Kishkinda Kandam

42. Sugreeva sends Monkey Chiefs to West

[Sugreeva sends monkey chief under the command of Sushena, the father of Tara to search in the Western direction.]

Regarding the decision to send a monkey chief to the western side, Sugreeva spoke to Sushena who resembled a huge cloud. 42.1

Sugreeva went to Sushena who was the father of Tara and his father in law with folded hands in salutation and told. 42.2

He sent to the western direction the great monkey called Archishmantha, the son of a great sage called Mareecha who is surrounded by blessed and brave monkeys, who had a luster like Indra, who is wise and valorous, who has speed like Garuda and also Two monkeys called Archamalya, who were sons of sage Mareechi, who were very strong. 42.3-42.4

"Oh great monkeys along with two hundred thousand other monkeys and led by Sushena, please search for Vaidehi." 42.5

"Oh monkeys search for her in Saurashtra, Vahnika and Chandrachithra countries, which are extensive, populated by people, pretty and spacious and the interior of forests are filled with Punnaga, Vakula, Udhalaka trees and thickets of Ketaka." 42.6-42.7

"Oh, monkeys search for her in the best rivers in the west whose cool water flows westward, as well as in the forests of sages and on the mountains of those forests, and even in lands that are virtually waterless and on the highly towering mountains that are chilly. After searching such an difficult to enter western side encircled with enmeshed mountains, it would be proper for you to come and see Western Ocean. Having come to Western Ocean, you will see seawater disturbed by sharks and crocodiles." 42.8-42.10

"The monkeys should wander among bushes of Ketaka plants, thick Thamala forests and the forests of coconut trees." 42.11

"Sita should be searched in houses of Ravana situated there, mountains and forests that are near the sea, Murachi city, the pretty Jata pura city, Avanthi and Angalepa, the forests of Alakshitha, in broad countries and in all other cities. 42.12-42.14

"Where the river Sindhu joins the sea there is big mountain called Hemagiri which has hundred peaks as well as gigantic trees." 42.15

"On the ridges of these mountains, the flying lions exist which carry the fishes, sharks, elephant seals to their nests." 42.16

"On the top of the mountain abutted by water, near the area occupied by the flying lions, the proud elephants move about greatly satisfied in a vast area trumpeting like thunderous clouds." 42.17

"The monkeys who can change their form at will should quickly search, that entire golden mountain whose peaks touch the sky." 42.18

"Oh monkeys when you go in to the sea, you will see the golden mountain in the sea called Paariyathra which is one hundred yojanas tall and which is difficult to see due to its glitter." 42.19

"Twenty four crores of mighty Gandharwas, who shine like fire, who are fierce and who can change their looks as per their wish live there." 42.20

"Even by greatly valorous monkeys they should not be approached closely because, they who resemble fire when they are angry throng together from everywhere." 42.21

"In that country no monkey should pluck any fruit because those unassailable, greatly valorous Gandharwas who are assiduous would be guarding the fruits and roots which are grown there." 42.22-42.23

"There you have to dutifully search for Janaki, for if you show your monkey antics, the Gandharwas would not be afraid of you." 42.24

"Oh, monkeys, there is a great mountain named Vajra in that sea beyond Paariyaatra. It will have a shine similar to the hue of the gemstone lapis, and it will be standing like a diamond in its shape, hence it has lot of diamonds. There that glorious mountain will be soaring high, squarely for a hundred yojanas, and diverse trees and climbers will be spreading over it. There, on that mountain you have to search thoroughly including its caves" 42.25-42.26

"In the quarter of the ocean there, there is a mountain called Chakravan, Where Viswakarma has installed a wheel with one thousand spokes." 42.27

"There the supreme person Vishnu killed a Rakshasa called Hayagreeva as well as one Panchajana and snatched away from them the conch and the wheel." 42.28

"On that pretty mountain there is a very large cave and in those places please search for Ravana as well as Sita." 42.29

"After another sixty four yojanas, there is another very great mountain called Varaha with golden peaks and in a deep cavity there is the home of Varuna." 42.30

"Near there is the golden city of Prakjyothisha and in that city lives an evil minded asura called Naraka." 42.31

"On that delightful and pretty mountain Varaha there is a very broad cave and you please search for Ravana and Janaki there." 42.32

"Once you cross that, you would come across a mountain with gold deposits and the entire mountain is of gold and there are waterfalls there." 42.33

"There, lions, elephants and boars always roar facing the mountain and that mountain is full of this sound." 42.34

"There on this mountain the great Indra who killed demon Paka rides on green horses was anointed as king by devas and this mountain is called Meghavan." 42.35

"After crossing that great mountain ruled by Indra you would reach sixty thousand golden mountains which shines and dazzles with the colour of the infant sun, having a fully flowered golden tree." 42.36-42.37

"The king of the mountains Meru the northern mountain is situated in between them, which mountain has been given a boon by the well pleased Sun god." 42.38

It has been said that Sun God blessed it saying, "due to my grace all those who reside here would be golden in colour all through day and night and all those devas, Gandharwas and Dhanavas who reside here would have golden tinged red colour." 42.39-42.40

"The Viswe devas, Maruths, Vasus and other gods come to this holy Meru mountain in the evening sun set time to serve the Sun God. After they worship the Sun God, he goes to the Sun set mountain and is not visible to all beings." 42.41-42.42

"That sun God travels quickly ten thousand Yojanas within half of a minute and quickly reaches the sun set mountain." 42.43

"On that top of that mountain there are cluster of mansions shining like Sun and these mansions were built by Viswakarma." 42.44

"The house of the great God Varuna who holds a noose shines with many trees, and very many types of animals and birds." 42.45

"In between Meru mountain and Astha mountain, there is a great golden palm tree with ten peaks and it shines with wonderful altars." 42.46

"In all those inaccessible mountains, lakes and rivers, you please search for Vaidehi and Ravana." 42.47

"And there lives the great Meru savarni, who is identifies as a sage and votary of Dharma and he is considered equal to Lord Brahma." 42.48

"You may ask that sage Meru savarni after bowing to him with head touching the ground about the whereabouts of Maithili." 42.49

"This is the extent of the world where beings live and at night the Sun God will retire behind Astha mountains and then there would only be darkness." 42.50

"Oh Lord of monkeys, our monkeys can only go up to that place and as Sun's rays do not extend beyond this place we do not know anything about places beyond that." 42.51

"You please search for the places of stay of Vaidehi and Ravana up to the Astha mountain and return within a month." 42.52

"If you delay it more than a month you would be killed by me and along with you my valorous father in law also would go." 42.53

"You should obey him since I want you to carry out his orders, because he is not only a valorous and powerful monkey but also my father in law and teacher." 42.54

"Though all of you are greatly heroic and experts in doing all tasks, please accept his authority and face the western direction." 42.55

"We would become proud of our achievements when we find out the wife of that greatly lustrous one and help him in return for his help." 42.56

"You may carry out any other work also if it is meant for the well -being, after carefully reflecting and if the task is in accordance with time and place." 42.57

Then Sushena and other monkey lords after hearing the expert words of Sugreeva, they took leave from him and started travelling to the west ruled by Varuna." 42.58

This is the end of Forty Second Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

43. Sugreeva sends Monkey Chiefs to North

[Under the command of Sathavali, Sugreeva sends hundred thousand monkeys to search for Sita on the Northern side. He again tells them about the path they have to take and the places they are likely to see.]

