(The book of forest)
(Rama and Lakshmana and Sita as per the advice of Sage Agasthya decide to shift to Panchavati. There they met an Asura called Viradha, whom the brothers kill. While they were staying there Soorpanakha the sister of Ravana is attracted by Rama , who refuses her. When Soorpanakha tries to carry away Sita , Lakshmana cuts off her nose , ears and breasts. Her Cousin Khara comes with a huge army to fight with Rama. Rama alone kills Khara and his huge army. Soorpanakha goes and tells Ravana that Sita was extremely pretty and when she was trying to bring her to Lanka, Lakshmana ,
Cuts her nose and ears. Ravana falls in love with Sita. He makes Mareecha his uncle to become a golden deer and tempt Sita. When Sita wants the golden deer to play , Rama goes behind it . The deer dies but calls Lakshmana for help. Sita compels Lakshmana to go to the help of Rama. Ravana coming in the garb of a sage kidnaps her. Jatayu , who tries to prevent it is killed. Rama and Ravana go in search of Sita. On the way a Rakshasi called Ayomukhi kidnaps Lakshmana who disfigures her and escapes. Later they meet with a Rakshasa called Kabandha . On killing him Kabandha gets rid of his curse and advises Rama to seek help of Sugreeva the monkey who is the son of Sun God and also meet a sage called Sabari .Rama meets Sabari and gives her salvation.)
Prayer to God
2516.Would I with my little wisdom understand that primeval God,
Who could not be understood by the four Vedas , which,
Never altered from its high view point , which did not,
Differ from the various forms originating from it and which gives ,
An understanding of the true feeling when it is read several times,
And by the Brahmins learned those Vedas , by Brahma and other devas.
1.Viradhan Vadhai padalam
The chapter on killing of Viradha.
(Rama and Lakshmana meet sage Athri and his wife Anasooya and then enter the Dandaka forest. There they are attacked by an ignorant Asura called Viradha. Viradha informs them that he cannot be killed and takes Sita away. Rama and Lakshmana attack Viradha, cut his hands off and bury him deep in to the earth. Viradha assumes his Gandharwa form amd praises Rama and goes to heavens
In Valmiki Ramayana Viradha tells Rama and Lakshmana to go and meet sage Sarabhanga)
2517. Those lads who carried those pretty bent bows along with Sita,
Who had teeth which resembled the arrangement of collected pearls ,
Reached the hermitage of a great saint Called Athri which was,
Having dense gardens full of trees with leaves as well fruits.
2518.Those Rama and Lakshmana who were like small eyed elephants,
Who were carrying the burden of earth on all directions and ,
Were having big pretty tusks, after entering the hermitage ,
Saluted that sage of great penance who had completely ,
Got rid of passion , anger and illusion and that saint with joy told them.
2519.That sage who became as happy as if his relatives have come ,
Said, with a melting mind “Sons of Dasaratha , is it easy for people like us to see you,
Who have come and visited us? It is like all the worlds and ,
All the devas have paid a visit . It looks like we have ,
Done more penance than everybody in the world.”
2520.After spending that day with that great saint , as per the order ,
Of his wife Anasuya who was a lady of great virtue , who presented,
Pretty ornaments and great dresses to the daughter of Janaka,
They left that place and entered the great Dandaka forest.
2521- 2532. Carrying in his powerful trident the bodies of sixteen elephants,
Thirty two lions and sixteen Yalis which had cruel round eyes,
Which were living in the forest which were densely placed ,
By his one powerful hand , Viradha who had red lustrous curly hair,
Looked like a mountain of poison walked speedily on the floor inside that forest,
Driving the clouds away like cotton by the movement of his legs ,
With fire sparks coming out of his eye like the twitching of wounds,
Making the sky with clouds shiver , making the mountains shiver ,
Making the sun who saw him loose his luster ,
Making the earth surrounded by water tremble ,
Making the very strong God of death depressed in mind,
With fire sparks entering the ears of great lions,
With the gem studded top of Meru mountain becoming cold ,
With the coating of blood from those fallen warriors who came against him,
Making him look like a reddish sky ,
Wearing several type of garlands which wave on his broad shoulders made of,
Well armed men , huge elephants in rut , chariots ,
Tigers whose job seemed to be killing people ,
And all other things that reached near him,
Who after putting large number of elephants in rut,
Stacked them one over another by using his huge hands
In his cave like mouth and munching them,
Who in spite of eating them was looking hungry and searching food,
Whose chest was decorated by garland of pythons with sound on which,
The gems from great serpents like Vasuki were taken out and studded,
And the nine planets of the sky and the planes used by the devas,
Were hung here and there , Who had red hairs like the broad red sky,
Who had shoulder rings made of the huge decorative shield hung ,
On the huge tusks of the huge Airavatha elephant of king Indra,
With the dark black colour shining on him, the great cruelty which rises,
Rising up , with the great sin that does very great harm,
And looking like the kali age which is a mixture of fire and poison ,
And which is drowned in dark night , with the hides of very powerful,
Cruel and huge tigers rolling on his very huge chest as upper cloth ,
With hides of many elephants tied around his hips,
With a shining belt of a huge python which has gems ,
From those eight guardians which stand around the world ,
With huge armlets made from the red eyed long serpents,
As well as invaluable gems worn round his cruel arms,
With the chalanchala conches which were produced with difficulty by other conches,
Decorating his conch bangles with his legs pushing ,
The silver mountain and the golden mountain like balls ,
Was walking and walking around the mountain path,
And though he was living on earth , he was,
Living in the minds as well as the eyes of devas.
2533. He had a new form like a single great element made by all the five elements together,
He had a voice like thunder and had the power of exactly twenty five thousand ,
Elephants in rut , created by Lord Brahma with great love.
2534, That Viradha who had very scary eyes and had the job like very cruel thunder,
Was uprooting many trees and powdering many mountains by his speedy walk,
And came and stood before Rama and Lakshmana ,
Who had bows which had very huge size but had not participated in any war.
2535.Opening the big cave like mouth with the long white teeth
Huge protruding teeth which had eaten flesh he shouted,
“Stop, stop” and immediately lifted Sita who was like a swan,
Sitting on an open lotus flower ,by his hands and proceeded on the sky.
2536-2537.Those lads who were like young bulls got very angry ,
And holding the cruel bow which they had hung on their shoulders,
And the lustrous arrows in their right hand , followed that Virada .
And told him, “Hey silly one , this is cheating , turn ,
Where are you going? And then that Rakshasa said,
“By the boon given by Brahma to me , I cannot die,
Even if I do not have any weapon and even if ,
I am opposed by people of all the world .
Silly ones , I have given your souls as charity to you,
And so leave this girl with and proceed.”
