19.Yethir kol Padalam
Chapter on receiving guests)
(This chapter in detail tells us how king Janaka along with his army went and received Dasaratha along with army as well as relations. It also indicates the great arrangements made by the king.. This is just mentioned in one stanza in the Valmiki Ramayana)
1029.Not following those which have been prohibited by the Vedas,
And following without fail those rules of justice as told by the Vedas,
The King Dasaratha who is the king of kings who had the white umbrella and King’s staff,
Along with ocean like army in to which the stream of the water of rut,
From those elephants which had ornamental cover of the face,
Reached the shores of the river Ganga.
1030.Due to that ocean of army armed with arrows and weapons drinking the water,
The clear water of the ganges was much reduced and even the land of the serpents,
Which have split toungue became visible and even the ocean with salty water,
Became thirsty because the stoppage of the flow of water of ganges.
1031.By the time Dasaratha who owned very large area of land crossed the river,
And went near the town of Mithila with broad fields and which had large water resources,
And we would start telling about activities of Janaka who was merciful and
Who had a cavalry who were expert in jumping.
And who had shoulders which were as firm as pillars .
1032.As soon as he heard that king Dasaratha has arrived, with joy ebbing out of his mind,
King Janaka accompanied by an ocean like army with male elephants capable
Of breaking great logs of wood , with chariot army and with horses with stirrups ,
Came similar to the moon who comes to meet the sun, to receive Dasaratha,
Who had great wealth which was as much as Indra’s wealth.
1033.Like all other oceans with their conches going on making great sound,
And joining the ocean of milk, the armies of Dasaratha in whose country,
The river Ganges flows came and joined the army of the fertile country,
Ruled by The king who had a daughter and like the milky ocean,
Which has the lady of the lotus living in it receiving other oceans, received them.
1034. To the army of Dasaratha who were armed with sharp spears like Banyan leaf,
The seven seas which are long and broad and house the sea sharks are comparable,
And to the measureless army with divisions of men, chariots, elephant and horse
Again only the sea which is spread throughout the world is comparable.
1035,White royal umbrellas with garlands which were tied with clump of peacock feathers ,
Of that army hid the entire sky , thereby hiding the sun and making the earth dark ,
And it was comparable to huge lotus ponds where red and white lotus flowers were found mixed.
1036. Does the Goddess Lakshmi who lives in red lotus flowers live in the flags,
Of Dasaratha who was ruling his country without any types of laziness?
Or does she live in his kingdom which had come from generation to the next generation?
Or Does she stay in the ocean like army of his? Or Does she live in his chest?
Or does she stay in the pretty crown of his?, It was not possible to understand.
1037.The pretty sound of bees which hover round the black hair,
Of the ladies whose breasts which ebb out of the cloth tying them,
Is indeed the music with seven types of note , and the sound made by the chariots,
Is very much similar to the waves of the great white oceans,
And the trumpeting sound of his great elephants ,
Is similar to the sound of thunder of the rainy season.
1038.It is easy to tell that the dust raised by the marching army ,
Not only filled up all oceans but also rised and spread in the heavens,
And these dust rised to the heaven through the hole made ,
By the feet of Lord Vishnu who was armed with the wheel ,
When he measured all the three worlds by his feet.
1039.In that army when the kings were marching close to one another,
Their white umbrellas hid the complete sky and it was easy to drive away
The darkness thus created due to the golden gem studded ,
Ornaments that the army wore , which were shining like lightning.
And also many gems due to their luster would create a rainbow,
Creating the heat of the sun and some gems create the cool of the moon.
1040 The very strong Janaka who was capable of shooting powerful arrows ,
When he saw that the faultless king Dasaratha was coming to his city,
Started to go and receive him sprinkling every where the scented powders,
As well as golden dust and the pollen of scented flowers, which were the only dust there.
1041. The slush that was created on the way were , the perfumed honey ,
Musk , the saffron dust as well as the dust of the Akil trees ,
The extra amount of musk created by the deer as well as,
Various other mixtures of scented products mixed,
In the water of rut flowing from the elephants.
1042.The reflected light from the golden ornaments of the ladies , who wore scented flower,
Garlands would go and reach the white umbrellas and go round them ,
Along with this the huge flags which are signs of victory would merge ,
Along with other decorations and would provide cool shade everywhere.
1043.When opposite the army of Dasaratha which had matchless strength,
The army of Janaka which was having more and more ebbing out stood,
The sound created was like the sound of a torrential river ,
Merging with the matchless ocean with beating tides.