After Sugreeva, the bull among the monkeys entrusted the western side to his father in law, he said to a monkey called Sathavali. 43.1

Then the king who was the follower of Dharma and also the best among the monkeys spoke these words which were intended to his own welfare and that of Rama's welfare. 43.2

"You have been selected from amongst one hundred thousand monkeys of equal capacity and please get going with the two sons of Sun God." 43.3

"You may search for the blameless wife of Rama all over the northern side with Himalayas as its ear ring." 43.4

"When we complete this task which is dear to Rama, we would get rid of our debt and would become proud of achieving our task." 43.5

"The great soul Rama did an act which we liked and our life would be meaningful only when we help in return." 43.6

"A man's life becomes fruitful if he renders help to a needy person even though such a man was not helpful earlier. The result is all the more sublime if one can help a man who has helped him earlier." 43.7

"You who are interested in my welfare should search and find out Janaki, keeping the words told by me in your mind." 43.8

"This greatest among men showers respect on all beings and this Rama who can himself conquer cities has taken a liking to us." 43.9

"You are blessed with the wisdom and valour and so please search for her in rivers, mountain ranges and in forest forts." 43.10

"You may search for her in the countries of Mlechas, Pulindas, Soorasenas, Prasthalas, Bharatas, Madras, Kurus, Kambojas and even Yavanas, Sakas, Rattakas, Bahlikas, Rishikas, Pauravas, Tankanas, Cheenas, Paramacheenas, Niharas, Daradas and in the Himalaya mountains searching again and again to find her." 43.11-43.13

"Search for the place where Ravana and Sita are there in the bushes of Lodhra and that of lotus plants and in the forests of Devadaru." 43.14

"Then go to the hermitage of Soma served by Devas and Gandharwas and then go to the great slopes of mountain called Kaala." 43.15

"In the caverns and caves of that great mountain, you may search for the great woman who is the wife of Raghava." 43.16
"Cross that mountain king which is filled with gold and then it is proper for you to reach the great mountain Sudarasana." 43.17

"Then go to the mountain Devasakha which is a dwelling of birds which is decorated by various type of trees as well as various type of birds." 43.18

"In the bushes of the forest, in the mountain streams and caves of that mountain search for Ravana as well as Vaidehi." 43.19

"When you cross that, there is a vacant place of one hundred yojanas width, where there are no mountains trees, rivers or any beings." 43.20

"Cross quickly that fearsome and horripilating land reach the White Mountain called Kailasa and attain happiness." 43.21

"There you would find the mansion of Khubera which resembles a big white cloud which is pretty and plated with gold constructed by Viswa Karma." 43.22

"There is a very big lotus pond there with several types of lotus flowers, swans and ducks and frequented by Apsara maids." 43.23

"There lives the king called Vaisravana who is saluted by all beings and that rich king of Yakshas plays along with Gruhyakas." 43.24

"In that moon like mountain and in its caves, search for Ravana as well as Vaidehi here and there." 43.25

"After reaching Krauncha mountain you would find that its entrance difficult to enter and you may enter it carefully taking in to account the fact it is difficult to enter." 43.26

"Great sages who are equal in luster to the Sun live there all Devas worship those sages who have form equal to devas." 43.27

"You have to search in the caves of summits, peaks, caverns and ridges of Krauncha Mountains. After checking on the peak of Krauncha you may to search everywhere." 43.28

"The Manasa lake and the Kama mountain are both without trees and is a place where birds live and there no living beings, Devas and Dhanavas do not have access there." 43.29

"After crossing the Mainaka mountain you would reach the Krouncha mountain and all of you should search for Sita there in plateaus and ridges of the mountain." 43.30

"On that mountain is the mansion of Maya which has been built by himself. Please search in plateaus, ridges and caves of Mainaka Mountain where Kinnaris, the ladies with horse face live." 43.31-43.32

"Once you cross that mountain is the hermitage of Sidhas where the Sidha ascetics called Valakilyas and Vaikhasana ascetics live." 43.33

"After saluting those sages, who have become without sins by their penance, you ask them with great humility about information about Sita." 43.34

"The Vaikasana lake at that hermitage is filled with golden lotus flowers which are as bright as the rising sun and also auspicious swans move round the lake." 43.35

"The steed of Khubera, an elephant called Sarvabhouma keeps on moving in that place along with female elephants." 43.36

"Once you cross the lake the Sun, moon and stars are not found there and clouds do not move and no sound is heard." 43.37

"That area shines like the rays of the Sun, but is is due to self luster of resting ascetics who have perfected their austerities and are like Gods." 43.38

"After crossing that you would reach a mountain stream called Sailodha, on whose both banks are reeds called Keechaka [Bamboo] and they help the Sidhas to cross to the other shore." 43.39

"Then there is the northern Kuru country, where people who do meritorious deeds reach, where the water brims with beds of golden lotus and lotus groves and there plants with greenish blue leaves are in thousands which are adorned with blood red coloured lotus flowers." 43.40-43.41

"There the water reservoirs which have large number of blue lotus flowers which shine like the early morning sun, which have golden filaments and leaves shining gems and which covered the entire area and these were also filled with gems and pearls which are incomparable." 43.42-43.43

"There the mountain streams have banks made of gold around them, fo they have originated from great mountains made of gold and shining like fire and inlaid with great gems." 43.44

"There the trees are filled with flowers and fruits in all seasons. Birds rest on them. These fruits and flowers have excellent fragrance, taste and smooth touch. These trees fulfill all our desires. Other great trees provide barks of various types which are used for cloth." 43.45-43.46

"Some of these great trees yield ornaments studded with precious pearls and vaidurya gems. The ornaments are suitable both for men and women and can be used during all seasons. Other trees put forth precious and beautiful golden ornaments." 43.47-43.48

"Some of these beds produce different coloured bed spreads for sleeping and yet other yields garlands of flowers which please the heart and mind pleasing drinks and various types of food." 43.49

"Virtuous and good featured ladies, Gandharwas, Kinnaras, Sidhas, Nagas, Vidhyadharas, who are all radiant like Sun, always entertain themselves in this place." 43.50-43.51

"All those who have done good karmas who are all intent on pleasure from love making, live here fulfilling their Kama [Passion] and Artha with female companions." 43.52

"The sounds of music and musical instruments and laughter of heavenly beings of high breed is always being always heard there pleasing the mind of all beings." 43.53

"There are no unhappy people there nor are there any one who like doing bad deeds and mind pleasing virtues multiply there day by 43.54

"After crossing that place you would reach the northern sea and in the middle of it as a golden mountain called Somagiri." 43.55