2538-2540. Rama smiled like the silvery moon light understanding,
That Virada did not know war fare and that his strength ,
And joy would soon get faded and when he twanged his bow,
And that Rama who had the blue colour of rich cloud ,
Who held a very sharp spear ,twanged the long string his bow so that,
The earth surrounded by water of the sea with tides and mountains,
,The king heavens and the land of the serpents trembled and echoed
As if hit by a great thunder and then that Viradha leaving Sita,
Who was shouting like a suffering caged macaw
Caught by a cruel cheating huge cat and stood depressed,
And after thinking , came and stood with great anger in front of Rama .
2541-2553 .When he threw the trident which had a tip which was,
Dipped willingly in the blood of his enemies for the sake of quenching,
The thirst of ghosts, Which was very heavy and which had the form,
Of the burning mare which had the fire which wanted to drink ,
The water of the ocean of the northern side with its face and mouth,
And while it was coming like a lustrous poison shaking ,
The eight directions, the devas who were protecting those directions,
The eight elephants in those eight directions and the world ,
Rama from his bow which was stronger than the faultless ,
Seven mountains like Meru, sent an arrow at him, thinking,
That this crown of Rakshasas would be destroyed today ,
And cut in to two that trident which had the luster,
Of big stars with great luster falling from the empty sky in day time ,
And threw it to the end of the direction and then that giant ,
Seeing that his cruel trident was cut in to two pieces ,
Without getting any tiresomeness in the war ,
Assuming valorous behavior , using his huge hands,
Which could destroy the heaven , then he started picking ,
Up huge mountains one by one and throwing them at Rama,
And due to Rama sending huge lustrous arrows ,
Breaking those lustrous mountains thrown at him by Viradha,
And then they broke the mountains and went with great speed .
And hit all over the body of Viradha and when all the parts ,
Of the body thus hit became wounded , and then he uprooted ,
A huge maramara and was rushing to beat Rama . who is the form of “Om”.
Who had the name which could be understood by only great learned elders ,
Who had left his bed of Adhi Sesha and took an incarnation in this earth,
To establish Dharma , That Rama whose culture increased by days,
Using four arrows and cut in to many pieces those Maramaras ,
Which were coming against him and then he shot twelve ,
Cruel arrows with great speed and when he hit his chest ,
Then when that giant like a boar troubled with very many arrows,
On his body which is dejected and trying to get them out,
Shook his body , Rama sent on him more fire like arrows,
And without hitting anywhere else when all those arrows,
Pierced on his body, that giant who was greatly cruel but without wisdom,,
Looked like a mountain with several streams and like this,
When he lost his strength and wisdom,
Those Rama and Lakshmana who had great shoulders ,
Which helped them fight without getting tired ,
And knowing well that this Viradha who had got the boon of no destruction,
By hitting him with arrows , with great anger took their swords ,
And with the thought that they would cut off his arms with that ,
And when the climbed on his broad shoulders, that giant Viradha,
He who had fallen on the earth with great flow of blood and lost his senses,
Again got up , regained his sensations and lfted Rama and Lakshmana,
With his shoulders which were like Dhandayudha hugged them ,
And rose up and walked with ten more times more vigour than earlier,
And with that Rama and Lakshmana who were shining like sun and moon,
Which go round the Meru mountain hit him on the top of the sky with force ,
And when he was rotating like a top, , he who was having ,
On his shoulders Rama and Lakshmana and was walking,
Touching the sky looked like Garuda the personification of Dharma,
And the great king , flying round carrying Krishna and Balarama.
2554.Then Sita who was born in a great clan seeing that the very merciful,
Rama was being put under his strength and being carried by that cheat
Was greatly disturbed and faded and was like a female swan,
Which saw her mate being imprisoned and being carried out by others.
Fell on the dust with her hair like a flowering branch.
2555.Again Sita not getting help from any where and no one to console her,
Followed Viradha with her streak of lightning like waist getting tired,
Telling him that “Please leave those followers of Dharma , who love ,
Others like mother , and take and eat me “ and fell before him.
2356.Seeing her with a stammering mouth crying , becoming extremely sad,
And understanding the sorrowful state of her who was like a picture ,
Lakshmana , after saluting Rama and asked him , “should you watch ,
The Goddess, sorrowing and keep quite playfully .It is not proper?” and ,
Rama who created the world after final deluge replied.
2557-2561.”Oh matchless one, I thought it is better to sweetly cross this forest ,
In comfort riding on this person’s shoulders though it is not at all,
Difficult to kill him “ . Saying this in jest , Rama ,
Kicked that Giant by his leg wearing heroic anklet,
And Rama and Lakshmana , who had huge shoulders , getting very angry,
With a sharp sword cut both the shoulders of that giant ,
And like Rahu the serpent planet neared the shining sun and moon ,
And both of them saw that in spite of the large amount of blood that flowed from his body ,
That there was no change in him and still he was going along ,
That Rama who was great in thought said ,” Oh brother ,
I think except burying him swiftly in the earth ,
There seems to be no alternative” and that pure Rama with his reddish feet ,
Which has eaten the sweet smelling pure ghee poured in the pit made by a plough,
Made of Athi wood and which fulfills the desires of all the devotees ,
Kicked and made that Asura fall on earth and then,
Buried him in a pit made by Lakshmana, near the west flowing river,
And that giant realizing that he has been buried deep in the earth,
Remembered the earlier curse of Khubera which turned him,
In to a cruel Asura , And after getting out of the cruel hateful body,
Like Lord Brahma , the primeval god coming out of the egg called HIranya Garbha,
Appeared before them in his former form of a Gandharwa.
2562.Having got imprisoned by the net of five senses , with the soul ,
Wandering in the materialistic view outside But by his remembering,
That he was involved earlier in holy acts which were beyond thought,
And also due to his having great devotion leading him to unification with God earlier,
He started praying Rama due to the help of the realized true wisdom.
2563.”If these are your holy feet that is spread in all the worlds chanting Vedas ,
How would your other parts of body other than the feet look like?
Apart from living in the sea with water , if you are also ,
Living in all the contradictory beings that pervade ,
How are they able to bear you within them?”
2564,”When the very angry crocodile caught hold of the legs,
Of the elephant and when that elephant lifting its trunks upward,
And getting exhausted shouted making all directions hear him,
“Oh great God who lives in all beings , oh great god”,
Are you not the one who asked him “Why?” and removed his sorrow.
2565.”Oh lord with lotus like eyes having sight of grace without any bias,
For protecting Dharma , you are spread inside and outside of everything ,
Though there is no one to help you in your divine endeavor.
And are you the only one to rotate like a fan for doing this duty?”
2566,”Oh Lord who is well involved with joy in the sports that are called birth and death,
Even if the wise ones who have cut off all attachments, by chance are born in this world,
Would they forget their nature and if it is not possible would they take birth,
And even for those , the great luck they get is some thing very rare.”
2567.When all the people of all other religion say that their God,
Is the only one who is a boat that helps one cross the fearsome sea of birth,
Because you are the form of that matchless form of real truth,
What would those Gods who come from now onwards try to do?
