5. Thailam aatu Padalam
The chapter on floating in oil.
(The people of the entire city accompanied Rama, Lakshmana and Sita who were driven in a chariot by Sumantra. The night came and when all of those people were sleeping Rama, requested Sumantra to go back so that on waking people would think that Rama had gone back to Ayodhya. Sumantra went back to city and along with sage Vasishta informed Dasaratha about the going away of Rama to the forest. Dasaratha died immediately Sage Vasishta preserves his body in oil and send emissaries to bring back Bharata. The sixty thousand wives who wanted to die with Dasaratha waited. Meanwhile Rama went inside the forest along with Sita and Lakshmana. Next day people of Ayodhya return back the next day,
The order of treatment is slightly different in Valmiki Ramayana. Dasaratha tells Kausalya about the story of his curse . Dasaratha dies in his sleep and this is noticed by his servants and Kausalya was not present at that time. In fact Kausalya and Sumithra were sleeping at the time of his death.. There is no mention of any wives dying in the pyre. The return of Sumatra is only after Rama reaches Ganga and meets Guha, leaving the people Sumantra goes towards Ayodhya but returns without leaving a mark and takes them to river Ganges )
1840.Who are the people who did not follow,
Behind Rama who was sent by his father to forest?
None except the king Dasaratha who had a great army ,
His queens and the pictures of Ayodhya ,
Which did not go because they do not have a soul.
1841. That chariot of Rama which was made of pure Gold ,
Went slowly due to water spreading round it due to the tears shed by people,
As well as the river of the crowds of people surrounding it,
And was similar to the the fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu ,
Travelling in water surrounding the seven worlds during deluge.
1842.The sun god saying , “I do not like to see Rama entering the forest”,
Hastened up to go in the stony paths of the very deep forests,
And with stars coming out saying , we are always there ,
With light of sun disappearing , and cows returning ,
With buffaloes after grazing , he reached the mountain of setting.
1843.The crowd of lotus flowers which was similar to ,
The faces of ladies of Ayodhya who had lustrous forehead,
Created by Lord Brahma by breaking the moon,
Growing in the toddy , had lost their luster and had lost its beauty.
1844. Because it was evening , the sun whose light had gone ,
Was like the good mind of the daughter of king Kekaya,
Whose mind was poisoned by Kooni and had got faded,
And like her mind was dark having lost its goodness.
1845.The faded sky on which the stars were spread everywhere ,
Was looking like the body of Indra which is always closely filled
With eyes that do not blink, due to the curse of the sage ,
Who did not have any sorrow at any time.
1846-1847.Rama after speedily going two Yojana distance from Ayodhya,
Reached a garden which had pleasant smell , got down from the chariot,
And when he was happily staying with the knowledgeable sages there,
Who were happy due to his coming , the army which followed Rama ,
Surrounded him in a circle for one Yojana distance and covered the ,
Garden so tightly that if one wants to throw gingely , there was no place.
1848.All those who went along with Rama , never put anything in their mouth,
They did not sleep , They went on crying endlessly and they stayed ,
On the banks of the river which looked gem studded , on broad expanse of sand,
And on the grass lands and in all places fit for staying.
1849.On the thin cloth which was like the film formed with hot steam,
Of the women with eyes like two blue lotus flowers , in the
Scented Lotus flower which has freshly bloomed in the pond,
Small girls with untied hair scented like musk, were sleeping.
1850.The old women who have walked long distance at the day time ,
Who have breasts which beat the flowers of coconut ,
Young ladies who had breasts like the buds of lotus flower ,
Who had sharp black eyes , who were talking words as sweet as sugarcane
On their laps being the mothers who looked after them.
1851.Young ladies with kajal applied eyes which are like split tender mangoes
Were sleeping like young female elephants on the sand mountains which had flowers,
And the valorous marava lads who had spears which always had flesh,
Were sleeping like small eyed male elephants which protect female elephants.
1852,Some ladies slept in the tent made of Kurukathi sleepers , in the,
Outside room which was decorated by blue gems and looked like the sky,
And some others in the middle of betel nut tree forest in the depressions,
And on sand mountains like a row of winged swans.
1853.In the scented forest of Champaka trees, some of them slept ,
Like the vanchi creepers which had broken down with great tiredness.
Some others with cloth tied over their breasts , moving like ,
The Pavala creepers which grow on sand , slept with great tiresomeness.
1854, Young ladies , who were not able to see the face and enjoy ,
The mercy of their husbands who were of good character and great penance ,
Like the very sad dancing peacocks who were so tired as if their soul is going,
Slept with their babies scratching the tip of their breasts.
1855.Some who were like cool snow covering the mountain of kumkum,
Slept with the dust of sand spreading on their pure breasts,
Some with greatly faded faces slept on their pretty hands,
As if they thought the place was filled with lotus flowers.
1856,When all of them were sleeping like this Rama called ,
Sumantra who has not slept and said, “There is a job,
For you who are complexly faultless and full of goodness,
That remains to be done in the future , Please hear about that.”
1857.”It is impossible for us to ask these people ,
Who have great love to us to return back and it is not,
Good to go from here to the forest without sending them ,.
So oh my father like Sumanthra , if you can now make the chariot,
Look as if it has gone back they would think that I have gone back,
And would themselves go back , This is a request that I make to you.”
1858” .When Rama of great honesty told like this,
The charioteer told,”if I leave you here , my soul will depart from me today itself,
And I would go to Ayodhya without soul to see there also dead bodies and since,
My mind does not like that , I who am pitiable but would be better than,
The cruel mother Kaikeyi and the cruel fate.”
1859”.Would I go and tell there that I left here the great Rama ,
Followed by goddess like Sita and Lakshmana in the forest with flowers,
And Would I be able to tell that I have returned bringing Rama with me ?
What should I the steel hearted man go and tell there?”
1860. “Would I who am a very long standing friend go and tell that,
Along with Sita who wears cloth over her breasts and who would not be ,
Able to walk on even that the flower used for making garlands along with ,
The two strong sons were left by me in the forest to go by walk,
And I returned back without any problem driving the chariot.”
1861. Though I am with very strong senses , a stone like mind and an ignorant cheat,
Would I be able to tell Dasaratha whose broken mind has destroyed his body,
The great words which has been told by you , who is extremely wise or,
Would it be told by the messenger of God of death.
1862.”Oh Rama ,to the Dasaratha who is being kept alive by consoling him,
By telling that all the people in four directions and the people of the city ,
Would bring your son ,would I be able to tell these cruel words ,
Of God of death and would I be responsible to kill him.”
1863.”Would I be able tell him that, the lion among men ,
To whom you became the father with great difficulty ,
By doing Yagnas on fire has gone to the forest ,
And If I am the last one who would be able to see my king ,
Possibly queen Kaikeyi is a good lady compared to me.”
1864.After telling Rama that these are his views,
He became like a serpent hearing the thunder
Struggled and became worn out , caught hold ,
Of the feet of Rama and again and again,
Kept on repeating several words and rolled on earth,
1865. Rama who had controlled his five senses , who can be approached ,
Only with the pure wisdom which is beyond the mind ,
Lifted that Sumantra with his big hands , wiped away his tears,
Made him sit separately and told the following words.
1866.”oh Sumantra who has a great mind which realizes that ,
If one is born , pleasure and pain are something which follows from it,
Thinking that it would lead to sorrow or thinking that , the people ,
Of this world would find fault with you . how can we forget Dharma.
1867.” The great dharma would give fame to the one who follows it,
And would be with you even after death , would grant you the upper worlds,
And if sweet events happen to us due to that adopt Dharma and if,
Bad events happen to us, is it proper for us to forsake Dharma?”
1868. “ Heroism is not the strength that you have to face ,
The great and lustrous weapons come and hit your chest ,
But it is being told as those who do not leave dharma ,
Even if he dies are completely loses all the wealth he has.”
1869.”Oh Sumantra who has the spear that cuts body and drinks the blood,
Suppose I return back now considering the sorrows that I need face in the forest,
My clan which is ancient and which had kings whose fame had touched the sky,
Would be told as one which erred from Dharma due to me.”
1870, If people say that”That Dasaratha who has great truth which is
beyond person’s capability has sent his great son to the forest “
Then it would be great penance to the king and it would be a great penance to me ,
If I obey it word by word and completely. So do not take pity on me.”
1871.”You please go there , first meet sage Vasishta,
Inform him my salutations and along with him reach my father,
And tell him my mind’s intentions”, said Rama.
1872. You also tell my younger brother Bharata ,
To rule according to law and do beneficial things ,
To greatly pure Brahmins and the devas who live in heaven.
