Chapter [Sarga] 16

Introduction

In this chapter, Sumantra arrives at Rama's palace to fetch him to royal court. Rama starts to the royal court to meet his father. On the way Rama observes the jubiliant city.


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sa tat antaH pura dvaaram samatiitya jana aakulam |
praviviktaam tataH kakSyaam aasasaada puraaNavit || 2-16-1
praasa kaarmuka bibhradbhir yuvabhir mR^iSTa kuNDalaiH |
apramaadibhir eka agraiH svanuraktaiH adhiSThitaam || 2-16-2

1,2. saH= that sumantra; puraaNavit= who knew the ancient sacred works; samatiitya = passed over; tad= that; janaakulam= crowded; antaHpura dvaaram= palace entrance; tataH= then; aasasaada= reached secluded; kakshhyaam= inner apartment; adhishhThitaam= guarded by; yuuabhiH= youth; praasakaarmukabibhradbhiH= wearing bows and darts; mR^isTakundalaiH= heaving polished ear-rings; apramaadibhiH= who were vigilant; ekaagraiH= attentive; svanuraktaiH= and devoted to the king.

That Sumantra, who knew the ancient sacred works, passed over the crowded entrance of the palace and reached the secluded inner apartment. In that area of the inner apartment, some youths , wearing darts and bows, were on security-duty with due vigilance and attention. They were all greatly devoted to the king and were wearing polished ear-rings.

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tatra kaaSaayiNo vR^iddhaan vetra paaNiin svalamkR^itaan |
dadarsha viSThitaan dvaari stry adhyakSaan susamaahitaan || 2-16-3

3. tatra= there; dadarsha= (he)saw; vR^iddhaan= aged; stryadhyakshhaan= palace supervisors; kaashhayiNaH= with orange coloured clothes; svalankR^itaan= well-adorned themselves; vetrapaaNiin= having vanes in their hands; susamaahitaan= well composed; vishhTitaan= being posted; dvaari= in door-ways.

There he saw aged palace-supervisors wearing orange coloured clothes, adorning themselves well, having canes in their hands, well composed and being posted at door-ways.

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te samiikSya samaayaantam raama priya cikiirSavaH |
saha bhaaryaaya raamaaya kSipram eva aacacakSire || 2-16-4

4. te sarve= all of them; raamapriyachikiirshhavaH= the well-wishers of Rama; samiikshhya= saw; samaayaantam= him coming; utpatitaaH= raised;aasanabhyaH= from their seats; sahasaa= all at once; sasambhramaaH=hurriedly.

All of them, the well-wishers of Rama, saw that Sumantra arriving and raised from their seats hurriedly at once.

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prativeditam aaj~naaya suutam abhyantaram pituH |
tatra eva aanaayayaam aasa raaghavaH priya kaamyayaa || 2-16-5

5. vimiitaatmaa= humble minded; suutaputraH= Sumantra; uvaacha= spoke; taan= to them; aakhyaata= "Make known; raamaaya= to Rama; kshhipram= immediately; sumantraH= Sumantra; tishhTati= is standing; pradikshhaNaH= with revernece; dvaari= at the entrance.

That humble-minded Sumantra spoke to them thus, "Tell Rama immediately that Sumantra is waiting with reverence at the entrance"

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te raamamupasamgamya bhartuH priyachikiirshhavaH |
sahabhaaryaaya raamaaya kshipramevaachachakshire || 2-16-6

6. te= they; priyachikiirshhavaH= the well wishers; bhartuH= of master upasangamya= approached; raamam= Rama; kshhiprameva= quickly; achachakshhire= informed; ramaaya= to Rama; sahabhaaryaaya= who was with his wife.

They, the well-wishers of their master, approached Rama who was with his wife and immediately informed him.

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prativeditamaajJNaaya suutamabhyamtaram pituH |
tatraivaanaayayaamaasa raaghavaH piyakaamyayaa || 2-16-7

7. aN^yaaya= knowing, suutam= Sumantra; abhyantaram= who was intimate; pituH= to father; prativeditam= being informed by them ; raagahava= Rama; priyakaamyayaa= who desired to show kindness; anaayayamaasa= called him in ; tatraiva= there only.