"Only those who have gone to land of Indra or the land of Brahma and who attain the position of devas only can see the king of mountains clearly." 43.56

"That place shines even though there is no sun there; it shines as if sun is there because of that mountain." 43.57

"The soul of the universe the God Shambhu who has eleven forms resides there and so also Brahma, the lord of devas lives there along with Brahmarishis." 43.58

"Do not for any reason go beyond the land of Kurus because no other being is allowed to go there." 43.59

"It is extremely difficult for even devas to go there and so after seeing that place, you deserve immediately return." 43.60

"Oh monkey chief, monkeys can only go up to there, as there is no sun beyond that point and we do not know any being which can go beyond that point." 43.61

"Please explore all those places that have been mentioned by me and may consider exploring other places which have not been mentioned." 43.62

"Please do this search of the fire like Vaidehi and find her and this would be greatly liked by son of Dasaratha and this would also be liked by me." 43.63

"Oh monkeys who support all beings and vanquish all your enemies, please accomplish this goal and you will be honoured by me and later you can roam around the earth happily in the company of your loved relatives." 43.64

This is the end of Forty Third Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

44. Rama Gives Ring to Hanuman

[When Sugreeva feels that the one who is capable of doing the job is Hauman, the son of wind God, Rama gives his signet ring to Hanuman so that Sita can identify it.]

Sugreeva specially mentioned about Hanuman who is fit to do this job and he felt that among the best of the monkeys he is likely to achieve the result. 44.1

Sugreeva who was greatly liked by all monkey chiefs then told the valorous Hanuman, who was the son of wind god. 44.2

"Oh great monkey, I have not seen any one equal to you in speed of movement in earth or space or sky or the land of gods." 44.3

"You know about all the world consisting of oceans and mountains including that of asuras, Gandharwas, Nagas, men and gods." 44.4

"Oh great monkey, in speed of movement, luster and efficiency, you are like your father the great wind God." 44.5

"There is no other being in this world which is equal to your luster and so you alone are capable of finding Sita and so please go ahead." 44.6

"Oh Hanuman, Oh expert in diplomacy only in you, strength, wisdom, valour, capability of judging suitable place and time and knowledge of diplomacy is there." 44.7

"Understanding that responsibility of finding Sita is placed on Hanuman alone, Rama started thinking about Hanuman." 44.8

"This Lord of monkey would achieve the goal by employing all methods as in accomplishing the task, he has been considered as the most worthy individual." 44.9

"His lord knows that if he goes he is capable of getting results and that is the reason why he is favoring him so greatly in achieving the objective." 44.10

The mighty ones heart was filled with joyous feeling as if the task has already been accomplished by Hanuman, who answered all questions with great determination. 44.11

Then he gave him his ring on which his name was engraved and shining, for recognition by the daughter of the king. 44.12

"Oh great monkey, by seeing this symbol, the daughter of Janaka, who is one who would be perplexed would recognize that you are coming from me." 44.13

"Oh valorous one endowed with strength and prowess, the message of Sugreeva to you, makes me feel that you would accomplish the task." 44.14

The greatest among monkeys took it from Rama and kept it on his forehead; saluted him with folded palms and after touching feet of Rama departed. 44.15

Hanuman being the foremost among the monkeys being the son of wind God among the other monkeys surrounding him appeared like moon amidst other stars in a cloudless sky. 44.16

Rama said to him, "Oh very strong one, most valorous among the best of monkeys, Oh son of wind God, Oh Hanuman, I am depending on your strength and mighty valour and so exert yourself so that you can find the daughter of Janaka." 44.17

This is the end of Forty Fourth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

45. Monkeys Start Search

[Each of the group went to directions assigned to them with great enthusiasm. Each of them expected to win over Ravana and bring back Sita.]

The best of monkeys Sugreeva addressed all those monkeys and again urged them to go to the places assigned to them as per his words so that the work of Rama could be done. 45.1

After recognizing the firm order of the chief of the monkeys, started their journey spreading like butterflies all over the world. 45.2

Rama along with Lakshmana stayed in Prasravana awaiting the end of the month fixed for tracing the whereabouts of Sita. 45.3

The monkey hero Sathavali at once started his journey to northern side which was pretty but surrounded by kings of mountains. 45.4

The monkey chief Vinatha started towards the east and the monkey Lord Hanuman who was the son of wind God along with Tara and Angadha wanted to go to the south which is inhabited by sage Agasthya. 45.5-45.6

The monkey chief Sushena quickly started to the horrifying western side which was ruled by God Varuna. 45.7

Then that king after guiding and dispatching properly, the best of chiefs of army of monkeys to all directions became even more pleased and happy. 45.8

When the chief of monkeys were addressed that way by their king and asked to go in different directions they departed with enthusiasm. 45.9

The very strong monkeys loudly roaring with happiness, howling, leaping and screaming, galloped further. 45.10

When the king addressed them that way all the monkeys shouted "We would kill Ravana and we will bring back Sita." 45.11

Each of them shouted, "I alone will kill Ravana who would face me in war and by churning that place I would get back the daughter of Janaka." 45.12

"I alone will get Sita who must be trembling with exhaustion even if she is in the underworld and all of you, please wait for me here." 45.13

"I will kill the trees, uproot the mountains and break open the earth and also stir up the seas." 45.14

"Without any doubt, I can jump a distance of one hundred Yojanas and similarly I can cross a distance of one hundred Yojanas." 45.15

"Without any obstruction, I can move on the earth, on the ocean, on mountains, in forests and even in the midst of the underworld." 45.16

Like this each of the monkeys who were proud of their strength boasted about themselves in front of their king. 45.17

This is the end of Forty Fifth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

46. Rama Asks Sugreeva

[The curious Rama asks Sugreeva, how he knew in detail about all these places in all directions. Sugreeva tells that was chased by Vali all round the world after he came out of the cave.]

After the monkey chiefs left, Rama enquired from Sugreeva "How is it that you know about all places in this entire earth?" 46.1

When Sugreeva heard that question of Rama, he saluted Rama and told, "Oh bull among men, I will tell now about it in great detail." 46.2

"When Vali chased an Asura called Dundhubhi who came in the form of a buffalo, towards the Malaya mountain, with a wish to kill him, that tired buffalo entered a cave in the mountain and Vali also entered that cave with an intention of killing him." 46.3-46.4

"With humility I waited for him on that entrance of the cave for a period of one year but he did not come back." 46.5

"Then with a fast gushing blood that cave was filled up and seeing that I was surprised and filled with sorrow for the sake of my brother." 46.6

"To me it was evident that my brother had already been killed and I closed the entrance of the cave with a mountain like stone to prevent the buffalo from getting out of the cave." 46.7

"Then I came back to Kishkinda greatly disappointed and I got the great kingdom, Tara as well as Ruma and I ruled that kingdom fearlessly along with my friend." 46.8-46.9

"After killing that Buffalo Rakshasa Vali came back, then I became greatly sacred and returned the kingdom with respect to him." 46.10