And also tell him to get rid of the sorrow of loneliness ,
By coming away from there and tell this in a soft way.
1873.Tell him also not to bother about the great sorrow created by Kaikeyi ,
Even to a micro extent in his mind and show the same affection and care,
That he has to me on the king Dasaratha also.
1874. After you go there along with sage Vasishta of great penance ,
Reach the palace and meet Dasaratha the greatest among males ,
And console him with sweet words and inform him,
That I wanted a boon from him that “I need this boon from you. Please show the same,
Love that you show to me towards my brother Bharata also.”
1875. Further tell that “ after fourteen years I would return,
And salute his holy feet , and in this I would not fail”
To the king , who has the valorous elephant with the face mask,
And make his mind clear by the words of the sage who never gets tired.”
1876 .That Rama who is invisible and not reachable even to the devas .
And who had reached the forest as per the need of his incarnation ,
Further said, Inform my three mothers of my salutations ,
And request them later to console the king and stay near him.
1877.Considering that the duty of the servant is to obey the order of master,
And deciding that going back to Ayodhya is the proper thing ,
That Sumantra who could drive the great chariot properly ,
And thinking that “this is a sorrow which has come due to fate “
And he looked at her who was the cause of joy in life.
1878. That Sita said, “after informing my salutations to the king,
As well as my mother in laws , request my sisters,
Who would be thinking about me to look after
My parrot as well as my golden flower.”
1879. That expert charioteer after hearing those words of Sita,
Becoming very sad thinking about the sorrows that Sita has to face,
And thought “If bad things which cannot be prevented comes,
It would be better to leave this life and that it is not easy to do,
And when Rama prevented him he sobbed and cried greatly.
1880. That Sumantra who had impartial love towards them,
Slightly consoling himself and told Rama, “Grant me leave to go”,
And after saluting that heroic Rama asked the younger Lakshmana,
“What should I tell in the palace “ , he told him as follows.
1881.”After announcing in the king’s council That this wealth of Kosala,
Country is to be ruled by my lord Rama and due to the oath,
He had given to the Kaikeyi with scented hair ,
That Dasaratha took away the kingship from Rama .
Does he deserve to be called as a king even now.”
1882.”That truthful king who made his son go to the forest,
And made him eat the raw fruits of tree and who,
Himself partakes in great feasts in the palace,
Is taking care of his body and does not have ,
The strength himself to the forest,”
1883.Tell the king Bharata who rules along with lustrous sword,
“I am not born with him who is ruling the earth,
And I am also not an elder brother to my brother Sathrugna ,
And also tell them, that even now I continue to remain strong.
1884.Then Rama looked at his younger brother and said,
“Sir , do not tell the words that are not good “ and
The expert on driving the chariot with a struggling mind,
Saluted them falling on the earth and started to return back.
1885.Then he got ready the chariot and attached ,
The horses to it in the proper fashion,
And due to his expertise in chariot , drove it,
In such a way that none who were sleeping were disturbed.
1886.With his great character , the virtue of Sita and his brother,
The lord went to do faultless mercy , wisdom and truth ,
With only his bow to protect him in the mid of night.
1887.While that darkness which was pitch black being friendly ,
To those Rakshasas who help the cruel deceptive deeds,
Wanting to help their bad deeds due to its friendship with them,
Was wanting to obstruct Rama and others , there appeared,
In the sky the moon which looked like a hand held lamp.
1888.Dharma who was compelling those two with thunder like bow ,
Who were both supporting and keeping it alive and who were,
Interested in destroying the cruel sin of killing others ,
Thinking of the good things that they are going to do ,
Came to see them with joy and the face of that Dharma,
Shined in the sky like the matchless white moon.
1889.Seeing the poverty of Rama who was going through,
The forest path surrounded by very tall bamboo plants,
The lily flowers (changazhneer) cried and folded themselves,
And the AAmbal flowers which open at night which were,
In look similar to head of rat snakes had fallen down,
And this being so, how can the other tender flowers open at that night.
1890. To Rama who was similar to a black mountain , to Lakshmana ,
Who was like a gold shield that was covering and protecting Rama,
And to the tender feet of that lady with eye brows like the bow,
The path that they have to proceed was like one spread with white cotton,
Due the moon spreading its early rays , every where.
1891.The small feet of Sita, with very narrow waist and very large breasts,
And very wealthy luxurious black hair are as tender as the water bubble,
And because she was following Rama , it is not possible for us to know,
That there is something greater than the very strong love she had to Rama.
1892.Before sun rose on the east behind the rising mountain,
Rama the consort of Goddess Lakshmi travelled,
To a distance of two Yojanas towards the south ,
And we would now tell about the deeds of Sumantra ,
Who went with a wounded mind and stream like tears
On a chariot drawn by swift horses speedily.
1893.Within two hours he reached Ayodhya protected by walls,
And saluted the holy feet of the primeval sage(Vasishta) and
He heard about all that happened , became sad in his mind ,
And knowing all that was to come said”Alas the king is dead.”
1894.He along with Sumanthra went in to the golden palace of that king sobbing,
“Fearing the words of the people Dasaratha was not willing to stop Rama ,
And Rama who is firm on Dharma , did not hear my advice to him,
Not to go the forest and so who are there who have won over fate.”
1895, Lead by their innate desire, the ministers thought that,
Rama has come back in the chariot and went round Dasaratha,
Who was like the moon surrounded by the cloud ,
But not able to see Rama with a cloud like body ,
And seing the state of Sumantra with tears,
That never could change and became greatly dejected.
1896.When all of them told that, “the chariot has arrived “,
Dasaratha thinking that the blessed one has come back,
Got up from his swoon and opened his eyes,
Which were like the faultless lotus flower,
And seeing the sage with great penance ,
Asked him, “Has my hero come back?”
1897.Vasishta not in a position to say “no” , with great sorrow,
Remained silent and his face itself told Dasaratha ,
That , “Rama has not come back “, he became exhausted,
And the sage saying , “ I do not have ability,
To see this great sorrow “ and went away from there.
1898.Dasaratha then looking at charioteer asked him,
Whether Rama is inside the palace or far away ,
And that expert charioteer told him that,
“Rama along with his brother and the gold of Mithila,
Had gone in side the forest where tall bamboo plants and they are there”
And immediately Dasaratha lost his soul and died.
1899.Indra and other Gods like him came in a moon like ,
Airplane lifted him in that and becoming very joyous said,
“Our father of Rama has come” and took him to the world,
Which was above the world of God who sits on lotus from belly ,
And made him reach the world, from which no body comes back.
1900.Kausalya who was like a very great peacock understanding,
That there is no palpitation or breath , examining and,
Understanding that Dasaratha is no more with great sorrow,
Like a worm without bones which was exposed to heat of summer fell down.
1901.That lady who did great penance to give birth to Lord Vishnu,
Who created Brahma from his belly button, after loosing her husband,
Sobbed and suffered like devas who lost the nectar , the serpent who lost the gem,
And started wailing like a female Andril bird which lost its mate .
1902.’That Dasaratha who cannot be opposed by any one and who has lost,
His only protection , has left us all alas” said she and like the fish,
Which got upset due to no rain and no water in the soil ,
And started falling due to body becoming unstable.
1903.”Sons would send their parents to the blessed other world ,
And not only that they would protect them when they are alive , is it not?
And so how can evil occur to those who have given birth to children?
But our son instead of coming here and saying “do not be scared”
And protect our lives, has he not killed his father?” saying this she started shivering.
1904.” That very strong Dasaratha , without illness which causes death,
And not having lustrous weapons on him had died due to his sons whom he loved.
And he thus resembled snakes with dots on the banana plant ,
And also the bamboo plant “ saying this she fell down fainted.
1904.That Kausalya who was struggling on the chest of the king like ,
Lightning streaks over the cloud said, “Oh Kaikeyi with very long pretty well made hair,
By your intelligence you could get the earth and got a boon that cannot be changed,
And have you not now itself stopped the counseling?”
1905. Like a she elephant tying a royal elephant by her legs ,
The sick Kausalya looking at Dasaratha told, “Oh king who attained,
Victory over Sambara who cannot be easily defeated in early days ,
You won the war and devas lived with joy due to you and now you are their guest.”
1906. Kausalya who gave birth to Rama whose wealth of fame was ,
Enjoyed by the devas asked, “Have you gone to enjoy the fruits of Yagna done earlier”
Or have you gone to experience your advices which were matchless and held tightly by you,
Or have you gone to enjoy the fruits never defeated life , led by you as per manu’s edict.”