Knowing that Sumantra, who was intimate to his father, came, Rama who desired to show kindness, called him in there.

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tam vaishravaNa samkaasham upaviSTam svalamkR^itam |
daadarsha suutaH paryanke sauvaNo sa uttarac chade || 2-16-8
varaaha rudhira aabheNa shucinaa ca sugandhinaa |
anuliptam para ardhyena candanena param tapam || 2-12-9
sthitayaa paarshvataH ca api vaala vyajana hastayaa |
upetam siitayaa bhuuyaH citrayaa shashinam yathaa || 2-16-10

8,9,10. tam= that; suutaH= Sumantra; dadarsha= saw; tam= that Rama; upavishhTam= sitting; vaishravaNa sankaasham= like Kubera; sauvarNe paryanke= on a golden couch; suuttarachchade= with the best of cloth=covering; svalankR^itam= well adorned himself, anuliptam= smeared ; paraardhyena chandanena= by excellent sandal; shuchinaa= purely; sugandhinaa= smelling like; varaaharudhiraabheNa= blood of a boar; upetam= endowed; siitayaachaapi= with Sita; sthitayaa= standing; paarshvataH= by the side; vaalavajanahastayaa= with chowrie in her hand; parantapam= Rama. the formentor of enemies; shashinamyathaa= was like moon; chitrayaa= with chitra star.

That Sumantra saw Rama sitting like Kubera on a golden couch with the best cloth-covering. He adorned himself well and had the body anointed with sandal perfume, purely smelling like blood of a boar. With Sita, standing on his side with chowrie in her hand, Rama was shining like moon with chitra star.

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tam tapantam iva aadityam upapannam sva tejasaa |
vavande varadam bandii niyamaj~no viniitavat || 2-16-11

11. vandi= Sumantra; vinayajJNH= who knew pokite conduct; vavande= respectfully saluted; tam= that Rama; vimiitavat= who was refined; upapannam= endowed with; svateja sa= hi own brilliance;tapantam= shining; aadityam iva= like sun; varadam= granting wishes.

Sumantra, who knew polite conduct, offered salutation to Rama, who was refined with his own brilliance, shining like the sun and the fulfiller of desires.

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praanjalis tu sukham pR^iSTvaa vihaara shayana aasane |
raaja putram uvaaca idam sumantraH raaja satkR^itaH || 2-16-12

12. sumantraH= Sumantra; raajasatkR^itaH= who was treated with respect by Rama, vuaacha= spoke; idam= these words; praN^jaliH= with folded hands; raajaputram= to that prince; sumukham= with beautiful face; vihaarashayanaasane= and who was seated on a swinging sofa.

Sumantra, who was treated with respect by Rama spoke thus with folded hands to that prince with beautiful face and who was seated on a swinging sofa.

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kausalyaa suprabhaa deva pitaa tvam draSTum icchati |
mahiSyaa saha kaikeyyaa gamyataam tatra maaciram || 2-16-13

13. raamaH= Rama, kausalyaa suprajaa= the good offspring of Kausalya! pitaa= your father; mahishhyaa kaikeyyaasaha= along with Queen Kaikeyi; ichchhati= wish; drasTum= to see; tvaam= you; gamyataam= let you go; tatra= there; maachiram= wtihout delay.

"Oh Rama, the good offspring of Kausalya! Your father and the Queen Kaikeyi want to see you. Go there soon."

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evam uktaH tu samhR^iSTaH nara simho mahaa dyutiH |
tataH sammaanayaam aasa siitaam idam uvaaca ha || 2-16-14

14. narasimhaH= that best of men; mahaadyutiH= with great brilliance; samhR^isTaH= was pleased; uktaH= to be told; evam= thus; tataH= them; sammanayaamaasa= honoured him; uvaacha ha= spoke; idam= these words; siitaam= to Sita.

That best of men with great brilliance was pleased to hear those words, then honoured him and spoke thus to Sita.