"That bad soul Vali who has lost control over his senses in great anger with an intention of killing me started chasing me and my ministers." 46.11

"Being chased by Vali I ran crossing forests, mountains and rivers and seeing many cities for saving my life." 46.12

"The earth which was like a speedily rotating peace of firewood burning at both ends became familiar to me as though it was reflected on a mirror and I came to know it like a cow's feet." 46.13

"I went to the eastern side and saw many different type of plants, mountains and rivers and very many pretty lakes." 46.14

"There I saw the Udaya mountain filled with mineral ores as well as the ocean of milk daily frequented by Apsara maids." 46.15

"Oh lord, there also I was chased by Vali and at once I turned back and ran with great speed." 46.16

"Being further chased by Vali who was running with great speed, I turned there and started running to the south which was filled with the Vindhya mountains and other trees such as the pretty sandalwood trees." 46.17
"While I was running seeing the trees and mountains, on being further chased I turned and reached the western side." 46.18

"There I saw various countries and reached the great Astha mountain where the sun sets and from there I started running to the great mountains of the north." 46.19

"Then I saw in the north the Himalaya and Meru mountains as well as the northern sea and there also I did not get relief from Vali's chasing and at that time Hanuman who was blessed with great wisdom spoke to me." 46.20

"Oh king, he reminded me the fact that Vali was cursed by sage Mathanga that if he enters his hermitage site then his head will break in to hundred pieces and my living there can be done without any problems." 46.21-46.22

"Oh son of a king Rama, then I reached the Rishyamooka mountains and due to fear of the curse of Matanga Vali did not enter here." 46.23

"Oh king this is how I personally surveyed the entire world and came back to this cave and resided here." 46.24

This is the end of Forty Sixth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

47. Monkey Leaders Return

[The monkey leaders who were sent to east, west and North returned without finding Sita. They all expected that Angadha who has gone to the south but has not returned will find her.]

The leaders of the monkey army as commanded by the king of monkeys went swiftly in all directions to search for Sita. 47.1

They looked for her in lakes, bottom of rivers, sky, towns, forts surrounded by rivers and in mountains. 47.2

As instructed by Sugreeva, all those monkey troop leaders, searched in all places including all mountains and forests. 47.3

During the day time they searched for Sita and after that they assembled at night in one place to meet each other. 47.4

Those monkeys searched for her during day time and reached at night to trees which bear fruits during all seasons and took rest. 47.5

After spending one month like this those monkeys returned to Prasravana mountains and the leaders of company of monkeys met with disappointment the king of monkeys. 47.6

The powerful Vinatha along with his ministers, having searched the eastern direction as per instruction of Sugreeva returned without finding Sita. 47.7

Then the hero and great monkey Sathabala with his army searched all the northern side and came back without finding Sita. 47.8

Sushena after searching the western side along with other monkeys for one month came back to Sugreeva after one month. 47.9

He came back met Sugreeva who was seated along with Rama in Prasravana Mountain, saluted him and then told. 47.10

"We searched everywhere for her in all mountains, all inaccessible forests, rivers, oceans and also on country side." 47.11

"We searched for in caves and in all places that were told by you and we also searched for her in huge bushes and places filled with vines." 47.12

"We searched again and again in the interior inaccessible places and in the uneven locations; killed the very strong beings in those places and searched in those impassable places." 47.13

"Oh great king of monkeys, exalted by strength and birth, the son of wind god Hanuman will alone se her because he has gone in the direction in which Maithili was taken." 47.14

This is the end of Forty Seventh Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

48. Angadha's Search in Vindhyas

[Angadha and others search all mountains, caves and forests of Vindhya mountains, Angadha kills a Rakshasa suspecting him as Ravana. They land up in desolate cave.]

The monkey Hanuman went along with Tara and Angadha and started searching in those places as instructed by Sugreeva. 48.1

He went a long distance along with those great monkey heroes and searched in the caves of Vindhya Mountain and other interior places. He searched for her on mountain peaks fortresses surrounded by rivers lakes extensive trees clusters of trees, various mountains and in thickly grown trees. 48.2-48.3

All the monkeys started searching for Maithili, the daughter of Janaka in all places in that direction and those heroes could not find Sita. 48.4

There were various types of fruits and roots and went on searching for her, halting in inaccessible places here and there. 48.5

They searched for her in places which are difficult to search and in great deep caves and in places without water, without men, empty, deep and horripilating. 48.6

After having searched in those forests which are fearful, those monkey leaders left that place and those fearless ones entered other very difficult places. 48.7

In that forest trees did not have flowers nor fruits nor leaves and that land was without water and so it was difficult to get even roots. 48.8

There one could not see Buffalos, deer, elephants, tigers birds as also other forest animals. 48.9

There were no medicinal trees, creepers climbing on tree, creepers spreading on the ground and in lotus ponds which is normally pretty did not have soft leaves or bloomed flowers and there was no fragrance there. The monkeys entered that forest. 48.10-48.11

There was a sage there called Kandu, who was great, rich in penance, short tempered, one who follows all rules and one who was outrageous. 48.12

In that forest his young son who was just sixteen was lost and later died and that great sage then became very angry. 48.13

And that great soul then cursed this great forest that it would become inhospitable and become devoid of animals and birds. 48.14

Those monkeys searched in all areas of that forest, mountains, caves, rivers and also the source of those rivers. 48.15

In spite of that they were not able to see the great daughter of Janaka who was abducted by Ravana and Ravana himself. 48.16

After entering there, they saw a large place covered by climbers and bushes and there saw an Asura of cruel deeds, who was not even afraid of devas. 48.17

There the monkeys saw a horrifying Asura who was standing there like a mountain in size and after seeing him they all stood in attention before the mountain like person. 48.18

He ran towards them in great rage raising his fist and told all of them, "All of you monkeys are now dead." 48.19

Angadha the son of Vali seeing that Attacking Rakshasa thought that he was Ravana, hit him with his open palm. 48.20

When Vali's son him, blood came out of his mouth and that asura fell on the ground like a mountain which has fallen down. 48.21

After he breathed his last, the monkeys who have won, then probably searched in all caves of the mountain. 48.22

They again searched that entire forest and entered another dreadful mountain cave. 48.23

They searched all over again and collected together at one place with a very dejected heart in a secluded corner and sat down. 48.24

This is the end of Forty Eighth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

49. Angadha's Talk

[When Angadha finds that his monkeys are tired, he tells them to work hard, for otherwise Sugreeva would punish them. They start the search again but are not able to locate Sita.]