2568.”Oh Rama who is the matchless form of Dharma to the,
Lord Brahma who is sitting on that restless lotus flower,
To the devas who do not have death and to all the beings,
Who are not the devas , you are the primeval , father and ,
You are also their mother who gave them birth as per law.
2569.”You are the primeval God and all the worlds belong to you ,
And even other religions who are not able to think and understand you ,
Attain you and no one else and in spite of that ,
Why are you hiding like a cheat , Why are appealing publicly?,
And is there any necessity for this great sport of illusion of yours?”
2570.”Oh God who can appear before your devotees as one who is weak,
There is no calf that cannot recognize its mother and so also there is no cow,
That cannot recognize its calf and since you are mother of all,
You know about every being and those beings are not able ,
To recognize you and I am not able to understand this wheel of illusion?
2571.The people of the world for praying would consider very many Gods,
And thinking that there is a God superior to you is not the nature of very wise people,
Is it not true that the Brahmins who originate from Lord Brahma ,
Who rides on a swan think of you as greatest God and no one else?”
Would this not be thought out by people following many religions?
2572.”Oh Lord who has a chest lived by Goddess Lakshmi ,
Those Gods specially mentioned by the matchless other religions ,
Are like the ignorant people who think about bad and good action,
And perform matchless penance? Where is the need of penance for you?
Oh Lord who does not sleep and is always awake,
You are always sleeping as if there is no other work for you.”
2573. “You bore the lady earth as the serpent called Adhisesha ,
You have lifted her using your teeth as a wild boar ,
At the time of deluge you swallowed the same world by your mouth,
You measured and hid her by one step, Would not Goddess Lakshmi ,
Who stays in your chest wearing perfumed garland of Thulasi .
Get very much angry with you , if she knows about it?”
2574.”Oh Lord , would it not be possible for the beings that you created,
To know about this truth and can they not get salvation?
If they do what problems would you face by that?
Due to the alms given to Lord Shiva who is armed with an axe ,
There are devas and men whose doubt as to who is the greatest truth has been removed?”
2575.Oh Rama who is a boar unearthed the earth by your horn,
Taking the shape of a swan , you taught Vedas to Lord Brahma,
Who taught you that Vedas before? Were they all dead at that time?
If those which separated from a thing , join together to form ,
That same thing, does it mean they are the same thing or,
Does it mean they have not come by division,
I am not able to understand this illusion.”
2576.Oh Lord Who cannot be compared with any other thing,
Due to your leaving the place you normally stay on the milk ocean,
And appeared before me due to the great penance I did ,
I have left the sea of the inferior form of mine and I will not be born again,
And you have removed all my good and bad fate by your ,
Red feet which is of the colour of the coral gem.
2577.When he stopped after telling all these words ,
Rama told him “Please tell me the story about,
Your taking the form of Asura” and he ,
Who had achieved victory started telling.
2578.”Long live , Oh Rama , who has the divine feet granting eternal wisdom,
So this life filled with stealing and deceiving goes away and
Who is very charitable , Please hear” and then,
He started telling Rama about his story.
2579.Oh valorous one who holds a cruel bow in his hand ,
I was born in this world and later became an Asura ,
My name was Dumburu and I was ,
A subject of Khubera in the heavens.”
2580.Due to the criminal passion which came to me,
To hide my wisdom , he cursed me to become an Asura ,
Without any mercy and I was born in an Asura clan.
2581.When I got the curse , I asked him,
When will I get freedom from this curse ,
And the very great thinker Khubera told,
That, “ it will go when your feet touches me.”
2582.”Oh primeval one from that time,
Till today , as I had no wisdom , I did not ,
Differentiate between good and bad ,
And by eating all beings I accumulated bad fate.
2583.”It was the good Karma that is within me that made me,
To stand before you with liking to do it and when your ,
Pretty feet that wears Vedas touched me ,
I got rid of the curse and became my former self.
2584. He said “Oh Lord who keeps himself alive even at deluge,
Please pardon this fool who came as per my karma
And did lot of harmful acts to you “ and
Viradha assumed his Gandharwa form and went to heaven.
2585After knowing that Viradha ,
Who was loved by the devas left his soul,
Rama and Lakshmana went along with the flower decorated lady ,
Away from that horrible place.
2586.They who were holding spears.,
Which were like God of death .
Went to the garden where sages,
Who were personification of Vedas lived,
And the lord of the day also went to his home.
2.Sarabangan pirappu neengu padalam
(The chapter on death of Sarabanga)
( Rama then goes to meet Sarabanga. At that time Indra had come to take Sarabanga to the land of Brahma. The sage refused as he only wanted to attain salvation by merging with God. Rama enters there at that time. Indra prays to Rama .Sarabhanga and his wife enter the fire and get salvation.
In Valmiki Ramayana , Sarabanga did not want to go to Brahmaloka because he wants to meet Rama. After meeting Rama he directs him to the hermitage of Sutheeshna and attains salvation. There is no mention of Sarabanga ‘s wife in Valmiki Ramayana )
2587.Along with Sita who was like a flowering branch of Kurava flowers ,
And Folded Kongu buds , they reached the place where ,
Sage Sarabhanga was doing penance in the forest ,
With a smell of honey from the well grown maramara plants
And reached that place when the night was about to fall.
2588.When those two holding a red spear walked that way ,
And reached that place , Indra with thousand eyes ,
Which were looking like a fully open flowers even at that night time,
Reached that hermitage in that forest.
2589.That Indra was greatly lustrous like the combination,
Of the light radiating from the ornaments of Deva maidens,
Who walked like swan and the spread of the streaks of lightning.
2590.Indra was one whose eyes which were like bees enjoyed ,
The prettiness of the flower like eyes of peacock like deva maidens,
And whose ears enjoyed the honey like music,
Which flowed from the Veena of Narada called the Mahathi.
2591.He had the fame of performing one hundred Aswamedha,
Sacrifices as per the rules given in the scriptures ,
And one who wears the golden heroic anklets which is saluted,
By all the devas except Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Lord Brahma.
2592.That Indra with his wife who was like Goddess Lakshmi,
Sitting on a red lotus rode on the white tall elephant Iravatha ,
Who creates scare and has great rut flow from three different spots ,
And is similar to Lord Shiva who sits on the great mountain spread like silver.
2593.That Indra had the white Royal umbrella which appeared,
To be the huge lustrous heaven taking the shape of an umbrella ,
And made the moon whose cool rays spread and shine everywhere, shy and ,
Loose its luster feeling that, there was no need of him any more?
2594. That Indra who was near to the huge elephants in eight directions,
Which had the clear gum of rut and who in very many close battles,
Defeated the Asuras who have lost their speed and determination
And had obtained and great fame and had the white chowries looking up.
