Kamba Ramayanam-Bala Kandam Padalam 15-18
The following four chapters further describe the journey of king Dasaratha and his army to Mithila. This is in continuation of the description contained in the two earlier chapters. These four chapters do not refer to Rama or his parents or his story in any way . Here the emperor of poets Kamban , using several astonishing similes and metaphors is trying to describe the people of Ayodhya with special reference to their love life . Those who want to read the story of Rama as written by Kamban can afford to miss reading these four chapters but those who want to know about the poetic genius of Kamban cannot miss it at all.
15.Varai kakshi padalam
The chapter on picturesque description.
(This is a pretty description of the people of Dasaratha after they settled down on Chandra Saila mountains. The chapter starts with sun rise and ends with the sun set and dusk.)
843.Looking like all the seas of the world have surrounded the Meru mountain ,
Decorated by shining gems , that army spread all around that mountain.
Kings, their queens , the princes , the flower branch like princesses,
And their relations saw the Chandra saila mountain, which we are going to describe.
844.The he elephants with long tusks would break the spreading branches of Karpaga tree ,
Which had its own luster and was surrounded by bees of various types singing Parani pan,
Using its palm tree like hands and gave it to the she elephants who are like their soul.
845.The ladies of mountain land with ,red mouth which create great music
With eyes like blue lily and face like lotus and who know the art of foretelling ,
The black bees which do not like the honey from the Vengai tree ,
Thinking that the stars are the new honey giving Karapunnai flowers,
The bees start to jump towards the stars which are in the sky.
846.The good elephant called moon which lives with the stars which are she elephants,
Pierced using its long white horns and honey started flowing torrentially,
Making great sound, but the tribals who cultivate red grain of Thinai,
Stopped that flow and irrigated using the waters of Akasa Ganga,
And grow the mountain rice using this water.
847,Since the moon was not able to cross that very tall mountain ,
He preferred to stay on its slopes and he being like a looking glass,
On both his sides , on one side tribal girls looking at him dressed according to their wish,
And the damsels of the sky preferred to do is seeing its other side
(possibly it was called “Moon mountain” because of this.)
848. The fire that burns in the black smith’s yard by air pumped by the bellows,
The very poisonous water from the mouth and ghee fed spears
Are capable of eating away the soul , like the burning spear like eyes of tribal women,
And their men brought the crescent of the moon and compared it to the forehead of their ladies.
849.The sweet to look at elephant calves born to very pretty she elephants,
Would play with lion cubs which are bred as pets by those tribal men,
And the young moon which is capable of bending was found playing with,
The babes born to tribal ladies who had crescent shaped foreheads.
850.That mountain made of blue sapphire had the big steps of very angry lion,
Which killed the black mountain like elephant whose cheek is wetted by rut water,
And also the red painted wet steps of ladies on the heads ,
Of the Vidhyadhara kings who had pretty hair on their head.
851.With eyes similar to the red Kayal fishes which extend up to the ears,
With their not visible teeth when they smile, With large hair which was not falling down,
With eyebrows not arching , with lotus like palms and after stabilizing their musical voice,
With playing the strings , when they sing, even Kinnaras would be surprised.
852 When .Ladies with pretty ears , sword like eyes to kill males , wearing honey dripping garland ,
Take bath in the clear water standing on crystal stone base , the Kukum they wear ,
Is left out and visible in those waters and look like a gem studded cup and toddy.
853, When the wives of devas with reddish eye due to love tiff,
Throw away the flower garlands that they wear on their head
Making their men sad those garlands of opened flowers ,
Are seen here and there dripping honey and also not fading.
854. The tribal ladies of that mountain with body as soft of new mango leaves,
Would decorate the leaf sheath of Betelnut using a garland and compare it with themselves,
And the deva maidens wearing pretty ornaments , after removing their gem studded bangles,
Which shine like fire wear it on Kanthal flowers and compare with their hands.
855. When the deva maidens whose bow like arched eye brows were not moving,
After singing accompanied by playing of Yaazh and also dancing prettily , enter in to a love tiff,
And throw out their gem studded garlands , and when the he monkeys which live on the trees,
Make their she monkeys wear those garlands they become pleased on seeing them.
856.In those mountain slopes where tall sandal wood trees grow , all the she elephants,
Which take red colour due to shine of red stones , the shine of the red Padmaraga gems ,
Which look like they are painted with Kumkum paste merging along with,
The sun’s rays of the early morn would paint the sky red.
857.The white ganges which falls on the head of the consort of Goddess Uma .
Which goes on sprinkling pearls on the earth , looking like ornaments for her ,
And which brings measureless gold as well as lots of white pearls ,
Making it look like the upper shoulder cloth of God who measured the world.
858.Those tribals living on the mountain wearing Karapunnai and Ilvanga flowers,
Drove away the honey bees and went on drinking fresh honey with good perfume,
And their love tiff is solved by singing of the Kinnara couple ,
Accompanied by the Makara Yaazh and also the horse faced devas.
859.The chest of lads who were similar to the big elephants were hit by her twin breasts,
Which were matchless like the flower buds , which had flowered on the flower stem ,
Which resembled their thin waists and both of them saw that male bees were playing ,
With the female bees on their black heads and it looked like they were getting married.
860.When the ladies with lotus flower like face , which resembled the lustrous full moon,
Walked over clear water under the impression that it was a bed made of crystal,
The cloth they had tied on their hip as well as their upper cloth got wet,
And the lads wearing bangles in their hands as well as anklets clapped and laughed at them.
861.They saw very many beds made of flowers.
They saw many golden necklaces which were thrown out,
They saw the spit after chewing betel which were red like Indra kopa insects,
They also saw many burnt out beds due to Vidhyadhara maids ,
Who have left their husbands as well as lost their senses by sleeping there.
862.They saw there the swings used by the Deva maidens ,
With their blue lotus eyes swings , with smile appearing on their coral like mouth ,
With the costly ornaments worn over their big thick breasts swinging,
With honey bees flying around their hair and with the ear globes ,
Which were made of gems and gold swinging in the air.