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devi devaH ca devii ca samaagamya mad antare |
mantreyete dhruvam kimcit abhiSecana samhitam || 2-16-15

15. devi= Oh, Sita! devashcha= the king; deviicha= and the queen; samaagamya= together; mantrayate= are thinking; kinchit= of something; madantare= about me; abhishhachana samhitam= relating to coronation; dhR^ivam= certain.

"Oh Sita! The king and the queen together are thinking of something about me, relating to coronation. It is certain."

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lakSayitvaa hi abhipraayam priya kaamaa sudakSiNaa |
samcodayati raajaanam mad artham madira iikSaNaa || 2-16-16

16. asitekshhaNaa= the black-eyed Kaikeyi; sudakshhiNaa= who is dexterous; priyakaamaa= friendly disposed; lakshhayitva= perceived; abhipraayam= the opinion; sanchodayati= inciting; raajaanam= the king; madartham= for my sake.

"Then black-eyed Kaikeyi who is dexterous and friendly disposed, has perceived the king's opinion and is inciting him for my sake"

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saa prahR^ishhTaa mahaaraajam hitakaamaanuvartinii |
jananii chaarthakaamaa me kekayaadhipatessutaa || 2-16-17

17. kekayaadhipateH sutaa= "Kaikeyi, the daughter of king Kekaya; jananiicha= and my mother; saa= she; anuvartinii= is following; mahaarajam= the king; prahR^ishhTaa= is delighted; hitakaama= desirous of my benefit; me arthakaamaa= wishing my prosperity".

"Kaikeyi, my mother is following the king's intentions with great pleasure, desirous of my benefit and prosperity"

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dishhTyaa khalu mahaaraajo mahishhyaa priyayaa saha |
sumamtram praahiNodduuta marthakaamakaram mama || 2-16-18

18. mahaarajaH= the king; priyayaa saha= along with wife; mahishhyaa= the queen; khalu= certainly; dishhtyaa= by luch; praahiNot= sent; sumantram= Sumantra; mama arthakaamakaram= who fulfils my desires and wishes; duutam= as messenger.

"It is certainly our luck that king and queen have sent Sumantra, who fulfils my desires and wishes, as messenger".

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yaadR^ishii pariSat tatra taadR^isho duutaaagataH |
dhruvam adya eva maam raajaa yauvaraajye abhiSekSyati || 2-16-19

19. yaadR^ishii= of which sort of tatra parishhat that sort of ; duutaH= messenger; aagataH= came; dhR^ivam= certainly; adyaiva= today itself; raajaa= the king; abhishhekshhyati= will anoint; maam= me; youvaraajye= for the right of succession to kingdom.

"A worthy messenger has come who is truly representing the assembly there. It is certain that today itself the king will anoint me for the right of succession to kingdom".

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hanta shiighram itaH gatvaa drakSyaami ca mahii patiH |
saha tvam parivaareNa sukham aassva ramasya ca || 2-16-20

20. hanta= Alas! gatvaa= (I shall) go; shiighram= immediately; itaH= from here; drakshhyaami cha= and see; mahipatim= the king; tvam= you; aasva= stay; sukham= happily; parivaareNa saha= with the circle of friends; ramasva cha= and enjoy yourself.

"I shall go immediately and see the king. You stay happily with the circle of friends and enjoy yourself."

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pati sammaanitaa siitaa bhartaaram asita iikSaNaa |
aadvaaram anuvavraaja mangalaani abhidadhyuSii || 2-16-21

21. siitaa= Sita; patisammaanitaa= treated with respect by husband; asitekshhaNaa= having black eyes; anuvavraaja= followed; bhartaaram= husband; aa dvaaram= upto door; abhidadhyushhii= thinking; mangalaani= of auspicious things.

Sita, treated with respect by her husband and having black eyes, followed her husband up to the door, thinking of auspicious things in her mind.

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raajyam dvijaatibhirjushhTam raajasuuyaabhishhechanam |
kartumarhati te raajaa vaasavasyeva lokakR^it || 2-16-22

22. raajaa= king Dasaratha; te= to you; raajyam= kingdom; jushhTam= being served; dvijaatibhiH= by brahmanas; vasavasyeva= like to Devendra; lokakR^it= by Brahma; arhati= entitled kartum= to perform; raajasuuyaabhishhehanam= great sacrifice at coronation of king.

