Yuddha Kandam

125. Hanuman Meets Guha and Bharata

[Rama sends Hanuman to go and inform his welfare to Guha and Bharata. He also asks Hanuman to tell Bharata about how he is returning with friends. Hanuman tells Guha about Rama's welfare and meets Bharata and informs him of impending arrival of Rama. Bharata becomes extremely happy.]

Raghava who was quick in exhibiting his valour on seeing Ayodhya became thoughtful and wanted to do a act of kindness. 125.1

Thinking like that, his sight fell on the monkeys there and he told that that sagacious and glorious monkey Hanuman. 125.2

"Go quickly to Ayodhya oh great monkey and find whether the people in the city as well as the palace are safe?" 125.3

"You reach Sringaberipuram and tell Guha who lives in the forest, who is the king of Nishadas, about my welfare." 125.4

"Hearing that I am Okay, without sickness and free from any trouble Guha would be greatly pleased as he is my life like friend." 125.5

"Then that Guha who is the king of Nishadas would become pleased and would tell you about the way to Ayodhya and about welfare of Bharata." 125.6

"You have to enquire about the welfare of Bharata on my behalf and tell him that we have accomplished our objectives and I have returned safely with my wife and brother." 125.7

"Tell him how Vaidehi was abducted by force by Ravana, my conversation with Sugreeva and my killing of Vali in the battle." 125.8

"Tell him about the search for Maithili and how she was traced by you after crossing the extensive and never diminishing ocean." 125.9

"Tell him about how we went near the ocean, how we saw the God of the ocean, how we built the bridge and how we killed Ravana." 125.10

"Tell him about the boons given by Indra, Brahma and Varuna and about my meeting with our father by grace of Lord Shiva." 125.11

"Oh gentle one, then inform him how, I have come near the city of Ayodhya along with Vibheeshana, and Sugreeva, the king of monkeys." 125.12

"Tell him how I have conquered all my enemies and obtained matchless fame and tell him that after accomplishing the purpose I have come near to him with my mighty friends." 125.13

"You also should try to know the expression in face of Bharata when he hears the news and after he hears it completely about what he intends to do about me now." 125.14

"I also want to know all the happenings, the colour of his face, his glances, his mode of speech and all the gestures of Bharata." 125.15

"Whose mind does not change with the kingdom which is full of wealth and enjoyments and has elephants, chariots and horses and which was inherited from father and grandfather." 125.16

"After having been associated with the kingdom, if Bharata desires to rule it, let Bharata rule it without dividing it in one piece." 125.17

"Oh Hanuman, after understanding his thoughts and perception you should come back quickly before we reach very near Ayodhya." 125.18

Thus commanded by Rama, Hanuman the son of wind God, assuming the form of a man went swiftly towards Ayodhya. 125.19

Hanuman the son of wind God speedily flew towards Ayodhya like the Garuda when he intends to catch a large snake. 125.20

After leaping to the sky and flying through the auspicious world of birds and after crossing the huge meeting place of Ganges and Yamuna, Hanuman reached Sringaberipuram and approached the Guha, the valorous Hanuman spoke to him these words in a charming voice. 125.21-125.22

"Your friend Rama of the clan of Kakustha who is truly valorous along with Sita and the son of Sumithra has enquired about your welfare." 125.23

"You would be able to meet him today itself on the fifth phase of the moon after he is permitted by sage Bharadwaja who has requested him to spend today's night in his hermitage. 125.24

After telling this the greatly lustrous one with joy again sprang up in the sky and not bothering about his fatigue travelled with very great speed. 125.25

On the way Hanuman saw, Ramatirtha, a place of descent into the river [hallowed by the association of Lord Parashurama], as well as the rivers Valukini, Varuthini and Gomati as also the formidable forest of Sala trees, many thousands of people and numerous communities. 125.26

That great monkey went fast and covered a long distance quickly and reached near Nandigrama surrounded by flowering trees which had gardens comparable to Garden of Indra as well as Chaithraratha garden of Khubera which was frequented by well dressed ladies along with their sons and elderly people. 125.27-125.28

At a distance of a krosa [two miles] from Ayodhya Hanuman saw Bharata, living in a hermitage, with the bark trees and the skin of a black antelope wrapped round his waist, looking miserable and emaciated, wearing matted locks on his head, his limbs coated with dirt, afflicted through separation from Rama his elder brother, subsisting on roots and fruits, with his senses subdued, engaged in austerities, protecting virtue, with a very high head of matted hair, covering his body with the bark of trees and a deer skin, disciplined, whose thoughts were fixed on the Supreme Spirit, with a splendour equalling that of a Brahma Rishi, ruling the earth after placing the wooden sandals before him, protecting the people belonging to all the four caste groups from all dangers and attended by the upright ministers, priests and by clever troop-commanders, all clad in saffron robes. 125.29-125.33