863. Like the men driven away by the prostitutes wearing golden dress
Who were willing to sell their hips ,
After stealing all the wealth and deciding that it is no use any further ,
They saw many empty honey containers left there by the pretty Deva maidens ,
After drinking the honey and sugar juice which were left there by honey bees.
864. In the bed room made by the crystal rocks which could make even night in to day ,
The Deva maidens who had foreheads fighting with the bow , after being made love,
By the devas who had a broad chest which even would defeat the wrestlers,
Had thrown away the garlands made of Karpaga flowers ,
Because they were creating discomfort during love making and they saw such garlands.
865 There were Ladies there who after seeing the Kanthal flowers which were like the spread out palm,
Fearing that it is a serpent with a hood and closing their eyes with their palms,
And others who were seeing the shadow of the real flower of on the diamond rock bed,
Who saluted their husbands and requested them, “Please pluck it for me.”
866. Pinching the leaf sprouts of Asoka tree by their nails and attaching ,
Those pieces prettily on their breasts , picking honeyed flowers,
In the mountain where many type of colours are to be seen, ladies bathed,
In the streams where it appears that the wandering swans have just entered
867.Similar to the sprout of mangoes appearing in the middle of mountains ,
The sides of the mountain which looked like sheets of lustrous gold,
And the deer, elephants snakes and bamboo trees ,
Karapunna trees which are similar to the shoulders of ladies were there.
868. The wild boars which are black like night due to the slushy mud,
Formed by the kumkum thrown out by ladies during love tiff ,
Would rub their bodies against the mango and sandalwood trees,
And due to the ladies who are like the divine maidens in sweet conversation,
Occupying that place , that mountain was looking like heaven.
869.Due to big snakes moving away with great desire for food ,
The bamboos are uprooted and this made the wild cows run scared,
And due to this dust spreads everywhere and the streams ,
Along with large number of pearls making great sounds run there.
870.When the breasts of ladies with lustrous eye of reddish tinge ,
Joined with pretty shoulders of men who were like sword like lions,
The Akil and sandal paste get applied on their shoulders and they looked pretty,
And in those arms which were like mountains sandal, Kumkuma and Kongu trees were there.
871. In that mountain , Banana plants grow in a dense manner ,
And they look like the thighs of the divine ladies who come there ,
And the ladies there play the Yaazh and sing songs,
Similar to the Kinnara ladies of the heaven.
872.The water of rut of the elephants went on flowing in that mountain,
And damaged all the mango trees in that big forest, and the Aacha trees,
And Bamboos on the paths of that forest were uprooted and was shaking.
The animals that go to drink water in the mountain streams were mountain goats and other animals.
873. The black tribal woman who live on those mountains, dig the mountain,
For getting beautiful tubers , The tigers live there densely ,
And on all sides of the mountain huge drums blare out making huge sound .
874.While the very strong elephants play there in the lakes,
The banyan trees which provide cold shade as well as the lotus flowers,
Are greatly shaken and damaged , the lions roared ,
And the bees lived happily on the hair of Deva maidens,
Who stay on those mountain with trees on their side.
875.It is very proper to say that this is the place of Lord Vishnu,
On whose chest the Goddess Lakshmi lives as her temple,
For on the top of that place dense clouds are there,
And in the bottom there would lie heaps and heaps of garlands.
876.Like the bees crowding around flowers from which honey flows,
In all the places of that mountain slopes Ladies and men lived,
And with no interest to go from there, played sweetly with each other.
877.Those men and ladies who lived on that mountain,
Thinking that getting down would cause them sorrow,
Never thought about it and became like the good people,
Who are enjoying the happiness of heaven ,
And could not forget the wealth of that mountain.
878.That mountain with clouds on its top was like an elephant,
And the Sun with its hot rays is like a lion pouncing on it,
And the red sky was like the blood flow if the lion hurts the elephant.
879.Due the red sun light falling on the branches of very big trees,
Most of the leafs of the tree looked like just sprouted ones,
And due to the red light spreading all over it , that faultless mountain,
Looked like a mountain decorated all over by red gems.
880. Beautified due to the sight which was sweet to the eye ,
And due to the number of peaks which were innumerable ,
That stainless mountain looked like the great black Vishnu,
Who had applied coloured sandal paste on his chest.
881.Those ladies and gents who loved each other like the soul and the body,
Like male and female elephants , Like stong lions and lionesses,
Like he and she deer , like the honey bee and other small bees,
Lived on the bottom of the mountain making great sound.
882. When the Sun God who wanders on the sky riding on his one wheel chariot ,
Like the lion with burning and cruel eyes seeking protection from arrows aimed at him,
And who has manes on the neck and anger which can kill,
Entered on the west side of the mountain , it became very dark,
And it spread like the huge crowd of black elephants everywhere.
883.The sea like army of Dasaratha, the king of kings ,
Who is surrounded by scent of honey dripping ,
From flower garlands that he wears,
Went on keeping lighted lamps in that sea like place ,
Which booms with sound without any reduction,
And it looked like a forest of fully opened red lotus flowers.
884. The moon Which rose from the waves of the sea ,
Which sprinkles many water drops, and shines in between the stars,
Is like the white conch travelling in between the white sand heaps ,
Which has very many white shining gems surrounding it.
885.When the ocean which had the smell of the fishes ,
Gave birth to the white coloured moon, not able to tolerate it,
That ocean of the army gave rise to innumerable crores,
Of moon like lady faces which were like full moons,
And which were also like the faces of maids of Deva loka.
886.In all the arenas where dancers perform their art,
When beating drums produce sweet sound, ladies who sing also dance,
And very many musical instruments also produce pleasing sound,
The stringed instruments properly set gave rise to good musical tones,
The flute , the holed instrument also accompanied and all this,
Made the people of Deva loka very greatly surprised.
887.After removing the lustrous precious necklaces of gems ,
And getting a simple pearl chain from the friend, and later ,
Dried the forest of their hairs by the smoke of Akil,
And throwing out the thin faded jasmine garlands ,
They wore the garland of Karumugai which had scented petals.
888.That forest was full of sounds of the Mahouts trying to tame,
The caught elephants using tamed elephants , who were ,
Singing a song which they had just then composed like,
The passionate words spoken by drunken men to their sweet hearts,
The sound of bells tied to the hip belt of the prostitutes when they move about,
And the sound raised by elephants in rut due to their great pride.