1907.When the chief queen of the great king of earth was crying and prattling,
Her step wife Sumithra who was also her friend cried and became enfeebled,
And when that palace was tottering like the rotating earth at deluge,
All other largely ignorant wives of Dasaratha came like a crowd of peacocks and wailed.
1908.In this world which had salt pan fields surrounded by the oceans,
Those queens whom the deva maidens and other virtuous ladies ,
Thought as most virtuous and who had flawless moon like faces ,
Stood in the palace near the stable mountain like a crowd of peacocks ,
1909. Those queens who were holding and not leaving the body of Dasaratha
Who had parted from his son and who had lost his life due to the abhorrent words of Kaikeyi ,
And who always stood only by the truth were looking like those,
Were waiting to travel in the ship which had crossed the ocean of birth,
And had just returned and by which the fish called Avidhya which makes one mad travels.
1912.When all the sixty thousand queens had firmly decided ,to die ,
With Dasaratha in his funeral pyre and with the faultless ,
Queens Kausalya and Sumithra becoming worried and faded,
And when Sumantra riding on his gem studded lustrous chariot ,
Went and informed Vasishta he looked at the acts of fate ,
By his mind and eyes and started sobbing.
1913.That Vasishta who came here thought that the king had died,
Due to giving the boon and parting with his son and further ,
Thinking only about it became greatly depressed and became like a sailor,
Of a broken ship in ocean full of waves who had lost his capain.
1914.Vasishta further thought that, “Since there is no one present,
Who can perform the death rituals and also thinking that anything,
Which comes is bound to come and taking in to consideration,
Normal rules of the world and deciding that these could be performed,
Only after Bharata who is son of the cruel lady who had lost her mind,
Comes to Ayodhya took the body away from the ocean of women,
And arranged it to be preserved in an ocean of oil.
1915.After telling the sixty thousand queens that, “ When the rituals,
Of death are being performed by him , you can also climb the pyre.”
And sending them away and after making those faultless queens ,
To stay in the palace , Giving the royal order sent emissaries .
With a request” bring back with you Bharata who wears the cool garland.”
1916.After those emissaries left for the lustrous town of the king of Kekaya,
The very wise Vasishta asked the Commander Sumantra “Perform actions,
That are needed” and to perform his Dharma, reached his hermitage ,
And we will now tell what happened to people who went with Rama.
1917.The sun that gives sun light to us , knowing the son of his clan,
Had died and his sons are far away from him , possibly,
Thinking that till they come I would look after the kingdom,
With the sea fishes bellowing like a big drum,
With devas praying him , with people on earth offering morning ablations,
With his sword with pure luster shining by his side ,
Came riding on his chariot of sun’s rays.
1918.Those citizens who sorrowed like no one has done before
Who had forgotten themselves , thinking that Rama was still there,
Got up and went to the place Rama was there and not able to see ,
The cloud coloured Rama who had a lotus like eyes full of grace ,
Fainted and closed their eyes thinking of killing themselves ,
And fell on the earth and started rolling there.
1919.They would get up wanting to run in all eight directions,
Get up, fall down , fall in the ocean of sorrow , ail,
“He has left us and gone away and what he did is cruel”,
And further say, “After all the wide Dandaka forest is in this world ,
And so it is not proper for us to loose our balance and it is not a crime.
Let us follow the tracks let by his chariot and reach him.”
1920.All of them searched for the tracks and found it to be turning ,
Towards their great city and getting their soul back said,
“All of you please do not be afraid for Rama has reached back to Ayodhya,
And they shouted with joy as if the sea and thunder have joined together.”
1921.All those people of the city who were there thinking that ,
The Rama who defeated the god of love who belonged ,
To the matchless spring , has returned back to the city,
And this acted like great medicine for bite of very poisonous,
Snake . releasing the great poison from his curved teeth,
And they were like people whose soul has left them ,
Who had taken great nectar as medicine to cure death,
And found that the soul had entered in to them again.
1932. As the path progresses not seeing any other mark than of the wheels of the chariot,
And not seeing any other marks , with more and more greater ebbing joy,
Like the sea , in the period when creation started after deluge , which crossed,
The entire limits of the earth and existed within its own limits ,
They returned back and reached great city of Ayodhya surrounded by walls.
1933.The people after they entered the city heard that their king,
Had attained the golden land and were mind broken and shed their souls ,
WE would not be in a position to describe their sorrow and they also knew,
That Rama had gone to the forest and if there is a limit of time,
When the rest of the soul had to go out , would it be when they heard that?
1934. Without being able to help the king and not also able to help,
Rama who went to the forest , they suffered like those closed in,
The inescapable prison of misery and when sage Vasishta ,
Who was with them told that he stayed there fearing ,
The coming of unthinkable bad name and he removed their ,
Extreme sorrow by various words of consolations.
1935.As per the order of the sage Vasishta fearing the Vadavagni
Which existed in between the seas , like the deep sea ,
Which never crosses its banks when those sorrowing people ,
Continued to live in that city , we will now start telling
About the Rama with a strong bow who went to the forest,
Due to penance of devas as per the order of the very generous Dasaratha.
Chapter on Ganges
(Rama , Sita and Lakshmana reach river Ganges. Saints who were living there and received them.
In Valmiki Ramayanam Sumanthra is with them till they reach the river Ganges and then only returns.)
1926.Rama whose comparison to Kajal or emerald or the tumultuous sea ,
Or The rain clouds would not be , alas , really adequate
And whose body which had the destruction less prettiness ,
With the light of the sun falling on him and reflecting blue colour,
Went along with her whose “waist “is a lie and his brother.
1927.She who had matchless hair which was like black sand lying near to each other ,
She who had sweet speech which is comparable only with nectar churned out from sea,
She who had pure qualities like complete penance and had a matchless sky like waist,
And Rama who had the gait of a strong bull were going on their path,
Like the male swan with very great pride and the female swan with simplicity.
1928.Sita who had pretty eyes which defeated the five arrows of god of love,
As well as the sharp arrows of Lord Rama , as something inconsequential
And which were in a position to win victory over cruel poisons , saw that ,
The pretty as well as proud bees with their nature of setting down on hair,
Were preferring to settle down on the flower like feet of Rama .
Rather than the lotus flowers which had bloomed all around.
1929-1930.With Sita who had hair scented with perfume powders and pollen grains ,
And had crescent of moon shaped forehead and Rama who had lips,
Which added redness to corals walked like cloud coming with lightning,
Like the pretty male elephant wearing ornaments coming with female elephants .
Rama saw the crowd of blue lily flowers being thrown from the field Which was
Similar to the eyes of Sita with a voice similar to that of a parrot , which was
Like the nectar like music raising from the flute with holes which can be enjoyed by the ears.
Like the music which comes out from Yaazh which had tightly tied strings,
Like the pure quality honey , with well matured bar of sugar syrup.
1931.That Sita with her breasts similar to two golden pots over which,
The newly formed flower buds have been kept and like the very proud ,
Tusks of the Male Elephant and hairs like the cloud of rainy season,
Seeing the presses for extracting juice out of sugar cane here and there ,
Went on playing with Rama who had mountain like shoulders.
1932. They both saw ghats made by row of pearls created by several clams ,
Gardens where swans were sleeping , sand heaps with conches lying about ,
Gardens with floors showered with dropping flowers ,
And Rivers which were pushing good dust of gold and became very happy.
1933. Old buffaloes after eating awns of paddy were standing with rice milk,
Flowing from the corner of their mouth and were jumping with their legs in to the water ways,
The Chel and Kayal fishes were jumping in the river with bees flying from honey dripping flowers,
And in the river water that was rushing , the red legged she swans who were similar to ladies
Were dipping in the river and seeing all this they crossed the long Kosala kingdom.
1934. Those three who were wearing ornaments shining like sun ,
After crossing that prosperous country which had wealth giving fields
Reached river Ganges which was always surrounded ,
By sages who were greatly learned in Vedas and which had broad waves.
1935.All the sages who were living on the shores of the divine river Ganges ,
Became overjoyed thinking that they have already got the waves to salvation,
And with great anxiety came to see Rama who had graceful sages.
1936.The sweet taste of the enjoyment by five senses of ladies,
Which cannot be easily understood by others and also the God,
Who can be understood by Vedas of the musical form,
Were seen by them and their mind became very happy.
1937.Those sages who held the staff made of Bamboo,
Ate by their eyes the lustrous one with lotus eye ,
Like the nectar churned of the sweet ocean of milk,
Welcomed him , praised him sang about him and danced.