Those citizens of the city who loved Dharma ignored the enjoyment of pleasures on seeing their prince clad in wooden bark and the hide of black antelope. 125.34

That Hanuman, the son of wind God thus spoke to Bharata who was conversant with Dharma and clothed in the body of Dharma looked like another God of Dharma. 125.35

Rama who used to live in Dandakaranya wearing the cloth made of bark of trees and a matted lock, for which you seem to repent, enquired about your welfare. 125.36

"Oh Lord, I am telling you the news to your liking, give up this great sorrow for within a short time you would join with Rama who is your elder brother." 125.37

"After killing Ravana and getting back Vaidehi and after accomplishing his purpose Rama is coming back with his very mighty friends." 125.38

"The very lustrous Lakshmana and the very famous Sita, the princess of Videha are also coming back along with Rama resembling Sachi Devi coming with Indra." 125.39

When Hanuman told this to Bharata, the son of Kaikeyi, he sank on the earth with great joy and fainted through excessive joy. 125.40

Within a short time Bharata got up from his swoon after regaining consciousness and spoke to Hanuman who had brought glad tidings. 125.41

Without any sorrow, fully drenched in love, with great emotion Bharata embraced the monkey and drenched him with great tear drops not born out of sorrow but of joy. 125.42

"Oh gentle one, Are you a Deva or a human being, who have come here out of compassion? To you, who has given me this agreeable news, I shall give in return, for the pleasant tidings, a hundred thousand cows, a hundred best villages, and for wives, sixteen golden complexioned virgin girls of a good conduct, decked with ear-rings, having beautiful noses and thighs, adorned with all kinds of jewels, with charming countenances as delightful as the moon and born in a noble family." 125.43-125.45

That prince hearing about the news of arrival of Rama from the monkey chief was greatly surprised and with great joy and with great desire to see Rama again joyfully started talking. 125.46

This is the end of One Hundred and Twenty Fifth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

126. Hanuman Informs Bharata

[When Bharata enquires, Hanuman tells him in detail about all the happenings in the life of Rama after he left Chithrakoota. He also tells him that Rama would be arriving the next day.]

I am greatly delighted to hear the news of my Lord who went in to the vast forest very many years ago. 126.1

"I consider the common saying "Bliss comes to the surviving man even after one hundred years" to be true." 126.2

" Since I am asking you, please tell me the truth as to how a treaty was signed between Rama and the monkeys and under what circumstances." 126.3

Having been seated on the cushion offered by the prince, Hanuman, after that started telling about the story of Rama in the forest. 126.4

"Oh Lord, Oh long-armed one, You already know well, How your mother was granted two boons by your father, how Rama was sent to forest in exile, how Dasaratha the king died, with a shocking sorrow for his son's exile, how you were brought quickly from Rajagriha by the ministers, how sovereignty was not coveted by you when you returned to Ayodhya, how on your going to mount Chitrakoota, your, elder brother the tormentor of enemies was invited by you who followed Dharma to take back the kingdom, how Rama who stood by his father's words, renounced the kingdom and stood by his father's words and how your returned to Ayodhya, taking with you the wooden sandals Hear from me now, that which occurred after you had returned to Ayodhya." 126.5-126.9

"After you returned back the forest had a miserable look with scared animals as well as birds." 126.10

"Rama then entered the horrifying and lonely forest of Dandaka, which was trampled by elephants and populated by lions and tigers." 126.11

"In that dense forest in front of them appeared the very strong Viradha who uttered a very loud roar." 126.12

"They made him who was rushing towards them with uplifted arms in to a pit with head first while he was making a loud wail like an elephant." 126.13

"After completing this very difficult job, the two brothers Rama and Lakshmana went to the pretty hermitage of Sharabhanga." 126.14

"Rama, who was truly valorous, reached Janasthana after Sharabhanga ascended to the heaven; after offering their salutations to the sages there." 126.15

"After that a Rakshasi called Soorpanakha came and troubled Rama and the strong Lakshmana and as per the orders of Rama, Lakshmana chopped off her ears and nose with his sword." 126.16

"The great Rama killed fourteen thousand Rakshasas who were living in the Janasthana region who were very capable." 126.17

"In the battle front all alone completely finished off all those fourteen thousand Rakshasas in a fraction of the quarter of the day." 126.18

"Those very strong and greatly valorous Rakshasas who were causing trouble to all the sages who lived in Dandakaranya were killed by the arrows of Raghava." 126.19

"All those Rakshasas were smashed in the battle and their leader Khara was also killed. He also killed Dhooshana as well as Trishira." 126.20

"Then tormented by the killing of those Rakshasas, the childish Soorpanakha approached the horrifying Rakshasa Ravana. Then Mareecha a horrifying Rakshasa who was the follower of Ravana, assumed a form of a gem studded deer and allured Sita." 126.21-126.22