889. That night passed with the men of the army having spent their time,
By eating the nectar like food which was not eaten and which was form of art,
By making efforts to remove the love tiff of the difficult to get nectar like ladies,
And by hearing songs set to music and seeing the dances based on its meaning .
16.Poo Koi padalam
Chapter on plucking of flowers
( The sun rises again and at that time the pretty ladies requests their lovers as well as mates to pluck pretty flowers for them. They go to a forest near river Sona and get engaged in this job. The poet also describes lot of occasions when love tiff occurs.)
890.Getting angry at Hiranya the night which had stars as its teeth,
With the swinging his thousand hands which were thousand rays of the sun,
Emerging from the golden pillar which can be called as Udayagiri,
That lion man with great luster like the Sun God came out.
891. After completing all his morning rituals Dasaratha started in his chariot,
With all the kings saluting him . The army that was accompanying him,
Making the places in between rivers as well as mountains as gardens ,
Making all the depressions that they saw as crowd of red lily flowers,
And making all the water bodies that they saw as lotus tanks,
And they all reached the banks of the Sona river.
892.After deciding to stay on the banks of river Sona,
Lord Sun rose up in the sky and kings and their sons ,
Along with their wives reached the cool scented gardens,
Surrounded by pure lakes as well as ponds ,
To happily play by playing plucking the tender flowers bored by bees.
893.Seeing them with bow like eyebrows and reddened black eyes ,
The peacocks thinking that they may wound them went away from there,
Hearing the sweet songs sung by them , the parrots became ashamed,
AS they were not able to sing like that and went away.
And seeing their walk with sound of anklets , swans also went away.
894.With Ear studs made of pure gold which give out light ,
And with ear globes , with shining with bees ,
Flying around making sound when those ladies ,
Were playing with their friends , seeing that ,
Men wearing garlands made of scented and opening flowers ,
Over their chest were not able to recognize them,
As different from the flowering trees and stood there confused.
895.All the koels in that garden hearing the talk of conversation,
Which was with sweet words and like pretty songs,
Between the ladies with broad hips decorated by Gold and gems,
And having cool hair over which honey had spread ,
Were jealous and closed their mouth due to shyness ,
Who can dare to speak before those capable of sweet talk?
896.With eyes which were like poison to those whom they do not like ,
When they looked at with desire using lovely nectar like looks,
And touched with their red lotus flower, the flowering plants ,
Which had grown tall, showered the tender flowers on their feet,
And bent their heads in salutation , for who can remain ,
Without saluting those damsels with hips like vanchi climbers?
897.When those pretty ladies who are similar to the lady of the lotus,
With their flower like soft hands , even the lions who have,
Manes decorated by flowers and who had sword like ,
Terrifying looks were getting terrified and ,
The mountain like shoulders would also bend before them,
And so if I said that the tender flower branches bowed ,
Before them , Is it improper to tell like that.
898.The creeper plant like ladies with foreheads which are like moon’s crescent
In the ponds and rivers are looking like a Blue lotus flowerd on a red lotus,
And seeing that the bees producing sweet sound thought that,
“It is a great wonder to see flower on flowers and started crowding their faces,”
And they did not move away in spite of efforts to drive them away,
Because those who love to see new things , would not leave them easily.
899.Towards the males who had shoulders as strong as very hard rocks,
Who had properly made lustrous body and wore garlands made of flowers,
The peacock like dames , some of them like climbers with fully open flowers .
Were lying down fully jaded and some others,
Were standing straight like the unattainable flowering plants.
900.The ladies seeing that the plants where all their flowers had been plucked ,
Which had lost all its prettiness , worried about how those plants,
Would look to their husbands , made those plants wear their garlands,
Bangles as well hip belts and ear globes and seeing them bend ,
And later stared at those cool flowering branches with great desire.
901.The crowd of bees which normally step on wide open flowers
And wander drinking honey started hovering round ,
The decoration less hairs of ladies without any honey drenched flowers ,
But who wore scented flower garlands which they did not like ,
Unlike the flowers which were liked by them earlier , because,
Wherever good qualities are there, people get all pleasures there.
902.One who is equal in prettiness and is an ornament to Goddess Lakshmi ,
Seeing her own image holding a flower on the white crystal rock,
Seeing her own image holding a flower on the white crystal rock,
Thought , that lady would become like soul to my dear husband,
And stood there with eyes shedding tears and flower in hand.
903.One lady who was like a creeper having face like moon surrounded by clouds,
Seeing the garland worn on shoulders of her king was being worn by ,
Another lady who was like peacock , rained tears from her sword like eyes,
On the tip of her own breasts which knew the nature of cloth tying her breasts.
904. When a king who was greatly in love with his wife , seeing her coming like a peacock,
To find out her state of mind hid himself in a creeper enclosure of that faultless garden,
She who is always with her husband and one who has never lived away from him,
Struggled like the body in search of the soul and with great anxiety searched for him all around.
905. One lady having love tiff with her husband who always used to hold a spear ,
Developed a tinge of redness due to anger in her black eyes decorated by Kajal,
Saluted a koel and pointed to it a flower which was not reachable,
And requested that bird, “ Please pluck that flower and give it to me.”
906.One hero seeing the tender coconut on a tall coconut tree said,
“How great, these coconuts are similar to the breasts of the ladies”,
Hearing that his wife asked “ To the breast of which lady that you have seen,,
Are these coconuts similar ”and with a sorrowful mind and With,
A face covered with sweat , let out hot and painful breaths.
907.When a hero whose shoulders increase in size as soon as he hears ,
The word “war”, who had shoulders which resembled mountains ,
Who was similar to love God was plucking flowers to his wife,
And when she who had cloud like hairs and who had a matchless voice like Koel,
Closed his eyes from behind and when he asked , “who has closed my eyes,”,
She felt as if burnt by fire and suspecting his virtue let out a deep breath.
908.To the several wives who were extending their palm,
Which were like lotus flower not growing on slushy mud,
Requesting the king to pluck and give them flowers,
He placed those fresh flowers which drip honey , on his palm,
And was standing in between them without saying no and also not giving,
And was standing like a wild miser, because he was helpless.