2595. That Indra who was similar to Goddess Lakshmi, who lives,
In the very famous chest of Lord Vishnu who holds the holy wheel,
Who is an expert in war, and who is having a very lustrous crown ,
Which gives a place to stay of the sun god travelling,
On a chariot with one wheel and has red coloured rays.
2596.Indra was one who wore armlets which shine like the,
White teeth of cool smile of Goddess Vijayalakshmi .
And who had greatly lustrous shirt which shines,
Like the red Manikhya gems which shine by its rays.
2597.Indra who shines like a rainbow which shines like ,
Luster of several thousand very good quality Manikhya gems ,
And the luster emanating from the collection of old ornaments ,
Which all join together and rises up together.
2598. Indra was the one with a sword which were like the,
Eyes of Deva maidens , which had fought with fishes and became victorious,
And had a flower garland which had the divine scent of honey ,
Which did not have any match in the entire world.
2599.Indra has the weapon called Vajrayudha which has a small tip,
Similar to the end of paddy and which could not be destroyed,
By Ravana who was wearing gem garlands which shine,
Like the very lustrous sun , when it was thrown at him for gaining victory.
2600.Indra went and stood before Sarabhanga’s hermitage and there,
He was received by the sage of great penance and taken inside,
And did all that was necessary to be done to a guest and asked,
“Why have you come here?” and that Indra ,
Who was wearing the non spilt golden anklets spoke as follows.
2601.”Oh sage of great penance who has a golden colour matted hair,
Realizing that the great penance done by you is greatly rare ,
Lord Brahma has summoned you to go to his world ,
And so please depart so that you can go to that land.”
2602.”Oh sage who is like my father , that Lord Brahma ,
Who has created all the living beings of the world ,
Has given you the great chance of living in his land,
And that land has been attained only by the penance which cannot be destroyed,
And if you come there. Lord Brahma would receive you.”
2603,”You are greatly old and know that , the Sathya loka ,
The land of Brahma is better than all other worlds ,
Even without my telling you and so please .
Come there with your wife “ and when Indra told like this,
The great sage said, “I cannot agree for that.”
2604.”oh lord whose fame cannot be described properly by words ,
Would I attain the positions which are not stable due to,
The temporary karma ?I do not like to attain that inferior position,
As you know that the rare penance that I did has passed through many eons.”
2605.”Oh Lord who wears sturdy anklets, What you have said ,
Is not something that should be talked about
And is a state t hough achieved is considered as not achieved, What is the need to talk more?
And I understand that because you have come my life has come to an end.”
2606.”Oh Indra who owns the heaven, I would attain that salvation,
Which is not for a short period, which does not shift me from one place to another,
That which does not reduce over time, which does not go on increasing,
Whose form does not change and that which cannot,
Be destroyed even if all the five elements perish.”
2607. When the sage was telling like this , those valorous ones,
Who hold a strong and great bow , knowing the reason ,
For the tumultuous sound there , stood there and thought ,
“What are the things that are happening here”?”
2608-2609.Having seen the rocking Iravatha elephant with,
Four tusks which shine like big diamonds and ,
By that , understanding that the king of devas,
Has come to this world and is with the sage of great penance,
Rama made the Sita who is like a deer and his younger brother ,
To wait in that garden which is full of flowers , and ,
Reached inside the hermitage like a bull and like a big lion.
2610.That king of the devas seeing the fruit of all Vedas ,
Standing on this earth who has eyes which were like lotus ,
And was looking like a black sun and looked at him,
With great depth using all his one thousand eyes,
2611.Seeing him he was pained to see him in that forest,
And saluted that leader of men , leader of all Brahmins,
By his head which regularly saluted him ,
By falling on the earth and catching his feet with his long arms.
2612. Seeing Rama who by destroying his enemies in the battles filled with flags ,
By teaching him meaning of the limitless words of the sea of Vedas
By daily leading in the very good path of great Dharma daily,
By giving wealth, by granting salvation , by becoming an armour,
Without others realizing it , by becoming the soul , by becoming the eyes,
By becoming true penance , by becoming the endless true wisdom,
He forgot himself , stood near him and like one,
Who did not know his greatness started praying to him.
2613.”Oh light which stands mixed and not mixed in everything,
Oh Lord who is the friend of all sages who have got rid of all attachments,
Oh Lord who is the store house of all graces which helps one to cross this life,
Oh Lord who can be understood by the proper behavior as per the Vedas,
Oh Our father who has come here as per your assurance to us,
When we came and prayed your holy feet for protecting from our enemies,
Is it proper that your lotus like soft feet is touching this rough earth of the forest?”
2614. “Oh god of all devas who sleeps in the big ocean of milk ,
You do not have enemies nor friends , no difference between ,
Light and darkness nor have you anything above or below you ,
You do not have youth nor old age, you do not have beginning , middle and end,
By time you do not have anything before you or after you.
When your old state is like that , if you do not carry the big bow ,
And do not walk giving pain to your red feet and not protect us,
Will bad name come to you? Is there anything that ,
You get out of doing these acts? Nothing, is it not?”
2614.”Even if the four faced Brahma born in the lotus from your belly,
Who measures all these faultless worlds , measures you ,
For several eons without stopping , your greatness cannot be measured.
Oh Lord whose great good characters never diminish over time,
In the earlier days making the earth as the pot , the sea water as the cool curd,
The big Mandhara mountain as the churner you churned ,
Making your lotus like hands pain and gave the nectar ,
Which came out of it to all the devas , and were not,
The asuras who churned with us your slaves?”
2615.”Oh Lord who was one in the beginning , split from that to several later,
Became intelligence , soul and the body and becoming that,
Which is to suit the conditions at the time of the final deluge,
Later taking the form of various worlds you became ,
The matchless new growth of the very great wisdom ,
Oh Lord who completely solves the problems of people like us,
You save the people who do good acts and destroy ,
Those who do sinful deeds , Is it not true that ,
Even those ever unstable sins were also created by you?
2617.”Oh Lord , who is our father , in earlier days due to the trick played ,
By the very strong limitless illusion , mixing with those whose wisdom was jaded ,
Losing the normal wisdom we said to you, “That you are not the ultimate God”,
And also , “You are God” , when we were suffering with sorrow,
And due to the our past good karma , Those seven primeval sages ,
Crossed the fire and took an oath that, “all the worlds were,
Situated within you” and you cleared our doubt ,
Who were not knowing who was the ultimate god.”
2618.That Indra who had the long golden crown after praying ,
Rama in this way and many other ways , saluted him,
And understanding clearly what was happening there ,
He looked at the sage who was equal to him and told,
“Please be kind enough to give leave for me to go “.
2619. Understand the state of the mind of Indra by his divine eyes,
The sage received the God of all devas Rama and that Rama who came like that,
Saluted his feet , the sage shed tears of love and ,
They all entered the hermitage of that great saint.