1938.Like the parents who daily think of their children,
Who have gone away from home and were searching for them,
Becoming extremely joyous , when they come back at last,
The sages received them and took them to hall of sacrifice .
1939.Those sages bathed them with the tears flowing from their eyes,
Made them wear the garland of the sweet words they were speaking ,
And offered them the nectar called love for them eat ,
And took away all the tiredness they felt by walking long distance .
1940.They then brought very clean vegetables and fruits from forest,
And looking at Rama told “oh Rama who is better than all people,
Please take bath in the great waters of Ganges, grow fire,
Complete your rituals and then eat this food.
1941. Rama held Sita who was like a lamp for the ladies by his red hands ,
Took bath in Ganges , Which was made by the washing of his own feet,
By Lord Brahma using the water in the water pot ,
When he was trying to remove the sorrow of devas.
1942.The Ganges which forever lives, saluted Rama with her hand and told,
“all those in this earth wash away their sins which can never be ever destroyed,
Through me and today , I also have washed away my sins through you,
Who gave me and so I am completely saved,” she said.
1943.Rama who had long hands like the trunk of elephant with cruel eyes.
Who has the matted tuft through which the white Ganga flows,
Took bath in her when Sita who was great in her virtue was seeing him,
And looked like Lord Shiva who wears on his head the moon’s crescent.
1944.Due the waves of Ganges which lashes Rama who was taking bath in her,
Looked like he was taking rest with Goddess Lakshmi with thin waist and sits on lotus,
On the silver coloured ocean of milk on the Adhi Sesha once upon a time.
1945.Sita who had feet as soft as the red cotton with the Vanchi creeper,
Getting defeated by her very thin waist , with swan getting defeated by her walk ,
Played with Kayal fishes under water , hiding her lotus like soft feet.
1946.That Ganges though she had been living in the tough matted hair,
Of the god of gods for a very long time did not have the perfume of.
The garland of erukku flowers and that of Ixora flowers , from head of lord Shiva
And had the scent of fresh flowers and that of musk from the pretty hair of Sita.
1947. Due to the white foam rising above the river ,
The lady Mandakini appeared to have white hair ,
And considering the lack of female company to Sita,
Acted like mother maid mother and extended her arm like waves and waved.
1948. The long black hairs of Sita which looked like crowd of clouds ,
Went down and was whirling with the tide there and looked like,
The black waters of Yamuna which mixes with river Ganges,
And rises above as the whorls which were moving.
1949.When in the Ganges where whirls are made and rise up from there,
And in its white water in which fishes which were like her eyes were jumping,
Sita was going down and coming up and appeared like ,
Goddess Lakshmi dipping in the water of the ocean of milk.
1950.Due to the red divine feet of Rama touching it ,
Ganges which removes the cruel sins of all people,
Was able to touch the entire body of the holy Rama,
And will all the world which dips in her, would ever go to hell?
1951.In the ghats of Ganges after taking bath in her scented water ,
Rama reached the hermitage of those Vedic saints ,
He saluted the god principle which can only be realized by very wise people ,
And after saluting the fire of Yagna became ,
Dear to the wise sages and a suitable guest for them.
1952.When the devas with lot of difficulty brought the nectar ,
He made them to eat it by saying , “You please eat it “,
Without him eating it , but he ate the very soft leafy vegetable,
For the people whose mind is good , there is nothing ,
Good or bad in the service done by others.
Chapter on Guha
(Near Ganges they are met by the hunter king of Sringaberipura. He became theitr devotee and slave. When Rama and Sita were sleeping on the grass, Guha and Lakshmana stood guard without shutting their eyes. Guha helps them to cross River Ganges an tells them , that he would come with Rama declines the offer and starts walking towards Chithra koota mountains.
In Valmiki Ramayana there is a scene in which Guha helps Rama , Lakshmana and Sita make their hair matted.Sumanthra and Guha take leave of Rama at this time.)
1953-1961. At that time , the leader of one thousand boats ,
Who is an expert in war named Guha, who has,
Been running boats in Ganges for a very long time,
Who has mountain like soldiers and who has a bow which kills enemies,
Who has a drum called “Thudi” , who maintains hunting dogs ,
Who has a huge feet covered by slippers made by leather,
Who is very black like the darkness of night ,
Who is followed by his large army and has a thunder like spear,
Who has an army which has horn like musical instruments ,
The drum called thuthari , conch , the high sounding drums , a drum called Parai.
Who has an red coloured arrow which is like an emerging leaf ,
Who is head of boats , who is surrounded by relatives ,
Who are as strong as elephants in rut , who wears on his thigh a dress called Kazham,
Who is the great fame of one who knows the depth of Ganges ,
Who wears a red hanging dress tied to his hips ,
Who has tied on his hips a chain made of the tail of tigers ,
Who wears a chain made of shells(chogi) like the teeth ,
Who has a heroic anklet which appears like stones arranged together ,
Who has hair which looks like darkness stitched together,
Who has eye brows which are like the well dried fruit of Aali plant,
Who has very long straight hairs on his forearm which are as black ,
Like the piece of palm wood , Who had a very wide chest resembling stone,
Who has a black body similar to the night applied with oil,
Who has lustrous blood stained sword tied to his waist,
Who has a look of the eye similar to poisonous snake which makes others shiver,
Who talks with out proper sequence like mad people ,
Who has a strong hip that is like the Vajrayudha of Indra,
Who has eaten meat and fish which increases his strength and has a face bereft of smile,
Who looks like a piece of fire even when he is not angry,
Who has a very loud voice which makes even Himalayas scared,
And who lives in a town called Srungiberapura which is on the banks of river Ganges,
Came to see Rama carrying along honey as well as fish and reached there,
1961.After making the hunters who came with him stand aside ,
After keeping away the bow and arrow which kills enemies,
After removing the sword from his hip and with ,
A very truthful and very pure mind and with love towards Rama ,
Guha reached the entrance of the saintly hermitage.
1962.Even before Guha announced himself Lakshmana reached near him,
And asked ,”who are you?” and Guha saluted Lakshmana with love,
And said “Oh God , I am your slave like dog who is a hunter ,
Who drives boats to cross river Ganges and I came to salute your holy feet.”
(Guha is under the impression, that Lakshmana is Rama)
1964. That younger brother told him, “wait here” and entered the hermitage,
And after saluting the great Rama said, “Oh king , to see you a man has come,
Who is pure in mind , who has more love than the mother ,
Who is the lord of boats that travel in Ganges with lashing waves ,
And his name is Guha and he has came along with large crowd of relatives.”
1965.Rama liking Guha said “Oh Lakshmana , please bring him near me”.
And that cultured one said to Guha “Please come” and he with great love ,
Entered speedily and became happy on seeing the pretty eyed Rama ,
Saluted him with his black hair touching the earth and stood there,
Bending his body and hiding his mouth with his palm.
1966.Rama told him, “please take your seat here” but he did not sit,
Due to innate humility and with great love told Rama that,
“I have brought for your food honey as well as cleaned fish,
What may be you intention?” and Rama with a soft smile,
Saw all the sages with great penance and started telling him.
1967.”They are valuable and are giving me happiness and ,
Have been brought with great love in the mind and so,
They are even superior to the nectar of the great devas.
And anything that is brought with love are definitely pure.
And they are suitable to receive by us who do penance,
And please coinsider that I have eaten them sweetly.”
1968.That Rama who is like a lion further told him,
“We would stay in the hermitage for night and would like ,
To cross river Ganges tomorrow and so you go back to your town,
Along with your relations , spend the night there happily .
And please do come tomorrow morning with your boats.”
1969. When this was told by Rama who is the colour of cloud,
Guha who had very great love for him told .
“Oh Lord who owns the entire earth and rules there ,
“Oh Lord who owns the entire earth and rules there ,
I am only a thief who has not uprooted my eyes,
After seeing you like this and I am not able to go away from you,
After seeing you in this state and so I will be here and do you service.”
1970.Rama who had a bow wearing the garland of victory heard ,
The opinion of his and after looking at Sita and also after,
Looking at the face of his brother and said , “he has everlasting love to me”,
And with eyes opening with mercy told , “Oh friend,
Who is sweeter than all things, stay here with me.”
1971.Guha saluted his feet with ebbing joy and summoned ,
His army which was as wide as an ocean and after ordering them,
To provide security to the hermitage , held in his hand his strong bow,
Tied the sword and also holding very sharp arrows ,
Shouted like the thunderous clouds and stood protecting them.
