Chapter [Sarga] 25

Introduction

In this chapter Kausalya bids farewell to Rama preparing to go to forest. Rama leaves her residence and goes to Seetha.


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sä apanéya tam äyäsam upaspåçya jalam çuci |
cakära mätä rämasya mangaläni manasviné || 2-25-1

1. saa= that Kausalya, manasvinii= themagnanimous, maataa= mother, apaniiya= putting away, tam aayaasam = = that grief, upaspR^ishya jalam= sipped water from the palm of the hand, shuchiH= became purified, chakaara= performed, maNgaLaani= rites , conduciveto welfare, raamasya= of Rama.

Kausalya, the magnanimous mother putting away her grief, sipped water from the palm of the hand, became purified and performed rites conducive to the welfare of Rama.

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na çakyase värayauitum gacchedäném raghuttama |
çréghram ca vinivartasva vartasva ca satäm krame || 2-25-2

2. raghottama= Oh, Rama!, na shakyase= you cannotbe, vaarayitum= restrained, gachcha= Depat, idaamiim= now, vinivartasva= Return, shiighram= soon. > vartasva= Abide, krame= in the way, sataam= of the righteous.

"Oh, Rama! Your departure cannot be restrained, depart now, return soon. Abide in the footsteps of the virtuous."

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yam pälayasi dharmam tvam dhåtyä ca niyamena ca |
savai räghavaçärdula dharmastvämabhirakçatu || 2-25-3

3. raaghava shaarduula= Oh, Rama, the bestof born in Raghu dynasty! yam dharmam=which righteousness, tvam=you, paalayasi=are fostering, dhR^itvaa=with courage , niyamenacha=and discipline, saH dharmaH vai=thatrighteousness, abhirakshhatu=will protect, tvaam=you.

"Oh, Rama! Let that righteousness, which you are fostering with courage and discipline , protect you".

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yebhyaù praëamase putra caityeñväyataneñu ca |
te ca tvämabhirakçantu vane saha maharñibhiù || 2-25-4

4. putra= Oh, son!, yebhyaH= To whom, praNamase= you will be bowing in salutation, chaityeshu= in crossroads, aayataneshhucha= and in temples, te= those, maharshhibhisaha= along with greatsaints, abhirakshhatu= will protect, tvaam= you, vane= in the forest.

"Oh, son! To whom you will be bowing in salutation at cross-roads and in temples, those along with great saints will protect you in the forest."

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yäni dattäni te' sträëi viçvämitreëa dhématä |
täni tvämabhirakçantu guëaissamuditam sadä || 2-25-5

5. yaami astraaNi=which arms, dattaani=were given, te=to you visvaamitreNa= by Viswamitra , dhiimataa= the wise, taani= those, sadaa= always , abhirakshhatu= will protect, tvaam= you , samuditam=who are filled, guNaiH=with good qualities.

"All the arms given by the wise sage Viswamitra to you, will ever protect you who are rich in good qualities"

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pitåçuçruñayä putra mätåçu çrüñayä tathä |
satyena ca mahäbäho ciram jéväbhirakçitaù || 2-25-6

6. putra=Oh, son, mahaa baaho= with magnificientarms!, abhirakshhitaH= Protected, pitR^isushruushhayaa=by service to father, tathaa= and, maatRi sushruushhayaa= service to mother, satyena= by Truth, chiramjiiva= you will be long lived!

"Oh, son with magnificent arms! Protected by your service to father and service to mother as well as truthfulness, you will belong-lived"

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samitkuçapaviträëi vedyaçcäyatanäni ca |
sthaëòhiläni viciträëi çailä våkçäù kuçuphä hradäù || 2-25-7
pataìgäù pannagäù simhästväm rakçantu narottama |

7. narottama=Oh, Rama, among men!, samitkusha pavitraaNi=woodensticks used for feeding the sacred fire , blades of the sacred kusa grass andrings of kusa grass.vedaishcha=sacrificialaltars, aayatanaanicha=temples, vichitraaNi=various, sthaNdilaani = sitesselected by Brahmanas for worship ofgods, shailaaH=mountains, vR^ikshhaaH=trees, kshhupaaH=bushes, hradaaH=pools of water, pataNgaaH=birds, , pannagaaH=snakes, simhaaH=lions, rakshhantu =may protect, tvaam=you.