2620.After welcoming both Sita as well as Lakshmana and ,
Wishing long life To Rama whom Sarabanga understood ,
As That God who does yogic sleep on the ocean of milk,
After visiting that sages home , just before the deluge.
2621.And there Rama as well his lady , with the eye of the deer,
Listened to the words of Dharma as told by Sarabanga,
And they stayed awake till that night came to an end.
2622.That Sun who had blowing luster and the light which shines,
For the sake of spreading his light in to all the four directions,
Spread countless rays which were like the sharp swords,
Exposed to sun light and using that collection of his rays ,
Started removing the blanket of darkness covering the world.
2623,At that time that sage Sarabanga took a clear decision to give up,
His life in front of Rama by entering in to the fire , and as per Sastras,
Built up a burning fire and asked Rama , “Please give me leave.”
2624. That Rama who held the strong bow seeing that able ,
Cultivator of Vedas asked, “what do you want to do?,
Please tell me” that sage said “Oh consort of Lakshmi ,
I wanted to enter the fire so that I get salvation ,
And so please give me leave “ , then Rama told.
2625.”Oh sage who is wearing the matchless hide of a deer on his chest.
Why are leaving your soul as soon as I reached here?” , then
That sage who due to his strength of penance destroyed,
The power of God of love who has a fish flag,
Due to the joy in leaving his body told the following words.
2626,”Oh heroic one , I am one who has done various ,
Types of penances and I knew that you would be coming to this place ,
And as per my fate both types of my karma has vanished and due to that,
You came here to give your blessings to me ,Now I have nothing more left.”
2627. “Oh strong one , Indra came here and told me ,
“I have given you, life in Brahma loka till it is destroyed ,
And so please stay there.” But I did not want to live there ,
And I would try my best to attain that salvation which never ends.”
2628. That sage who knew the Vedas which did not talk of rules ,
And had the highest knowledge of that ultimate God,
Said, Because of that grant me that salvation” and then,
Along with his wife entered the burning fire and attained salvation.
2629.Lord Brahma who sits on the scented lotus flower ,
Devas, sages and others who were able to know ,
What is going to happen in future , were able to,
Understand the good and bad Karma by their wisdom,
And were able to attain the salvation they want at the end.
2630. if we know that the amount of greatness one attains,
Just by thinking about Rama who was the one who swallowed,
All globes and all the words without any one knowing it ,
Is beyond the possibility of estimation ,can any one ,
Say how much greatness that person attains ,
Who is able to see that God himself before his death?
The chapter on Agasthya
(Rama goes to the hermitage of Agasthya . Agasthya presents Rama with many divine weapons. Rama decides to move south from where the Rakshasas are coming. Sage Agasthya advices them to go and stay in the hermitage at Panchavati.
The chapters in Valmiki Ramayana on Sita’s advice to Rama against indiscriminate attack of Rakshasas and his reply to her is not found here)
2631.Those sweet lads who had big bent bows ,
After seeing the end of the sage Sharabanga,
Became sad and with a sorrowing mind ,
Along with Sita who was like a flowering branch,
Went away from the hermitage of that saint with great sorrow.
2632. They with joy crossed several trees , Several places ,
With big pretty stones , several rivers which had waves ,
Several mountain with streams flowing from it ,
Several gardens with lots of leaves and several sweet places.
2633.Those sages of the Dandaka forest like ,
The Valkilyas who were created by Brahma ,
Saints with shaved heads and saints who do not talk ,
And other saints , saw Rama and mentally became happy.
2634.Those sages who were suffering because the asuras,
Who had anger which was like fire , troubled them,
And they did not have any method to control them,
Became like trees in a burning forest which got,
Water mixed with nectar made them all put new leaf.
2635, .Those sages who were even greatly scared to tell,
Even the names of those Asuras who were growing ,
More and more powerful and were very strong,
Were like young calves in the burning forest ,
Who saw their matchless mother cow returning.
2636.Those sages who were suffering due to enmity,
With the asuras with very cruel acts , since ,
They did not have capacity to fight with them ,
Had become greatly worried and they ,
Who were all drowning in the sea of asuras,
Seeing Rama, felt that they have got a ship now and became happy.
2637. Those saints who saw Lord Rama properly ,
Making the penance done by them with effort giving results difficult to get,
And with their great wisdom helping them ,felt as if ,
That they have got freedom from the big prison of sorrow due to their cruel birth .
2638.They who were doing great penance so that,
They can give whatever is desired to those who need it ,
Due to their strength of patience , had completely ,
Uprooted the anger which comes up and up,
And due to that they got in to trouble due to those asuras.
2639.When those sages departed and reached that valorous Rama,
Who resembled the flakes of black cloud , with great ebbing love,
They saluted Rama individually and blessed him while saluting him.
2640 .All those sages took Rama and others to a hermitage,
Which was sweet to live and told them, “You please live ,
Happily here and made all needed arrangements ,
And went back to their residences and then ,
Came again to tell Rama , the problems they were facing by those asuras.
2641.Rama saluted those sages who had come to see him,
He praised them with love and asked them, “What orders are ,
You giving me now.” And they said .”oh son of Dasaratha ,
Who is an expert in protecting the worlds, be pleased to hear,
The very cruel things which happened to us.”
2642.”There exist the asuras who do not have something,
Called mercy and who have gone far away from Dharma.
Due to their troubling us , we have been forced to leave ,
Good behavior and slip to bad behavior and ,
Due to this we have moved far away from the path of penance.”
2643.”Oh Rama who is an expert in archery, like the deer,
Which live in the forest with very many tigers ,
We are sorrowing in our mind , day and night
And we have been forced to move away from good,
Would we able to get freedom this sorrow at any time?”
2644.We are not following the ritual of penance properly ,
We are not chanting the Vedas , we are not doing our duty,
To those students who want to learn Vedas , we are not,
Lighting the very old fire for Yagnas and we have ,
Moved away from proper behavior and so ,
We have slipped away being Brahmins.”
2645.”As for Indra , he is obeying the orders of those asuras,
Taking it on his mind and head and is behaving like their servant ,
And so oh lord , So who are there , who can remove .
Our sorrows except you and you have come here,
Due to the power of the penance we did earlier.”
2646. “Oh son of the king who ruled and protected the entire earth by his power ,
Oh merciful and valorous one , due to that sorrow that cannot be removed ,
We are spending all our days in darkness and now you have come .
Just like Sun and all of us are under your protection.”
2647 . That Rama who was born in the clan of the sun said,
“If those asuras do not promise not to trouble you and,
Surrender to me , even if they run away to a world outside earth,
They would die due to my arrow and so please remove,
This unsuitable sorrow” and further told.
2648.” It is due to the good deeds done by me , that I came to the forest,
After the death of Dasaratha , after mother Kausalya becoming sad ,
After my younger brother Bharata becoming sad and,
After all the citizens of my city attaining matchless sorrow”
2649.”If I am not able to destroy the power of those base Asuras,
Who are troubling the sages who do not move away from Dharma,
Being killed by those Asuras would be better for me ,
And what type of birth do I have ,If I am not useful to this good work.”