1972.When Guha asked Lakshmana , “Oh Sir , please tell me ,
The reason for you to leave Ayodhya.” And when the sorrowful,
Lakshmana explained to him and Guha became greatly sorrowful,
On hearing it and with both eyes shedding tears like a stream he said,
“Alas , though the great lady earth did penance to be ruled by Rama,
She was not lucky to get it “ and later he went out of the hermitage and stayed there.
1973. King Dasaratha who chased away his enemies who were like darkness,
Who won over all directions , who stayed at the top and ruled all over the world,
And established his fame , who stayed in the minds of all daily and showered his grace ,
Who was dead and who was a great hero in war , Lord Sun disappeared.
1974. In the evening time of the day, after completing their evening rituals,
The heroic Rama and Sita who was like the nectar taken from ocean of milk,
Slept on the earth , in the bed made of grasses and their brother ,
Till it became morning without shutting his eyes and holding the huge bow,
Went on giving constant protection to both of them.
1975.The chief of the boats Guha with a group of hunters who were like elephants ,
With his bow properly stringed and arrow ready to be shot ,
Stood there with a mind burning out of very great sorrow ,
Without sleeping for the entire night and watched the brother ,
Who was standing guard the entire night without any sleep ,
And also seeing the way Rama slept on the bare earth, like a mountain, with a stream of tears.
1976.The Sun who was never born like telling the numberless people on earth,
That death is certain for all of them , had set the previous day evening,
And next day as if telling them that , the birth has to take place this way rose up.
And reminded them that pleasure of heaven are not permanent and should be forgotten.
1977.Seeing the white rays of Sun, who comes riding on his chariot ,
The red lotus flowers which were born in red slushy mud opened up.
And the lotus like face of Sita who was red and like the Vanchi climber,
Opened up on seeing the black sun who was different from the red one.
1978.Rama who carried the extremely fearsome bow on his shoulders,
After completing all the morning rituals with great satisfaction,
Went followed by Brahmins and looking at Guha who loved him,
Like a friend who is his slave told him “Please speedily,
Bring the boats of good quality so that we can depart.”
1979.After hearing the words of Rama , Guha with the constant flow,
Of stream like tears , with a trembling soul and unable to part ,
From the holy feet of Rama , fell down and saluted Rama,
Of the colour of blue lotus, Flower of Poovai , sea as well as the clouds ,
Along with Sita and started telling all his thoughts.
1980”.Oh Rama who wears the flower garland trimmed by scissors,
My people do not know deceit and our home is only this forest ,
We do have any shortages , we also posses great strength,
And we would do service to you in the most proper way.
Please think us who are your devotees as your relations at this time,
And please stay here happily here for a very long time.”
1981. “We have honey , millet flour , we have meat which even devas would eat,
And our soul is purely meant to do you service and you have time,
To play with the goddess and spend your time, Ganges is there for playing water sports,
And as long as I am alive you can stay here with joy and happiness.”
1982.”We have leather cloth as soft as cotton cloth , we have very many varieties of tasty food,
We have cots looking like cradles which are made of ropes, we have storage racks ,
We have huts to live , we posses strong legs to get you anything you need with speed,
We have strong arms which hold bows which can kill all those who stop us,
And we would bring anything you need , even if it is in the sky above.”
1983.”I have hunters holding the bow who are stronger than Devas ,
Who obey all my orders who are five lakhs in number,
And Rama if you stay even one day in our huts , we would,
Not have better days in our lives and all of us would have won.”
1984.Rama after hearing all that , with great mercy smiled with white luster ,
And said to him, “Oh valorous one , we would take bath in several sacred waters,
And salute and serve pure sages and before the time limit of our life in the forest,
And would come sweetly back and be with you for some time.”
1985-1986.Guha who understood his mind , speedily went away from there,
And brought long boats and Rama , the lotus eyed one looked at,
All the sages and Brahmins and said, “give me leave” and after their reply ,
Along with Sita with forehead like crescent and his brother , got in to the boat,
Told Guha” now row it fast “ and he who was like the body and soul of Rama,
Rowed speedily the boat , in the Ganges with breaking waves ,
And that boat went speedily like a swan , making those sages on the banks sad
Who melted with emotions like a wax melts in a raging fire.
1987. Sita with milk like voice , Rama who was like the Sun,
Went in the boat breaking that holy water , sprayed water,
At each other and played and that boat went speedily ,
Like a crab with big legs , with the huge oars having leather fronts pushing it forward
1988.That high ganges with sand hills which appeared like huge breasts ,
Over which sandal paste has been applied, with the gems in it throwing luster,
With her long hands , which are its clear waves which were shining ,
With the luster of red scented lotus flowers , carried the boat safely to the other shore.
1989.The Lord after reaching the other shore looked at Guha and asked,
“Please tell me the way to Chithrakoota.” And Guha who due to his devotion,
Even was prepared to give his soul to Rama , fell at the feet of Rama ,
And told, “ oh great one, this dog wants to tell you something.”
1990.”If I who am like a dog is blessed to be permitted to come with you ,
I would be able to make the way very proper for you. I have the strength ,
To bring you, very good vegetables, fruits and honey , very properly.
I would be able to make you places to live wherever we go and,
Without leaving you even a second, I would be able to protect you.”
1991.”I would chase and make the evil things on the way to four directions ,
And I would be able to point out forests where only pure animals live.
I would search and bring anything that is required by you at any time,
And I also have the strength to do all the jobs that you command me to do.
Apart from that I have the capacity to walk in the forest path even at mid night.”
1992.”Oh Rama who has huge shoulders which make you capable to do wrestling,
I would dig the mountain and make it into a path and I would dig out good eatable roots,
I would be able to travel in hard paths and bring life giving water from places where it is there,
I have an army with bows to assist me and I would not be scared of anything ,
And I would live with you always not parting from your flower like feet.”
1993.”Oh Rama who has a matchless chest , if it is agreeable to your mind,
I can bring my army also with me and would be able to live with you always .
If some enemy who wants to harm you approaches, I would fight with them,
Even before you do and give away my life after killing them all .
I would not earn any bad name and I would definitely come with you.”
1994.The pure one after hearing all the words told by Guha said in reply,
“”You are like my soul and Lakshmana is your younger brother ,
And this Sita who has this pretty forehead is your sister in law,
And this world which is surrounded by the sea is all yours,
And I am also one who would obey all your commands.”
1995.”Pleasure would come only if there is sorrow and that pleasure
Would be there after this parting, which is definitely a sorrow.
Do not think and worry that in between there is a parting like this.
Earlier we were only four brothers and we who are in endlessly,
Growing love , have from now on , become five brothers.”
1996.”Oh Guha who has lustrous greatly sharpened spear ,
Your brother Lakshmana would be there always with me ,
To see that I do not get any sorrow and so you go back,
To your country and rule it , like I would rule it ,
And when I am again coming to the northern direction,
I would come to your place and I would never fail in my words.”
1997.”Your younger brother Bharata is looking after Ayodhya and other places,
And if you come with me who is there to protect your town and people ?please tell.
When you say your relatives , are they not my relatives also?
So do not become greatly sad and look after these relatives of mine properly.”
1998.Guha who cannot go against the orders of Rama , with others telling,
“He has become greatly sick due to parting with Rama, “ took leave,
And Sita who was as pretty as peacock wearing ornaments , Rama ,
And his younger brother went for a long distance , in that forest dense with trees.
8.Vanam pugu Padalam
Chapter on entry in to forest.
(Rama shows the special scenes in the forest to Sita and walking playfully they reach the hermitage of BHardwaja and who requests them to stay with him. Politely declining they walk towards Chithrakoota mountain . They reach river Yamuna cross it be building a catamaran. Then they reach a desert which though harsh became cool to receive them. They reach Chitrakoota mountain.
Rama has some harsh words against Kaikeyi in this stage , There is no mention of any desert in Valmiki Ramayana )
1999. Similar to the mind of the base ones who make love to the prostitutes,
It is not clear whether wetness exists in the earth in the early summer and
The gentle Rama reached the forest and immediately the cold mixed with nectar,
Spread everywhere showing the signs of the coming of the clouds with great pride.
2000.The sun was shining its spreading rays like the young moon light which is cool,
With the dense trees providing shade , with rain from clouds giving drops like dews,
With the young breeze from south coming along with the fragrance ,
They went by the sweet path where groups of peacocks were dancing.
2001”.Oh Lady who wears garland by her mind , who is like the deer as well as the young peacock,
Now the Indragopa beetles waking from their sleep would start spreading everywhere,
And heaps of flowers shed by the ixora plants would shine in the evening light ,
And both together would resemble like costly gems studded to pure gold necklaces.”