"Oh, Rama, the best among men! May the wooden sticks used for feeding the sacred fire, blades of the sacred Kusa grass and rings of Kusa grass(worn on the forth finger on sacrificial occasions)sacrificial altars , temples and various sites selected by Brahmanas for worship of gods, mountains, trees, bushes, large and deep pools of water, birds, snakes and lions protect you."

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svasti sädhyäù ca viçve ca marutaù ca maharñayaù || 2-25-8
svasti dhätä vidhätä ca svasti püñä bhago aryamä |
åtavaù caiva pakñäù ca mäsäù samvatsaräù kñapäù || 2-25-9

8-9. saadhyaashcha= Saadhyas, vishvecha= viswadevas , marutashcha=wind-gods, maharshhayaH= eminentsages, svasti= may ensure your happiness, dhaataa=The CosmicPerson, vidhaataacha= the creator, svasthi= may bring happiness toyou, puushhaa= Pusha, bhagaH= Bhaga, aaryamaa=Aryama, svasthi= may do good to you, tathaa= and, sarve= all, te lokapaalashcha= those guardians of spheres, vaasavapramukhaaH = with head as Indra.

"May the saadhyas and viswadevas (two different kinds of gods) and wind-gods along with eminent sages ensure your happiness. May the cosmic person and the creator bring happiness to you. May the Pusha, Bhaga and Aryama (three of the twelve sons of Aditi)and the guardians of the spheres with Indra as their Head do good to you."

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åtavaçcaiva pakçäçca mäsässamvatsaräù kçapäù |
dinäni ca muhürtäù ca svasti kurvantu te sadä || 2-25-10

10. Ritavashchaiva=Theseasons, pakshhaashcha=the fortnights , maasaH = the months, samvatsaraaH=years, kshhapaaH=nights, divaanicha=days, muhuurtaashcha=hours , (each muhurtha containing 48 minutes being 30 th part of aday), sadaa=always, kurvanta =may do svasti =good, te=to you

"May the six seasons, all the fortnights and months, years, nights, days and hours always do good to you.

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småtir dhåtiù ca dharmaù ca päntu tväm putra sarvataù |
skandaù ca bhagavän devaù somaù ca sabåhaspatiù || 2-25-11
sapta åñayo näradaù ca te tväm rakñantu sarvataù |

11. putra=Oh, son! , smR^itiH=veda, the smrititexts, dhR^itishcha= Resolution and satisfaction personified as a daughter of Daksha and wifeof Dharma , dharmashcha= piety personified, paatu=may protect , tvaam=you, sarvataH= from all sides. Bhagavaan= The gracious Lord, devaH= thediety, skandashcha= Skanda, somashcha= the moon-god, saH= that, bR^ihaspatiH= Brihaspati, preceptor of gods, saptarshhayoH= the sevensages , naaradashcha= Sage Narada, rakshhantu = may guard, tvaam= you, sarvataH= on all sides.

"May Veda, the Smriti texts taken as one body, the resolution and the piety protect you, my son! May lord Skanda (the younger son of Lord Siva)and the moon god along with the sage Brihaspati(the preceptor of gods), the well known seven sages as well as Sage Narada guard you on all sides."

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yäçcäpi sarvataù siddä diççca sadigéçvaräù || 2-25-12
stutä mayä vane tasmin päntutväm putra nityaçaù |

12. putra=Oh, son! yaaH=Which , dishashcha=four quarters, sadigiishvaraaH=along with guardiansof quarters, siddhaaH=who are glorious, stutaaH=are praised, mayaa=byme, (they), paantu=may protect, nityashaH=always, sarvataH=on all sides, tasmin vane=in that forest.

"May the four quarters along with the glorious guardians of the four quarters which are enlogised by me may protect you always on all sides in that forest."

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çailäù sarve samudräçca räjä varuëa eva ca || 2-25-13
dyaurantarikçam påthivé nadyassarvästathaiva ca |
nakñaträëi ca sarväëi grahäù ca sahadevatäù || 2-25-14
ahorätre tathä sandhye päntu tväm vanamäçritam |

13-14. sarve=All; shailaaH=mountains; samudraashcha=oceans; raajaa=king(of oceans)varuNa eva> cha=Varuna, dyou=heaven , pR^ithiviicha=and the earth , antharikshham= theintermediate space betweenthem, tathaivacha=and, sarvaaH=all, nadyaH=rivers, sarvaaNi=all, nakshhatraaNicha=stars, gR^ihaashcha =astrological mansions , sahadevataaH=including gods, ahoraatre=day and night, tathaa=and, sandhye=the morning and evening twilights, paantu=may protect, tvaam=you, vanam aashritam=residing in forest.