"When Sita saw it she told Rama, "Please catch this deer so that our hermitage would become pleasing to the mind." 126.23

"Armed with a bow, Rama chased that deer, which was running, and killed it with a sharp arrow and curved knots." 126.24

"Oh gentle one, while Raghava was chasing the deer, even Lakshmana had to go out and Ravana at that time entered the hermitage." 126.25

"That Ravana caught hold of Sita like the planet Mars catching hold of Rohini and after killing in war a vulture named Jatayu who tried to get her freed and that Ravana went very quickly from there taking Sita with him." 126.26

"Then with great surprise some mountain like monkeys sitting on the top of the mountain saw with great astonishment Ravana the king of Rakshasas taking away Sita." 126.27-126.28

"That aerial car which was moving with the speed of the mind called Pushpaka arose along with Vaidehi and the mighty Ravana who made the world cry." 126.29

[Ravana was not travelling in Pushpaka Vimana according to Aranya Kanda.]

"Taking her to an auspicious golden palace Ravana tried his best to obey make her his wishes with his words." 126.30

"Treating words of the king of Rakshasas like a lowly straw and without caring for him Sita later chose to live in the Asoka forest." 126.31

"While returning back after killing the deer, Rama saw the vulture lying dead in the forest and seeing him whom Rama loved like his father, Rama was greatly disturbed." 126.32-126.33

"When Rama along with Lakshmana were searching for Vaidehi, they walked in the flowering forest along the side of Godavari river." 126.34

"In that great forest they met a Rakshasa called Kabandha and that truly valorous Rama following the words of Kabandha went to Rishyamooka mountains and met Sugreeva." 126.35

"Even before they met each other a meeting of their hearts took place. Sugreeva had been banished by his enraged Vali who was his elder brother and as a result of mutual talk; Rama and Sugreeva became attached to each other." 126.36-126.37

"Having killed the very huge and very strong Vali by the power of his hands, Rama got back the kingdom to Sugreeva." 126.38

"Sugreeva along with all monkeys established his kingdom and promised to commence the search for the princess Sita. 126.39

"Commanded by The great Sugreeva, the king of monkeys, ten crores of monkeys were sent to search in all the four directions." 126.40

"Due to our missing the correct way in the great Vindhya mountain, we felt great sorrow and a long time slipped past us." 126.41

"A valorous vulture called Sampathi who is the elder brother of king of vultures Jatayu precisely told us the place of stay of Sita in the home of Ravana" 126.42

"After removing the sorrow of my clan, I jumped one hundred Yojanas, depending only on my strength." 126.43

"There I saw a lady alone in the Asoka forest clad in a soiled silk cloth without any joy and doing firm penance." 126.44

"After meeting her and enquiring with her as per the need, I came to know that faultless lady and gave her the signet ring with name of Rama engraved in it as a token." 126.45

"Receiving in return a jewel from her as token, I returned after achieving success and on returning back, I gave that revered jewel to Rama who was never tired of doing a job." 126.46

"After hearing the news about Sita Rama regained hope to live further, like a dying patient feels after taking nectar." 126.47

"Excited to fight a war, he decided on the destruction of Lanka, just like a fire god is determined to burn the universe at the time of deluge." 126.48

"After reaching the ocean, he made Nala construct a bridge and the army of monkey warriors crossed the ocean using that bridge." 126.49

"Nila killed Prahastha, Rama killed Kumbhakarna, Lakshmana killed the son of Ravana and Rama himself killed Ravana." 126.50

"The great Rama, the destroyer of enemies, met Indra, Yama, Varuna, Maheshvara, Brahma as also Dasaratha [his deceased father] and was granted boons by them. Sages and Devas who came there, too gave boons." 126.51-126.52

"After getting those boons along with his friends the monkeys, he flew in the aerial car called Pushpaka and reached Kishkinda." 126.53

"After reaching the banks of river Ganges again Rama stayed along with sage Bharadwaja and tomorrow when the moon enters the star Pushya [poosam] you would be able to see Rama without any problem." 126.54

After hearing the truth from the great words of Hanuman, with great joy Bharata after offering him salutations spoke the following words, "My desire has been fulfilled after a long time." 126.55

This is the end of One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

127. Rama Reaches Ayodhya

[Bharata and Shatrugna make great arrangements to receive Rama. Rama arrives in the aerial car. Bharata and Shatrugna salute Rama and speak nice words to the monkeys and Vibheeshana. Rama salutes his mothers. Then they all reach Nandigrama. Rama sends back Pushpaka Vimana to Khubera.]