2002”Oh lady on whom ornaments are natural, With young bees becoming joyous songsters,
The sound of the rain fall acting like drums , the joy filled peacocks became shy,
And they opened their wings which are normally folded and when they are dancing ,
They saw by using the several eyes on their wings , they saw your form within them,
And you are going to see many such sights , while we walk.” Rama told.
2003.”Oh Sita who has body with perfume and softness of the pretty new leaves of mango,
The pretty bird with red mouth was spreading red light , and was sitting ,
On the pretty Kandhal flower and were caressing that flower and to me,
It looked like that you were holding the pretty bird on your hands.”
2004”.Oh lady who had eyes which had the power of the spear anointed with ghee ,
And which does not limit to the hands but goes up , when the peacock and young deer,
Seeing the softness that is spread all over your body and also seeing your eyes,
Perhaps thought that you belong to their species , for you can see many of them coming here.”
2005.”In the surroundings where big flowers had fallen from the kuraa tree .
Which is in full of flowering and from the rain of flowers from the bidava trees,
A peacock which had risen from sleep with its feathers , its peahen,
Thinking that it made love to another peahen and has entered in to a love tiff. You can see that.”
2006.”Oh Sita who is like Arundathi , Oh lady who is sweeter than nectar
The Asoka of the forest which bears the gold coloured cherunthi flowers with close petals ,
Shine because of the black joyful bees which settle on them and you can see ,
It is similar to the burning fire from the coal , which is blown by the goldsmith.”
2007.”Oh lady who has young erect breasts, who has the prettiness of a picture ,
One peacock which has fainted saw the bud of Kanthal plant by its eyes,
Thought it is a snake seeing its nature of holding of the plant ,
And thought the jasmine buds with honey was its slow smile ,please see it.”
2008.You also see the strong tiger cub that lives on the mountains,
The young elephant besides the she elephant , as night has fallen down and got chained,
The young calf which are in the homes of cowherds ,
And several other beings which are playing with each other .
2009.”Oh lady, whose hair has been perfumed by smoke of Akil,
Several flower branches whose ornaments are the smiling flowers,
Are like the young ladies with budding breasts bathing in the ghats,
And you can see them dipping in the river dressed in the silk like waves.
2010.”Oh lady who has a pretty forehead which resembles the bow,
Some bees drilling in to the fully open golden coloured flowers,
Of the Konga tree , after drinking the honey are seen to be not singing,
But sleeping and they look like blue gems studded on a shining gold plate.”
2011.”The black male bees with wings , due to its consuming lot of honey,
And due to that not able to open its eyes and see and not able ,
To find a way by which they can travel with closed eyes like a blind man,
Are going behind the female bees which sing and proceeds, please see them.”
2012.”Oh lady who walks softly like a swan , the golden coloured Vengai and Konga trees,
As if they have learn the art of decoration from virgin girls , are attaching,
New soft flowers on your forehead along with hair and this looks like,
They are loose untied fresh flowers which are soft, please see them.”
2013.”Oh lady who is sweeter than deva maidens , like the crowd of brown moles ,
On your breasts which are decorated by pearl ornaments, when the scented,
Breeze blows from the south disturbs the pollen grains from the attractive scented flowers
They rise up and are closely scattered in between stones, please see them.”
2014.”Oh lady with a voice like koel , possibly thinking that your soft feet,
Would not be able to walk in the forest path, the crowd of trees,
Are scattering flowers on all paths and you also please see ,
That the creepers with flowers perhaps being shamed ,
By your thin waists , keep on moving .”
2015,”Oh lady with eyes similar to sword , please see ,the ornaments that you wear,
On your flower like feet are like the pretty bees which live on the new leaves,
The clouds are like your dark and scented hair which can hide everything ,
And please them as the parts of young bamboo which are like your shoulders.”
2016.This forest where crowds of deer , peacock and koels travel,
With crowds of branches with flowers and buds of the Kulirntha valli creeper ,
Which are of several colours and which are faultless and are similar ,
To the picturesque curtains which are again like fire.”
2017-2018.That Rama who had huge shoulders decorated with gold ornaments,
After saying all this and playing sweetly along with the good Sita , he proceeded in the forest path,
And at that time the Sun reached the western side and Rama then said to Sita ,
“Is this not the Chithrakoota mountain where sages who have won over their fate live”,
And at that time, one great sage called Bharadwaja with a love ,
Coming out of ebbing joy which makes the mind full said,
“My long time penance has borne fruit today “ and came out
To receive Rama who is the doctor for sickness of birth death cycle.
2019.He held an Umbrella a straight staff as well as a water pot,
He was having a huge matted hair , covered himself with a deer skin,
Had good dress made of bark , had a form in which his hair hangs ,
Had good character so that he protected Dharma and ,
Had a toungue over which all the four Vedas danced.
2020.His only wealth was raising the fire which is red in colour,
And he was Brahmin who protected all souls created by Brahma like his won,
And if he is told, “create all the seven worlds” he could create them ,
Just by his thought and did not need to be born from ,
The lotus flower that grew from the belly of Lord Vishnu.
2021.AS soon that sage came , Rama threw flowers at him,
And saluted him three times and that primeval sage , hugged him,
And with a mind disturbed thinking that he had to hug Rama in this form,
Stood seeing down with tears flowing from his eyes.
2022,”Oh Rama who holds a bow that can destroy your enemies,
Who has the capacity to rule this earth for a very long time ,
Instead of doing that why have you come to the forest with caves,
Where the sages live and wearing the dress of a sage ,
That does not suit you along with Lakshmana?” he asked
2023.Rama then related all the incidents that had happened so that,
The sage could understand them and hearing that , the very good sage said,
“Would such a thing happen at this time?” and grieved a lot and further said ,
“Alas the great lady earth has not done great penance”
2024.”How is it that my friend seeing you who is his matchless son , along with Sita
Who has coral like red mouth which speak pure words and who is like a peacock,
After saying “You both rule quickly this earth surrounded by the ocean” and immediately ,
Again said, “Go to the forest blessed with tall trees”, and still manages to keep himself alive?”
2025.”Does not sorrow and pleasure come in life alternatively?,
Alas , these are the result of the good act and bad acts that we do,
And because of that I know that no purpose is served by my sorrowing about it”
Said the sage and then hugged Rama, and along with him entered his hermitage.
2026.After entering the hermitage , he gave them proper places top stay ,
And gave them palatable fruits as well as vegetables , told them sweet words,
With very great love and showered his grace on the soul like sons of his friend,
And those sons also became very delighted by his hospitality.
2027. All of them stayed there and in the morning that expert in Vedas,
Thinking that “If we live with him we would get great salvation” ,
Did all that Rama needed sweetly and looking at Rama told,
“Oh Rama who has a chest covered with freshly harvested flowers,
There is a need for me to tell you about something.”
2028-2029.”There is plenty of water here and also there is plenty ,
Of flowers, big fruits and vegetables. Here bad acts would go away,
And there is no dearth of good acts and so you all can stay with me,
For to those who want to concentrated penance , there is no,
Better place to live and also in this place the river Ganges joins,
With river Yamuna as well as river Saraswathi and that is why,
I am not going away from here, as these waters are sacred,
Even to Lord Brahma and its greatness is that, such sages,
Like me are prepared to stay here and so you also stay here.”
2030.When the sage who had undertaken great penance told like this with love ,
Rama told him, “Oh sage who has a great mind due to great penance done by you,
This place is not far away from the Kosala kingdom with great water resources,
And if I stay here , all the people of Kosala would soon reach here.”
2031.”Oh Lord Rama , what you say is true, The mountain Chitrakuta,
Which even the devas salute is about ten Kadhams (12 km) from this garden.
It is sweeter than even heaven and you please stay there with great love.”
2032Saying this the sage bid them leave to go with great love ,
And they after saluting the holy feet of the sage crossed,
The land of cowherds with flute made of kondrai and Bamboo,
And also crossed the peak of the mountain and by the time,
The sun with its red rays attained the middle of the sky ,
Saw the river Yamuna where calves of deer drink water.
2033.Those three who became coated with dust due to walking long distance ,
Became glad on seeing river Yamuna and knowing the rituals to be done,
Bathed in that river , ate roots along with thin fruits ,
Drank water and Rama asked Lakshmana , “How di we cross the river?”
2034.That Lakshmana cut some banboos which can bend and using ,
The manai creepers made a great catamaran and on that ,
Rama with shoulders like huge stone boulders sat with his sweet lady,
And Lakshmana crossed the river swimming with his two hands.