Then the very wise but tired Angadha consoled all the monkeys and told all the monkeys these words slowly. 49.1

"All of us have searched in forests, mountains, rivers, inaccessible forts, impenetrable areas, caves, mountain caverns and in all those places we did not find Janaki who is like a deva maiden and who was abducted by a Rakshasa" 49.2-49.3

"After Sugreeva who is very strict in implementing his decisions ordered us, lot of time has already been spent and so we have to again search all over. 49.4

"Please search, giving up laziness and even sleep which overpower us and you may search for Sita so that we can see her who is the daughter of Janaka." 49.5

"Absence of sorrow, perseverance and a mind refusing to accept defeat do lead us to achieve our objectives and that is why I am telling you all this." 49.6

"Oh dwellers of forest you may again search for her in impenetrable forests and give up your sorrow and start searching again in this forest." 49.7

"When you do any job, definitely you would achieve results and it is not proper for us to close our eyes and despair." 49.8

"Sugreeva is a king who gets very angry and gives severe punishments and we should also be afraid of the great soul Rama." 49.9

"This has been told for your welfare and so please do it if it is agreeable to you and you may tell if you feel any other course is more suitable." 49.10

Hearing the words of Angadha, Gandhamadana, who was thirst and exhausted told the following clear words." 49.11

"I think the words of Angadha are very appropriate and they are aimed for our benefit and welfare and so please follow them." 49.12

"Let us once gain start searching in mountains, valleys, caverns, forests, desolate places and mountain streams." 49.13

"All of you may please search in all the places indicated by great Sugreeva and let us search in all forests and mountain forts." 49.14

Again all those very strong monkeys stood up and started searching in the forests surrounding Vindhya Mountains on the southern side. 49.15

The chosen monkeys who were eager to see Sita searched all over the silver mountain resembling autumn clouds and in all its peaks and caverns after ascending the mountain. There saw the forest of Lodhra plants and that of the seven leaved Banana. 49.16-49.17

Those brave but exhausted monkeys climbed up the peaks but could not locate Sita the queen of Rama." 49.18

Then after searching the very many caves of that mountain and after looking everywhere, the monkeys ascended from that mountain. 49.19

Then they who were very tired and dejected at heart stood for a moment and sat below a tree.49.20

Then after taking rest for a little time with a little bit disenchanted heart they decided they will search all the southern direction. 49.21

Those monkey lords started the search again led by Hanuman started searching the Vindhya mountains all over again. 49.22

This is the end of Forty Ninth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

50. Monkeys at Rikshabilam

[The starved and thirsty monkeys entered Rikshabilam thinking that they will get water and food. After a long struggle they see a fertile spot and a saintly lady.]

That monkey Hanuman in the company of Tara and Angadha, searched inside the deep caves of the Vindhya mountain. 50.1

Then they searched near rivers inhabited by lions and tigers and having big boulders and in uneven places near the mountain streams. 50.2

When they reached the south west side of the Vindhya Mountain and were living there, the time set by the monkey king ended. 50.3

Hanuman the son of wind god further searched in the very deep and impenetrable caves on the south western side of the mountain. 50.4

With mutual understanding Gaja, Gavaksha, Gavaya, Sarabha, Gandamaadana, Mainda, Dvivida, Sushena Jambhavan, Angadha the heir apparent, Tara the forest dweller and Hanuman having searched all over the mountains went to the southern side covered by a net work of mountain ranges. There they saw a cavern with an open mouth called Rikshabilam guarded by an asura. 50.5-50, 7

Affected by thirst, hunger and tiresomeness those monkeys who were needing water to drink, saw a huge cave covered with thick growth of creepers, trees. 50.8

From that cave Krouncha birds, swans, cranes and Chakravaka birds drenched in water were coming out with their limbs reddened by the red coloured lotus pollen. 50.9

When those bulls among monkeys reached the cave, their mind was filled with wonder because they were not able to cross the give due to its fragrance. 50.10

Those lustrous, very strong and the best of the monkeys were happy because they guessed it contained water but they were not able to enter in it. 50.11

With scattering of different type of creatures, that place looked like a place of Rakshasas as it looked dreadful and was very difficult to enter. 50.12

Then Hanuman, the son of wind God who appeared like a huge mountain, who was very knowledgeable about impenetrable forests told the monkeys. 50.13

"We have so far covered many mountain Ranges as well as countries on the southern direction and we are greatly tired and have not been able to see Maithili." 50.14

"From this cave Krouncha birds, cranes and Chakravaka birds emerge drenched in water and so this cave must have a well or pond with plenty of water and also we see that trees at the entrance shine with health." 50.15-50.16

When they were told like this all of them entered in to that dark cave as there was no sun or moon in that cave and it was fearful [horripilating]. 50.17

Then those tiger among monkeys entered that dark cave, from where the sounds of lion, tigers, other animals and birds were heard. 50.18

They were not able to fix their sight anywhere and their valour and luster was of no use to them and they were forced to move like wind because they were not able to see in that darkness. 50.19

Those elephant like monkeys after passing some distance with great speed, saw delightful light and a pleasing place. 50.20

In that cave they found densely growing various type of trees and holding each other they went another Yojana in that cave. 50.21

They became bewildered and almost lost their consciousness and were desperate for water and they further walked in to the cave without feeling lazy. 50.22

When those weakened, exhausted monkey heroes with dejected face were about to give up a hope for life they saw a bright light. 50.23

After having reached that location they saw a forest shining like blazing fire dispelling the surrounding darkness. They saw Sala, Tala, Tamala, Punnaga, Vanjula, Dhava, Champaka, and Naga trees and also saw blossoming plants of Karnika, bunches of beautiful golden flowers, and tender leaves radiant like the rising Sun. They saw golden trees with creepers entwining them. These trees bedecked with golden ornaments shined like the rising Sun. There were structures encrusted with sapphire and Vaidoorya stones for reclining. Those golden trees were shining brightly. There were lotus creepers of the colours of Sapphires and Vaidooryas. The ponds surrounded by birds were filled with golden lotuses. 50.24-50.28

In the pond filled with pure water they saw golden fishes and huge golden tortoises along with lot of lotus creepers. 50.29

They saw big houses made of gold and silver there and the windows were made of gold with the shape of the eye of the cow, covered with meshes inlaid with pearls and they also saw houses made of gold, silver and mud and decorated with Vaidoorya gems." 50.30-50.31

The trees were in full bloom and bore fruits which appeared bright like corals. Golden bees were flying around. All kinds of honey could be found there in abundance. 50.32

They saw all over rich collection of beds, seats and vehicles wonderfully decorated with gems and gold. They also saw a large collection of wonderfully shining utensils made of gold, silver and bronze. 50.33-50.34

There they saw the divine incense of Agaru and Sandalwood and large collection of eatables, fruits and roots. 50.35

Various types of great drinks and various type of tasty honey, wonderful and valuable apparels and collection of blankets and animals skins were there. 50.36

The monkeys saw here and there collections of pure Gold which were glittering like a raging fire. 50.37

When the very strong ones were searching her and there in the cave those monkey warriors saw a lady near by. 50.38

They were badly frightened on seeing a lady sage wearing a bark cloth and taking restricted food and shining greatly. 50.39

Those monkeys were taken aback and stopped there and Hanuman asked her, "Who are you and whose cave is this?" 50.40

Than Hanuman who was looking like a mountain saluted that old woman with folded hands and asked her, "Who are you? And to whom do this cave, mansion and gems belong to?" 50.41

This is the end of Fiftieth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

51. Monkeys Meet Swayamprabha

[When Hanuman asked her who she is and whose are these sacred trees and ponds she replies that it belongs to a Apsara lady called Hema and she, whose name is Swayamprabha is guarding this place for Hema.]