" Let all mountains , oceans, king(of oceans) Varuna, heaven and earth, the intermediate space between them , rivers , astrological mansions including gods presiding over them, day and night, the morning and evening twilights may protect you while you reside in the forest ."

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åtavaçcaiva ñöpuëyä mäsäù samvatsarästathä || 2-25-15
kaläçca käñöhäçca tathä tava çarma diçantu te |

15. puNyaaH= The holy, shhaT= six, R^itavashchaiva= seasons, te= those, maasaaH= months, tathaa= and, samvatsaraaH = years, kalaashcha= the measure of time, Kala , kaashhTaashcha= andKasta, dishastu= bestow, tava= you, sharma= happiness.

"The six holy seasons, months, years and the measures of time known as Kala (equilent to one minute) and Kastha(1/30th of Kala or two seconds)bestow you happiness."

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mahä vanäni carataù muni veñasya dhémataù || 2-25-16
tavädityäçca daityäçca bhavantu sukhadäù sadä |

16. aadityaashcha= Heavenly deities, the sons of Aditi, daityaashcha= demons , the sons of Diti, sadaa= ever, bhavantu= become, sukhadaaH= bestowers of happiness, tava= to you, vicharataH= while you traverse, mahaavane= in the large forest, muniveshhasya= in the guise of a hermit, dhiimataH= full of wisdom.

"Let the heavenly deities and the demons too ever grant happiness on you while you traverse through the large forest, in the guise of a hermit and full of wisdom "

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räkçasänäm piçäcänäm raudräëäm krürakarmaëäm || 2-25-17
kravyädänäm ca sarveñam mäbhütputraka te bhayam |

17. putraka= Oh, son!, maabhuut= Let there notbe, bhayam= fear, te= for you, raakshhasaanaam=of demons, raudraaNaam = the terrible ones, kruura karmaaNaam= performing crueldeeds, pishaachaanaam= of devilish beings called Pisaachas (possibly so called either from their fondness of flesh or from their yellowish appearance)sarveshhaam= of all, kravyaadaanaamcha= of cornivorousanimals.

"Oh, son! Let there not be fear for you of demons the terrible ones performing cruel deeds, of devilish beings called Pisachas and of all carnivorous animals."

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plavagä våçcikä damçä maçakäù caiva känane || 2-25-18
saré såpäù ca kéöäù ca mä bhüvan gahane tava |

18. maa bhuuvan= Let there notbe, plavagaaH= monkeys, vR^ihchikaaH=scorpions, damshaaH= gad-flies, mashakaashchaivaH= mosquitoes, sariisR^ipaashcha= snakes, kiitaashcha= and other insects, tava= foryou, kaanane= in the forest, gahane= which is impenetrable.

"In that impenetrable forest occupied by you, let there be no monkeys, scorpions, gad fies, mosquitoes, snakes or other insects ."

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mahä dvipäù ca simhäù ca vyäghräåkñäù ca damñöriëaù || 2-25-19
mahiñäù çångiëo raudrä na te druhyantu putraka |

19. putraka= Oh, son!, mahaadvipaashcha= Great ellphants, damshhTriNaH= with tusks, vyaaghraaH= tigers, R^ikshhashcha= bears, raudraH= terrible mahishhaaH= he-baffaloes, sR^iNgiNah= with horns, na druhyantu= be nothostile, te= to you.

"Oh, son! Let the great elephants , lions with tusks, tigers, bears, terrible he-buffaloes with horns not to be hostile to you."

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nå mämsa bhojanä raudrä ye ca anye sattva jätayaù || 2-25-20
mä ca tväm himsiñuù putra mayä sampüjitäù tu iha |

20. putra= Oh, son!, ye=which, anye= other, roudraaH= ferocious, nR^imaamsa bhojinaH= man-eaters, sattva jaatayaH= belonging to animal species, sampuujitaaH= worshipped, mayaa= by me, iha= here, maacha himsishhuH= let them nothurt, tvaam= you.

"Oh, son! Let the other ferocious man-eaters belonging to animal-species, being worshipped by me here, not hurt you."