The truly valorous Bharata attained divine joy and commanded Shatrugna, the destroyer of enemies who was also happy. 127.1

"Let men of good conduct worship all the Gods in temples as well as in town with scented garlands accompanied by playing of musical instruments." 127.2

"Let the Charioteers, experts in singing praises in a primeval manner, All people who sing poems of praise, experts in singing with musical instruments and dancing girls join together with the wives of the king, ministers, army men and their wives, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, leaders and members of trade councils come out and see the moon like face of Rama." 127.3-127.4

Hearing the words of Bharata, Shatrugna the destroyer of enemies summoned several thousand labourers working for wages and divided them in to several groups and told them as follows. 127.5

"Let the holes and depressions on the road from Nandigrama to Ayodhya be levelled by filing them up and let the rough and uneven places in the paths be levelled." 127.6

"Let the entire ground be sprinkled with ice cold water and let others keep on sowing parched grains of paddy and flowers on them." 127.7

"Let all the streets of Ayodhya which is an excellent city be lined with flags, and let the houses be decorated till the Sun rises." 127.8

"Let hundreds of men make fall on the royal highway scented loose flowers and garlands of five colours." 127.9

On hearing that command of Shatrugna ministers, Dhrushti, Jayanta, Vijaya, Siddhartha, Arthasadhaka, Ashoka, Mantrapala and Sumantra proceeded with joy. 127.10-127.11

Some people decorated by hundreds of pots rode on thousands of elephants in rut, and some others on female elephants provided with golden platforms and along with these elephants several great charioteers issued forth riding on chariots in great speed. 127.12

Great warriors riding on selected horses which were superior and in thousands of numbers bearing flags and pennants and carrying Javelins, spears and nooses in their hands, further surrounded by thousands of foot soldiers sallied forth, 127.13-127.14

All the women of Dasaratha, keeping Kausalya and Sumithra in the front mounted on their vehicles started forth along with Kaikeyi and reached Nandigrama. 127.15

Placing the wooden sandals of his brother on his head and taking the white parasol which was adorned with white garlands and two white whisks decorated with gold, eminently worthy of kings, accompanied by the foremost of Brahmins, leaders of the guilds of traders and artisans, including the mercantile class, surrounded by the counsellors with garlands and bell-shaped sweets in their hands, cheered by the blast of conches and kettle-drums, duly praised by musicians, the great Bharata, whose mind was set on Dharma, who was well-versed with the secret of Dharma, who was emaciated through fasting, who felt miserable, and was clad in the bark of trees and the skin of a black antelope, who experienced joy for the first time in hearing the news of the arrival of his brother then went in advance, along with his ministers, to meet Rama. 127.16-127.20

The Earth was shaking by the sounds of hoofs of the horses, the sound of rolling of wheels of the chariots and the tumultuous sound raised by conches and kettle drums. 127.21

It was felt that the entire city stretched up to Nandigrama and glancing round Bharata spoke to the son of wind God. 127.22

"Has the absence of firm mind in case of monkeys has been resorted by you, for I am not seeing Rama the son of Kakustha clan and the destroyer of his enemies." 127.23

When these words escaped from the truly valorous Bharata, Hanuman immediately told him words which were suitable to the situation. 127.24

"A great roar of joyful monkeys is being heard, for, they are seeing on their way trees which continually, yield fruit, adorned with blossom, flowing with honey which is drunk by bees which make reverberant humming sounds which is due to the grace of Sage Bharadwaja. Oh Bharata, the destroyer of adversaries, A boon also was conferred by Indra by virtue of which, a hospitality rich with all excellences was earlier extended by Bharadwaja to you, with your entire army. I presume that the aforesaid army of monkeys is crossing the rivers, Gomati." 127.25-127.27

"See the cloud dust raising above the grove of Sala trees, which is because of the shaking of the pretty Sala trees by the monkeys." 127.28

"Far away the famous and divine aerial car called Puspaka, which was created by the mind of Brahma and which shines like the moon is to be seen." 127.29

"This vehicle of Rama was got after killing of Ravana and all his relatives and shines like the rising Sun and belonged to Khubera to whom it was given by Brahma and travel with the speed of thought." 127.30

"In that car are besides the brothers Rama and Lakshmana along with Sita are the greatly lustrous Sugreeva and the Rakshasa Vibheeshana." 127.31

Then the words, "Here is Rama", like a loud clamour touching the sky was heard from the mouth of women, children, old people and youth which gave rise to great joy. 127.32

Getting down from their chariots, elephants and horses those men stood on the ground and they all saw Rama seated in the aerial car resembling the moon in the sky. 127.33

That very happy Bharata with folded hands in salutation turned his face towards Rama, worshipped him and welcomed Rama in a fitting manner. 127.34

The very long eyed elder brother of Lakshmana seated in the aerial car created by the mind of Brahma shined like another Indra with a thunderbolt in his hand. 127.35

Bharata saluted his brother who stood at the edge of aerial car shining like rising sun from Mount Meru and bent low in great reverence. 127.36

That matchless aerial car with the permission of Rama which had swans drawn on it landed on the earth. 127.37