After saying this again Hanuman addressing that great lady saint dressed in deer skin and said to her. 51.1

"We have suddenly entered this cave filled with darkness as we were exhausted by thirst and hunger and completely tired." 51.2

"Being thirsty when we saw a huge hole on the earth we entered here and having seen so many wonderful things here which are wonderful and matchless, we are amazed, pained and almost lost our consciousness." 51.3

"Whose are these golden trees shining like the rising Sun, these tasty roots and fruits, these golden high mansions, these houses with glittering golden windows adorned with meshes encrusted with gems?" 51.4-51.5

"By whose power are these golden trees yielding such sacred fragrant fruits and flowers have been created? How did these golden lotuses grow in pure water? How are these golden fish and tortoises found here? By whose ascetic power this was created so wonderfully? You may tell us about your own effulgence since we are not aware of these things." 51.6-51.8

When Hanuman asked her like this, that lady saint who was a follower of Dharma and who was committed to welfare of all beings replied to Hanuman. 51.9

"Oh bull among monkeys there was a person called Maya who was a magician and he has created this golden forest using his magic." 51.10

"During earlier times there was a Dhanava chief called Viswakarma and he has constructed this auspicious mansion of gold." 51.11

"He did penance in this forest addressed to Lord Brahma for thousands of years and he got all these wealth of Usanas from him." 51.12

"After creating this great forest that one who was strong as well as lord of passion, lived in this golden forest for several years." 51.13

"That great Dhanava was passionately attached to a pretty Apsara maiden called Hema and Lord Indra bravely attacked him with a thunderbolt." 51.14

"This great forest was given by Lord Brahma to Hema along with a house of gold and permanent enjoyment of pleasures." 51.15

"Oh best of monkeys, I am Swayamprabha the second daughter of Meru savarni and I am protecting this forest for Hema." 51.16

"My dear friend Hema is well versed in dance and music and she has given a boon to me and also this great house and I am protecting it for her." 51.17

"What is your mission? What are you looking for in these harsh forests? How did you find this inaccessible forest which is looked after me?" 51.18

"After eating these wonderful food items, fruits and roots and after drinking these drinks, you please tell me about everything." 51.19

This is the end of Fifty First Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

52. Hanuman's Narration to Swayamprabha

[When Swayamprabha asks who they are, Hanuman tells their story and how they reached that place.]

After all those monkey chiefs have eaten and taken rest, then that saint who did penance with a single mind told them. 52.1

"Oh monkeys, if you have lost your sorrow and have eaten food and fruits, then I would like to hear from you." 52.2

As soon as Hanuman, the son of wind God heard this he started to tell frankly as well as faithfully about his happenings. 52.3

"Rama is the son of Dasaratha, the king of all worlds who was equal to Lord Indra and that along with his brother Lakshmana and wife Sita entered the Dandaka forest and his wife was abducted by force from the Janasthana forest." 52.4-52.5

"He has a valorous friend called Sugreeva who is a monkey king and we have come here because he sent us." 52.6

"We who are led by Angadha have very fearsome monkeys and have been sent to the southern side traversed by sage Agasthya and protected by God Yama with a task to search for Ravana the Rakshasa who can take any form he likes and also the Sita, the princess of Videha." 52.7-52.8

"We have completely searched this southern area completely and being exhausted and hungry we took rest below a tree." 52.9

"We became greatly worried and our face became pale and were not able to cross the ocean of sorrow and were also not knowing how to proceed further." 52.10

"When were examining all sides we saw this cave hidden by creepers and trees and pervaded by darkness." 52.11

"We saw swans, Kurara birds and Sarasa birds flying from with wings drenched in water and shedding drops of water while flying." 52.12

"I told the monkeys that it is proper to enter this cave and all of them concluded the same thing and entered this cave." 52.13

Saying that "Let us go in, due to our haste in carrying out the orders of our lord", we all jumped in to the cave holding each others hands." 52.14

"Thus we entered this cave which was covered by darkness and we came in so that our task would be accomplished and we who were very hungry reached for your help." 52.15

"To honour the Dharma of hospitality you gave us fruits and roots and since we were troubled by great hunger we ate them." 52.16

"You have saved us who were dying with great hunger and please tell us how these monkeys can repay your debt." 52.17

When the monkeys who were votaries of Dharma told like this to Swayamprabha who replied to all the monkeys this way." 52.18

"I am pleased with all of you Oh quick and energetic monkeys and since I am living a life of Dharma, you need not do anything to me." 52.19

This is the end of Fifty Second Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

53. Monkeys Perplexed

[Swayamprabha takes them out of the cave but when they realized that time limit has been exceeded. They are all scared of Sugreeva. While Angadha proposes that all of them should give up their life, Tara prefers to go back to that magical cave.]

When that lady ascetic told these auspicious words which were according to dharma, Hanuman told her who is blameless in her actions. 53.1

"Oh lady who is votary of dharma, you have provided us protection as we had taken refuge in you. We have now exceeded the time limit set to us by the great Sugreeva, when we were moving about in this cave." 53.2

"Since we have already exceeded the time limit set by Sugreeva, we have almost lost our life and you who are a great lady should help us to get out of this dreadful cave." 53.3

"Oh practitioner of Dharma, it would proper for you to save us who are deeply afraid of Sugreeva as we have a great job that we have to finish and by staying here we have exceeded the time to do it." 53.4-53.5

When Hanuman told her like this that lady ascetic replied "I think that it is impossible for those who enter this cave to return." 53.6

"But by the power of my penance as well as due to my strict observation of religious life, I would help you and these monkeys to get out of this cave." 53.7

"Let all the great monkeys close their eyes for it would be impossible for you to get out if you do not keep your eyes closed." 53.8

"Then all of them closed their eyes and kept it closed with their delicate fingers, with happiness due to the desire to get out of the cave." 53.9

When those great monkeys closed their eyes with the help of their fingers, within a minute, they were taken out of that great cave. 53.10

That lady ascetic who was the follower of Dharma spoke these words to those monkeys who were released from a difficult situation. 53.11

"This is the Vindhya Mountain which is blessed with different type of trees and climbers and this is the Prasravana mountain and that one is the ocean which is a vast expanse of water. Safety to you and I am going back to my home." And so saying That Swayamprabha entered her cave." 53.12-53.13

Then they saw the horrifying sea which was the home of Varuna and which was endless and dreadful. 53.14

While they were searching in the magical construction created by Maya on the fortified mountain, the time limit fixed by their king had been exceeded. 53.15

Then those great ones reached the foot hills of Vindhya and chose a location where trees were in full bloom, and after sitting there started analyzing and thinking. 53.16

Then they remained below the trees bent with the heavy load of flowers, entwined by hundreds of vines, due to the great fear they had of Sugreeva. 53.17