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ägamäù te çiväù santu sidhyantu ca paräkramäù || 2-25-21
sarva sampattayo räma svastimän gacca putraka |

21. raama= Oh, Rama, putraka= my son! te= your , aagamaaH = path-ways, santu= be, shivaah= propitious!, paraakramaashcha= valour, siddhyantu= powerful ! gachchha= go, svastimaan= having felicitousness, sarvasampattaye= with all accomplishments !

"Oh, Rama, my son! May your path-ways be propitious ! Let your valour be powerful! Go well with all accomplishments!.

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svasti te astu äntarikñebhyaù pärthivebhyaù punaù punaù || 2-25-22
sarvebhyaù caiva devebhyo ye ca te paripanthinaù |

22. astu= Let there be, svasti= security, te= to you , antarikshhebhyaH= against those dwelling in theatmosphere , punaH= and, sarvebhyaH= all, devebhyashchaiva = celestial beings, ye= who, paripanthinaH= the enemies, te= to you .

"Let there be security to you against those dwelling in the atmosphere and on the earth as well as against all the celestials as also your enemies."

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guruù somaçca süryaçca dhanado'tha yamastathä || 2-25-23
päntu tvämarcitä räma daëòakäraëyaväsinam |

23. raama= Oh, Rama! , guruH= Venus, somashcha= moon, suuryashcha= sun, atha= and , dhanadaH= Kubera, the god of riches, tathaa= and, yamaH= Yama, the god of death , architaH= = being worshipped, paantu= may protect , tvaam= you, daNdakaaraNya vaasinam = dwelling in the forest of Dandaka.

"Oh, Rama! May Venus and the moon as also the sun and Kubera (the god of wealth) and Yama (the god of death) who are being worshipped by me, protect you, while you reside in the forest of Dandaka."

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agnirväyustathä dhümomanträçcarñimukhäccyutäù || 2-25-24
upasparçanakäle tu päntu tväm raghundadana |

24. raghunandana = Oh, Rama! mantraashcha= The sacred hymns, chyutaaH= coming forth from , agniH= fire, vaayuH= air, tathaa= and, dhuumaH= vapour, R^ishhi mukhaat= from the mouth of the singer of sacred hymns, paantu = may protect, tvaam= you, upasparshana kaaletu= at the time of taking bath.

"Oh, Rama! May sacred hymns coming forth from fire, air , vapour, and from the mouth of singer of sacred hymns protect you at the time of taking bath."

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sarva loka prabhur brahmä bhüta bhartä tathä åñayaù || 2-25-25
ye ca çeñäù suräù te tväm rakñantu vana väsinam |

25. sarvaloka prabhuH= Siva, the lord of all spheres, brahmaa= brahma, the lord of creation, bhuuta bhartaa= Vishnu, the supporter of beings, tathaa= and, RishhayaH= the sages, sheshhaah= rest of, ye= which , suraaH= celestials, te= they too, rakshhantu= may protect, tvaam= you, vanavaasinam= dwelling in the forest.

"Let Siva, the lord of all spheres, Brahma, the lord of creation, Vishnu, the nourisher of beings, the sages and the rest of the celestials may protect you dwelling in the forest.

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iti mälyaiù sura gaëän gandhaiù ca api yaçasviné || 2-25-26
stutibhiù ca anurüpäbhir änarca äyata locanä |

26. iti= uttering thus , yashasvinii= the illustious Kausalya, aayatalochanaa= having large eyes , aanarcha= worshipped , suragaNaam= troops of divinities, maalyaiH= with garlands , gandhaishchaapi= with sandal paste , anuruupaabhiH= with befitting, stutibhishcha= hymns of praise.

Uttering thus, the illustrious Kausalya having large eyes, worshipped troops of divinities with garlands , sandal paste and befitting hymns of praise.

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jvalanam samupädäya brähmaëena mahätmanä || 2-25-27
hävayämäsa vidhinä rämamaìgalakäraëät |

27. samupaadaaya= Duly procuring, jvalanam= fire, haavayaamaasa= caused oblation to be poured into it, vidhinaa= as per direction, braahmaNena= by a Brahmana, mahaatmanaa= who is high souled, raama maNgaLa kaaraNaat = for the purpose of Rama's well-being .

Duly procuring fire, she caused oblation to be poured into it, as per the direction of a high souled brahmana for the purpose of Rama's well- being.