2035.The younger brother of the best man of Ayodhya which has,
Fields irrigated by juice of sugarcane flowing away from factories,
Used his shoulders which were like Mandhara mountains ,
To swim and the displaced water went towards sea in the east swiftly,
And the water displaced by the catamaran went towards sea in the west.
2036. They who were wearing the pretty apparel made by wooden bark,
Crossed the river Yamuna and reached its other shore and after ,
Walking a very long distance they reached a huge desert without roots or stems,
Where the land was burnt and made even the mind thinking about it hot.
2037. As soon as Rama thought that Sita would not be able to cross it,
The Sun who is very hot cooled his rays like that of moon, the king of stars,
And the dried plants in that hot desert again produced green leaves,
And all the very hot surroundings became forest of lotus flowers.
2038.The sharp dried plant like stones which appeared to have been ,
Planted in the fire , became cold like flowers which have been transplanted,
They also had moisture and the broken and thrown out plants ,
Gave out young leaves and the seething sword serpent ,
Started giving out nectar from its teeth and became joyous.
2039.Clouds came in large number and thundered and gave ,
Cool rain drops to the earth and the hunters who were having bows,
Did not cause harm to the souls of sages and young kids of the deer,
Started drinking milk from tigresses which hugged and stood near them,
2040.The serpents which used to live in mountain caves with burnt bellies,
Which were angry did not suffer any sorrow and felt as if they were ,
Lying in water with tides and the bamboo which grew up in the great forest,
Which had earlier got burnt along with its roots , now became soft like ,
The shoulders of hunter women who had pearl like teeth.
2041.The grass which spread on the ground were like a green carpet ,
Spread on the ground and peacocks waving their feathers , like dames,
Practiced dance on both its sides , the bees followed these peacocks ,
Like Pana musicians and sang soulful music.
2042.Fruits though it was not time to them to ripen , ripened ,
And big root crops though the roots for their growth were absent,
Grew in to a large size in the earth and the flower laden branches ,
Became similar to pretty ladies and flowered and shined.
Is there a penance giving pleasure besides good character?
2043.The huts where hunters used to live became like hermitages of saints,
And on both sides the Indragopa bees which were like red gems appeared.
And in all near by trees male koels sang calling females who have left them,
And the Kurundha trees gave rise to new growth similar to base of peacock feathers.
2044.That forest then was like the burning mind of ladies ,
With scented hair who had left their soul like lovers in battle field tents
And in places where people go to earn money with a promise ,
That they would return quickly and it became like ,
The mind of those ladies becoming cool when those lovers,
Wearing heroic anklets had come back and joined them.
2045.They crossed slowly that desert which had got over its blemishes,
And they saw the Cithrakuta mountains which was tall like a male elephant,
Looking at a cloud hiding the moon and thinking it as its female elephant,
Who had its baby in her stomach and extended its palm tree like trunk towards the sky.
9. Chitrakoota Padalam
Chapter on Chithrakuta mountains.
(There is a great description of the Chitrakoota mountains is given by Rama to Sita .Lakshmana builds a hut for them with a separate enclosure for Sita. They start living in it.
In Valmiki Ramayana the description is very small and Lakshmana builds a hermitage . No mention for a separate enclosure for Sita is made in the book. For satisfying Vastu devathas Rama sacrifices a black deer . After entering the hermitage a sacrifice to Vaiswedevas also is done.
2046 That Rama who is recognized by the great devas as well as ourselves,
Who looks at us both equally , Who is faultless , who has a merciful eyes.
And who is the pure one who has one thousand eyes explained and showed to,
The daughter of Janaka who is like a young peacock, the nature,
Of That Chithrakuta mountains where sandal wood trees grow densely .
2047.”Oh lady , who has eyes which are similar to sword and spear made in to one,
And who is like peacock , on the mountain side where cardamom and Thamala plants grow,
Entwining each other, there are the rich black clouds as well as elephants which both are,
Of long nature and are found sleeping after they have drunk lot of water,
And it is difficult to differentiate between both of them, and you may please see this.”
2048. “Oh lady , with red lines in your eye which are like the swords ,
And one who has koel like voice, please see the jumping mountain goat ,
Which jumps from the top of the big mountain and please see that,
Like the very clear Vedas , due to getting mixed with shine of emerald ,
They look more like the green horses.”
2049.”Oh lady who is like the youthful peacock and who wears pearl necklaces ,
Over her breasts , the huge pythons which have kept in their huge belly , huge elephants,
In rut , have taken out their soft skins and hung there over all bamboos,
Which keep on shaking from there itself and they like the white cloth banners,
Hung I n the mansions of Ayodhya surrounded by gardens , please see them.”
2050. “Oh nectar given by the ocean of milk and not of salt ,
In the mountain valleys of coral gems and in other places,
The musk deer waving its white tail are speedily running about ,
And they appear like white streams falling from coral mountains ,please see them.”
2051. The elephant with great matchless flow of rut , attacked by the angry lion,
Dies and falls down , the gems which come out of the blood flow of that elephant,
Are shining like the gems fallen down and coated with kumkum ,
From their cut necklaces , when the ladies have love tiff with their lovers .Please see them.
2052.When in the very big mountain , moon came on the top peak of that mountain,
With the luster of the very big gems which shine like a lamp with extended wick,
The great white stream which falls from that mountain and is like the Ganges,
Falling on the pretty matted hair of Lord Shiva who travels on a young bull may be seen by you.
2053.When the elephant touches the water of the stream, they are sprayed ,
With gems by that stream and those elephants from whom water of rut ,
Flows like torrential rain , near the round vengai flowers ,
They look like they have golden gem studded ornament on their head and this may be seen by you.
2054.Oh lady , just like the saying that a single thread is carrying two compressed pots of gems,
Having a very thin bent waist and huge pretty young breasts and a look like a flower branch,
The luxuriously growing sandalwood garden due to its growing up till the sky,
Is preventing the moon from entering in to it and crossing it. Be pleased to see that.
2055.One playful male elephant which had tusks like the crescent of the moon .
Due to its having great love to its lady elephant in the advanced stage of pregnancy,
Is taking the scented honey collected by bees which get their sweet voice from leaves,
From the mountain caves and offering it and asking the she elephant drink it, You may see that also.”
2056.”Even if Lord Vishnu who protects enters in to illusion and hides himself ,
From the great Yogis who have controlled their senses and do not feel joy,
He would not hide himself and like that though the horse faced Kinnaras,
Hide themselves , they would be visible as a reflection on marble stones.”
2057.Oh lady who is prettier than dancing peacock and whose voice ,
Is sweeter than that of Koel, look at those singing kinnara couple,
Who make the angry gypsy ladies who have love tiff with their husbands,
And who avoid making love to them , to look at them with great love .
2058.Oh lamp like lady who has eyebrows like the bent bow of heroes,
When the bamboos dash on climbing plants , the honey comes out of the wax,
And this makes the holes dug by the gypsy men who hear Kolli pan,
Completely filled up with sweet honey and you may also see it.
2059.Oh lady who is the soul of one’s body like the feminine quality which never leaves you,
When a female monkey due to great love after taking bath with the male monkey,
Sprays water on it , then that male monkey climbs on a huge mountain,
And sprays back the water from a very big cloud on it, You may please see it.
2060.Oh lady who is like a lamp lit on the wick made by great cotton and filled with ,
The ghee of the nectar of the devas , You may see huge rocks of ruby gems ,
Which have the hot luster which breaks the darkness , which are stable,
In one place and which are in the form of a circle that never changes.
2061.”oh goddess like lady who showed the nature of virtue to Arundathi ,
Due to large number of blue bees sitting and getting up on flower filled branches of Vengai tree ,
They dip down and then rise up and shower golden flowers ,
And they look like those who bend and salute and rise up.”
2062”.Oh soft new leaf who has bow like lustrous forehead ,
And shining ornaments The gypsy maids who guard the field o THinai,
On the top of the big mountain and who have eyes like the murderous spears,
The red Kuruvindha gems which they throw on the birds
Coming to eat thinai, are falling down like stars in the sky. Please see that”
2063.”The huge budle of smoke that is going up in the sky due to ,
The burning of thick Akil logs cut by the axe by the valorous people
Who hold the very strong bow mixes with the smoke from sacrificial altar,
Of the great Brahmins and are moving in the sky like black mountain peaks.Please se them.”
2064”.Oh lady who is like peacock whose waist seems to break ,
Due to the heavy burden of her huge hair , scented by civet cream,
Just opened flowers , perfumes , smoke of akil and musk,
See the sparkling gems in the dried forest streams which are like stars.”
