Chapter [Sarga] 18


In this chapter Rama arrives at the king's presence. Seeing King disturbed, Rama becomes grieved and wants to know the cause of king's perturbance. Queen Kaikeyi describes to Rama about the boons that Dasaratha had given earlier and also her wishes of coronating Bharatha instead of Rama and sending Rama to Dandaka forest. On listening to these harsh words of Kaikeyi, Rama did not become sorrowful, but Dasaratha was very much disturbed.

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s ddzR Aasne ram> in;{[m! iptrm! zu-e,
kEkeyI sihtm! dInm! muoen pirzu:yta. 2181

1. saH raamaH = that Rama, dadarsha = saw, pitaram = father, nishhaNNam = sitting, shubhe aasane = on beautiful seat, mukhena = with face, parishushhyataa = parched up, diinam = miserable, kaikeyyaa sahitam = together with Kaikeyi.

Rama saw his father sitting on a beautiful seat, but with his face looking completely parched up and miserable. Kaikeyi was at his side.

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s iptu> cr[aE pUvRm! Ai-va* ivnItvt!,
tt> vvNde cr[aE kEkeYya> susmaiht>. 2182

2. saH = Rama, viniitavat = being humble, susamaahitaH = well compsed, puurvam = first, abhivaadya = reverentially saluted, pituH = father's charaNau = feet, tataH = then, vavande = saluted, kaikeyyaaH = Kaikeyi's, charaNau = feet.

Rama being humble and well composed, first reverentially saluted his father's feet and then saluted Kaikeyi's feet.

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ram #it %va c vcnm! va:p pyaRkl $][>,
zzak n!Rpitr dInae n $i]tum! n Ai--ai;tum!. 2183

3. nR^ipatiH = the king Dasaratha, uktvaa = spoke, vachanam = the word, raamaiti ="Oh, Rama!" bhaashhpa paryaakulekshhaNaH = with his eyes filled with tears, diinaH = dejected, nashashaaka = being not able, iikshhitum = to see, na = nor able, abhibhaashhitum = to talk.

Dasaratha spoke only one word "Rama!" with his eyes filled with tears and dejected, being not able to see or to talk any further words.

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tt! ApUvRm! nr pter d?va pm! -y Aavhm!,
ram> Aip -ym! Aap> pda SP?va #v pgm!. 2184

4. dR^ishhTvaa = having seen, apuurvam = not earlier, tat ruupam = that form, narapateH = of king, bhayaavaham = producing fear, raamo.api = even Rama, bhayam aapannaH = was struck with fear, spR^ishhTeva = as seizure, pannagam = of snake, padaa = with foot.

Having not seen earlier such a fearful form of his father, even Rama was frightened as though he seized a snake by his foot.

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#iNyE> Ah?E> tm! zaek sMtap kizRtm!,
inhsNtm! mha rajm! Vyiwt Aakl cetsm!. 2185
^imR mailnm! A]ae_ym! ]u_yNtm! #v sagrm!,
%pPlutm! #v AaidTym! % An!Rtm! ?i;m! ywa. 2186

5,6. tam mahaaraajam = that king Dasaratha, niH shvasantam = was sighing, indriyaiH = with senses, aprahR^ishhTaiH = sans pleasure, shoka santaapa karishitam = emaciated with grief and anguish, vyathitaakulachetasam = with distressed and agitated mind, saagaram iva = like ocean, akshhobhyantam = becoming perturbed, uurmimaalinam = with now of waves, aadityam iva = like sun, upaplutam = which is eclipsed, R^ishhimyathaa = as a sage, uktaanR^itam = who spoke untruth.

That king Dasaratha was sighing heavily with senses sans pleasure, emaciated with grief and anguish, with distressed and agitated mind, like ocean which cannot be perturbed, becoming perturbed with row of waves, like sun which is eclipsed and who lost lustre like by a sage who spoke untruth.

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AicNTy kLpm! ih iptus! tm! zaekm! %pxaryn!,
b-Uv sBxtr> smuEv pvRi[. 2187

7. upadhaarayan = contemplating over, tam = that, achintyakalpam = unimaginable, shokam = grief, nR^ipate = of the king, babhuuva = became, samrabdhataraH = very much perturbed, samudra iva = like ocean, parvaNi on full moon day.

Contemplating over the unimaginable sorrow of the king, he was very much perturbed as an ocean does on a full moon day.