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ghåtam çvetäni mälyäni samidhaù çvetasarñapän || 2-25-28
upasampädayämäsa kausalyä pamäìganä |

28. kausalyaa= Kausalya, paramaaNganaa= the excellent woman, upasampaadayaamaasa= procured together, ghR^itam= clarified butter, shvetaani= white, maalyaani= garlands, samidhaH= ceremonial sticks, svetha sarshhapaan= white mustard seeds.

Kausalya, the excellent woman procured clarified butter , white garlands, ceremonial sticks and white mustard seeds.

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upädhyäyaù sa vidhinä hutva çäntimanämayam || 2-25-29
hutahavyävaçeñeëa bähyam balimakalpayat |

29. saH= That, upaadhyaaya= preceptor, shaantim hutvaa= performed ceremony for peace, vidhinaa= as per statute, anaamayam= without error, akalpayat= carried out, balim= propitiatory oblation , baahyam= externally, huta havyaavasheshheNa= with the remaining sacrificial food , left after the main offering.

That preceptor performed ceremony for peace as per the statute as well as without error and carried out propitiatory oblation externally with the remaining sacrificial food left after the main offering.

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madhudadyakçataghåtaiù svastiväcya dvijäm stataù || 2-25-30
väcayämäsa rämasya vane svastyayanakriyäù |

30. svastivaachya= Got uttered hymns of welfare, dvijaan= by brahmanas, madhu dadhyakshhataghR^itaiH= with honey, curd, unbroken grains of rice, and clarified butter, tataH= then, vaachayaamaasa= got uttered, svastyayanakriyaaH= hymns relating to rites which generate well being , raamasya= of Rama.

She then got brahmanas to pronounce blessings with honey, curd , unbroken grains of rice and clarified butter by the repetition of certain hymns and to utter prayers for the well - being of Rama in the forest.

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tatastanmai dvijendräya rämamätä yaçasviné || 2-25-31
dakçiëäm pradadau kämyäm räghavam cedamabravét |

31. yashasvinii= The illustrious, raamamaataa= Kausalya, the mother of Rama, tataH= therafter, pradadou= gave, kaamyaam= the desired, dakshhiNaam= fee, tasmai= to that, dvijendraaya= chief of brahmanas, abraviit= spoke, idam= these words , raaghavam= to Rama:-

The illustrious Kausalya gave the desired fee to that chief of brahmanas and spoke as follows to Rama:-

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yan mangalam sahasra akñe sarva deva namaù kåte || 2-25-32
våtra näçe samabhavat tat te bhavatu mangalam |

32. yat maNgalam= = which felicity , sama bhavat= occured, sahasraakshhe= in Devendra, the thousand-eyed, sarva deva namaskR^ite= adored by all celestials, vR^ittanaashe= while destroying a demon called Vritta, tat maNgalam= let that felicity, bhavatu= occur , te= to you.

"Which felicity occurred in Devendra the thousand- eyed, adored by all celestials when a demon called Vritta was destroyed, let that felicity occur to you"

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yan mangalam suparëasya vinatä akalpayat purä || 2-25-33
amåtam prärthayänasya tat te bhavatu mangalam |

33. yat maNgalam= which blessing, aakalpayat= was invoked , vinataa= by Vinata, suvarNasya= to Garuda, paarthayasya= who was seeking , amR^itam= nectar, puraa= in the past, tat maNgalam= may that blessing, bhavatu= happen , te= to you.

"Which blessing was invoked by Vinata to Garuda who was setting off to bring nectar in the past , may that blessing happen to you."

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amåtotpädane daityän ghnato vajradharasya yat || 2-25-34
aditirmaìgaøam prädät tatte bhavatu maìgaøam |

34. yat maNgalam= Which blessing, praadaat= was bestowed, vajradharasya= on Devendra, weilder of the thunder-bolt, ghnataH= who was killing, daityaan= demons, amR^itotpaadane= at the time of producing nectar, tat maNgalam= let that blessing, bhavatu= come, te= to you.

"While blessing was bestowed on Devendra, the wielder of the thunderbolt , killing the demons at the time of producing nectar, let that blessing come to you. "

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ténvikramän prakamato viñëoramitatejasaù || 2-25-35
yadäsénmaìgaøam prädät tatte bhavatu maìgaøam |

35. raama= Oh, Rama!, yat maNgalam= Which good fortune, aasiit= occured , vishhNoH= to Vishnu, amita tejasaH= who was immensely glorious , prakramataH= while keeping, treen= three, vikramaan= feet, tat maNgalam= let that good fortune, bhavatu= occur, te= to you.