Bharata of the true valour again felt very happy when he climbed in to the aerial car, approached Rama and again greeted him. 127.38

Then that son of Kakustha clan seeing Bharata after a very long time made him sit on his lap and with great joy embraced him. 127.39

Then the dear Bharata, the destroyer of his enemies approached Vaidehi and Lakshmana announced his name and greeted them. 127.40

Then Bharata the son of Kaikeyi embraced one after another, Sugreeva, Jambavan, Angadha, Mainda, Dvividha, Nila and Rishabha. 127.41

He also embraced Sushena, Nala, Gavaksha, Gandhamadana, Sarabha, Panasa and all monkeys surrounding them. 127.42

Those monkeys who can assume any form that they desire assumed the form of a man and with joy enquired about the welfare of Bharata. 127.43

After that the very lustrous prince Bharata, who is great follower of Dharma embraced Sugreeva, the great monkey and told him. 127.44

"We are four brothers and you are our fifth brother, Oh Sugreeva, affection is born out of friendship and hatred is the sign of an enemy." 127.45

After hugging Vibheeshana, Bharata told him, "it is only because of your help this impossible job was got done." 127.46

Then Shatrugna offered salutations to Rama as well as Lakshmana and that one with great humility offered salutation to the feet of Sita." 127.47

Rama went near his mother with a sorrowing downcast face, bowed and caught her feet making the mind of his mother happy. 127.48

Then he saluted Sumithra and the famous Kaikeyi and all his mothers and also to his priest sage Vasishta. 127.49

All the citizens of Ayodhya with hands joined in salutation told him, "Oh great hero who increases the delight of Kausalya, welcome to you." 127.50

The elder brother of Bharata saw thousands of joined palms of the citizens of Ayodhya which appeared like lotus flowers in bloom. 127.51

Bharata himself took the sandals of Rama and placed them below the feet of the king of men, who was the follower of Dharma. 127.52
Bharata after saluting Rama told, "Oh king, here is the kingdom of yours which was given to me as a deposit." 127.53

"Today after seeing you return back to Ayodhya, my life has accomplished its goal and the great desire of my mind has been fulfilled." 127.54

"Please see critically examine your treasury, granary, palace and army which by the power of your spirit has enhanced ten fold." 127.55

Seeing Bharata, who loved his bother talking like this, the Rakshasa Vibheeshana and all the monkeys shed tears. 127.56

Then Raghava placed with great delight Bharata on his lap and along with the army flew to the hermitage of Bharata in that aerial car. 127.57

After reaching the hermitage of Bharata along with the army, that Raghava got down from the front portion of the aerial car and stood waiting on the earth. 127.58

Then Rama spoke to that matchless aerial car, "I permit you to carry now Khubera the lord of wealth and so please leave." 127.59

Thus permitted by Rama that matchless aerial car travelled towards the north so as to reach the home of the Lord of riches. 127.60

That divine aerial car called Pushpaka once abducted by the Rakshasas went with great speed to the Lord of riches impelled by the words of Rama. 127.61

Then the valorous Raghava affectionately pressed the feet of his priest as well as well-wisher Vasishta, like Indra would press the feet of Bruhaspathi and made him sit in a separate seat near his own. 127.62

This is the end of One Hundred and Twenty Seventh Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

128. Sri Rama Pattabhishekam [Crowning of Rama]

Bharata, who increased the happiness of Kaikeyi, saluting by raising his hands above his head and joining them together, spoke to Rama who was his elder brother and who was truly brave man. 128.1

"You honouring the words of my mother gave this kingdom to me and now similarly I am giving it back similar to how you gave it to me." 128.2

"Unlike a strong bull which can carry it for a long distance, I, who am like a young bull, cannot carry this burden any more." 128.3

"I think that that cracks occurring in a kingdom are as difficult to control as a breached badly constructed dam trying to stop a very big stream of water." 128.4

"Oh valorous killer of enemies I am not able to follow the path shown by any more like a donkey cannot follow the gallop of the horse a crow trying to take the chase of wild geese." 128.5

"Oh great one, Oh king of men, similar to a tree planted in the backyard of one's house, after it grows well with a huge trunk and large branches and is difficult to climb but does not yield any fruit and dries up after flowering and thus not permitting the one who planted it to enjoy its fruit would be an analogy to you, if you do not rule over us, who are your servants. I hope you understand the implication." 128.6-128.8

"Oh Raghava, today let the world see you, who is like the lustrous sun shining at noon, being crowned." 128.9

May you relax and wake up too, to the sounds of an ensemble of musical instruments, the tinkling of ornaments strung with tiny bells and worn around the waist and anklets as well as sweet recital of songs. 128.10

"You be the king of the entire world as long as this world revolves; as long as this earth exists." 128.11

After Rama, the one who conquered enemy cities, heard the words of Bharata he accepted it saying, "So be it" and sat on that auspicious seat. 128.12