2650.”You who are cultured Brahmins who recite the Vedas ,
Would see the many headless body of those asuras* dance ,
And my tiredness in carrying this very heavy bow,
As well as the completely filled up quiver would get reduced.”
*One headless body would dance if 1000 soldiers are killed.
2651. “Those who protect the cows, Those who protect the Brahmans,
Those who protect poor people and those who protect any one ,
And who die when they are doing that are the only ones,
Who are saluted by those Devas , who live in heaven.”
2652.”Even if Lord Subrahamanya who killed Soorapadma ,
Or Lord Vishnu who killed enemies with lustrous wheel,
Or Lord Shiva who destroyed the three cities are guarding them,
If they are moving in sinful path and not following Dharma ,
I would uproot them all and so do not be scared” . he said.
2653. When they heard these words of protection from Rama,
With ebbing joy , they who were having great love,
Lost all their sorrow and they who were having a rotating staff,
And who were experts in singing Vedas danced with joy and told.
2654.”Oh Lord , If you become angry , even if thirty crore worlds,
Which are like these worlds come and oppose you all together ,
They are not equal to you and for that our wisdom is the witness.”
2655 “.Because it is like that for all the time that you spent in this forest,
You will see to it that no sorrow whatsoever approaches us ,
And please live here happily “ and when they said this,
That great one who is the son of the great king Dasaratha
saluted the feet of all those sages and continued to live there.”
2656. Those sons stayed there without any sorrow ,
For another ten years with great satisfaction of the mind,
And when those sages after great thought told them,
“Please go and meet the great sage Agasthya , they,
Departed from there With Sita having crescent like forehead.
(Some versions call the above portions as Dandakaranya Padalam
And the rest as Agathiya Padalam)
2657.Walking through pits in mountains and high bamboo forests,
Through continuously going small paths slowly and slowly,
They reached the garden without sorrow of the lustrous Sutheeshna.
2658. Those Rama and Lakshmana who had no pride in their mind ,
Saluted the sun like lustrous soft feet of the sage Sutheeshna,
And he said to them, “please stay here.” And obeying it ,
All the three of them stayed in that garden full of flower scent.
2659. When they were saying there, that sage after performing ,
All hospitalities to Lord Rama told him “oh great one ,
What an amount of penance I have done , for making you,”
Stay here and Rama with love replied to that great sage.
2660.” Among the first sages who were born in the clan of Brahma ,
Who else is there like you who have succeeded in penance .
And who are there like me who lead a life of a householder,
Who have got the blessings and grace from a sage like you?”
2661.To the words of Rama who was an expert in usage of simile,
As reply that sage who had done penance from earlier days told,
“Becoming my great guest who has not been wasted ,
You have become one who can take the results of all my penance .”
2662. Rama then told Sutheeshna who was an expert in all Vedas ,
“Oh leader, how easy is to get your mercy by simple penance.
I have only to tell you that I have a shortcoming in my mind.
That so far I have not been able to see the great sage Agasthya.”
2663.”Oh great one, You have thought of only something good,
For even earlier I wanted to tell you about the same thing .
So please go to hermitage of Agasthya and meet him ,
And after meeting him , there would be no more wants in your mind.”
2664.”Also he would be wanting you to pay a visit ,
And would become happy by your visit and so,
You please go and reach Agasthya and oh great one,
Meeting Agasthya is good for the devas and good for all others to.”
2665.”He then told him clearly the way to go to the hermitage ,
Of sage Agasthya and told him his limitless blessings ,
Rama saluted the lotus like feet of that sage crowded by bees,
And from that hermitage which had streams of honey flowing from hives,
Rama and others went speedily towards Agasthya ’s hermitage .
2666.Sage Agasthya who had measured the world like Lord Vishnu ,
Who measured the three worlds using language of tamil ,
Understanding that Rama and others have reached that place ,
Like the sea ebbing with joy attaining the fourteen worlds ,
Received Rama who can grant any boon and he saluted him.
2667.”The devas once upon a time , when the asuras hid themselves in the sea,
Thinking that they will never get destroyed the devas called
“Oh sage You did very great penance , Please shower your grace on us. “
And when they begged you like this and knowing their sorrow ,
You took all the waters of all the seas and just drank it ,
And later when those devas requested you,
To release the water again and you again filled up the sea.”
2668.That sage took all the pure water of the sea .
And later released them all and due to that became a dwarf,
And was called by others as dwarf sage and he with joy ,
Ate all the body of a cheating Asura called Vatapi ,
And destroyed the problem of all the people of the world.
2669.”He was the one who saw to it that the sages of the world,
Who practice Yoga are not disturbed and when asked by the devas ,
As to the path to cross Vindhya mountains , stood on the top of that mountain,
Which was surrounded by long series of clouds and was touching the sky.
Like an elephant and pressed it so that the mountain went down to Patala.
2670.Once upon a time when the northern side of the world tilted down,
As per the direction of Lord Shiva who wears many a serpents,
Which told, “Oh Agasthya who in spite of growing old .
Has not got tired , you go and stand in the southern side”
Went to the south and reached the Malaya mountain,
Which was touching the sky , and remained there,
He being equal to lord Shiva, the world attained its balance.
2671. And he took the Tamil language from Lord Shiva
Who holds the axe and who had on his forehead ,
An eye that spits fire , learned it painstakingly,
And split it in to that which can be learned with great difficulty ,
And that which is used by highly placed people of society ,
And gave it to the world in the form of Wisdom,
Poems , usual usage and by the ritualistic roots
2672.That sage thinking that he would be able to see Rama,
Who has been thought as that thing which is in sky , in land ,
In several other worlds and in Vedas , with his own eyes ,
That same day and became one with a very happy mind.
2673, After grinding the other books which are equal to the Vedas
which are chanted loud, in the mortar of best knowledge ,
And searching it as the knowledge of that ultimate God,
Whose greatness cannot be even understood by Lord Brahma,
Would stand before him and talk with him and he became happy.
2674.Thinking that Rama who is the doctor who is going to uproot .
The poison of Asuras who like bad Karma never go away,
Has already come there , which would make ,
The devas survive , the great sages survive and ensure,
That all Brahmins would stand steadfast in Dharma ,
And that Agasthya became bold to face everything.
2675.Those Asuras , whenever they need food ,
Used to boil the trees which are also beings and eat them,
And Agasthya who was anxious to see Rama ,
Who he knew would use his thunder and great anger
Put out the forest fire like Rakshasas,
And has come like rain which is coming from clouds .
2676.Agasthya who brought the river in his water pot,
For the good of eight directions , seven worlds ,
And all living beings seeing that Rama was coming towards him,
Shed tears of joy from his lustrous lotus like eyes.