Seeing that the spring season has started and after discussing with each other, they fell on the ground. 53.18

The very wise monkey Yuvaraja Angadha who had shoulders like bull and the lion, who has sturdy long arms addressed those senior and elderly monkeys who reside in the forest using sweet voice about his inferences. 53.19-53.20

"Oh monkeys we came here as per the command of the monkey king and while we were in the cave we have spent a whole month. Do you realize it?" 53.21

"We started in the Aswayuja month [October?] with time limit fixed for our job. And we have exceeded that time limit. Please tell me as to what we should do now?" 53.22

"All of you are trust worthy and are experts in just action and you were all involved in activities of general welfare and all of you are interested in welfare of our lord?" 53.23

"You are all incomparable in your actions, and famous everywhere for your bravery and you have followed me as per the orders of tawny eyed Sugreeva." 53.24

"Having not achieved our objective, we should without any doubt die, for disobeying the order monkey king, who can live happily." 53.25

"Since the time limit fixed by Sugreeva has been exceeded, for the people in the forest giving up of our life by starving would only be proper." 53.26

"By nature Sugreeva is harsh but having been crowned as a king, he would not pardon us when we go back." 53.27

"Since we have not been able to find out Sita, he would definitely kill us and so let us commit suicide leaving sons, wives, wealth as well as our homes." 53.28

"When we return back, the king will torture us in an incomparable manner and death would be even better than that." 53.29

"I was not crowned as Yuvaraja by Sugreeva but I was consecrated by Rama the king of people, who never hurts others." 53.30

"The king being a great enemy of mine earlier, if he notices lapse on my part, he would definitely inflict very severe punishment on me." 53.31

"Why should my friends see the calamity of my death? I will sit here on the sacred shores of this ocean and give up my life." 53.32

Hearing these words of the lad who was their Yuvaraja, all the monkeys replied to him in a pitiable manner. 53.33

"Sugreeva has a harsh nature and Rama loves his wife dearly and so let us search for Sita here and try to find her out, because Sugreeva will award us death sentence so as to please Rama. 53.34-53.35

"It is not proper for offenders to go near their master and so we will search for Sita here and if we find her out and then go back or otherwise go to the place of God of death." 53.36

When Tara heard these words of great scare from the monkeys, he told them, "Let us put an end to this sorrow. If it pleases you, all of us we will re enter the cave and reside there." 53.37

"That difficult to enter place, created by magic has lot of trees, food and materials to drink and being there we need not be afraid of even Indra and definitely not Rama and the king of monkeys." 53.38

All the monkeys who had heard the proposal of Angadha were favourably inclined to it and all of them spoke together, "let us make a plan together which is not connected with the punishment expected out of the king." 53.39

This is the end of Fifty Third Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

54. Hanuman Talks to Angadha

[Hanuman feeling that a revolt is brewing, calms it down by creating difference of opinion between people.]

When Tara whose face was glowing like the lord of stars spoke like this, Hanuman thinking that he will usurp the kingdom of monkeys told. 54.1

Hanuman thought that Angadha has eight types of intelligence, four types of tactics and fourteen different traits. 54.2

[Hearing, grasping, understanding, discrimination, receiving the good aspects only, comprehensive knowledge, profundity and acumen are the eight type of intelligence. Sama, Dhana, Bhedha and Dhanda are the four tactics and 1. Knowledge of place and time 2. Sturdiness 3. Enduring troubles 4. Knowing all possible 5. Skilfulness 6. Self-defence 7. Maintaining confidentiality of strategies 8. Avoiding unwanted debates [or not uttering lies] 9. Courageousness 10. Recognizing strengths and weaknesses of one's own and of others also 11. Faithfulness 12. Sheltering the seekers of shelter 13. Showing anger at appropriate times 14. Unwavering in opinions or actions are the fourteen different traits.]

Hanuman started consulting Angadha who was ever shining in strength and valour who was growing in majesty constantly like the Moon in the bright fortnight, whose intellectual prowess was equal to that of Bruhaspathi, who was equal to his father in valour and listening to Tara like Indra listened to Shukra's words. Angadha was skilful in all the shastras. 54.3-54.5

That expert in conversation resorted to the third of the fourth strategies to create difference of opinion between the monkeys. 54.6

When all the monkeys had different viewpoints, Hanuman frightened Angadha by telling many frightening words along with a mixture of anger and tricks. 54.7

"Oh Son of Tara, in war you are more efficient than your father and so you can control the monkey kingdom more firmly your father." 54.8

"Oh Monkey, all monkeys are always with a vacillating mind and so leaving their sons and wives, they would not be under your command forever." 54.9

"I am directly and frankly telling you that all the monkeys are not going to be obedient o you. Neither Jambhavan, Nala, the great monkey Suhothra, nor even myself agree with your opinion and it is not possible for you to influence any of these monkeys using Sama, Dhana, Bhedha and Danda methods. 54.10-54.11

"It is said that if a strong man wages a war with a weak one, then the weak should not resist but watch patiently for a suitable opportunity and never wage a war." 54.12

"If you think that it is safe to stay in this cave, please remember that for Lakshmana's arrows breaking open this cave is a petty task." 54.13

"Earlier Indra has done some small damage to this cave by throwing his thunderbolt but Lakshmana with his sharp arrows can tear it up like a leaf cup." 54.14

"Lakshmana has many types of such sharp arrows, whose touch has the effect of the thunderbolt and they can even split the mountain." 54.15

"Oh scorcher of enemies, if you take a decision to stay here, immediately all these monkeys would decide and they would go away." 54.16

"They would all be agitated on thinking about their wives and children and be depressed to go without food and sleep on these harsh beds and so they would leave you and go away." 54.17

"You who would be deserted by your friends and your well wisher relatives and you would start getting scared even with a movement of grass." 54.18

"Those horrible accurate arrows of Lakshmana which travel fast sent with a target to kill you would come with speed and would be unassailable." 54.19

"But if you go along with us and approach Sugreeva with humility, after him Sugreeva would crown you as the king." 54.20

"The brother of your father loves Dharma, is pleasure loving, steadfast in his thoughts, pure, and one who upholds his promise and if you go with us he will not punish you." 54.21

"Your mother is very dear to Sugreeva and is like his soul and he has no offspring except you and so you should go back with us." 54.22

This is the end of Fifty Fourth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

55. Angadha Decides to Fast

[Angadha lists the bad actions and qualities of Sugreeva and tells that if he returns Sugreeva would punish him greatly. He prefers to fast unto death. All other monkeys join him.]

