Chapter [Sarga] 56

Introduction

Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana reach the mountain of Chitrakuta, beholding and showing one another the grandeur of the woods there. They visit the hermitage of sage Valmiki. Lakshmana builds a leaf-hut upon instructions from Rama. All of them enter the hut, after performing purification ceremony.


Verse Locator

Aw rayam! VytItayam! Avsum! AnNtrm!,
baexyam! Aas znE> lm[m! r"u nNdn>. 2561

1. atha= Then; raghu nandanaH= Rama; shanaiH= gently; prabodhayaam aasa= woke up; lakshmaNami= Lakshmana; avasuptam= who was sleeping; anantaram= uninterruptedly; raatryaam= (even when) the night; atiitaayaam= was passing away.

Then, Rama gently woke up Lakshmana, who was sleeping without break, even when the night was passing away.

Verse Locator

saEime z&[u vNyanam! vLgu Vyahrtam! Svnm!,
sMitamhe kal> SwanSy prm! tp. 2562

2. saumitre= Oh, Lakshmana! shR^iNu= hear; svanam the sound; vanyaanaam= of the wild animals; vyaaharataam= resounding; valgu= beautifully; kaalaH= (It is) time; prasthaanasya= for the journey; sampratiSThaamahe= let us start.

Oh, Lakshmana! Hear the sound of wild animals, resounding beautifully. It is time for our journey. Let us start.

Verse Locator

s su> smye aa lm[> itbaeixt>,
jhaE inam! c tNIm! c sm! c piw mm!. 2563

3. saH lakshmaNaH= that Lakshmana; suptaH= who was sleeping; pratibodhitaH= being woken up; bhraatraa= by his brother; samaye= at the right time; jahau= relinquished; nidraam cha= sleep; tandriim cha= sloth; shramam cha= and strain; prasaktam= resulted; pathi= on the way.

That Lakshmana who was sleeping, being woken up by his brother at the right moment, had relinquished sleep, sloth and strain which resulted on the way.

Verse Locator

ttaETway te sveR Sp&va n*a> izvm! jlm!,
pNwanm! \i;[a %im! ic kqSy tm! yyu>. 2564

4. tataH= thereafter; te sarve= all of them; utthaaya= raised up; spR^iSTvaa= touched; shivam= the auspicious; jalam= water; nadyaaH= of the river; yayuH= and proceeded towards; tam= that; chitra kuuTasya panthaanam= path leading to Chitrakuta; aadishhTam= as suggested; R^ishhiNaa= by the sage Bharadwaja.

Thereafter, all of them raised up touched the auspicious water (took bath) in the river and proceeded towards the path leading to Chitrakuta mountain, as suggested by the sage Bharadwaja.

Verse Locator

tt> sMiSwt> kale ram> saEimi[a sh,
sItam! kml p A]Im! #dm! vcnm! AvIt!. 2565

5. tataH= then; raamaH= Rama; samprasthitaH= who set out; saumitriNaa saha= along with Lakshmana; kaale= at the dawn; abraviit= spoke; idam= these words; siitaam= to Seetha; kamala patra akSiim= whose eyes looked like lotus leaves.

Rama who set out along with Lakshmana at that dawn, spoke as follows to Seetha whose eyes looked like lotus leaves.

Verse Locator

AadIan! #v vEdeih svRt> pui:ptan! ngan!,
SvE> pu:pE> ikMzukan! pZy mailn> izizr ATyye. 2566

6. vaidehi= Oh, Seetha! Pashya= behold; kimshukaan nagaan= Kimshuka trees; svaiH maalinaH= with their diadem; puSpaiH= of flowers; sarvataH= all over; puSpitaan= blossoming; shishira atmaye= in this winter; aadiiptaan iva= as if they are blazing up.

Oh, Seetha! Behold Kimshuka trees with their diadem of flower blossoming all over, as if they are blazing up, in this winter.