Then as per the words of Shatrugna expert barbers with gentle hands who can do their work in great speed surrounded Rama. 128.13

First Bharata took bath, then the very strong Lakshmana, Sugreeva the king of monkeys and Vibheeshana the king of Rakshasas also took their bath. Rama's matted hair was disentangled and then he took bath and stood there shining with splendour and adorned with variety of garlands and applied with sandal paste and clothed in very costly apparels. 128.14-128.15

That valorous and charming one [Shatrugna], the one who increased the happiness Ikshuvaku clan made arrangements for personal adornment of Rama and Lakshmana. 128.16

Then all the noble minded wives of Dasaratha decorated themselves personally the very pretty Sita. 128.17

Afterwards the very joyful Kausalya who loved her sons made auspicious decoration of the wives of all monkeys with great effort. 128.18

Then as per the orders of Shatrugna, the charioteer called Sumantra came after yoking to the chariot, horses which were auspicious in all limbs. 128.19

Seeing that divine chariot which was shining like Sun standing before him, the great Rama who was truly valorous climbed in to it. 128.20

Sugreeva and Hanuman, who both had luster like Indra, after taking bath, started wearing beautiful dresses and ear rings. 128.21

Wearing all types of ornaments and wearing auspicious ear rings, the wives of Sugreeva along with Sita moved out to see the Town of Ayodhya. 128.22

In the city of Ayodhya, the ministers of king Dasaratha, keeping the priest in their front discussed all important aspects meaningfully. 128.23

Asoka, Vijaya and Siddhartha with complete attention discussed Rama's advancement to the post as well as prosperity of the city. 128.24

"We have to do all that is necessary to the proper and auspicious completion of anointing of the great Rama." 128.25

After passing on their decision to the priests, they started out of the city with great interest to see Rama. 128.26

That faultless Rama mounted the chariot like the thousand eyed Indra mounted his chariot drawn by green horses and started on his journey to the city. 128.27

Bharata took up the reins of the horses. Shatrugna held the decorative umbrella on Rama's head. Lakshmana winnowed a fan. Vibheeshana, the king of Rakshasas who was standing nearby, held a white fan, shining brilliantly like the moon. 128.28-128.29

Groups of great sages, Devas and the troops of Maruths who were in the sky started praising Rama and a sweet sound was heard. 128.30

Sugreeva, the king of monkeys with great luster rode on a mountain like elephant called Satrunjaya. 128.31

Monkeys who had assumed human form adorned with several types of ornaments mounted on nine thousand elephants rode along. 128.32

With blowing of conches piercing the ears and with playing of kettle drums, Rama, the foremost among men proceeded to the city of Ayodhya which had several great palaces. 128.33

Then the people saw the pretty form of the great expert in chariot war who was pretty riding on a chariot with attendants walking in front. 128.34

Felicitating Rama, greeted with joy by him in return all the people followed the great Rama who was surrounded by his brothers. 128.35

Surrounded by ministers, Brahmins and other citizens, Rama shined brilliantly, like the moon among stars. 128.36

Then That Rama drove surrounded by musicians who were walking in front playing musical instruments, with cymbals and swastika instruments in their hands and singing auspicious songs. 128.37

Men with golden coloured rice, cows and maidens along with Brahmins carrying Modhakas [ball like sweets] in their hands walked in front of Rama. 128.38

Then Rama told his ministers about his friendship of Sugreeva, the great power of Hanuman the son of wind God and the other great adventures of monkeys. 128.39

Hearing about the great job done by the monkeys and about the strength of Rakshasas, the citizens of the city of Ayodhya were astonished. 128.40

Then he told his ministers about his meeting with Vibheeshana and after telling that, the greatly lustrous Rama entered the city of Ayodhya, which was full of joyful and happy people and also monkeys. 128.41

The citizens erected flags from house to house on every house and Rama reached the pretty palace of his father which had been occupied by the Ikshuvaku kings. 128.42

That great one, after reaching the home of his father, entered in to it and offered salutations to Kausalya, Sumithra and Kaikeyi. Then that son of Raghu clan told the prince Bharata who was a great follower of Dharma these meaningful and sweet words. 128.43-128.44

"Give this very great house of mine which has a great Asoka garden and which is decorated by pearls and Vaidoorya to Sugreeva to stay." 128.45

Bharata, the truly valorous one, hearing those words, took hold of the hands of Sugreeva and entered in to that house. 128.46

Here some men who were directed by Shatrugna quickly brought oil lamps, beds and mats and placed in that house. 128.47

The greatly lustrous Bharata told Sugreeva as follows, "Oh Lord, please order the messengers to arrange for the coronation of Rama." 128.48

Then that Sugreeva immediately gave four golden pots which were full of ornaments made of gems to four chiefs of monkeys. 128.49