909.When the lover who was liked by her, mentioned the name of another woman,
Before this wife who had eyes applied with Kajal ,She stared at him,
With her spear like eyes which would hurt him in his heart,
And becoming shy for having stared at him like that before others,
She moaned and holding a flower by her tender hand she smelt it,
And due to heat of her tortured breath, the flower immediately wilted.
910.That king who moves round in chariots use to wander round,
With the kajal applied eyes of all his wives , each born in great families ,
Following him wherever he goes like the bees which follow the elephant in rut.
911.A man who has a pretty form beyond reproach , when he divided equally the flowers,
Between one of his wives who had a forehead similar to the crescent of moon at dusk,
And the other who was a very pretty one who was worshipped by all who see her,
Both of them threw away all the flowers and not liking to stand before him went like peacocks.
912.Without bothering to take care of her with great fragrance ,
Without bothering about the dress getting untied , without bothering,
To notice that pearls from necklaces falling down all over the garden,
Are they searching for their own souls which is in their own body,
Or is it some other important material or is it the flowers that drip honey?
913. A lady who was comparable to goddess Lakshmi who speaks with sweetness ,
Of the sound of Yaazh was not moved when her husband who is the king,
Who had incomparable strength saluted her, but after he went away ,
With a melted mind she became sad and thinking of a devious trick ,
Deep in her mind , she drove her pet bird and followed it to the place where husband was there,
914.One who had become greatly thoughtful when all the five arrows of love God,
Pierced on his chest wearing pretty flower garlands , without understanding what to do,
Went and weakly stood before a lady who had applied sandal paste on her breasts and had a long hair ,
And asked her “Oh Kurukathi plant would you flower a Mandhara flower and give it to me?”
915.One who wanted to find fault on her husband , without any diminished anger ,
Developing a love tiff and when it was seen by her that her husband was becoming happy ,
Without waiting there , decorated herself with the flowers she collected with difficulty ,
And on seeing her own image in the mirror , felt sad that he was not there to see her.
916. If my husband who feeds the God of death using his lustrous spear ,
Does not come here to see my made up form with decorations,
I Would not agree to live in this world, for how did this make up help me?
Saying this she would give away all her ornaments to the lady who guards the funeral pyre.
917 In case of one lady , the waist was sorrowing due to its not able
To lift the breasts which were coming out of the cloth tied over it ,
And in case of another she was holding a big golden cup in her tender shivering fingers,
To feed the parrot which was hiding in between two huge stones.
918.When one lady was walking like a swan , she seeing a swan coming near her ,
Under the impression that she was her relation , she became friendly with it and told the swan,
“You are my friend , if people see you without cloth they would find fault with you”
And then she was agreeable to give her cloth to that she swan which was young.
919. Another lady with a voice like sugar syrup ,covering her snake hood like hips
With a thin cloth , got scared of a peacock which was coming near to her ,
As it was an enemy of the snake and hid herself behind a flowery branch,
Which had bunches of flowers and closed her eyes using another flowery branch and got weak.
920.Another lady with matchless beauty , with playful anger told her lady friend,
“Oh honey , Oh daughter of a flower , I will now hide myself ,
And you please find me out, “ and hid herself behind the leaves,
Which were ready to harvest and then hid her blue lotus like eyes by her hand and then laughed.
921.One very able hero wearing the string of his bow on his left hand,
And holding a tender lotus flower on his very strong right hand ,
And with great pride was wandering like a sun in the midst of the big lotus forest,
Of the pretty faces of ladies with hair of the colour of darkness of night.
922.When those pretty men hold a red bow made out of the sweet fresh sugarcane,
Brought from the field , even the God of love became ashamed hearing ,
The lisping voice of their pretty and very innocent wives,
And thought that it was a divine art of words repeated by them.
923.The cowherd who resembled the God of love played in their flutes
Which were decorated with flower garlands , a song similar to the sound of bees in the garden,
To signal the time to go back to his herd and like a big bull returning home,
In between the herd of cows,Men were returning home ,
Surrounded by ladies with eyes with kajal , looking like blue lotus in the evening,
924.Though there is a saying that “ That those sages who are strong,
In penance are capable of protecting themselves from the bow of love god,”
But the truth is that even a simple glance from the tip of eyebrow,
Of these ladies who harvest flowers is capable of defeating them.
925. One lady with a with a scented hair and a crescent like forehead,
Was sitting on the mind of her husband who had climbed the Punnai tree to harvest flowers,
And so even though one man has wisdom flowing like a spring from his mind,
Would they ever be able to win over those ladies with huge breasts.
926.One husband who had climbed on a branch of tree to pluck flowers,
Was not able to move his mind or his eyes from the god given beauty of his wife ,
But was plucking buds of flowers and leaves and dropping them down.
927.One man who had shoulders like a big staff weapon ,
Seeing the face of his wife , whose hairs are habituated by bees,
Seeing the vibrations of her mouth of the colour of the red fruit ,
Understood using his mind that she was angry and trembled.
928.After doing activities like this for some time ,
Those men and women lost interest in plucking ,
And decorating with flowers in that cool garden,
And reached a water front with a desire,
Of playing in water with white foam and flow.
17.Neer Vilayattu Padalam
Chapter on water sports
(After getting bored by plucking of flowers the men and women turn their attention to water sports.)
929.Those faultless men and goddess like women,
Making even gods without sorrow being shamed at seeing them,
With the bees with nature of humming and rising up in the sky,
Left those those gardens towards the water fronts,
Like she elephants coming with he elephants in the forest.
930.The scene of the males and females going to play water sports,
Was similar to the scene of the Lord of devas going along ,
With his entire wealth and ladies in to the ocean of milk,
Due to anger of sage Durvasa who was similar to Lord Shiva ,
With the river ganges flowing on his matted hair.
931 . The blue lotus flowers which desired the blackness of Kajal,
Flowered like the eyes of those ladies and their eyes which wanted ,
To become big like their palms looked like fully bloomed blue lotus flowers.
All the red lotus flowers bloomed like the faces of those ladies,
And the faces of those ladies appeared like fully bloomed lotus flowers.