1044.The king Janaka with an elephant army capable of breaking huge pillars,
Came before Dasaratha who had the culture and love of father to all,
Pushed by great desire and joy , with the speed of mind riding on a huge chariot.
1045.When Janaka came before the chariot of Dasaratha , he got down from the chariot ,
With his pretty as well as very strong army standing behind him,
And when Dasaratha signed him to get up in to his chariot ,
He got in to it and he and Dasaratha hugged each other with faces full of joy.
1046.That Dasaratha who was like a lion which was being received by a tiger ,
And who was greater than every one , after hugging king Janaka with both hands,
With a faultless mind enquired about the welfare of each of king Janaka ’s relations,
And requested him to go forward along with him and eventually reached the city of MIthila.
1047.When both of them with great joy reached the town of MIthila,
Rama , who was only comparable to himself and who by his strength ,
Broke the bow of Lord Shiva who was of the colour of fire ,
Came out of that city and neared Dasaratha to receive him.
1048.That Rama who was being saluted by the people of earth,
The people of upper and under worlds , surrounded by ,
Very strong army of horses and soldiers , came out of ,
That town which was famous for its army ,
And came riding on a chariot made by red gold and green gems.
1049.Who can estimate the very large number of,
Male elephants, female elephants, chariots and horses,
Which accompanied Rama and Lakshmana as per orders of Janaka,
When they went to meet their father Dasaratha.
1050.Rama who was like Neelothpala, Karum kuvalai and Kayampoo flowers
Who had a matchless form , which was more sweeter that any portrait ,
And who was a boy and who had the divine feet , which was fit to be saluted even by devas,
Came and reached Dasaratha like the soul that had left him earlier.
1051. Rama went speedily to salute the holy feet of his father ,
And when he fell on the feet of the king wearing anklets and got up,
The king hugged him and in the chest of the king , who was like Manu,
The mountain like shoulders of Rama who broke the mountain like bow vanished.
1052.Dasaratha who removed the sorrows of the eight directions as well as the sky,
Whose fame has spread everywhere and who was the greatest among kings,
Was saluted by the younger one, who is of the colour of gold and as soon as he got up,
Hugged him tightly so that he would go within flower garlands he was wearing.
1053. After that Rama who broke the bow that was held by Lord Shiva,
Who had long matted hair , saluted the mother who gave birth to him,
As well as his other mothers and who can properly describe the joy in their minds?
1054. When Bharata in whose mind always the great love to Rama flows like a stream
Which was flowing through his lustrous eyes constantly , saluted Rama and got up,
Rama hugged him similar to how he was hugged by his father,
On his gold like chest , like a soul is hugging another soul.
1055.Lakshmana who accompanied the black coloured Rama,
And the younger brother of him , who is greatest in devotion to Rama ,
Who were both greatness which cannot be matched,
Came near and with their perfumed head ,
Saluted the feet of their brothers who wore golden anklets.
1056. Dasaratha who ruled with great justice and with great deal of mercy,
Was realized as the most ideal wealth , due to his qualities ,
Which gave him fame and had these four sons who had good qualities,
Like the matchless four Vedas and those four sons were great like their father.
1057.That emperor Dasaratha , whose rule was an example to others,
And who had so much mercy that all all beings considered him as their good mother
Saw and ordered Rama to take along with him his army which was considered as great wealth.
1058. The amount love those soldiers who had elephants towards the princes ,
Is something which cannot be measured by any of us.
Was the great joy without stain which arose in them , long lived or short lived?
And as soon as those princes who had decorated their hair with flowers,
Came among them, the joy that all of them felt was equivalent to that of Dasaratha.
1059.With his loving brothers saluting him and coming on victorious horses.
With great joy due to the stable and great love towards their elder brother,
And with hand held conches and very big drums making great sound,
Rama with a beauty which is rare even in pictures rode on a pretty chariot.
1060.The crowd of beautiful women who were looking like dolls,
Whose feet has been painted by the juice of red cotton,
Stood in very tall buildings , which were asking clouds to enter them
And live in them , and threw their poison like eye on Rama
And were also showering flowers from there and ,
Rama reached the very wide streets of Mithila surrounded by walls.
1061.Near all the stages of that town , with their bangles shaking,
With their hair falling down , with their lotus flower like feet ,
Demonstrating the book of sage Bharata , ladies ,
Who have cone like broad breasts which compete with,
The tusk of huge elephants in rut were dancing ,
But the place was home and not dancing stages.