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icNtyam! Aas c tda ram> ipT? ihte rt>,
ikiMSvd A* @v n!Rpitr n mam! Tyi-nNdit. 2188

8. chaturaH = the ingenious, raamaH = Rama, rataH = who is fond of, pitR^ihite = father's welfare, chintayaamaasa = anxiously thought, kimsvid = "why indeed, nR^ipatiH = king, adyaiva = just today, napratyabhinandati = is not greeting in return, maam = to me?"

The ingenious Rama, who is fond of his father's welfare, anxiously thought : " why indeed the king is not greeting me in return just today?"

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ANyda mam! ipta d?va kipt> Aip sIdit,
tSy mam! A* sMey ikm! Aayas> vtRte. 2189

9. anyadaa = at other times, pitaa = father, kupito.api = eventhough angry, prasiidati = used to be gracious, dR^ishhTvaa = after seeing, maam = me,kim = why, tasya = such father, adya = today, pravartate = has become, aayaasaH = weary, samprekshhya = after seeing, maam = me,

"At other times, the father, even though angry used to be gracious after seeing me why today such a father has become weary after seeing me?"

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s dInEv zaek AatR> iv;{[ vdn *uit>,
kEkeyIm! Ai-va* @v ram> vcnm! AvIt!. 21810

10. saH raamaH = that Rama, diina eva = indeed distressed, shokaartaH = afflicted with grief, vishhaNNavadanadyntiH = with lustre reduced from his face, abhivaadyaiva = salutted, kaikeyaam = to Kaikeyi, abraviit = spoke, vachanam = these words.

Rama indeed distressed and afflicted with grief, with lustre faded from his face, offered his salutation to Kaikeyi and spoke these words.

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kin! mya n Apraxm! A}anat! yen me ipta,
kipt> tn! mm Aacv Tvm! cEv @nm! sady. 21811

11. naaparaddham kachchit = I hope that no wrong was done, mayaa = by me, aJNyaanaat = through ignorance, aachakshhva = tell, mama = me, yena = why, pitaa = father, kupitaH = is angry, me = with me, tvameva = you alone, prasaadaya = propitiate, enam = him.

"I hope that I have not done anything wrong through ignorance. Tell me why father is angry with me. You alone propitiate him in my favour."

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Asmna> ikm! nu sda ma< it vTsl>,
ivv[R vdnae dInae n ih mam! Ai--a;te. 21812

12. aprasannaa manaaH kimnu = how mind has become displeased, maam prati = towards me, vatsalaH = who was affectionate towards offspring, sadaa = always, vivarNa vadanaH = with face becoming pale, diinaH = dejected, naabhibhashhate hi = not talking, maam = to me.

"Why my father, who was always affectionate to me, has become displeased? With his face becoming pale and dejected, he is not talking to me."

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zarIr> mansae va Aip kit! @nm! n baxte,
sMtapae va Ai-tapae va lR-m! ih sda suom!. 21813

13. kachchit = I hope that, santaapova.api = either affliction, shaariiraH = of body, abhitaapovaa = or distress, maanasaH = of mind, na baadhate = is not troubling, evam = him, sukham = happiness, durlabham hi = is indeed difficult to be attained, sadaa = always.

"I hope that either bodily affliction or mental distress is not troubling him. The object of happiness is indeed difficult to be attained always!"

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kin! n ikiMct! -rte kmare iy dzRne,
zue va mha sve maT??[am! va mm Azu-m!. 21814

14. nakachchit ashubham = I hope no bad thing occured, kimchit = a little, bharate = to Bharata, priyadarshane = the delightful man to look at, shatrughne = or to great strength, matruuNaamva = or to mothers, mama = of mine.

"I hope that no bad thing occurred to Bharata, the delightful man to look at or to Shatrughna, the man of great strength or to my mother. "

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Atae;yn! mha rajm! AkvRn! va iptur vc>,
mutRm! Aip n #eym! jIivtum! kipte n!Rpe. 21815

15. nR^ipe kupite = if our father is angry, nechchheyam = i do not desire, jiivitum = to live, muhuurtampai = even for a moment, atoshhayan = without satisfying, mahaarajan = the king, akurvan = without doing, vachaH = word, pituH = of father.

"If our father becomes angry, I do not desire to live even for a moment without satisfying him or without fulfilling his command."

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yt> mUlm! nr> pZyet! a-aRvm! #h AaTmn>,
kwm! tiSmn! n vteRt Ty]e sit dEvte. 21816

16. naraH = MN, iha = in this world, pashyet = sees, yatomuulam = from what root, aatmanaH one's own, pradurbhaavam = coming into existence, tasmin = that father, sati = being, pratyakshhe = the visible, daivate = god, katham = how, navarteta = behaves not.

"Man sees father as the visible god who is the root cause of one's own coming into existence and how else can he behave towards him other than like that?"