2677.The Rama who came there fell at his feet and saluted him,
And that Agasthya who got great fame by telling grammar of Tamil,
With tears of joy flowing his eyes hugged with love Rama ,
And told him sweet words like, “Your coming has been good.”
2678.With Brahmins reciting various type of Vedic chants,
With saints of great penance with love surrounding ,
And sprinkling water from their pretty water pot ,
And with flowers being showered on them,
Agasthya took Rama and others to his cool garden.
2679.Rama after entering with the pleased mind in to the garden,
Participated in the feast given by the sage and then Agasthya ,
Joyfully told “Oh lord of mercy , having come to my home ,
Where great penance has been done , You have made my penance fruitful.”
2680.Rama saluted the sage who told like that and said,
Your grace has not been received by the devas, by persons ,
Who have done the penance that needs to be done by them ,
And by great sages, but I have received your grace ,
And so I have become one who has won over all the world,
And I do not think that there is anything that I have to achieve.
2681.And then sage Agasthya who was similar to Lord Shiva ,
Who wears the crescent on his high head , Started telling,
“Oh Rama who has good characters which are liked by all ,
Having heard that you have come to Dandakaranya ,
I was happily thinking that one day you will visit here.”
2682.”Oh Lord , please stay here for if you are here ,
You would be able to complete the great penance that you wanted to do,
And if the asuras with greater cruelty were to come here holding a sword,
You would destroy them and make them fall and
The sorrow of the sages like me who are living here would vanish.”
2683.”Oh son of Dasaratha who ruled all over the earth,
Now Vedas would get revived, the laws of Manu would be established,
All type of Dharmas would get established, The devas ,
Who were in bad times due to cruelty of Asuras would become great ,
The Asuras would go down , The seven worlds would leave well,
There is no doubt about these and so you live here” Agasthya told.
2684.Rama said .” Oh Sage who follows Vedas , I have decided to destroy,
All the Asuras who do cruel acts and make all others happy ,
And so I feel that my going to south wherefrom they come ,
Would help me destroy them. What is your desire?”
2685.Then Agasthya told ,”you have told what is appropriate ,
The bow that is here with me was once used by Lord Vishnu ,
And is being worshipped by me and all the three worlds ,
Take this bow for me as well as sharp arrows and matchless quiver.
2686.He also gave him a rare sword , which is greater than,
All the three worlds in a plate of balance and also gave him,
The matchless bow which was used by Lord Shiva,
Who had the form of fire and bent the Meru in to a bow.
2687. “Oh son, there is a place called Panchavati ,
With tall trees going straight with huge mountains ,
With tall heaps of sand hills , With cool gardens,
With large number of bunches of flowers ,
And surrounded by rivers with jumping waves ,
And on a small hill , and there is a residence there.”
2688. In Panchavati there are Banana trees giving sweet fruits,
There are red paddy plants , with lustrous tips,
There are flowers from which honey flows ,
There are divine rivers there like river Cauvery,
And there huge stroks to play with this gold like Sita.
2689.Agasthya said,”Now you go there and live there “
And Rama of the colour of cloud saluted Agasthya and,
Took leave from him followed by Sita who spoke ,
Like Sugar syrup and his younger brother Lakshmana,
And walked speedily with mind of Agasthya following him.
4.Chadayu kaan Padalam
Chapter on seeing of Jatayu.
(On the way to Panchavati they meet Jatayu, the king of hawks , the son of Aruna and very close friend of Dasaratha. As soon as Jatayu heard that Dasaratha is no more , he wanted to give up his life. And at the request of Rama decided to live and protect them while they are there. They go and start living in a hermitage near Godavari river,
In Valmiki Ramayana , Jatayu tells them how all the different type of beings were created in this world. There is also a very detailed description of Dandaka forest in winter in that Ramayana.)
2690.Then they walked several Kadhams.(1.16 km) ,
The way was dense with several rivers as well as,
Continuous mountain ranges which appeared like relations,
They crossed several forests with such mountains ,
And then they saw Jatayu , the king of vultures.
2691.Jatayu was like the gold melted in fire ,like
The Sun rising from Udaya mountain which lights .
All the directions of the entire world using .
Dense lustrous rays spreading like wings.
2692.Jatayu was like the Mandhara mountain , which
Was once established by the devas in the limitless sea of milk,
And was the shining moon light sitting on huge ,
Black mountain , long , long ago.
2693.With prettiness of black sky fading away , emitting red colour ,
From his gem like legs , Jatayu was sitting on the ,
Huge blue mountain like a very long chain of corals.
2694Jatayu was one with a pure heart , was one with ,
A great knowledge which consisted of great education ,
As well as great boldness , He was personification of truth ,
He was extremely sharp and intelligent , was like ,
A minister who was like a wise minister in a council,
And had a very small eyes which could see great distance.
2695. Jatayu had a sharp nose which was like a goad ,
Held by Indra sitting on the small eyed Iravatha ,
Which had been sharpened by rubbing it on trees,
With which he used to dismember the cruel asuras ,
Holding a sword which would be eaten by Yama like a feast,
And he himself would the left over after he eats.
2696.That Jatayu was like the sun god who rules over,
The nine planets and was shining like a holy wheel,
And he had a necklace of nine gems and had a crown,
Which shined like Sun atop the top of mount Meru.
2697.Jatayu was like the cluster of fame which cannot be described by words.
Was the son of Aruna who comes for destruction of night ,
And one who has spent several eons just like a day time which passes quickly.
2698. Seeing Jatayu sitting on a huge mountain and seeing that mountain,
Has crashed deep in to the earth unable to bear his weight ,
And who appeared as very strong and valorous , those brothers ,
Approached and neared him with mind full of doubt.
2699. Those two brothers who were wearing heroic anklets ,
Decided that he was an ignorant Asura who had come,
There in search of his own death and if he is not an Asura,
They suspected he should be the very powerful Garuda .
2700.And that Jatayu , seeing them with huge bows ,
And wearing heroic anklets , understood that they,
Were not sages who have cut of the two types of Karmas ,
And as they were holding bow and having matted hair ,
He thought that they were devas and had a doubt.
2701.He thought , I often see Indra and other devas ,
Lord Vishnu, the boon giver Brahma and Lord Shiva with an axe,
Would not hide themselves from me as I see them always.
2702.”I have seen the god of love endowed with prettiness ,
And I do not think that God of love is comparable ,
These heroes with red eyes like lotus flower petals,
And endowed with long arms , with dust ,
Attached on their lotus like soft feet.”
2703. And further thinking that , these lads are both having
The measure less proper signs of masculinity , and appear ,
To have the ability to own the entire world ,
And have come along with a lady who is comparable ,
To Goddess Lakshmi and further thought ,
“I am not able to guess who they are.”
2704.He further thought , They who are like blue and gold,
Mountains , have a chest where the Goddess of victory lives ,
And those valorous ones look like my friend Dasaratha ,
Who was blessed with all rare good qualities.