1062.Due the primeval lord of all devas coming near them,
Ladies from little girls to grown up lasses , who had been sent ,
By the God of love who was well armed , came in the streets,
With pretty black long hair and we will tell about it later.
Chapter on the procession in the streets.
(No reference to these incidents are made in Valmiki Ramayana. The poet wants us to see the personality of Rama, through the eyes of lasses of Mithila. Dasaratha and Rama reach the hall where they are going to see Sita.)
1063.The ladies whose hair was being made wet by the honey of flowers,
Like the species of deer came and like the peacocks came,
Like the stars shining on the sky and ,like shining stars coming to surround came
With bees making great sound to drink honey from their hairs,
And with their anklets and other ornaments making sound,
And filled up all vacant areas of the street.
1064.Those ladies who were like great ornament to that city,
Were not bothered about the hair which was falling down all round them,
Were not bothered about their waist best falling down , were not bothered,
To catch their thin garments sliding and falling down from their shoulders,
And they neared and crowded round Rama though their this waists were bending,
And shouting , “give way, give way” and they surrounded him like honey bees.
1065.They who were like clear water flowing downwards,
Who had big eyes similar to the big black flowers flowering in the stream,
With their tiny anklets making sound and with their waists giving pain,
Were like those running to catch their mind , which was,
Dragging them all towards Rama.
1066. Telling with each other,” With our eyes we are only seeing love here .
We have realized the greatness of being feminine today,”
They rushed like deer jumping towards clear drinkable water
Which has been produced after a long time by rain,
The rain having failed for a long time and made the land dry.
1067. For seeing those holy feet that gave Ahalya a body which was red in colour and
Those big shoulders which broke the bow to get Sita with scented black hair ,
Ladies came and crowded in those royal avenues and were like ,
Those bees that crowd round a pot of nectar , making sound.
1068.Rama was like the one who jumped along with horse drawn chariot ,
In to the eyes of those ladies who were staring at him ,
With fully opened eyes, and made a new meaning ,
To the word “Kannan(eye like darling) , by this act.
1069.”His chariot will be going with great speed and passing our eyes,”
Like this when those ladies were telling with great dejection,
And they further Said , “Sita who would be seeing to it that Rama who had measured
The world with one step and sky with another, never goes out of her eye and Is indeed great.”
1070.One girl just entering the age of a lady , was prepared to leave ,
Their heritage , the cloth which never left their body , Conch made bangles,
All good acts , their stainless beauty , mind, intelligence , luster ,
Diamond studded ornaments , her innocence , her shyness ,
Her control over mind except possibly only her soul.
1071.With kendai fish like eyes which were above the ornament of ears ,
Raining tears like the rain fall of the cloud was shed by one lady,
Who had youthful breasts , where even a thread cannot go in between,
Who was with wounds caused by the arrows of the love by the god of love his sugarcane bow ,
And stood tired with all her body parts thinning down like her streak of lightning like waist.
1072,Did all the sword like eyes of those girls who had applied red plant extract ,
On their fingers , become black because of the body colour of Rama?
Or Did Rama who had the black body colour resembling the cloud .
Got his colour from all the black eyes of ladies never leaving it? We do not know.
1073.One lady with lustrous forehead and the colour of new leaf of mango tree ,
Seeing the expertise in war of the god of love who sends arrows of bunches of flowers at them,
Asked “Who is that matchless archer who is not bothered
About the greatness of the rule of Dasaratha,
And not realizing the expertise in archery of Rama
And shooting arrows at ornamented ladies?”
1074.One foremost lady who can be compared to Goddess Lakshmi ,
Allowed all her ornaments to slip away from her body due to thinning of body,
And was standing incapable of carrying herself and was standing,
Holding only her cloths like a picture drawn by those who knew about pleasure,
Like the taste of passion which cannot adequately be described by words.
1075.One peacock like lady with eyes like sharp spear as well as the God of death,
With her bow like eye brows , sweat filled forehead , with green colour of parting,
Spreading all over her body and with a greatly dejected mind was standing ,
Not seeing Rama and sadly said ,”Does the merciful Rama go alone?”
1076. One lady who had black hair like Kajal , red mouth and lustrous forehead,
Was becoming greatly sad thinking of Rama and said , “Oh frind , one cheat,
Has entered in to my mind through my eyes and I have closed,
My eyelids tightly so that he cannot go out and so show me ,
The way to my cot so that I can enjoy him fully.”