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kit! te p;m! ikiMct! Ai-manat! ipta mm,
%> -vTya kaepen y ASy luiltm! mn>. 21817

17. mama pitaa kachchituktaH = i hope my father has been spoken, kinchit = any words, yena = by which, lulitam = (they) disturbed, asya = his, manaH = conscience, te abhimaanaat = by your pride, bhavityaa roshheNa = by your angry, parushham = which was harsh.

"I hope you have not spoken anything which hurt my father's conscience with your pride and anger."

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@tt! Aacv me deiv tven pirP?t>,
ikm! inimm! ApUvaeR Aym! ivkar> mnuj Aixpe. 21818

18. devi = oh, queen ! kimninuniiHam = for what vacason, ayam = this, vikaaraH = perturbation,apuurvaH = which was not there earlier, manujaadhipe = in the king, achakshhva = tell, me = me, paripR^ichchhataH = who is questioning, etat = this matter, tattvaina = in reality.

"I am asking you why my father got this perturbation, which was not there earlier. Tell me the true position."

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@vmua tu kEkeyI ra"ve[ mhaTmna,
%vaced< suinlRa x&maTmiht< vc>. 21819

19. evam = thus, uktaa =spoken, raaghaveNa = by Rama, mahaatmanaa = the great-souled, kaikeyii = Kaikeyi, dhR^ishhTam = fearlessly, uvaacha = spoke, idam vachaH = these words, aatmahitam = for her own benefit, sunirlajjaa = without any shame.

Thus questioned by the great souled Rama, Kaikeyi fearlessly spoke these words for her own benefit, without any shame on her part.

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n raja kiptae ram Vysnm! naSy ikMcn,
ikiMcNmnaegt< TvSy Tvyaai--a;te. 21820

20. raama = Oh, Rama! raajaa = the king, nakupitaH = is not angry, nakinchana = there is nothing of vyasanam = distress, asya = for him, tu = but, asya = to him, knchit = there is something manogatham = in mind, naabhibhaashhate = which he is not telling, tvadbhayaat = from fear of you.

"Oh, Rama! The king is not angry. There is nothing of distress for him. But he has something in mind which he is not telling from fear."

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iym! Tvamiym! vm! va[I naSyaepptRte,
tdvZym! Tvya kayRm! ydnenautm! mm. 21821

21. asya = his, vaaNii = words, nopavartate = are not coming off, vaktum = to tell, apriyam = the disagreeable, tvaam = to you, priyam = the loveful one, yat = which, anena = by him, ashrutam = is promised, mama = to me, tat = that, kaaryam = is to be done, avashyam = certainly, tvayaa = by you.

"To him, words are not coming off to tell disagreeable utterance to you, the dear one. He promised me a word. It is to be certainly done by you."

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@; mm! vrm! dva pura mami-pUJy c,
s paPyte raja ywaNy> aktStwa. 21822

22. puraa = long ago, saH eshaH raajaa = such of this king, maam abhipuujyacha = honoured me and, dattvaa = gave, varam = the boon, yatha = as, anyaH = other, praakR^itaH = common man, tathaa = so, pashchaattapyate = he is repenting.

"Long ago, the king honoured me and gave me a boon. Like a common man, he is repenting now for having given the boon."

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Aits&Jy ddanIit vrm! mm ivzaMpit>,
s inrw gtjle setum! biNxtuimCDit. 21823

23. saH vishaampatiH = that king, atisR^ijya = promised, dadaami iti = to give thus, varam = the boon, mama = to me, ichchhati = desires, bandhitum = to build, nivartham = wastefully, setum = dam, gatajale = on a place where water has gone away.

"This king promised me to give the boon and now he desires to build a dam wastefully on a place where water has gone away."

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xmURlimdm! ram ividtm! c stamip,
tTsTym! n Tyjeaja kiptSTvTkte ywa. 21824

24. raama = oh, Rama! viditam = it is known, sataamapi = even by wise men, idam = that truth, dharmamuulam = is the root of righteousness, kupitaH = the offeneded, rajaa = king, natyajet = let him not abandon, tat satyam = such truth, yathaa = as, tvatkR^ite = for your sake.

"Oh, Rama! It is known by even wise men, that truth is the root of righteousness. See that the offended king does not abandon such a truth for your sake."

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yid tyte raja zu-m! va yid va=zu-m!,
kir:yis tt> svRmaOyaim punSTvhm!. 21825

25. raajaa = the king, vakshhyate = is about to mention(to you), tat = that truth, shubhamvaa = either auspicious, ashubhamyadivaa = or inauspicious, aham punastu = still, I, aakhyaasyaami = shall tell, sarvam = all that, karishhyasi yadi = if you shalldo it, tataH = afterwards.