"King Dasaratha will give you kingdom, being served by brahmanas, which will invest you with eligibility to perform the great sacrifice at the coronation ceremony like Brahma to Devendra."

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diikshitam vratasampannam varaajinadharam shuchim |
kuraN^gapaaNim cha pashyantii tvaam bhajaamyaham || 2-16-23

23. aham= I; bhajaami= shall enjoy; pashyantii= seeing; tvaam= you; diikshhtam= initiated; vratasampannam= for perfect religious act of austerity; varaajinadharam= wearing excellent antelope-hide; shuchim= being pure; kuraN^ga shR^iN^gapaaNimcha= and bearing a deer-horn in hand.

"I shall be delighted to see you, initiated for the perfect religious act of austerity, wearing excellent antelope-hide, being pure and bearing a deer-horn in hand".

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puurvaam disham vajradharo dakshiNaam paatu te yamaH |
varuNaH pashchimaamaashaam dhaneshastuuttaraam disham || 2-16-24

24. te= your; puurvam disham= eastern direction; vajradharaH= Indra the god of rain; dakshhiNaam= south; yamaH= yama the god of death; pashchimaamashaam= western direction; varunaH= varuna the regent of ocean; uttaraam disham tu= northern direction; dhaneshaH= Kubera, the god of riches, paatu= protect.

"May Indra the god of rain in the east, Yama the god of death in the south, Varuna the regent of the ocean in the west and Kubera the god of riches and treasure in the north, protect you".

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atha siitaamanujJNaapya kR^itakautukamagaLaH |
nishchakraama sumantreNa saha raamo niveshanaat || 2-16-25

25. atha= then; raamaH= Rama; kR^itakantuka mangalaH= adorned as in an auspicious ceremony; anujJNaapya= got permission; siitaam= from Sita; nishchakraama= started; niveshanaat= from house; sumantreNa saha= along with Sumantra.

Rama, adorned as in an auspicious festivity, took permission from Sita and started from house along with Sumantra.

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parvataadiva nishhkramya simho giriguhaashayaH |
lakshmaNam dvaariso.apashyat prahvaJNjalipuTam sthitam || 2-16-26

26. saH= that Rama; mishhkramya= came out of the house; parvataat iva= like from the mountain; simhah= lion; firigulaashayaH= residing in mountain cave; apashyat= saw; lakshhmaNam= Lakshmana; sthitam= staying; dvaari= at the door; prahvaaJNjalipuTam= bowing with the palms of hand joined and put to forehead as a mark of respect.

That Rama who came out, like a lion residing in a mountain cave from out of the mountain, saw Lakshmana standing at the door, bowing with palms of the hand joined and put to the forehead as a mark of respect.

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atha madhyamakakshyaayaam samaagachchhat suhR^ijjanaiH |
sa sarvaan arthino dR^iSTvaa sametya pratinandya ca || 2-16-27
tataH paavaka samkaasham aaruroha ratha uttamam |
vaiyaaghram purushhvyaa gho raajitam raajanamdanaH || 2-16-28

27,28. atha= then; sah+that; raajananadanaH= prince; purushhavyaaghraH= the best of men; samaagachchhat= met; suhR^ijjanaiH= the friends madhya kakashhyaayaam= in the middle chamber; dR^ishhTvaa= saw; sarvaan= all; arthinaH= people desiring to behold him; sametya= approached nearer; pratinandyacha= and greated; aaruroha= mounted; rathothamam= excellent chariot; raajitam= shining; paavaka sankaasham= like fire; vyyaaghram= covered by tiger's skin

Then, that prince the best of men, met his friends in the middle chamber. He saw all the people who came there to behold him, approached nearer to them, greeted them and mounted the excellent chariot, which was resplendent like fire and covered with tiger's skin.