932-939.Some of them were standing there hugging the chests of their husbands,
Like The goddess Lakshmi who lives on the lotus flowers standing on the stalks,
Some standing like victorious Goddess Lakshmi hugging the shoulders of their husbands,
Some who are fanning so that the water spreads like the spreading leaf sheath,
Some who are embracing their husbands scared due to the jumping of Valai fishes,
Some who are fanning scented powders so that the bees like to eat the pollens,
Some who fan the oil of musk and other scented oils facing each other ,
Some who are fanning with flower garlands , some who take the pure water,
In their red mouths and sprinkle them on the bodies of their husbands.
Some who take water in their lotus like palms and sprinkle on the others,
Some with waists like streak of lighting , some with shoulders like Bamboos,
Who decorate the front scroll of hair like that of a peacock,
Who while getting out after immersing themselves in water ,
Seeing that their hairs are hiding their faces , move them away by their hands,
Some who request the swimming swans to play with them.
Some who become sad when flowers in the waves dash against their tender breasts,
Some ladies who were sweet like sugarcane to their husbands appearing as if,
The corals and red fruit are flowers on the lotus plant , who have blue lotus like faces,
Some ladies who are as sweet as a cane about whom we say that they do not have any hips at all,
Some ladies seeing the swimming kayal fish in water and asking their husbands ,
“Do all these water bodies also have eyes?”
Another lady who wears a garland of flowers from which bees drink honey ,
And who had thick hair and was looking like a real goddess,
Seeing the shadow of her own pretty body in the waters of the lake ,
Said, “This lady with the pretty forehead is always laughing whatever I do,
And so she is my friend, “ and gave her matchless invaluable pearl necklace to their image with joy,
Some other ladies who were wearing garland of flowers from which the sound of bees were heard,
Who were hugging the pretty diamond like shoulders of their men, with great passion,
Some were going like tender peacock groups living on the mountains which touch the sky,
With their valuable necklace of gems showering luster and were seen reaching those water bodies,
And one lady whose red eyes like Kayal wish was made more red by her anger,
Hid herself in an area with a crowd of lotus flowers and her husband was in great confusion
While searching for her could not find which was her face and which was the lotus flower
And Whenever some other ladies who were wearing bangles of conch and gold in their tender hands,
Were dipping themselves in water their bangles made sound like bees,
And from their high placed hips due to being moved several times , the belts got loose ,
And fell on their feet and they thinking it is a snake started shouting for help loudly.
940.Surrounded by divine ladies who appeared along with nectar in the sea ,
And surrounded the Mandhara mountain which was used to churn the ocean,
One king wearing garlands , stood with his very strong and pretty mountain like shoulders
Surrounded by a crown of pretty maidens who were dipping in water and were playing.
941.The king who stood in between the crowd of ladies who were wearing bangles,
On their red hands who had pure laugh , who had very pretty mouth ,
And who had hips which used to bend like the climbing creepers,
Looked like The male elephant in rut surrounded by several she elephants,
In the mountain stream with scented lotus flowers as boundary fences.
942.In between the crowd of pretty women who had hair similar to that of a black cloud,
Who caused the loss of the pride of all the peacocks living in the forest ,
One king was standing and was looking like the moon with spreading luster ,
Among the stars which were giving light here and there in the sky.
943.One lady who had two long eyes and who was made up by her servants ,
Who besides having the quality of being desired by all people ,
And who was having all the arrows that the God of love with a sugarcane bow had ,
Was standing out shining in the crowd of the bevy of pretty woman there.
944.One lady who was standing like a peacock among the ladies, who resembled ,
The horrifying spear which wounded the mind of men , shining like a sword,
And Who was having two lustrous eyes on her face with great luster
Was similar to the Karpaga climber which came out from the sea ,
Surrounded by very many climbers capable for producing flowers with many petals.
945. A lady with a hipswhich she received from the chariot , with breasts received from coconut tree,
With a prettiness that cannot be matched by any one , dipped in to the water,
With the cloth tightly tied over her breasts shaking here and there ,
And her pretty face in that pure water looked like the shadow of the moon.
946.When their hips which were not controllable by the dress that they were wearing.
And their pot like breasts , racing with each other dashed against ,
The shoulders of men which by their valour beat even the great mountains,
The water in the water bodies lost their balance and started to over flow.
947.Since the water body made their pretty mouth very red,
Made their eyes further reddish , destroyed the sandal paste applied on their body,
Loosened their dress and was a place where the huge breasts ,
Of those ladies applied with fragrant pastes dipped , it was like their husband.
948.Has it not been told that “all those who are with holy ones,
Would become themselves holy in due time” and like that ,
Those fishes in the water bodies started having the scent of ,
Honey, musk , Teak wood and Akil smoke scent ,
Is there any need to tell ore similes?
949.Due to the sandal paste that was used to decorate the bodies,
The kings in large numbers and due to the KUmkum paste ,
Worn by the ladies who accompanied those kings,
That sweet water was similar to the red sky ,
Where a very huge black cloud had spread all over.
950. Due to the Akil and sandal paste applied on their body,
Which were scented being completely dissolved in that water ,
Those ladies who had mouth like cool red mouth,
Shined like the Manikka gems which were cut.
951.Seeing that the mark that she has drawn with sandal paste ,
On the pure shoulders of him who is as strong as as a jumping lion,
Has been erased , the eyes of her ,who has tender emotions ,
Which are normally black turned red due to anger .
952.When the body of one who suffers out of the heat of passion ,
Who carries the heavy weight of her hips and who wears pretty ornaments,
Became greatly hot by passion that lake with waves cool water ,
With scented powders , with flowers that have just opened scalded her.
953. Like the kings of male elephants who bathe the goddess ,
Who resides in the lotus flower, a man who wears flower garland,
On his shoulders , brought and splashed water .
On the hair of a lady who had applied ghee on it .
954.One very young swan which climbed on a lotus flower
Seeing them walk so nicely that they defeated them,
Became angry and thinking that the tender flower.
Was their small tender feet stamped on those flowers.