1077.One lady who was looking like a doll , without bothering about,
Arrows struck by the God of love on her divine body and without,
Realizing that the cloth as well as waist belt has come loose ,
Was seeing all those seeing the body of Rama with love,
With her very angry and fire spitting eyes.
1078.One lady with a spear like eyes which was black as well as white,
And with red lines being seen outside which appears like ,
The lie of her mind was going to escape outside ,which normally,
Was playful , exuberant and was trying to measure length of her hair,
Came with a pleased mind to see Rama and after seeing went back home hot.
1079. One lady with broad eyes with a great desire to see the beauty of Rama ,
Seeing that the heavy black hair , Thick breasts tied with cloth,
The hips and other parts tied by golden belt of the ladies in her front ,
Was hiding his form, Went on seeing Rama through the clearing between their thin waists.
1080.There was nothing in any place in those streets except ,
The ornaments falling down due to the heat their body created ,
Due to the shooting of arrows on their mind by the well prepared God of love ,
The melting sandal paste flowing due to the sweat on their breasts ,
The waist belt , pearl garlands and conch bangles , fallen,
Due to their becoming thin due to love and ,
The flower garlands which had fallen down from their black hairs.
1081.All those who saw Rama’s shoulders saw only his shoulders,
Those saw his lotus like feet wearing heroic anklets , saw only his feet,
And those who saw his large and long hands saw only that ,
And thus which of those ladies with sword like eyes saw his full form,
And they like those who see themselves and not those Gods ,
Deciding fate, saw only a part of him and not the whole.
1082.One lady with a thin waist and very long hair,
Without getting sad , completely filled her mind with Rama,
And who can be greater than the great one who ,
Has filled her mind with the form of that God,
Who at one time kept the entire universe in his belly.
1083. One lady who had waving heavy hair who was wearing selected ornaments,
Came to see Rama like a pretty flowery creeper with her waist belt and anklets making sound ,
And seeing her fall down due excess of pass ion on seeing Rama,
All her friends were forced to assist her back to her home.
1084. At that time one lady with selected ornaments and bud like breasts ,
Told, “Oh Lord who has such a hard heart who did not take mercy on me,
Oh blessed one, who broke Shiva’s bow for the sake of the innocent lady Sita,
Since I am also a girl , break the sugarcane bow of God of love and save me.”
1085.One lady with a black eye in which Kajal has been applied ,
And had a lustrous forehead told “This Rama who has done great penance ,
Should stop from going in that chariot as he is standing before my eyes,
Is it illusion or is it only a dream?”
1086.One lady who did not have any other emissary except her mind,
To send to Rama , became very famished and tired because of love and told,
“What type of penance did Sita who had eyes with red lines ,
Who has ear globes made of gold and well ornamented ears do?”
1087.A lady who did not have any shortcomings , became nervous,
Cried and breathed hot and becoming tired saluted her dear friend,
And told, “Would it be possible for the God of love to draw a picture of Rama ?”
1088.One lady who had a very pretty mouth and a lustrous forehead,
Said, “If we properly think about it ,it is not possible for a man to be this pretty,
And so I am telling you that he is not a man but only Lord Vishnu (Krishna?) ,
All of you are going to realize this later .”
1089. One lady with a lustrous forehead noticing that,
Her golden anklet and bangle got loose and fell down,
And feeling greatly depressed in the mind, said,
“This faultless one has come here because,
Of the great penance that Janaka has done earlier.”
1090.One lady with wet eyes and wearing green gem embedded ,
Ornaments over her hip , became so sad that the beauty ,
That was residing in her for a long time moved away from her,
Thought, “Would he come in my dream alone instead ,
Of being crowded by great sages and kings as of now?”
1091.One lady who was like a peacock joyous in seeing,
Black clouds and who was also like a golden creeper ,
Wanted to hide the love that she felt in her heart,
And when God of love came to know about it ,
He brought out the love in her heart on her face.
1092.One lady who had a face like moon with two eyes,
Went and reached the bed of flowers ,
Like a snake which heard the noise of thunder,
With sweat covering her pretty closely placed breasts,
Lost her ability to think and went on passing deep breaths.
1093.Many ladies who had red mouth like led lily flowers ,
Which drip nectar , became jittery with the soul and unstable
Like Sita who had a hip that was crying and had no reason,
To be joyous . How are they going to live?
1094.Another lady with body covered with sweat and with a depressed soul,
Asked, “The pure Rama has not looked at
Any lady who was weeping and was very sad
With his red eyes,. Does this mean ,
That he is one without any trace of love?”