"Oh monkeys get four water pots filled with waters from four different oceans and you await my orders in the early dawn after getting ready properly." 128.50

When the great one told like this those monkeys resembling elephants travelled like eagles after leaping in to the sky. 128.51
Jambhavan, Hanuman and monkeys called Vega Darsi and Rishabha brought pot filled with water collected from five hundred rivers in those jars. 128.52-128.53

After that the very energetic Sushena brought a jar adorned with different types of precious gems, filled with water from the eastern sea. 128.54

Rishabha brought water speedily in a golden jar from the southern sea covered with stems of red sandalwood tree. 128.55

Gavaya who could travel with the speed of the wind brought cool water from the western ocean in a large jar studded with gems. 128.56

Nala the follower of Dharma who competed with Garuda and the wind God for his valour and who was blessed with all good characters brought water with great speed from the southern sea. 128.57

Then Shatrugna along with his ministers reported to the chief priest and his friends about the fact that water required for anointing if Rama had been brought by those foremost of the monkeys. 128.58

Then the very old Vasishta with great attention along with other Brahmins by his side requested Rama along with Sita to occupy the seat made of precious stones. 128.59

Sages Vasishta, Vamadeva, Jabali, Kashyapa, Kathyayana, Suyajna, Gauthama and Vijaya consecrated that tiger among men with clear and sweet smelling water just as the eight Vasus consecrated Lord Indra." 128.60-128.61

They all consecrated him first and then got him consecrated by Brahmins who were the priests performing Yagna, then by virgins, ministers, soldiers, traders with all kind of medicinal herbs. The four gods who are the guardians of the earth stood in the air and all other gods also assembled there. 128, 62-128, 63

Using that crown which was used long ago by Manu the emperor was adorned when he was consecrated and with which, the kings followed in his line were successively adorned while they were crowned, that crown studded with precious jewels, fashioned by Brahma at the beginning of creation and dazzling with luster, being kept according to practice on a throne adorned with many kinds of precious stones in the council-hall, studded with gold, graced with abundant riches, decorated and shiningly made with most charming jewels of various kinds, and thereafter Rama was duly adorned by that crown as well as jewels by the great-soul Vasishta and other priests officiating at the coronation-ceremony. 128.64-128.67

Shatrugna held an auspicious and white Umbrella over him, Sugreeva the king of monkeys held a white fan and Vibheeshana, the king of Rakshasas held another fan which was shining like the moon. 128.68-128.69

As suggested by Indra, the wind God presented to Raghava a golden necklace consisting of one hundred lotuses which were shining brilliantly. 128.70

Induced by Indra the wind God also presented the king a chain of pearls which was decorated by gems inlaid with all types of precious stones. 128.71

During the occasion of the crowning of the great Rama, the well deserving Gandharwas sang and groups of Apsara maidens danced. 128.72

In that festival of the coronation of Raghava, earth was covered by crops, trees yielded fruits and all flowers were fragrant. 128.73

That great man Rama gave away to Brahmins one hundred thousand horses and cows and also gave them a hundred bulls. 128.74

Rama again gave the Brahmins thirty crores of gold coins and also several types of ornaments as well as cloths which are costly. 128.75

Rama gave Sugreeva an auspicious golden garland to wear over the head studded with lot of gems which looked like ray of sun light. 128.76

That lustrous one presented Angadha, the son of Vali am armlet which was studded by different types of Vaidoorya gems and decorated with several precious gems. 128.77

Rama presented Sita a matchless garland of pearls further studded with various types of superior gems which was shining like moon and two pretty apparels and other lovely ornaments. 128.78

When that daughter of Janaka looking towards the monkey Hanuman and took out the pearl necklace from her neck she was catching the glimpse of her husband and all the monkeys again and again. 128.79-128.80

Rama who was expert in understanding gestures looking at her told the daughter of Janaka, "Oh auspicious and pretty lady, give that pearl garland, to whomsoever you are happy with and in whom you see luster, sharpness, firmness, fame, dexterity, competence, modesty, prudence, masculinity, valour and intelligence are always there." 128.81-128.82

That black eyed one then gave that garland which white and resembled the collection of beam of lights of the moon, to Hanuman, the son of wind God who was a great monkey and it shined on the monkey like a white cloud on a mountain. 128.83

Then all the very aged monkeys and other great monkeys were honoured suitably with apparels and ornaments. 128.84

After that that king of the earth and the tormentor of his enemies seeing around presented many objects as per their characteristics to Mainda, Nila and Dvividha. 128.85

Rama who never got tired doing his duties then suitably honoured Vibheeshana, Sugreeva, Hanuman, Jambavan and all old monkeys satisfied their desire presented all of them with suitable gifts with a very joyful mind as and when they came. 128.86-128.87

Then all those great and excellent monkeys saluted Rama and being allowed to go by Rama went back to Kishkinda. 128.88