"Oh, Rama! Which good fortune occurred to Vishnu who was immensely glorious while making his three strides (in order to measure the three worlds), let that good fortune come to you.

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åtavaù sägarä dvépä vedä lokä diççcate || 2-25-36
mamgaøäni mahäbäho diçantu çubhavaìgaøäù |

36. mahaabaaho= Oh, Rama the mighty armed!, R^itavaH= The seasons, saagaraaH= the oceans, dvipaaH= Dvipas, the principal divisions of the earth , girdled by oceans, vedaaH= vedas, lokaaH= the spheres, dishashcha= the quarters, dishantu= may confer , maNgalaam= blessings , shubhamangalaaH= with good luck, te= to you.

"Oh, Rama, the mighty armed! May the seasons , oceans , Dvipas (principal division of earth girdled by oceans ), vedas, various spheres and quarters confer blessings with good luck to you."

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iti putrasya çeñäçca kåtvä çirasi bhäminé || 2-25-37
gandämçcäpi samälabhya rämamäyatalo canä |
oñadhém ca api siddha arthäm viçalya karaëém çubhäm || 2-25-38
cakära rakñäm kausalyä mantraiù abhijajäpa ca |

37,38. iti= saying so, kausalya= Kausalya, aayatalochanaaH= the large eyed, bhaaminii= proud woman, kR^itvaa= placed, sheshaashcha= unbroken rice grains, shirasi= on the head, putrasya= of her son, sammalabhya= smeared, gandhaamshchaapi= varieties of sandal pastes, raamam= over Rama, cakaara= made, rakshhaam= an amulet, oshhadhiim= with a herb, vishalyakaraNi= named Vishalyakarani, siddharthaam= which is efficacious, shubhaam= auspicious, abhijajaaphacha= and muttered, mantraiH= Sacred hymns.

Saying so, Kausalya, the large eyed proud woman placed some unbroken rice grains on her son's head, smeared varieties of sandal pastes over his body, fastened about his wrist by way of an amulet, a herb called Visalyakarani(so called because it helps in painlessly extracting an arrow stuck into one's body )which is efficacious and auspicious and muttered sacred hymns in order to enhance its virtue.

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uväcätiprahåñöeva sä duùkhavaçartiné || 2-25-39
väìmätreëa na bhävena väcä samsajjamänayä |

39. saa= She, dukhavashvartinii= though filled with grief, atiprahR^ishhyeva= appeared like over -joyed, samsajjamaanayaaH = with faultering , vachaa= words, uvaacha= spoke, vaaNmaatreNa= with only mouth, na= not, bhaavena= with heart.

Though filled with grief inside, she appeared to be over-joyed outside and with faltering words , spoke thus with only mouth and not with her heart.

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änamya mürdhni ca äghräya pariñvajya yaçasviné || 2-25-40
avadat putra siddha artho gacca räma yathä sukham |

40. yashashvinii= The illustrious Kausalya, aanamya= bent Rama lower, aaghraaya= smelling muurdhni= his head, parishhrajva= embraced, avadat= spoke thus, raama= Rama, putra= my son! gachchha= = go, yathaasukham= with ease, siddhaartha= with accomplishment of purpose as you are.

The illusrious Kausalya embraced Rama, smelling his head by bending it and spoke these words "Rama, my son! Go with ease with accomplishment of purpose, as you are."

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arogam sarva siddha artham ayodhyäm punar ägatam || 2-25-41
paçyämi tväm sukham vatsa susthitam räja veçmani |

41. vatsa= Oh, son, arogam= with health(without disease) sarva siddhhartham= with all your purposes accomplished, pushyaami= I shall see, tvaam= you, punaH= again, aagatam= coming, ayodhyaam= to Ayodhya, sukham= happily , susthitam= well-established, raaja vartmani = in the path of a king.

Oh, son! With all your purposes fulfilled and with good health, I shall see you returning to Ayodhya happily and taking over the reins of the kingdom

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praëañöakuùkhasamkalpä harñavidyotitänanä || 2-25-42
drakçyämi tväm vanätrpäptam pürëacandramivoditam |

42. tvaam= You, praaptam= having come, vanaat= from forest, puurNachandramiva= like a full moon, uditam= rising , praNashhTa duHkha samkalpaa= my thoughts of grief having been expulsed , drakshhyaami= I shall behold , harshha vidyotitaananaa= with my face shining with joy.