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meghanaadamasambaadham maNihemavibhuushitam |
muSNantam iva cakSuumSi prabhayaa hema varcasam || 2-16-29
kareNu shishu kalpaiH ca yuktam parama vaajibhiH |
hari yuktam sahasra akSo ratham indraiva aashugam || 2-16-30
prayayau tuurNam aasthaaya raaghavo jvalitaH shriyaa |

29,30. ratham= the chariot; meghanaada= sounding like thunder; asambaadham= not congested; maNihemavibhuushhitam= decorated with gold and jewels; mushhNantamiva= as it was stealing; chakshhuumshhi= the eyes; prabhayaa= by splendour; marevarchasam= like brilliance of Meru mountain; paramavaajabhiH= excellent horses; kareNu shishukalpaiH= excellet horses; kareNu shishukalpaiH= looking like infantine elephants; yuktam= were fastened; aashugam= moving quickly; raaghavaH= Rama; jvalitaH= shining; shriyaa= with prosperity; aasthaaya= mounted; hariyuktam iva= what like chariot with horses; indraH= of Indra, the god of sky; sahasraakshhaH= having thousand eyes; prayayau= went forth; tuurNam= quickly.

That chariot was sounding like thunder. It was not congested. It was decorated with gold and jewels. Its splendour was like that of Meru mountain, stealing the eyes. Excellent horses looking like infantine elephants were tied to the chariot, which was moving quickly. That Rama shining with splendour like Indra, the lord of sky, mounted such a chariot and went forth quickly.

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sa parjanyaiva aakaashe svanavaan abhinaadayan || 2-16-31
niketaan niryayau shriimaan mahaa abhraat iva candramaaH |

31. shriimaan saH= that splendid chariot; svanavaan= having sound; parjanya iva= like rain cloud; aakaashe= in the sky; abhinaadayan= making sound; niryayau= started; niketaat= from the house; chandramaa iva= like moon; mahaabhraat= from mighty cloud.

That splendid chariot, sounding like rain-cloud in the sky, came out of the house like moon coming out of a mighty cloud.

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chatra caamara paaNis tu lakSmaNo raaghava anujaH ||2-16-32
jugopa bhraataram bhraataa ratham aasthaaya pR^iSThataH |

32. lakshhmaNaH= Lakshmana; raaghavaanujaH= Rama's younger; bhraataa= brother; aasthaaya= mounted; ratham= the chariot; pR^ishhTataH= in the back-side; jugopa= protected; bhraataram= brother; chhatra chaamara paaNiH= having umbrella and chamara fan in hand.

Lakshmana, Rama's younger brother mounted the chariot in the back-side and protected Rama with umbrella and chamara fan.

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tataH hala halaa shabdaH tumulaH samajaayata ||2-16-33
tasya niSkramamaaNasya jana oghasya samantataH |

33. tataH= then; tasya= those; janaughasya= crowds; nishhkramamaaNasya= dispersing; samantataH= from all sides; samajaayata= generated; tumulaH= tumultuous; halahalaashabdaH= hallooing sound.

Then, the crowds started dispersing from all sides generating tumultuous hallowing sound.

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tato hayavaraa mukhyaa naagaashcha girisannibhaaH || 2-16-34
anujagmustadaa raamam shatasho.atha sahasrashaH |

34. tataH= thereupon; shatashaH= hundreds; sahasrashaH= and thousands of ; mukhyaaH= importatn; hayavaraaH= excellent horses; nagaashcha= and elephants; girisannibhaaH= looking like mountains; tadaa= then; anujagmuH= followed; raamam= Rama.

Thereupon, hundreds and thousands of important people mounted on excellent horses and soldiers mounted on elephants, then followed Rama.

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agratashchaasya sannaddhaashchandanaagurubhuushhitaaH || 2-16-35
khaDgachaapadharaaH shuuraa jagmuraashamsavo janaaH |

35. shuraaH janaaH= valiant persons; sannaddhaaH= dressed in armour; chandanaaguru bhushhitaaH= adorned with sandal and aloe perfumes; khadgachaapadharaaH= wearing swords and bows; aashamsavaH= declaring arrival of Rama; jagmuH= went; agrataH= in front; asya= of Rama.

Valiant persons, dressed in armour adorned with sandal and aloe perfumes, wearing swords and bows, declaring the arrival of Rama, went in front of Rama to receive him.