1095. There was no limit to the lasses in that town,
And there is no adequate measure to beauty of Rama,
And what can the God of love with a golden bow do?
Since all his arrows were exhausted he took out his sword.
1096.We do know about the war between God of love,
And the young ladies of the city with long scented hair,
But do not know about the war between the young god of love ,
And divine ladies in spite of the arrows of God of love,
Had they now also pierced the heart of the ladies of heaven.
1097.”This Rama without desiring anything from all those,
Who are in love with him . Is it proper ?
Looks he does not know what is mercy,
Tell me whether he is one of those realized ones.
It looks like he is one who murders girls, “ one said.
1098.One lady who had sandal paste applied on her breasts to get it cooled,
Who has a thin waist like a hand drum , with both sides thick,
Due to the love on Rama could not recognize her hands or body
Was lying down exhausted with all people saying .
“Would she survive?” and “”she would survive.”
1099. One lady who talks like a sugar syrup ,
Like one swinging in a swing tied between betelnut trees ,
Went behind the chariot of Rama with her feet becoming red,
And would then come back due to shyness. Why is she doing it?”
1100.One lady who had crossed the limits of passion and lost her brain,
Seeing another lady who had come there , asked,
“On your way did you happen to see my mind which followed Rama?”
When the desire exceeds the limit how can there be shyness.
1101.There was one lady who was like Goddess Lakshmi who said ,
”The clan of this Rama are those who have given their soul to those
Who approached them to save and when it is so , how is it this Rama is,
Not willing to give us ,the sweet soul that is very dear to us, “asked she.
1102. One lady who had a good forehead and who was broken down by fear ,
Said, “When we enquire about why this Rama broke the bow of Shiva,
Which was kept in our armory , it appears to me that is not due to his love,
Towards the peacock like lass whose head is filled with the scent,
Of Akil Smoke and who was capable of speaking a pure toungue,
But due to the fact that he wanted to show us what he has learned.”
1103.One lady with disheveled hair , who had lost her pearl necklace,
Cloths and other ornaments and was about to fall down tired,
Asked, “Who are as strong as the god of love who is trying to kill me,
Without any fear in front of Rama who is holding a fearsome bow.”
1104,When ladies of different age groups attained this state of mind,
Rama along with group of kings who were all well armed,
Reached the hall Where the faultless sage Vasishta ,
And Viswamithra who had seen the other shore of knowledge of Vedas were sitting.
1105, That Lord of Goddess Lakshmi came like the moving streaks of lightning ,
Came wearing swinging necklaces of chosen gems on his chest there,
He saluted by falling on the ground similar to monsoon clouds falling down on earth,
The holy and divine feet of the two great sages Vasishta and Viswamithra.
1106.When Rama who was born in Ayodhya to protect Dharma from being destroyed,
Saluted those sages , they blessed him and asked him to sit on a seat,
He sat on a seat decorated by matchless floral designs ,
And shined along with his brothers who followed him like shadow,
1107.Like the white coloured moon coming lighting all over the sky ,
Followed by all the stars , Dasaratha the chief of a great army ,
Reached that hall studded with gems which were really great.
1108.After having saluted those sages with great penance ,
With the best of flowers containing honey being showered on him,
With Brahmins reciting poems of blessing , he took his seat,
Making Indra ashamed feeling that he is not lucky like him.
1109-1111. Ganga kings , Kongu kings , Kalinga kings , Kulinga kings,
The kings of Sinhala , the chera kings , The pandya kings ,
The king of Anga , King of KUlindha , king of Avanthi,
The king of Bengal , The Chozha king , Maratta king ,
The kings of Magadha , King of Matshya desa, the king of mlechas ,
The heroic Ilada king , the king of Vidharbha ,
The king of china , The king of Thengana The king of Chenchakas , The king of Somaka ,
The king of Jonakas , The king of turkey , the king of Guru desa,
The well armed Yadava kingf, The king of Konkanas who have seven groups,
The king of Chedhi country, The king of Thelugus , the kings of Karnataka ,
And all all other shining kings of earth covered by the sky came to that hall.
1112.Those ladies who tell words sweeter than the sweet sugarcane,
Stood by the side of the king Dasaratha and fanned him with cowries,
And those were similar to the luster of the pretty new leaves,
Of The very tall tree of the rising fame of that king.