2705.Then that Jatayu who was thinking various things in his mind,
And who was greatly liking those valorous ones with cruel weapons,
Asked them “ Oh bull like lads who hold a huge powerful bow, who are you both?
Please reply me in a fashion that , That I would understand it clearly .”
2706.When he asked them like that , they who do not speak,
Anything but the truth said that they were sons of Dasaratha,
Who was ruler of all the earth which is surrounded by the sea,
And who was wearing the heroic anklets.
2707.As soon as they told him like that that Jatayu who had,
Ocean like joy , came down from that mountain top wanting to hug them,
And asked, “ Do both great shoulders of Dasaratha who wears .
A scented and big garland , continue to be healthy?”
2708.When Rama said that Dasaratha had attained heaven protecting the oath,
That cannot be forgotten , Jatayu became greatly disappointed that ,
Dasaratha was no more and just like being sleepy lost his conscience .
2709.Those two who were hugged and lifted by that great one ,
Washed his face by their tears and that king of vultures,
Who got back his soul that seemed to have gone out ,
Became very depressed and rambled as follows.
2710.”Oh king of kings , Oh enemy of all lies , Oh ornament for truth,
Oh Home of fame , your charity that that merits praise ,
Your white royal umbrella , your patience to your Karpaga tree,
With changed character of not denying charity to any one who asks ,
, The moon the lord of stars , the world that is surrounded by the sea ,
The great charity that you gave to all those who beg you and me
Have all been left alone . Where have you gone?”
2711. “Oh leader , who has a white umbrella which gave ,
Nectar like grace and prettiness to all beings to earth,
Having the security to the earth surrounded by sea getting stopped
Did you leave the world ,see the friendly heart of me who does not have stability,
And I am still alive because I have been born as an animal,
Due to sins committed in early births and am not following the Dharma of friendship.”
2712.”Oh Dasaratha who has a pretty mind without any guilt ,
When you like the churner which breaks the curd killed Sambarasura ,
Who was giving sorrow to the beings of the world , you said ,
Making the world scattered with soft dust and surrounded by the sea that,
“You are the body and I am the soul”, and your words will not change ,
But with soul lying here , the ignorant Yama has taken the body to the heaven.”
2713.”Instead of immediately falling in fire and dying , as soon as I heard his death,
Making my great fame increase , like the innocent women if I fall on earth and cry,
Would that be proper” saying this Jatayu got up from his faint like one who got knowledge,
Looking at Rama and Lakshmana told, “oh sons who own ,
All the seven worlds , please hear” and then he started talking in sequence.
2714.”oh young lustrous lads , I am the son of Aruna and have the ability ,
To go to all the world that he goes and I am great sweet friend of Dasaratha,
Who using his kingship weakened the darkness of enmity from everywhere ,
I was born at the time when the devas and others were being created,
And I am the younger brother of Sampathi who was the king of vultures.
2715. When Jatayu told this story of his those Rama and Lakshmana ,
Who had famous and strong shoulders equal to mountains ,
With hands folded in salutation due to their love and sorrow ,
Had their lotus like eyes filled with tears and felt like seeing ,
Their father , Who had gone to heaven, due to them.
2716.He hugged using his wings , the sweet to hug lads and said,
“Oh sons, please perform the after rites for me,
Because I find it difficult to sweetly carry this body of mine ,
After my friend who along with me was like the same soul in two bodies
And if I do not enter the fire now itself and die ,
I cannot bear this sorrow of mine forever .
2717.”You who are capable of protecting us all from danger,
And one who would be willing to help us , without desiring,
To sacrifice truth , want to die If our leader would die leaving us,
Who would be there whom we can request for support.”
2718.”OH sir, Who never moves away from the laws of Dharma ,
Leaving our parents with whom we have never parted ,
Leaving the city of Ayodhya with plenty of cool water and prosperity ,
When we have come and got out of the sorrow due to meeting you,
Would you leave us in this state and embrace death?”
2719.When they told him like this , That Jatayu whose mind was,
Disintegrating , looking at those valorous ones standing before him,
Said, “If my entering the fire is not agreeable for you,
Then, after you reach back Ayodhya I would reach Dasaratha in heaven.”
2720.Then that Jatayu asked them, “If the king has gone to heaven,
Why is it that your valorous have come here without protecting your kingdom?
What other sad things happened to you? Since my mind is burning ,
Without any stability , Please tell about it clearly and in sequence.”
2721”Oh heroic ones holding well sharpened lustrous spears,
If sorrow has been caused to you by either devas, asuras ,
Or the people of serpent world , I would kill them,
Get back your kingdom and then give it back to you.”
2722.As soon as the father like Jatayu told them like this ,
Rama the husband of Sita, looked at his younger brother ,
And he told Jatayu that these happened due to,
Their step mother who was a lady and told in detail,
Without leaving anything, the sad news,
Which was like the huge ocean with limitless sound.
2723.Hearing that Jatayu looking at Rama told ,
“Oh greatly charitable one who established ,
The truthfulness of your father , obeyed ,
The orders of your step mother with respect ,
And who helped your brother with wealth of kingdom,
Who in the world can do all these except you , who are my father?”
2724. Then Jatayu hugged with love Rama with lotus like eyes ,
Smelled his head, and shedding tears and told him,
“Oh son You gave me and your father limitless fame ,
And so you are one who is really able.”
2725.Again that great Jatayu seeing the fawn like divine Sita wearing bangles,
Asked , “oh son of the emperor , please tell me ,
Who is this pretty lady with a very lustrous forehead.”
2726.Then Lakshmana who was born after Rama told him,
Events staring from killing the Thataka who was like darkness,
To the breaking of the bow, Rama’s marriage with Sita ,
Reaching of the forest and her sleeping on the grass and completed.
2727.That Jatayu with a shining hair became happy on hearing that ,
And asked , “Oh princes who wear garland made of petals of flowers ,
You have come away from a prosperous kingdom and all of you,
With good qualities along with Sita live happily in this forest. I would protect you.”
2728.Rama who lives in the mind of all beings looking at Jatayu told,
“Oh leader , There is a pretty place near the banks of river Godavari,
Which flows with sound and has been told by Agasthya as suitable residence ,
For us and so we would reach that place and live there.”
2729.Jatayu said, “What that great one told is very good. You please ,
Stay near the watering place and do great penance and,
So come with me , I will show you that place and made them,
Walk comfortably in the shade created by his well spread wings.
2730. After reaching that place as guided by the pure hearted Jatayu,
Who is a sinless one and after he left , those two lads ,
With very huge bows ready for battle became happy on reaching that garden.
2731.Jatayu who knew well about the greatness of asuras living there ,
After deep thought , started guarding his daughter in law with a cloth ,
Tied breasts as well as his sons, like a bird protecting its little ones in the nest.