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tato vaaditrashabdaashcha stutishabdaashcha vandinaam ||2-16-36
simhanaadaashcha shuuraaNaam tadaa shushruvire pathi |

36. tataH= thereafter; tadaa= then; vaaditra shabdaashcha= sounds of musical instruments; stutishabdaashcha= sounds of praising hymns; vandinaam= of panegyrists; simha naadaashcha= and lion like roars; shuuraaNaa= of valiant perosons; shushruvare= were heard; pathi= on the way.

At that time, sounds of musical instruments, sounds of praising hymns of panagyrists and lion-like roars of valiant persons were heard on the way.

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harmyavaataayanasthaabhirbhuushhitaabhiH samantataH || 2-16-37
kiiryamaaNaH supushhpaughairyayau striibhirarimdamaH |

37. aarindamaH= Rama, the annihilator of enemies; yayau= went; kiiryamaNaH= being sprinkled; supushhponghaiH= by stream of good flowers; samantataH= all around; bhuushhitaabhiH striibhiH= by well adorned women; harmya vataayanasthaabhiH= standing in porticoes of palaces.

While Rama, the annihilator of enemies, was going, well-adorned women standing in porticoes of palaces, sprinkled flowers on him from all sides.

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raamam sarvaanavadyaaNgyo raamapipriishhayaa tataH || 2-16-38
vachobhiragryairharmyasthaaH kshitisthaashcha vavandire |

38. tataH then, sarvaanavadyaaN^gyaa= women of equisitely beautiful form; harmyasthaah= standing in palaces; kshhitisthaashcha= and on ground vavandhire= were offering salutations; raamam= to Rama; agryaiH vachobhiH= with the best words; raamapipriishhayaa= with desire to please Rama.

Women of exquisitely beautiful form standing in palaces and on ground were offering salutations to Rama with the best words with a desire to please Rama.

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nuunam nandhiti te maataa kausalyaa maatR^inandana || 2-16-39
pashyantii siddhayaatram tvaam pitryam raajyamupasthitam |

39. maatR^inandana= the one creates happiness to mother! siddhayaatram= have successful journey; te= your; maataa= mother; kausalyaa= kausalya; nandati= is elighting; nuunam= certainly; pashyantii= to see; tvaam= you; upasthitam= having obtained; pitryam raajyam= paternal kingdom.

"Oh, Rama, who creates happiness to mother! Have successful journey! Your mother Kausalya will be certainly delighted to see you obtaining the paternal kingdom."

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sarvasiimantiniibhyashcha siitaam siimantiniim varaam || 2-16-40
amanyanta hi taa naaryo raamasya hR^idayapriyaam |

40. taaH= those; naaryaH= women; amanyantahi= thought; siitaam= Sita; raamasya hR^idayapriyaam= who is dear to Rama's heart; varaam= is better; siimantiim= woman; sarvasiimantiibhyaH= than all women.

Those women thought that Sita, who is dear to Rama's heart, is better woman than all women.

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tayaa sucharitam devyaa puraa nuunam mahattapaH || 2-16-41
rohiNiiva shashaaN^kena raamasamyogamaapa yaa |

41. yaa= which Sita; rahiNii iva= like Rohini star; shashaaNkena= with moon; aapa= has obtained; raamasmyogam= union with Rama; tayaa devyaa= by such Sita; mahat= great; tapaH= penance; muunam= indeed; sucharitam= was performed well; puraa= in former times.

"As Rohini star stays together with the moon, Sita having obtained Rama as husband must have certainly performed a great penance in former times."

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iti praasaadashR^iN^geshhu pramadaabhirnarottamaH || 2-16-42
shushraava raajamaargasthaH priyaa vaacha udaahR^itaaH |

42. narottamaH= Rama, the best of men; raajamaargasthaH= who was in the royal road; sushraava= heard; priyaaH vaachaH= pleasent words; udaahR^itaaH= spoken; iti= thus; pramadaabhiH= by women; praasaadasR^ingeshhu= who were in turrets.

While going through the royal road, Rama heard those pleasant words spoken thus by women standing in turrets.