955.Would I be able to say about the number of men,
Whose mind was agitated seeing the breasts of women ,
Which looked like golden pots tied with pretty thread
Showing nail marks as the sandal paste has been washed away ,
Due to the water sports that they enjoyed playing.
956.One king who was capable of ruling using his hands,
Which was like the lotus flower with long petals asked her,
“When shall we meet again ?” and that tender one ,
Who had red mouth like Veezhi fruit replied to him,
By sending a message by her eye to her friend, who passed it on to him.
957.Those red lotus flowers which go under water in the clear water ,
Due to the water being pushed away during the water sport,
Appeared like they were not able to be like the pretty faces of those ladies,
Who were like deer and were hiding their faces under water.
958.After bathing like this in those big water storages ,
Those men who wear the big armlets as well as women,
Climbed up from the water leaving it lonely ,
And started wearing proper dresses as well as ornaments.
959. After they who played in them with great desire went away,
That water filled water reserve was like the sky where ,
The stars have crawled away and felt as if all the lotus ,
That populated them earlier have gone and settled somewhere else.
960.The sun who saw the water sports played by the deer eyed ladies,
With men , as if he also had a desire to play such water sports,
Went inside the western ocean which was filled with wish.
961.Like the king having faced defeat earlier and is again,
Coming with courage to fight with another king ,
The moon which was defeated earlier by the pretty faces of those ladies,
Again appeared on the sky to again face those ladies.
The chapter on dancing after drinking.
( Here is a peculiar chapter of Ramayana . It describes ladies drinking alchoholic drinks. As , it is mentioned as “Kallu”, the fermented flower juice of palm trees , I have translated it as toddy. In few places the word Madhu (either honey or wine) also is used. There are few stanzas in this chapter which describe love sport , which is called war of love in some places.The incidents described in this chapter happen at night after sun set.)
962. The great moon light which was cool spread everywhere,
Like the white liquid of toddy ebbing out everywhere ,
Like the sweet music taking a form and spreading all over,
And like The passion in the mind spreading to all sense organs.
963.As per the request of the God of love the full moon opened up in the sky,
Like the toddy which increases the sweetness to those engaged in love play,
Like the poison to those couples who are forced to live apart,
And like an emissary to those with love tiff , to again join together.
964.Due to spread of moon light , all rivers became like Ganges,
All oceans became like the ocean of milk ,
Al the hills became like the silvery mountain where lord Shiva lives,
And what more can we say about the spread of moon light?
965,With matchless directions ,when all men and all animals,
Became lustrous due to the pouring moon light on them,
This world which was surrounded by ocean appeared to celebrate the birthday,
Of the God of love who has a very sharp sword and Makara fish on his flag.
966.In the shade of the pearl tent created by lustrous stars ,
In the gardens where the roof curtain is provided by dark clouds,
In the crystal rooms which were shining like ponds,
And in the scented flower gardens, ladies reached to take rest.
967.Those ladies whose hair had the perfume of scented flowers,
With an intention of enjoying the love play on flower spread beds,
Started drinking in pretty golden goblets , the newly extracted toddy,
Which was like the nectar which was made only for that purpose.
968.Those ladies of the heaven full of stars , The Vidhyadhara ladies ,
Were not comparable in prettiness to these ladies and they,
Who were having eyes like deer and honeyed flowers,
Drank toddy like a torrential rain of honey by their mouth.
969.The toddy that entered the mouth of one of those ladies,
Went and settled inside her like nectar and not only her black eyes became red ,
But the white goblet of the colour of the spilled milk ,
Turned red due to their being touched by her lustrous red hands.
970. The pure toddy drunk by the ladies whose hair has been perfumed
By musk and cool akil smoke, similar to the ghee poured in the Fire pit ,
Which is full of burning sacred fire , increased ,
The fire of passion that was burning in their heart.
971. One lady who had a shining forehead resembling a sword ,
Seeing her shadow which was as pretty as her reflected,
In the toddy with cool smell in her golden goblet told,
“Oh friend, please take this along with me and enjoy”,
Is there anywhere the greater ignorance to that of,
Of ladies who have poison like very long eyes,
And who have voice like that of nectar to our ears.
972.One with a waist which looks as if it will break
Having thick hair , black eyes which appears to be coated by poison,
And having a red face with a smile , seeing her shadow in the toddy asked,
“Hey mad one , what are you doing, why are you drinking my left over toddy,
When there is a huge jar full of toddy ?” and then she thinking ,
Her shadow is another lady , laughed showing her jasmine bud like teeth.
973 . Another lady who had eyes like the horrifying spear which can kill,
Seeing the crystal gem studded goblet in which the white rays of moon fell,
Appearing that it is full, , kept that goblet , thinking it is toddy on her lips,
And when all other people teased her for drinking ,
Out of an empty goblet , felt greatly ashamed.
974 She , the one who made one conclude that her lisping voice was the one
That gave sweetness to Yaazh and sweet flute and the one who has a mouth,
Which is as red as the flowers of Murukka tree , happened to ,
See the shadow of her sword like eyes In the big jar of cool toddy
In which, the blue lotus with its stalk has been put,
And she thought that they were bees who have come to drink honey from flowers.
975.There was one lady who wears the ear globes made of pure gold,
Seeing the shadow of the white moon reflected in the toddy ,
With her confused and energetic eyes due to her drinking toddy,
Said, “Oh moon , scared of the snakes that come to attack you,
On the sky , you seem to be hiding here, do not get scared ,
For I am offering you protection.” In a very sweet voice.
976.A lady with a belly button which resembled a whirl pool ,
Of that river that remains stable at one place , noticing the great moon light,
Which pierces the roof made of flowers which dripped red honey ,
Either due to her taking toddy , or due to her having lost her intelligence,
Or due to the timid nature which ladies have,
Thought that it was toddy that is dripping , tried to catch it in her goblet.
977.One lady who had a waist which was similar to a streak of lightning ,
Having a wavering voice instead of her sweet voice like the white nectar,
Took off her pretty waist belt and tied a flower garland there,
And not only that started tying her golden necklace on her curved hair.
978.One lady seeing the drunk image of her face at the bottom of the goblet,
Containing toddy , thinking that moon in the sky has fallen in side the goblet,
With a wish to drink toddy said, “When I have a lover’s tiff with,
My husband who gives me happiness to the mind , you would,
Remove my heat and so I would give this toddy for you to drink.”
