sounds of the birds and the cracking sounds of trees.

The beast and birds became scared ran and flew away in different directions. The Rakshasas saw fierce portends. Then the Rakshasis with hideous faces awakened from sleep saw the devastated grove and the heroic Vanara. The powerful mighty hero Hanuman seeing the Rakshasas assumed a very huge form to create fear.

Then seeing the large bodied mighty Vanara of the size of a mountain, the Rakshasas asked the daughter of Janaka. 'Who is this? Whom did he belong to? Where did he come from and for what purpose. What was the dialog with him? Oh Wide eyed lady, you may tell. Oh auspicious one, let there be no fear. Oh dark eyed one, what conversation did he have with you'.

Chaste Sita, a lady of beautiful limbs spoke. 'How do I know the fierce looking Rakshasas. Only you know who he is, and what he is about. A serpent alone knows the movement of another serpent. I am also scared of him. I do not know who he is. I think the one who has come is Rakshasa who can assume any form'.

Hearing those words of Sita some Rakshasas ran in all directions. Some stayed there. Some went to report to Ravana. The hideous looking Rakshasas went to Ravana to tell about the fierce looking Vanara.

' Oh King, a very powerful fierce looking Vanara, having had a dialog with Sita is standing in the middle of the Ashoka grove. Sita, whose eyes are like that of a deer, asked in many ways by us is not willing to disclose. May be he is the messenger of Indra or the messenger of Vaisravana. Or he may have been sent by Rama in search of Sita. That fierce looking Vanara destroyed the beautiful pleasure garden with many varieties of trees and animals. There is no single place not destroyed by him. Only the place where Janaki is not destroyed. May be, it is to save Janaki or he may have stopped due to exhaustion. Else why she alone is saved. The tree with tender leaves and flowers, that large Simsupa tree under which Sita herself was sitting was saved from destruction by him. The grove was destroyed by the one with whom Sita spoke. That one, with fierce form ought to be punished. Unless one has given up hope for life who else can talk to the one who captured the mind of the Lord of the Rakshasa?'

Hearing those words of the Rakshasis, the lord of the Rakshasas, Ravana flared up like the blazing sacrificial fire, rolling his eye balls. From the two eyes of that angry one fell down drops of tears like the drops of oil from the burning lamps. To capture the very powerful Hanuman, he ordered Kinkaras who are as powerful as himself.

The large bellied, large toothed, quick moving, eighty thousand Kinkaras, who are dreadful looking and powerful, interested in fighting wars, all of them armed with hammers and clubs came out of that palace.

They quickly approached the best of Vanaras seated on the archway like the flies rushing into the fire. They attacked the best of Vanaras armed with wonderful iron maces crowbars edged with gold, arrows resembling Sun. With hammers, sharp edged spears, tridents, barbed missiles and javelins, they surrounded Hanuman at once and stood in front of him.

The illustrious brilliant Hanuman resembling a mountain roared, and shook his tail on the ground making a huge sound. Hanuman, the son of wind god, enlarging his body patted himself making a loud sound reverberating in Lanka fully. By that great frightening echoing sound all the birds fell from the sky. Then he proclaimed loudly.

' Rama who has great strength is victorious. So is mighty Lakshmana. The king Sugriva ruled by Rama too is victorious. I, the killer of the enemy army, the son of wind god, Hanuman I am the servant of Rama, the Lord of Kosala, who can overcome all difficulties. While I pound with rocks and trees in thousand ways in a war, not even a thousand Ravana's can match me. While all the Rakshasa are watching, I will destroy Lanka, saluting Maithili, having accomplished my task I will return.

They became terrified hearing that loud sound. They saw towering Hanuman like a cloud in twilight. Then the Rakshasas ordered by the king without any doubt attacked Hanuman with dreadful weapons. The very powerful one surrounded by all the warriors, took the iron beam from the archway. He took that beam struck the night beings. That hero then moved about the sky like the son of Vinata attacking a serpent raising its head. The hero, the son of wind god having killed the Kinkaras, wanting to battle more, climbed up the arch way again.

Then some of the Rakshasas relieved from fear reported to Ravana that all the Kinkaras have been killed.

That King having heard that the great force of Rakshasas was killed, with eyes rolling commanded the difficult to conquer and matchless son of Prahastha.

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

||om tat sat ||
स राक्षसानां निहतं महद्बलं निशम्य राजा परिवृत्त लोचनः।
समादिदेशाप्रतिमं पराक्रमे प्रहस्तपुत्रं समरे सुदुर्जयम्॥44||
स॥सः राजा राक्षसानां महत् बलं निहतं निशम्य परिवृतलोचनः पराक्रमे अप्रतिमं समरे सुदुर्जयं प्रहस्त पुत्रं समादिदेश॥
That King having heard that the great force of Rakshasas was killed, with eyes rolling commanded the difficult to conquer and matchless son of Prahastha.
||om tat sat ||