Hearing these humble words of Hanuman, which were according to Dharma and full of devotion to the king Angadha told. 55.1

"Stable behaviour, self purity, compassion, frankness, valour and bravery are not to be seen in Sugreeva." 55.2

"He made his elder brother's wife as his even when his brother was alive, who according to Dharma is equivalent to his mother which is a despicable act and what does he know of Dharma when he closed the door of the cave when his great elder brother was fighting against his enemy." 55.3-55.4

"He had forgotten the very famous Rama who had given his hand in solemn vow to him who helped him in completion of his act and whose help will he remember." 55.5

"He has ordered for the search of Sita because of his fear towards Lakshmana but not being afraid of transgression of Dharma. How can such a man be righteous?" 55.6

"He is a sinner, ungrateful one, one who does not have memory and fickle minded and which respect one will have belief in him or one born in his family." 55.7

"My advisors are holding different views. I have offended the king and lost my power. How can I live in Kishkinda like an orphan in this weak condition?" 55.8

"Whether a son has good or bad character he would be installed on the throne and would Sugreeva like me, who belongs to his enemies family?" 55.9

"That Sugreeva who is adamant, cruel and treacherous would award me a secret punishment and would get me imprisoned." 55.10

"I would prefer fasting unto death rather than cruel imprisonment and you may permit me to do see and go back." 55.11

"I am taking an oath that I would not go back to the Kishkinda city and I would fast un to death and that will bring more fame to me." 55.12

"Please inform about my salutations to the very strong Raghava and also enquire about his welfare and inform salutations to Sugreeva the king of monkeys who is my father's younger brother." 55.13

"Enquire from me the health and welfare from my mother as well as Ruma in my own words and you should also console my mother." 55.14

"By nature she is very compassionate and loves me who is her son as well as saintly. As soon as she hears about my death, she will give up her life." 55.15

After telling all this and after saluting all elders, Angadha laid down on Durbha grass crying and became disheartened. 55.16

The bull among monkeys seeing him lying down on the floor cried and was seen shedding hot tears from their eyes. 55.17

All of them surrounded Angadha, who has decided to fast under death, blamed Sugreeva, praised Vali. 55.18

After understanding the opinion of son of Vali, the monkey chiefs sipped little of water and facing east laid down on Dharbha grass with their edges pointing to the south, in front of the sea. 55.19-55.20

Those scared monkeys talked about Rama's coming to the forest, Dasaratha's death, the killing of Rakshasas in Janasthana, the death of Jatayu, abduction of Sita, Vali's death and the great anger of Rama. 55.21-55.22

When the monkeys, who were like the peaks of mountains were trying to lay down, a huge resounding sound was heard from inside the cave of that mountain and resembled the thundering sound of stormy clouds. 55.23-55.24

This is the end of Fifty Fifth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

56. Sampathi Hears about Death of Jatayu

[Sampathi who is wingless comes out of his cave and feels happy that he can eat all those monkeys. Angadha seeing him talks about Jatayu who gave up his life for the sake of Sita.]

A deathless vulture king named Sampathi, the brother of Jatayu who was prosperous and famous for his strength came to the mountainside where all those monkeys were seated aiming for fasting unto death. 56.1-56.2

Coming out of the cave of that great Vindhya mountain and then seeing those monkeys seated there he became happy and told these words. 56.3

"They say that In this world destiny comes in accordance with divine order and possibly because of that after a long time so much food has been brought before me." 56.4

"I would eat all these monkeys one after another as and when they die" said the bird after seeing those monkeys. 56.5

Angadha hearing the words of the bird greedily waiting for food saying that he has now got the food, became very dejected and told Hanuman. 56.6

"You please see, that Vaivaswatha who is the God of death Yama has arrived in the form of Sita to kill all the monkeys." 56.7

"Rama's work has not been done and Sugreeva's words have not been carried out and this great and unknown danger has befallen on the monkeys." 56.8

"You must have heard about the activities done in detail by Jatayu the king of vultures for the sake of affection he had with Sita." 56.9

"Thus all the beings born out of different type of wombs are trying to please Rama, even by giving up their life, just like us." 56.10

"All of them help each other due to their love and compassion and Jatayu for the sake of helping him gave up his own life." 56.11

"The righteous Jatayu tried to help Rama and we have got exhausted and now are giving up our life as have not been able to see Sita in the forests that we searched." 56.12

"That happy vulture king was killed by Ravana in battle and we are going to attain salvation to get rid of the fear of Sugreeva." 56.13

"Due to the death of Jatayu and that of Dasaratha as well as the abduction of Sita, all the monkeys are in a doubtful situation." 56.14

"The living in the forest of Rama and Lakshmana along with Sita, the killing of Vali by one arrow of Rama and death of several Rakshasas in the hand of Rama are all the evil consequences due to granting of boon to Kaikeyi." 56.15-56.16

Hearing that sad narration from the monkeys, who were lying on the ground. that wise king of vultures was greatly shaken up mentally. 56.17

This is the end of Fifty Sixth Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

57. Angadha Tells their Story to Sampathi

[The monkeys feel the vulture would eat them all and Angadha tells Sampathi the story of Rama as well as their story till that time.]

Though monkey commanders heard the husky voice of the vulture, they did not believe him because his actions may be different. 57.1

Those monkeys who were sitting to give up their souls, seeing that vulture became furious thinking that, "This vulture would eat us all." 57.2

"If it wishes to eat us who are sitting here for giving up life, then by giving up our life in a speedy manner, we would become happy of that achievement," 57.3

When all the monkey lords made up their mind this way, some of them went up the mountain and brought the vulture down and Angadha spoke to it. 57.4

"Oh bird, Riksharaja a valorous and outstanding monkey who was the king of monkeys was my noble grandfather. Sugreeva and Vali are his sons and both of them were greatly strong and my father Vali, who was renowned all over the world became the king." 57.5-57.6

"From the family of Ikshuvaku there was a great charioteer called Rama who was the son of Dasaratha, as per the instructions of his father and upholding righteous character along with his brother Lakshmana and wife Vaidehi started living in Dandakaranya." 57.7-57.8

"His wife was abducted by Ravana using force and the great vulture called Jatayu who was the friend of Rama's father, saw that princess of Videha being abducted." 57.9

"He made Ravana chariot less and also held over Maithili but by then he was greatly tired and that old one was killed in battle by Ravana." 57.10

"Thus that vulture was killed by the might of Ravana and Rama performed his funeral rites and he attained salvation." 57.11

"Then Rama entered in to a treaty with Sugreeva my father's brother and killed my father, because my father was against Sugreeva and all his ministers and Rama after killing my father crowned Sugreeva." 57.12-57.13

"After establishing Sugreeva as the king, the king of all monkeys sent all the monkey chiefs to different places and we have come here." 57.14

"And as per instruction of Rama we are searching for Vaidehi here and there in all places and like the sun at night. we have not been able to get her." 57.15

"After searching Dandakaranya extremely well, due to ignorance we fell in to a great hole which is widely opened." 57.16

"When we were searching in that hole created by the magic of Maya, the one month time fixed by our king for the search got over." 57.17

"We all, who are supposed to execute the orders of the monkey king, since the time limit got exceeded, became scared and decided to give up our life by fasting." 57.18

"When we go back exceeding our time limit the angry Rama, Sugreeva and Lakshmana would kill all of us." 57.19

This is the end of Fifty Seventh Sarga of Kishkinda Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.