979.A lady who had an ornamented nose like flower of gingely ,
Without realizing that she has spilled all the toddy she had ,
Due to the shivering of her hand in to her hips ,
Due to the stupor created by toddy , concluding that ,
Toddy would be there on the back of the goblet and
Kept the goblet upside down and attached to her lips.
980. Seeing the bees which have spread up to the sky,
Similar to the beggars who have come to get the great wealth of misers,
One lady felt shy to open her red mouth which was dripping honey ,
Thinking that the bees would go inside her mouth and started,
To sip the toddy from the goblet using the stem of a tender plant.
981.One lady who had made the kayal fishes in the lotus tanks,
Run away since they felt that they could never compete with her eyes,
Who has the shining eyes similar to sharp knife just taken out of its leather case ,
And who was wearing thin garland made of honeyed flowers over her thin hair,
And was resembling a young peacock did not drink toddy as she knew,
That the lover residing in her heart does not like to drink toddy.
982.One lady made both her death like eyes look deeply red,
Made her eye brows bend and tried to take it to the top of forehead,
Gnashed her lustrous teeth as if she was angry by drinking toddy,
And folded her pretty arms ,which are as pretty as the newly formed leaf.
983.The sweat of the a lady with vibrating red lips which are like red fruits,
Biting them with lustrous teeth which look like cut pieces of the moon,
And staring with their deep red eyes looking like spears tainted by blood,
Was looking like the toddy they have drunk coming out of their skins.
984.The excess of redness of their red fruit like cheeks went to her eyes,
The lustrous eye brows in her lotus like face looked more like a bow ,
And the crescent like forehead became wet because of sweat
Of that lady who was well ornamented and was telling something with thinking some other thing,
985. With the Red ilavam flower like lips becoming deep red,
With the saliva coming in between teeth becoming sweet,
With the cloth tied over their breasts getting loosened up,
With her hair falling down slowly sliding like waves ,
And with the teasing laughter , The toddy and love making by husband appeared similar.
986. One lady wearing a waist belt studded with invaluable gems ,
Tried to send her friend to her husband who has parted from her ,
Asking her to tell her faultless husband that due to the God of love,
Who wears the heroic armlets , she was greatly disturbed ,
And told her , “Would you also stay like my mind with him or come back.”
987.One lady who had eyes that were desired by the deer was ,
Sending all her close friends one by one as emissary to her very strong husband,
And when she noticed that each of them who had gone did not return,
Made herself as her emissary and went to meet him alone.
988. One lady who had honey like lisping talk , who was ,
Drowned in the sea of love which cannot be stopped by shores,
Lying down on a bed of several layers of scented flowers,
With great love and joy hugged the parrot ,
Which was capable of telling all the names of her husband.
989.Sitting in a location which was scented , one lady ,
Having a sword like forehead , hugged her companion parrot and screeched,
“You have not gone and brought my soul like lord ,
What other help except this can be done by you,
And you are like the one who makes sad,
Those who have parted from their lover”
990.When the husband called her by the name of wife junior to her,
One lady whose hand is crowded with bangles and who was like a peacock,
Initially smiled showing her jasmine bud like teeth at the mistake of her husband,
And then, when she thought he is telling the name of junior due to more love towards her,
Tears dropped torrentially from her eyes which were like Kayal fish.
991.One good lady who thought about the mistake done by him earlier,
With passion caught hold of the golden belt which his wife wears over her hip,
And even before the pearls studded in hip belt started falling down,
The pearl like tears of that lady who wore golden bangles reached the floor.
992.One lady who had a hair decorated by well opened flowers,
Was doing serious thinking like , “would I have a love tiff with him?”, or
“Would I enjoy love play with him so that this sickness melting my soul will get cured,”
Or “Would I sing about his good qualities accompanied by the Veena?”
993.Another lady instead of telling her friends about the tiff with her lover,
Touched with her flower like red hands , the Makara Veena with knobs,
And started singing what was in her mind so that her lover would understand.
994. One lady who was like a creeper which has put up new shoots,
Went on drawing love lines on the ground with her feet,
And when they did not meet with each other every time,
Became extremely sad due to the arrows shot by the God of love,
And once in a while left deep breath to prove that she was still alive.
995.One lady who has fingers which made the ball beautiful , due to sorrow of parting,
Send her friend as an emissary to her extremely pretty husband,
And when he came , she closed the door , preventing him from coming in,
And since she was not knowing what her thoughts were, her eyes became red.
996.One lady who wanted to end the love tiff with her husband , lay down on her flower bed
And when her husband did not understand her wish acted as if she has just woken up,
And put her hand and legs on to his body asked, “How much of a time is over now?”
997. One lady becoming worried due to love tiff and with her cotton like soft feet,
Kicked him and due to his body which was like a field with a fence ,
Was made wet because of the flow of sweet emotions ,
The seeds of love germinated in him and his hairs stood up like plants.
998.One hero who had swords by which he made enemy king suffer,
Seeing that her breasts have gone down in size due to his parting,
Realizing the great measure of love that she had towards him,
Became very happy and stood with increased size of his shoulders.
999.One person who was blessed with great beauty reached the place,
Where his wife was there and saw that the flowers of her bed,
Were like the troublesome arrows of God of love and
Noticed that all those flowers have been burnt like new twigs,
And understanding her intensity of sorrow , was perplexed and became thoughtful.
1000.The heat of breasts of a lady caused drying of the sandal paste that was applied,
And seem to tell one hero who worked with his sword, “please protect our country”,
And looked like the pots of holy water kept there for crowning him.
1001.One lady who was not able to tolerate the suffering due to parting,
With her soul like lover , removed the waist belts, golden bells and diamond necklaces,
Thinking that they would make sound and make others know her intention,
And saw with fire like eyes the moon which made her suffer at time of parting.
1002.To a valorous one who was suffering like the sugarcane in a mill,
Due to parting, and a lady who had the sweet tender voice of the garden koel,
And was not able to take out the flower garland that he was wearing on his very strong shoulders,
And What shall we say about the strength of this garland he was wearing?