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sa raaghavaH tatra kathaa pralaapam |
shushraava lokasya samaagatasya |
aatma adhikaaraa vividhaaH ca vaacaH |
prahR^iSTa ruupasya pure janasya || 2-16-43

43. tadaa= then; saH= that; raaghavaH= Rama;sushraava= heard; pralapaan= words; lokasya= of people; samaagatasya; gathered; tatra= there; vaachaH cha= and also words; vividhaaH= variously; aatmaadhikaaraaH= pertaining to himself; pure janasya= by citizens; prahR^ishhTaruupasya= who were much delighted.

Then, Rama heard the words of people gathered there and also the words variously pertaining to himself, by citizens.

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eSa shriyam gacchati raaghavo adya|
raaja prasaadaat vipulaam gamiSyan |
ete vayam sarva samR^iddha kaamaa|
yeSaam ayam no bhavitaa prashaastaa || 2-16-44

44. raaja prasaadaat= by king's propitiousness; eshhaH= this; raaghavaH= Rama; gamishhyan= who will obtain; vipulaam= the earth; adya= now; gachchhati= will gain; shriyam= wealth; yeshhaam naH= for which of us; ayam= he; bahvitaa= will become; prashastaa= ruler; ete vayam= such of us; sarvasamR^idhdhakaamaa= will have fulfilled all desires.

"By the king's propitiousness, this Rama today is going to obtain this earth and the wealthy kingdom. All our desires are going to be fulfilled because Rama will become the ruler."

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laabho janasya asya yad eSa sarvam |
prapatsyate raaSTram idam ciraaya |
sa ghoSavadbhiH ca hayaiH sanaagaiH |
purahsaraiH svastika suuta maagadhaiH || 2-16-45

45. yat= since when; eshhaH= this Rama; pravatsyate= will get; sarvam idam raashhTram= this entire state; chiraaya= for a long time(since then); laabhaH= benefit; asya janasya= for these people; asmin mamjaadhipe= when this Rama becomes king; kashchit= anyone; jaatu= at anytime; na pashyet hi= will not see kichana= anything; apriyam= unkindly; na= nor; duHkham= grief.

"If Rama rules this state for a long time, it will be a great benefit to the people. If he becomes a king none can see dislike and sorrow at any time."

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sa ghoshhavadbhishcha hayaiH sanaagaiH |
purassaraiH svastikasuutamaagadhaiH |
mahiiyamaanaH pravaraiH ca vaadakaiH |
abhiSTutaH vaishravaNo yathaa yayau|| 2-16-46

46. suutamaagadhaiH= bards and panegyrists; svastika= invoking blessings; purassaraiH= moving in front; mahiiyamaanaH= praising with great respect; abhishhTutaH= eulogised; pravaraiH vaadyakaiH= by the most excellent instrumentalists; saH= that Rama; vaishraavaNotatha= like Kubera the god of weatlh; yayau= went; hayaiH= with horses; sanaagaiH= together with elephants; ghoshhavadbhiH= having resounds.

While bards and panegyrists were moving in front praising with great respect, invoking blessings and eulogised by the most excellent instrumentalists, Rama, like Kubera the god of wealth, went with resounding horses and elephants.

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kareNu maatanga ratha ashva samkulam |
mahaa jana oghaiH paripuurNa catvaram |
pabhuutaratnam bahupaNyasamchayam |
dadarsha raamo vimalam mahaapatham || 2-16-47

47. raamaH= Rama; dadarsha= saw; mahaapatham; great royal road; vimalam= which was spotless; prabhuuta ratnam= having abundant diamonds; bhaupaNya sanchayam= havin abundant diamonds; bahupaNya sanchayam= having many vendible commodities; kareNu maataN^ga rathaashva sankulam= full of female and male elephants; chariots and horses; paripuurNa chatvaram= the road junctions were filled; janaughaiH= with multitude of people.

Rama saw the great royal road which was spotlessly clean, having diamonds and various vendible commodities. It was full of male and female elephants, horses and chariots. There was abundance of people gathered at road junctions.

 

|| iti shrimad Ramayane shhoDasha sargaH ||

Thus completes sixteenth sarga of Ayodhya Kanda in Srimad Ramayana.


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