The Monkey Lord Sugreeva, after witnessing the coronation ceremony of Rama and after being honoured by Rama entered the city of Kishkinda. 128.89

Also Vibheeshana, the votary of Dharma along with his army after receiving the kingdom of his clan returned back to Lanka as its king. 128.90

That greatly renowned Raghava who was greatly generous, after destroying his enemies enjoyed the ruling of his entire kingdom with great delight and that lover of Dharma told Lakshmana who was an expert in Dharma. 128.91-128.92

"Oh expert in Dharma rule this earth along with me similar to our forefathers who ruled it with the help of the army. Installed a Yuvaraja you would bear this burden very like our forefathers." 128.93

Even though, he was requested in many ways, the son of Sumithra did not agree to this proposal for being appointed to the post of Yuvaraja and so the great one consecrated Bharata as Yuvaraja. 128.94

Rama the son of the king satisfied the gods several times by performing aswamedha and Paudarika sacrifices as well as Vajapeya and other sacrifices. 128.95

After having ruled the country for ten thousand years Raghava performed one hundred Aswa Medha sacrifices in which horses were sacrificed and great gifts were bestowed. 128.96

That Rama, whose hands touched his knees, had a broad chest and with great glory ruled this earth along with Lakshmana as his companion. 128.97

That Raghava who is the soul of Dharma after getting that matchless kingdom performed many type of sacrifices along with his sons, brothers and relatives. 128.98

When Rama was ruling the country, there were no widows for getting worried, no fear from wild animals and no fear from birth diseases. 128.99

There were no thieves and robbers in this world, no one felt that he was useless and no old man performed obsequies to people younger than him." 128.100

Every creature was happy. Even creature followed their Dharma and seeing only Rama no creature killed another creature. 128.101

When Rama was ruling the kingdom, people lived for one thousand years and had thousand sons and were free of sorrow and sickness. 128.102

When Rama was ruling the talk of the people was centered on Rama, Rama and Rama alone and the world became the world of Rama. 128.103

The trees were bearing flowers and fruits always without being affected by pests and diseases, the cloud was raining in time and the touch of the wind was pleasant. 128.104

Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas and Shudras were not having greed, happily performed the duties they were supposed to do and all people were intent on performing acts of Dharma. 128.105

All people were with all good characteristics, all people were interested in following Dharma and like that Rama ruled for ten thousand years. 128.106

Whichever person of this world reads or listens to this first book which is endowed with Dharma would be blessed with fame and longevity and it would fetch victory to the kings and this first book was written by sage Valmiki. 128.107-128.108

Any person hearing about the crowning of Rama, if he needs son he will get son, if he needs wealth he will get wealth, the king would win over earth and would become a master over his enemies.128.109

Like Kausalya having Rama, Sumithra having Lakshmana, Kaikeyi having Bharata, women would become mothers to long living sons and they would be always happy and live with sons and grandsons. 128.110-128.111

Any one hearing Ramayana would get very long life and one who reads about victory of Rama will never fail in any of his actions. 128.112

He who hears this epic which was composed long ago by sage Valmiki with attention and with control over anger would be able to cross over all difficulties with ease. 128.113

He who hears this epic which was composed long ago by sage Valmiki would meet all his relatives after a long journey and would become happy with their relatives. 128.114

By the grace of Raghava, all the boons that they pray for would be realized and all gods would be pleased with those who listened to it. 128.115

To those living in their home, all obstacles would be removed, a king would win over earth and a man who lives outside his home would become comfortable. 128.116

"Menstruating women hearing this would get matchless and excellent sons and one who worships it and reads it gets relieved of all sins and would live long. 128.117

The Kshatriyas with bent head should salute and listen to it and the Brahmins should read it every day regularly and there is no doubt that the listener and reader of the entire Ramayana will get immeasurable wealth and birth of a son. 128.118-128.119

Rama is indeed Lord Vishnu who is eternal. Rama, the chief of Raghu clan is the primeval God, the very strong Hari, the lord Narayana and Lakshmana is Adhisesha. Rama would always love you on reading this. 128.120

Please narrate this great story which occurred long ago without any fear. You would be safe. Let the power of Lord Vishnu increase. 128.121

By analyzing and listening to this epic all Devas would become happy with you and by listening to Ramayana, your manes would get pleased. 128.122

To those persons who write this collection on Rama written by great sages with devotion, residence in heaven is assured. 128.123

By listening to this auspicious work of literary merit one gets increase in family prosperity, increase in wealth, grains, superior women, great happiness and acquisition of wealth in this earth. 128.124

This great work should be listened to by good people seeking wisdom, long life, heath, fame, love from brothers, intelligence, welfare and splendour. 128.125

This is the end of One Hundred and Twenty Eighth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

End of Yuddha Kandam.

Thus ends Holy Ramayana composed by Valmiki as the First Epic.

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