1003.One lady who had very long hair , for the sake of telling her sorrow,
First saw the picture of the God of love and then she looked at her friend,
And she understanding her plight of trouble from God of love,
Started walking towards the home f her husband who wore honeyed garlands.
1004.One peacock like lady wearing a golden Kuzhai went speedily towards .
A very angry hero who was holding a sword in his hand,
And was this done because the toddy that makes her heart melt,
Or was it the evening time or was it the god of love himself?
1005.When one lady who was defeated by the full strength of love ,
Who was angry and had a crescent like forehead,
Shed tears from her eyes which looked like rain,
And when her husband smilingly asked “What happened to you?”
She lost her shyness and became laughing and joyous.
1006.One lady to whom “this is her waist” was a lie,
Though she had not lost the desire to sports of love,
Took away her hand , due to being drunk from him , and this peculiar act,
Made her husband feel that one sword has entered his chest.
1007.One lady who was tender hugged a lady friend of hers,
And wanted to send her as an emissary to her husband,
And due to her shyness preventing her from telling it,
Went on wailing for a measureless time.
1008. One lady , from whom great love was ebbing out again and again,
Wanting to tell the wrongs done by her lover for whom she is the only soul,
To another lady who was wearing flower garlands with great scent,
Became shy and went on telling unconcerned things.
1009.One couple thinking that their thought process was alike .
Their soul was same and the love that each had to the other was same,
But not knowing why their bodies only were different ,
Hugged tightly with each other so that their bodies could become one.
1010 One lady who had shoulders like bamboo , when her husband,
Who had a tiff with her stood before her , when without her control,
Her mind went towards him stood up and saluted him,
And seeing this as a new act of hers, He was scared thinking that she was angry.
1011.One lady with a curved forehead who had a love tiff ,
Thinking about the pleasure that it could bring and later repented,
Seeing her friend who went as emissary but returned alone ,
Told her that like the breeze and the night that are yet to come,
Her friend would trouble her like her mother..
1012.One lady who was made to love , send her mental feelings also,
Along with her emissary whom she sent to bring her husband,
And she was standing making all those who saw her tell that,
She was looking like one hit by the God in the evening,
But she became action less and went on staring at the direction of arrival of her husband.
1013.One lady who was not able to forget her husband ,
Would always be waiting for his arrival and to her,
Joy and sorrow used to come alternatively like birth and death,
And like the streak of lightning appearing between clouds which cannot be moved,
She would come out thinking he has come and
Disappear thinking that he has not come.
1014.One lady who had breasts that can never be drawn in a picture ,
Had horrific wounds caused by the arrows of God of love on them,
And she caressed them with her hands wearing bangles ,
She cried and laughed and saluted one of her friends,
And requested her to tell about all her sufferings to her lover.
1015.One lady was covered with sweat , thinking how she would tell in words ,
The illness caused by love and the problems that were caused by it,
Which are to made known by signs to the wise people , as it is useless,
And then she told her friend her sorrows with a pained mind and lied down on a bed,
And then with an eye full of anxiety looked at her friend,
Thinking “would she keep quiet and not do everything to make him come.”
1016. The God of love who is inside all the young men and women,
Would have been thrice more happy than young ladies with breasts ,
For without the knowledge of any one , He would have definitely,
Drunk the clear and pure toddy drunk by them inside their bodies. .
1017 . Those men who had tied up hair which is scented due to wearing flower garlands,
After throwing away the cloths worn by ladies who have not understood the love play,
And also after throwing out the waist belt which was used to tie their broad hips,
Because those who can shout and announce should not be there during secret works.
1018.Is it new that a lady threw away her cloths as well as ornaments and,
A lady with pretty forehead also forsook the shyness which is in built in her ,
Like a saint who with great determination has forsaken all attachments,
For only in passion resides the capacity of forsaking oneself.
1019.One man who was like the matchless god of love ,
And a lady who was similar to Goddess Lakshmi living on a lotus flower,
Went on doing the war of love with both of them not being defeated,
Because if the souls of both of them are same who can win or who can loose?
1020.One lady who was sword like in the war of stealing the minds ,
Seeing her pretty lover who liked like God Muruga and was wearing a garland,
Hiding his chest to prevent her kick by the leg due to love tiff,
By his flower like hands , became more angry with him thinking that,
He was trying to protect another lady in his mind out of deceit.
1021.One lady with a mouth which is red and had a taste of milk,
Who was wearing several types of bangles , who had huge shoulders,
Who had eyes like spear and who was looking very tender,
To one who had a mind full of ocean like love and Who had,
Long hands like that of a cloud, gave same type of pleasure,
That made her like the divine lady of heaven.
1022.One lady who was like a peacock living in gardens of mountainous terrain,
Who got very angry thinking about the lies told by her husband ,
And in the war of love with anger engaged by them,
The love that rose in the minds of them only won.
1023. With a cruel eyes a lady resembling personification of murder,
Who had wide hips which appears to start from within her dress,
Hugged her husband tightly and thinking that her breasts ,
Would have pierced the mountain like chest of him, stretched and saw his back.
1024. When the men were enjoying the new sweetness of ladies,
Kumkum fell down , her hair became untied.
The conch bangles made great sound , Cloths slipped down,
And the anklets that they wore in their legs produced great tingling sound.
1025.When love removed the sorrow causing love tiff , like the Sun removing the snow,
One lady who was like a peacock , was pretending to be asleep in spite of it ,
With a very anxious mind , due to the help of a pretended bad dream, hug her husband tightly.
1026. One lady with a round face , who looked like a peacock and her husband,
When they happened to come near hugged very tightly ,
And due to being not willing to separate their pasted bodies,
Never left the hands that embrace and did not realize even when night got over .
1027. To the hero who was like an elephant in a rare rut,
And to a lady who had very black thick hair ,
Due to the war of love , that night went on reducing,
Like their hip which were unable to carry her heavy breasts.
1028.Like those who were not able to do blessed deeds till the end,
Whose wealth slowly vanishes, the moon vanished from the sky .
And the sun appeared in the middle of the black sea with spreading waves ,
Like the shining Kausthubha gem in the black body of Lord Vishnu.