1113.The sweet sound of ladies who had honeyed hair decorated by flowers,
Over which bees , Minjiru and Karumbu (type of bees ) go round and round,
Wished Dasaratha “Long live” with the back ground of music from flute ,
And their lisping tome sounded like the music played by Yaazh.
1114.The matchless white royal umbrella of the king having elephants with fierce eyes,
Was like the presence of full moon who had come to that place with great mercy ,
To witness the great marriage of Sita who belonged to his clan and become joyous.
1115.Due to the standing of the army of Dasaratha which was standing ,
Without leaving any space like huge long sea all over the city and surroundings,
The country of Janaka who had an elephant army which achieved victory only ,
Was looking more like a city which was full of people .
1116. That Janaka who was the father of Sita who had lustrous forehead ,
Due the love that was pouring in him spent all his wealth ,
For celebrating this marriage , the water of love ,
That flowed from his heart was equal to Rama as well as ,
Those of the people who were having a low status.
21.Kolam kaan padalam
The chapter on seeing the form
(This is a part of the South Indian form of marriage . In Valmiki Ramayana Rama does not see Sita till the day of marriage, as is the case of North Indian marriage . This chapter is also absent from Valmiki Ramayana. In this chapter the poet describes how a bride is dressed up before the wedding. In the later chapter on wedding , this aspect has been left out. Another aspect is that her mother does not come to the hall where this ceremony is taking place .)
1117. Surrounded by the queens who were looking like picture,
Dasaratha who was occupying his seat like Devendra,
His Guru Vasishta seeing Janaka with faultless white umbrella ,
And with the royal staff with great sweetness and told him,
“Please bring Sita with deer like eyes to this place.”
1118.When he was told like this That king with joyful mind ,
Saluted the sage and told some ladies with chosen ornaments ,
“Go and bring the queen of women here.” And those ladies,
Who speak sweetly like honey , pushed by their measureless ,
Love towards Sita went quickly from there and told the same,
To the young lasses who were attendants of Sita.
1119. Not knowing that eye lids which hide are the ornaments for the eyes,
Those attendants covered the pretty form of Sita with lustrous ornaments,
And like adding sweet taste to the already sweet nectar ,
They started beautifying the already beautiful limbs of Sita,
For the people of this earth surrounded by tumultuous sea are ignorant.
1120.Like the colour of Lord Vishnu after filling up the mind of Sita,
Rose up and from there spread as flags all over the world,
Was the hair of Sita and in the middle of that pretty hair ,
They pinned up a Chigazhigai , which was a thick round made of flowers,
And this appeared like the full moon in between the black clouds.
1121,Like as per practice the stars of the sky get attached to the full moon,
They hanged a lustrous chutti which looked like stars on her forehead ,
And like the cow called clouds licking the calf called moon which it created,
They hanged an ornament called lock in the flow of her dark hairs,
Which appeared like breeze like locks on her forehead.
1122”Is he not that hero who broke the great bow of Lord Shiva
Who has ganges on his head, and the lad who went away stealing
Her great femaleness and made me almost lose my soul?”
When the mind of Sita was wavering like this ,
Those friends of hers made her wear the lustrous ear globes which wave.
1123.They also made Sita wear several faultless ornaments which suit her,
On the neck of Sita which was like the divine conch of God Vishnu.
“Which would be the suitable ornament for the neck of the ladies,
When Only the Mangalya of a lady has a prefix of “Thiru(holy)?”
1124. “Should I tell the pearl necklace of Sita worn over ,
Several ornaments hovering over her breast as,
The one made of taking the stars in the sky and stitching it together?”
Or should I say that it was made of cutting in to pieces the full moon?
Or should I say that it is the light of shyness in her face as,
She had to go and See Rama surrounded by so many people?
How would I be able to describe it properly?”
1125.Sita had given red colour to petals of lotus flower,
Which were not comparable to her little feet applied with red juice,
And also gave the red colour to the pearl necklaces worn over her breasts,
Due to their reflecting the red colour of her nectar like body
Indicating that those who depend on good people would become good.
1126.The ornamented shoulders of Sita whose waists were getting tired,
Due to their lifting her very huge breasts which were like saffron tins
Can be like the Bamboo plants only if they wear , Padmaragha stones,
AS well as pearls which make you close one’s eyes due to their luster.
One may ask are there such bamboos and the answer is only such bamboos are equal.
1127. The lotus flower like red hands of Sita who wears flower garlands on her unfurled hair,
Which were as soft as the new leaves have done penance for being touched by,
The tender red hands of Rama and were lovely and thinking that ,
Those lotus flower would close down and become like buds at night,
They made her wear bangles of Padmaragha stones ,
Which had luster like sun so that , they are always open.