2065.Due to the Vidhyadhara maidens having love tiff with her husbands,
The step marks of their small feet applied with the faultless red cotton juice ,
Are vanishing in the ruby stones on the mountain surrounded by clouds,
But are very clearly visible on the long green emerald stones.Please see it.
2066.”Oh help of my life whose belly button is similar to the whorl made of gold,
The scented flowers of Karpaga tree removed from their black sand like hair
By the heavenly maidens who took bath after removing their make up ,
Is going down along with best gems through the forest rivers. Please see.”
2067.”Please see a monkey which took away the drum kept for guarding ,
By the mountain people who were wearing heroic anklets and playing it,
Also see a young gypsy girl who caught hold of the moon and feeling,
That it is wrong for this moon to have blemish and is trying to wipe it away.”
2068.In the enclosure created by the densely growing Kurukathi climbers,
One lady who had parted from her husband was sleeping , and her burnt dark,
Bed made of freshly produced leaves was trying to tell us , the sorrow,
A lady has in parting with her darling lover for many days. Please see it.
2069.Oh lady who wears soft ornaments and whose very thought gives me,
Happiness similar to taking nectar , In the swings tied on the side of,
Honey dripping Vengai trees as well as Konga trees , Where the gypsies swing
Singing the rural song loving, hearing which the Akana animals come rushing, please see it.
2070.”Oh sweet one who has red lips similar to Indragopa bees and the flowers of Murukku tree,
The drops of water of the stream which is coming lashing its waves , due to heavenly ,
Maidens playing in it gets mixed with scented products , sandal paste , Kumkum ,
And also scented things given by Karpaga tree , and gives out perfume . Please see it.
2071. Oh creeper with pretty breasts, Making one tell that they are small tins made of red gold,
Over which pictures that have been drawn by red paint and are being supported by a branch,
The shining sun has reached the top of the pretty golden mountain ,
And please see that is looks like the mountain is having a golden crown.
2072.”Oh best among ladies, on the stone in the mountain looks as if,
The small red beads are spread all over because the bamboo groves,
Are showering these lustrous gems on them and they are lying everywhere,
And you may see that they look like stars spread on the reddish sky.”
2073.Oh parrot like lady who talks more sweetly than the flute with small holes ,
And the cool sweet sound raised by Yaazh over which strings are tied ,
The closely planted murukka tree which is fully covered with open red flowers ,
Makes it appear as if the red fire is burning all over the forest , please see.
2074.Oh peacock like lady who has hands which appear as if bangles are put in,
Kandhal(gloriosa flower),please see that huge elephant calves,
Take water from the stream in their long leather bag with holes ,
And pour in to the water pots of great sages whose age cannot be measured.
2075.Oh peacock like lady whose eyes are like cut tender mangoes ,
Please see the merciful male monkey, hanging out its long bent tail , so that,
The sages who have shriveled eyes and heart which is sorrowing ,
Can find their way in the mountain paths , so that they can hold it and walk.
2076” .Oh lady who has broad hips which are no comparison to the hood of snake ,
And the seat of the chariot , The peacocks having thin feathers on their head,
Suitable to the pretty chest with the sacred thread of the Brahmins, fan and
Bend their long feathers so that the fire in the yagna fire place burning properly, please see .
2077.Oh lady having waving long hair ,who is the ornament to other peacock like ladies
Please see , the monkeys who by their nature makes thema fruits fall , searching for and sorting,
Cotton as well as silk , making them in to threads and giving them to the Brahmins
Who do good to the world so that they can wear it as sacred thread.
2078. “Oh lady whose form is an ideal model for all other ladies, see that,
The male monkeys with love bring big mangoes, jack fruit and big fruits of Banana
AS well as the roots dug out by the black boars and giving it to the saints.
2079.”oh lady see that the birds which are similar to your pretty hands carrying ,
Rice awns, Thinai awns , millet awns , beans and the soft rice produced by the,
Bamboos that bend to the sages who have driven away lies entering,
Inside every hermitage with great mercy and love.”
2080.The cruel pythons which are capable of lifting and then swallowing .
The elephants which trumpet like thunder , like those who have understood,
The meaning of great books , keeping its strength under control ,
Are seen helping the saints with matted hair climb the mountain,
By lying like stair steps on their mountain path. Please see that.
2081.In the mountain where water springs flow , to give salvation to those,
Who have done great penance and are the good people showering tears out of love,
Like an over turned water pot, The golden planes is covering the skies,
By going here and there and you may please see them.
2082.Rama the son of Dasaratha who did great penance of truth in the palace ,
Showed the well ornamented Sita all these about the Chitrakoota mountain,
And when the great sages of that great mountain came to receive him,
Saluted them and became guest to those sages of them who have got over past and present Karma,
2083.Lord Vishnu who is the mountain of sun rise wearing a thulasi garland,
For the sake of the destruction of the Rakshasas who were dark like night,
Had sent the powerful wheel for destruction to kill Kalanemi,
And the Sun god similar to that reached the mountain of setting surrounded by gardens.
2084.As soon as the weapon called wheel went and hit the asura called Kalanemi ,
The entire sky became reddish possibly due to the blood that sprang from his body,
And the moon who came out was similar to the teeth of that Asura which came out.
2085.After the sun set the lotus flowers which were showing their faces,
To the pretty ladies , got closed and in the sky like water storages ,
The lily flowers which were like stars opened up.
2086.The male and female monkeys looked at the trees,
The male and female elephants looked at the way to their homes,
The faultless birds looked at the path to their nests,
Rama who was interested in knowledge did the evening rituals.
2087.When the evening neared, many scented flowers closed,
And some faultless scented flowers opened and for Rama,
Lakshmana as well as Sita who was like nectar , the hands,
And their lotus like eyes like the evening lotus flowers closed.
2088.Rama who had come to do penance after the parting of the evening,
Like the sea reaching its on place , along the Sita without waist ,
Reached the hermitage that was constructed by ,
His brother who had a bow that will spit arrows.
2089-2092.After arranging the piece of bamboos in a long row,
And establishing straight logs without bends on them,
And after tying properly the side reams which does not bend down,
And closing over that rows which did not have any bend ,
And covering the roof with leaves of teak wood tree,
And spreading the tall nanal grass all over those leaves,
And later constructing walls on all sides on the bamboos,
And later applying mud over it , and later applying water over it,
And he also made a separate room for the lady of Mithila ,
And for that room he made the walls soft and proper by painting kumkum over ut,
And he also brought gem like stones and pearls and inlaid them on that wall,
And he also decorated that house using peacock feathers,
And he also cut them by a sharp sword and hung them all over ,
And he built a compound wall using young bamboo ,
And he also strew prettily with freshly brought flowers from near the river.
2093.In that hermitage built by his younger brother , that Rama who stays,
In the heart of Lord Brahma , people like us and in all beings we can think of,
In a similar manner and as the great God spirit which never leaves,
Along with Sita, the golden incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi entered.
2094.In that hermitage which can be compared to the mind without illusion,
Great Vedas , the pure ocean of milk and Vaikunta , Rama who has ,
An affection that is difficult to get , became very happy and greatly satisfied.
2095.The flower like tender feet of the daughter of the king of Mithila,
Came walking through very cruel forest and the hands of my faultless brother,
Constructed this hermitage for me proving that ,
To those for whom there is no assistance , there is nothing that they will not get.
2096.After thinking like this , looking at his younger brother ,
Rama asked , “Oh brother who has two mountain like shoulders,
Where did you learn how to construct a hermitage ?”,
And from his eyes which resembled lotus flower, he kept on shedding tears.
2097.Due to the order of the king who gave me the wealth of kingship,
Though I followed to observe the spreading dharma from birth to birth,
And attained the true fame which shines like the Sun, What is the use?.
For I have caused you sorrow for a long time, “Said Rama with sorrow.
2098.AS soon as these words which touched his mind came from Rama,
That younger one with a sorrowful heart told, “Oh my father,
Please examine what I am going to say.The root cause ,
For your sorrow came because you were born earlier, is it not?”
2099.”Let it be like that for nothing can be done about it,
For going away from Dharma is impossible for people like us.”
And Rama further thinking that and seeing the great sorrow in the mind,
Of Lakshmana who had become joyous he decided it wss difficult to console him.
2100,. So Rama again looked at Lakshmana said, “For all types ,
Of wealth there is a limit and what is the destruction ,
Because of this penance in the forest and this penance ,
Would lead us to limitless joy in the other world “ he said.
2101.Rama who had a very strong bow consoled his brother like this,
And kept on doing penance which made even the devas salute him,
And now we will start telling about what happened ,
To the emissaries who were sent by Vasishta of great penance.