"All my thoughts of grief having been expulsed and my face shining with joy, I shall behold you returning from the forest like the full moon rising from the horizon"

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bhadräsanagatam räma vanaväsädihägatam || 2-25-43
drakçämi ca punastväm tu térëavantam piturvacaù |

43. raama= OH, Rama! tiirNavantam= Having fulfilled, pituH= the father's, vachaH= word, drakshhyaami= I shall behold , tvaam= you, punaH aagatam= returning, iha= here, vanavaasaat= from so journ in the forest, bhadraasanagatam= and sitting on the splendid throne.

"Oh, Rama! I shall behold you returning here from your sojourn in the forest, having fulfilled your father's word and installed on the splendid throne."

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maìgaçairupasampanno vanaväsädihägataù || 2-25-44
padhvä mama ca nityam tvam kämän samvardha yähi bhoù |

44. aagataH= Having come, iha= here, vanavaasaat= from sojourn in the forest , tvaam= you, upasampannaH= will be familiar, maNgalaiH= with auspicious things, samvardha= will be augmenting, nityam= ever, kaamaan= the desires, vadhvaaH= of Sita the daughter -in-law, mama cha= and of me.yaahi= Depart, bhoH= Oh, Rama!

"Having come here from your sojourn in the forest, you will be familiar with auspicious things and will ever be augmenting the desires of my daughter-in-law and of me. Depart now, Oh, Rama !"

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mayä arcitä deva gaëäù çiva ädayo |
maharñayo bhüta mahä asura uragäù |
abhiprayätasya vanam ciräya te|
hitäni känkñantu diçaù ca räghava || 2-25-45

45. raaghava= Oh, Rama! architaa= Worshipped , mayaa= by me, devagaNaaH= let the hosts of gods , shivaadayaH= headed by Lord Siva , the Supreme Being , maharshhayaH= the great sages, bhuuta mahaasuroragaaH = spirits, the chief of evil spirits and the celestial serpants, dishashcha= the four quarters, kaaNkshhantu= wish, hitaani= welfare, te= of you, abhiprayaatasya= who is setting forth, vanam= to forest.

"Oh, Rama! Worshipped by me, let the hosts of gods headed by Siva, the Supreme Being, the great sages, spirits, the chief of evil spirits, the celestial serpents and the (four)quarters wish well of you, who is setting forth to forest, "

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iti iva ca açru pratipürëa locanä|
samäpya ca svastyayanam yathä vidhi |
pradakñiëam caiva cakära räghavam |
punaù punaù ca api nipéòya sasvaje || 2-25-46

46. itiiva= Having so said, samaapyacha= and having completed , svastyayanam= The rite of invoking blessings, yathaavidhi= befitting, ashruprati puurNa lochanaa= Kausalya whose eyes were overflowingwith tears, pradakshhiNam chakaara = further went clockwise , raaghavam= around Rama, nipiidya= having pressed close to him , shhasvaje= embraced , punaH punaHcha api = again and again.

Having so said and having completed the rite of invoking blessings befittingly, Kausalya whose eyes were overflowing with tears, further went clockwise around Rama and having pressed close to him, embraced again and again.

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tathä tu devyä sa kåta pradakñiëo |
nipéòya mätuù caraëau punaù punaù |
jagäma sétä nilayam mahä yaçäù |
sa räghavaù prajvalitaù svayä çriyä || 2-25-47

47. kR^ita pradakshhiNaH= Having been done circumbulation(as a protection), tathaa= thus, devyaa= by the pious woman Kausalya, nipiida= pressing , maatuH= mother's, charaNau = feet, punaH punaH= again and again, saH raaghavaH= that Rama, mahaashayaa= the highly illustious, prajvalitaH= shining , svayaa= by his own , shriyaa= splendour, jagaama= went, sitaanilayam= to Sita's house.

Having been done circumbulation (as a mark of protection) thus by the pious woman Kausalya, that highly illustrious Rama pressing his mother's feet again and again , shining by his own splendour, went to Sita's house.

 

iti välméki rämäyaëe ädi kävye ayodhyakände pancavimsaù sargaù

Thus, this is the 25th chapter in Ayodhya Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.


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