"The king is about to mention that truth which may look auspicious or inauspicious to you. Still, I shall tell you all that, if you shall do it afterwards."

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yid Tvi-iht< ra}a Tviy t ivpTSyte,
ttae=hmi-xaSyaim n e; Tviy vyit. 21826

26. tat = what, abhihitam = is spoken, raajJNyaa = by the king, na vipatsyate = does not go wrong, tvayi = in you, aham = I, abhidhaasyaami = shall tell, tatH = then, eshhaH = this king, navakshhyatihi = whill not indeed tell, tvayi = unto you.

"If what is spoken by the king does not create unfavourableness in you, I shall then tell you. This king will not indeed tell you."

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@tau vcn< uTva kEkeYya smudatm!,
%vac Vyiwtae ramStam! devIm! n&psixaE. 21827

27. shrutvaa = after hearing, etat = these, vachanam = words, samudaahR^itam = spoken, kaikeyyaa = by Kaikeyi, raamaH = Rama, vyathitaH = was pained, uvaacha = and spoke, taam deviim = to that queen, nR^ipasannidhau = in the presence of the king.

After hearing the words of Kaikeyi, Rama felt painful and spoke thus to her in the presence of the king.

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Ahae ix'nahRse deiv p< mamIz< vc>,
Ahm! ih vcnat! ra}> pteym! Aip pavke. 21828
-]yeym! iv;m! tI[m! meym! Aip c A[Rve,
inyu> gu[a ipa n!Rpe[ c ihten c. 21829

28, 29. aho devii = Oh, queen! dhik = what a pity! naarhasi = you are not worthy, vaktum = to talk, iidR^isham = theses type of , vachaH = words, maam = about me, hi = because, vachanaat = by word, raaJNyaH = of king, aham = I, pateyam = shall jump, paavake.api = even in fire, niyuktaH = commanded, pitraa = by father, nR^ipeNa = who is the king, hitenacha = who wishes my welfare, guruNaa = who is venerable, bhakshhayeyam = I shall eat, tiikshhNam = fiery, vishham = poison, apcha = and majjeyam = sink, aarNave = into ocean.

"Oh, queen! what a pity! Do not talk like that to me. If father tells me, I shall jump even in fire. If father, who is a king, who wishes my welfare and who is venerable, commands me, I shall eat fiery poison and shall sink into an ocean."

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tt! Uih vcnm! deiv ra}ae yd Ai-kaiN]tm!,
kir:ye itjane c ram> ir n Ai--a;te. 21830

30. devii = oh, queen! tat = hence, bruuhi = tell, vachanam = the words, yat = which, abhikaaNkshhitam = are desired, raaJNyaH = by the king, pratijaanecha = I even promise, karishhye = to do, raamaH = Rama, naabhibhaashhate = does not speak, dviH = two things.

"Oh queen! Tell me the words of the king as desired by him. I even promise to do it. Rama does not speak two things."

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tm! AajRv smayum! AnayaR sTy vaidnm!,
%vac ramm! kEkeyI vcnm! _?z da[m!. 21831

31. anaaryaa = the vulgar, kaikeyii = Kaikeyi, uvaacha = uttered, bhR^isha daarunam = very cruel, vachanam = words, tam raamam = to that Rama, aarjavasamaayuktam = who was committed to sincerity, satyavaadinam = and speaking of truth and a great war.

That vulgar Kaikeyi uttered very cruel words to that Rama, who was committed to sincerity and speaking of truth.

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pura dev Asure yue ipa te mm ra"v,
ri]ten vraE daE szLyen mha r[e. 21832

32. raaghava = oh, Rama! puraa = long ago, daivaasurayuddhe = during battle between celestials, mahaaraNe = during the great war, te pitraa = by your father, sa shalyena = pierced by darts, rakshhitena = protected(by me) dattau = were given, mama = to me, varau = two boons.

"Oh, Rama! During a battle and a great war between celestials and demons long ago, I protected your father who was pierced by darts. Then, he gave me two boons."

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t me yaict> raja -rtSy Ai-;ecnm!,
gmnm! d{fk Ar{ye tv c A* @v ra"v. 21833

33. raaghava = oh, Rama! tatra = under those circumstances, raajaa = the king, yaachitaH = was asked, abhishhechanam = for coronation, bharatasya = of Bharata, tava = your, gamanam = going, daNdakaaraNye = to the forest of Dandaka, adyaiva = now itself.