1128.On the golden boxes of the breasts of Sita whose hair is decorated in many ways,
They drew flower plants , sugarcane the bow of God of love using paste of sandal and musk,
And created more pain to the waist of Sita , which made one doubt ,
As to whether they are there or not there similar to the concept of God,
AS the divine imagination as in several religious books and tenets .
1129. To the hip which never moves away from the thin silk cloth worn by her ,
They made her wear a waist belt which shows its prettiness outside ,
And hanged on it a round ornament called “THaraka Chummai”,
And hanged on it a round ornament called “THaraka Chummai”,
And to the great luster from gems starting on those ornaments,
Along with the lustrous red colour of Sita also became red ,
And those friends who were moving round her stood fixed ,
There due to the luster of those gems closing their eyes.
1130. Sita who had hips similar to the hood of the snake had her feet ,
AS red even without any painting and were as delicate as the Anicha flower.
To make those tender feet which were like red lotus flowers,
They made her wear anklets which kept on making sounds,
Possibly telling all those friends, “I am tender, tender.”
1131.The eyes of Sita were like poison kept inside which was surrounded by nectar ,
And were straight , had large number of red lines and were as cool as rain,
Without any deceit or wickedness and we are not sure what those friends applied on it,
“It could be black kajal or it could be the colour of Lord Rama.”
1132, Two black lily flowers with bees hovering round it have flowered,
In side a lotus flower and like the third crescent of the growing moon,
Having a star in between the crescent , they put a thilaka on her forehead ,
To that lady who was the thilaka to the maidens of earth, heaven a and serpent land.
1133.With pretty bees , Karumbuus , Minjiru going round ,
They kept in proper places loose flowers , Flowers to be attached to hair ,
Flowers to be kept on top of the head as well as faultless ears
And on the top of them , similar to the shining of young leaves of Karpaga tree ,
They applied powder of gold which was like the pollen of punnai flowers.
1134.After making her pretty like this thinking that evil eye would fall on her,
They waved a ghee lamp round her and along with water sprinkled flowers,
Worshipped the Gods , gave presents of gold to those who are an expert in Vedas,
Applied white mustard on her forehead and waved round the red coloured water ,
And also protected against evil the lady who was brought up like a peacock.
1135.Like the bees which steal the honey which gives joy from lotus flowers ,
Those ladies drinking the beauty of the lady who taught speaking to a parrot,
Faltered in their speech and stood giving up their normal feminine qualities,
Is not the mind same for those ladies and to the men?
1136,Those friends of Sita having hair like that of a black cloud,
Seeing Sita with ornamented breasts like that of a full moon,
Stood there with joy and enchantment. Each of the body parts of ,
The deer like ladies would be desired by several people differently,
But if some one sees all beauty in one place , who can stand,
Without losing all their mind at that place.
1137.Due to having the divine conch , due to living on the lotus ,
And spreading every where and appearing in the minds of people,
As per their want , Virtuous ladies like that of Arundathi ,
Became equal to lord Vishnu , How can we tell a comparison to her?
1138. With broad waist belt , with anklets with bells,
With snake Noopuras , bangles and Tie bells of leg making great sound,
Large number friends of Sita who had sweet voice surrounded her while going,
Like the dancing ladies of Indra coming surrounding her.
1139.Chinthas,* dwarfs ,, hunchbacks as well as the crowd of her friends,
Came near and saluted her feet and then surrounded her ,
And the lass started walking under the shade created by gold and gems,
Like the young moon proceeding in the sky surrounded by stars.
1140.The earth who gave birth to her who was like a flowery creeper,
Fearing that her tender feet would get hurt if she walks on bare earth,
Spread new tender leaves as well as large number of flowers ,
Which she was wearing in all places where that lass Sita went.
1141,lIke the playful swan being defeated by her soft walk which could be saluted by others,
Fell down and again got up and like that , with Cowries rotating on both her sides ,
That lady came like a peacock with matchless luster towards the hall.
1142. All the ladies of all the worlds came to see the beauty of the lady,
Who was a maid and was brought up like the black eyeballs of the eye ,
And like the sungod who was the light of Rama’s clan coming down on earth,
With great desire Sita came under the shade of one decorated shelter.
1143.Wearing sixteen ornaments made of purified gold of great luster ,
With ornamental belt made of gems tied tightly around her hips,
With bows held down, swords held up and with shining soldiers,
She took steps with her small feet , with great pain on her waist.