"Oh, Rama! According to those boons, I asked the king for coronation of Bharata and for your going to Dandaka forest today itself."

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yid sTy it}m! Tvm! iptrm! ktuRm! #is,
AaTmanm! c nr re mm vaKym! #dm! Z?[u. 21834

34. narashreshhTa = Oh Rama, the best of men! tvam ichchhasi yadi = If you want, kartum = to make, pitaram = father, aatmaanamcha = and yourself, satya pratiJNyam = faithful to a promise, shruNu = listen to idam vaakyam = these words, mama = of mine.

"Oh, Rama! If you want to make yourself and your father faithful to a promise, listen to these words of mine.

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s indeze iptus! it ywa ten itutm!,
Tvya Ar{ym! veVym! nv v;aRi[ pNc c. 21835

35. tishhTa = abide, pituH sannideshe = in father's command, yathaa = as, pratishrutam = promised, tena = by him, araNyam = forest, praveshhTavyam = is to be occupied for navapanchacha = faourteen, varshhaaNi = years, tvayaa = by you.

"Abide by your father's command. As per his assurance, you have to stay in the forest for fourteen years."

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-rtSTvi-i;Cyet ydetdi-;ecNm!,
TvdweR ivihtm! ra}a ten sveR[ ra"v. 21836

36. raaghava = oh, Rama! bharataH = Bharata, abhishhechyeta = should be enthroned, tena sarveNa = completely in that manner, yat = in line with, etat = this, abhishhechanam = initiation, vihitam = arranged, tvadarthe = for your sake, raaJNyaa = by the king.

"Bharata is to be enthroned with the use of complete collection of materials already arranged by the king for your sake."

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s s c v;aRi[ d{fk Ar{ym! Aait>,
Ai-;ekm! #mm! Tyva jqa cIr xr> vs. 21837

37. tyaktvaa = leaving, imam abhishhekam = this coronation function, vasa = dwell, daNdakaaraNyam aashritaH = taking refuge in the forest of Dandaka, sapta saptacha varshhaaNi = for fourteen years, jaTaajinadharaH = wearing braided hari and covered with a hide.

"You have to leave this coronation function and dwell in the forest of Dandaka for fourteen years, wearing braided hair and covered with a hide."

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-rt> kaesl pure zaStu vsuxam! #mam!,
nana r smakI[Rm! svaij rw kNjram!. 21838

38. bharataH prashaastu = let Bharata rule, imaam vasudhaam = this earth, kosalapure = Ayodhya, the capital of kosala, naanaaratna samaakiirNam = completely covered with various types of precious things, savaajirathakuN^jaraam = filled with horses, chariots and elephants.

"Let Bharata rule this earth, by residing in Ayodhya filled with various types of precious thing together with horses, chariots and elephants."

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@ten Tva< nreNaeym! ka{yen smaPlut>,
zaeks<ivdnae n zaeit inrIi]tum!. 21839

39. etena = for this reason, ayam narendraH = this king Dasaratha, samaaplutaH = overwhelmed, kaaruNyena = with sympathy, na shaknoti = is not able, niriikshhitum = to see, tvaam = you, shoka samklishhTavadanaH = with face afflicted with grief.

"For this reason, king Dasaratha who is overwhelmed with sympathy towards you is not able to see you with his face, afflicted with grief."

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@tTk nreNSy vcn< r"unNdn,
sTyn mhta ram tarySv nrerm!. 21840

40. raghunandana = oh, Rama! kuru = do, etat vachanam = these words, narendrasya = of the king, taarayasya = liberate, narenshvaram = the king.

"Oh, Rama! Do as per the words of the king and liberate him by giving your father an opportunity to maintain the truth."

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#tIv tSya< p;m! vdNTyam!,
ncEv ram> ivvez zaekm!,
ivVyxe caip mhanu-avae,
raja tu puVysnai-t>. 21841

41. tasyaam vadantyaam = while she was speaking, parushham = harsh words, itiiva = in this way, raamaH = Rama, nachaiva pravivesha = did not even enter, shokam = the sorrowfulness, raajaatu = but the king, mahaanubhaavaH = the mighty, pravivyathe = become much disturbed putravyasanaabhitaptaH = having been afflicted by calamity occured to hi son.

Though she was speaking such harsh words, Rama was not affected with sorrow. But the mighty Dasaratha became highly disturbed, having been afflicted by the calamity occurred to his son.


. #Tya;eR Imamay[e AaidkaVye AyaeXyaka{fe
Aadz> sgR>.

Thus completes the eighteenth sarga of Ayodhya kanda of Srimad Ramayana.

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