1144.She with the luster of her body comparable to the luster of gold,
The scent of flowers , the cool of sandal paste and prettiness of lightning,
Came walking making swans , the deva ladies and the rare nectar ashamed,
And reached the jeweled hall which was in the king’s council.
1145. Since it was not known who made her , she was comparable to the form of Vedas,
And seeing her pure body with heavy breasts , men and women ,
Who had shoulders like Bamboo neither breathed nor lashed their eye like picture.
1146.Rama who was of the colour of the sea seeing that maid who was like nectar ,
Had a doubt whether “she was not the lass whom he saw earlier “ and again,
“She was the lass whom he saw earlier” and later understanding that it was she only,
Struggling with great desire to keep his soul within his body .
Became like Indra who saw the nectar rising from the ocean that was churned.
1147.Rama told within his mind that this was the koel with red feathers ,
Which had come from the top of the hall of virgins and who was ,
Sprayed with nectar like fully matured sweetness of honey,
And was like the result of well done matured acts and wondered ,
How the koel which was in her mind was wandering outside also.
1148.Vasishta thinking , “due to the penance did by me and other sages Rama ,
Who is the Lord Vishnu with big eyes who holds the conch and the wheel, came ,
And this girl is definitely the lady who lives on the lotus” and became happy.
1149.That Dasaratha who roams around the world with the only aim to establish Dharma,
Who rules the world , seeing the beauty of Sita with heavy dark hair ,
Thought “though I have been always been able to rule all the seven worlds,
Only today the goddess Lakshmi has reached me , . How great a victory this is?”
1150.When that great lady who speaks in a sweet tone of Nattapadai pan,
Came near the hands of others except Dasaratha who had enjoyed the world and great sages
Naturally went up their hand in sign of salutation , because , their mind as well as brain,
Considered her as God and is not the body controlled by the mind?
1151.Sita saluted first the great sages and then saluted holy feet of that great king,
And took her seat in the seat reserved for her by her father who was letting down tears of joy,
And it was like Goddess Lakshmi not liking her lotus seat , wanted to enter the palace of kings.
1152.Sage Viswamithra who thought that Sita is the model of all women,
Thought , if Rama had known that by breaking the bow he would get ,
This lady with the poisonous sharp eyes , He who is like a green mountain,
Would not only break the mountain like bow but also seven mountains if there was a need.
1153.Though she had heard about the bending of the bow and breaking it ,
From many people . since she was not knowing the full truth ,
Now the doubt in her mind was cleared to certain extent ,
And she who enjoyed seeing him in the form within her mind ,
Saw him in person , due to the shyness preventing her,
Saw him by the corner of her eyes, in the guise of repairing her bangles, and he enjoyed it.
1154.The river of her light which flowed from the corner of her black eyes towards Rama,
Went and joined the ocean of the body of Rama , And all her doubts were removed,
And with the removal of sorrow to her soul she let of several sweet breaths,
And that Lady who was wearing rare ornaments , feeling as if,
She has consumed the entire pot of nectar became little stout.
1155.That Sita who had black thick hair , understanding that the stealer ,
Of her mind was the one who broke the bow , forgot all earlier sorrow ,
AS soon as the negative feeling that leads to sorrow vanishes ,
Due to the real wisdom arising out of knowledge of philosophy ,
She felt that she has reached the endless joy due to salvation.
1156. The emperor who had an elephant army that punishes,
Seeing Sage Viswamithra who has reached the other shore of knowledge, said,
“Oh great one , please be kind enough to tell , the great holy day ,
On which the creeper like Sita with a very thin waist is to get married.”
1157 “Oh king of the country where valai fishes keep springing and jumping,
Where kayal fishes in the pond bite the head and back of buffaloes lying in the pond,
And the very strong viral fishes jump on the betelnut tree and open its leaf sheath
The proper day for the marriage is tomorrow,” said the great sage Viswamithra.
1158.As soon as this was told Dasaratha , was saluted by all other kings,
with his victorious conch with Diamond decoration booming ,
with his victorious conch with Diamond decoration booming ,
With his golden crown reflecting the early sun light ,
Took leave of those great sages went back to his great palace.
1159.The swan like Sita parting from Rama without a mind do it ,
And similarly Rama with no mind to part from Sita,
Went and reached the great gold like house which was meant for him.
The kings who were wearing gems also left that place and reached their places,
Great saints also went away and Sun with shining rays and set in Mount Meru.