Verse Locator

pZy -atkan! )an! nrE> Anupseivtan!,
)l pE> Avntan! nUnm! zyaim jIivtum!. 2567

7. pashya= Let at; bhallaatakaan= these Bhallaataka; phullaan= abounding in flowers (cashew nut) trees; avanataan= bent down; phala patraiH= with fruits and leaves; anupasevitaan= unplucked; naraiH by men; shakSyaami= we can; nuunam= certainly; jiivitum= live (here).

Look at these Bhallataka (cashew nut) trees, abounding in flowers and bent down with fruits and leaves, all unplucked by men. We can certainly live here.

Verse Locator

pZy ae[ ma[ain lMbmanain lm[,
mxUin mxu karIi-> sM-&tain nge nge. 2568

8. lakshmaNa= Oh, Lakshmana! Pashya= behold; nage nage= in every tree; lambamaanaani= the hanging; madhuuni= honey-combs; droNa pramaaNaani= with sizes of a water-trough; sambhR^itaani= gathered; madhu kaariibhiH= by honey-bees.

Oh, Lakshmana! Behold in every tree the hanging honey-combs, with sizes of a water-trough, gathered by honey-bees.

Verse Locator

@; aezit nTyUh> tm! izoI itkjit,
rm[Iye vn %eze pu:p sMStr sMkqe. 2569

9. eSaH= (In) this; ramaNiiye= beautiful; vana uddeshe= forest-region; puSpa samstara samkaTe= dense with a scattered mass of flowers, natyuuha= a Chataka bird; kroshati= is crying; shikhii= (and) a peacock; pratikuushati= is responding; tam= to it.

In this beautiful forest-region, dense with a scattered mass of flowers, a Chataka bird is crying and a peacock is responding to it.

Verse Locator

matMg yUw Anus&tm! pi] sM" Anunaidtm!,
ic kqm! #mm! pZy v& izorm! igirm!. 25610

10. pashya= see; idam= this; chitra kuuTam girim= with a number of elephants wide-spread; pakSi samgha anunaaditam = (and) made to resound by a congregation of birds.

See this Chitrakuta mountain with a high and mighty peak, wide-spread with a multitude of elephants and made to resound by a congregation of birds.

Verse Locator

sm-Uimtle rMye ԂmEbRi-rav&te,
pu{ye rMSyamhe tat ickqSy kanne. 25611

11. taata= Oh, brother! ramsyaamahe= we shall sport; kaanana= in this forest; chitrakuuTasya= of Chitrakuta; sambhuumitale= having a level-ground; ramyet= lovely; aavR^ite= extensive with; bahubhiH= many; drumaaH= trees; puNye= (and) is pure.

Oh, brother! We shall sport in this forest of Chitrakuta, having a level-ground beautifully extensive with many trees and is pure.

Verse Locator

tt> taE pad care[ gNtaE sh sItya,
rMym! Aasedtu> zElm! ic kqm! mnae rmm!. 25612

12. tataH= thereafter; tau= Rama and Lakshmana; siitayaa saha= along with Seetha; gachchhaantau= traveling; chaareNa= on foot; aasedatuH= approached; chitra kuuTam shailam= the mountain of Chitrakuta; ramyam= beautiful; mano ramam= and (and) pleasant.

Thereafter, Rama and Lakshmana along with Seetha traveling on foot, approached the mountain of Chitrakuta, which was pleasant and lovely.

Verse Locator

tm! tu pvRtm! Aasa* nana pi] g[ Aayutm!,
bmUl)lm! rMym! sMpm! srsaedkm!. 25613

13. aasaadya= reaching; tam parvatam= that mountain; naanaa pakSi gaNa aayutam= with various flocks of birds; bahumuulaphalam= with many roots and fruits; ramyam= lovely; sampannam= rich; sarasodakam= in flowing water; (Rama said to Lakshmana as follows)

Reaching that mountain, with various flocks of birds, with many roots and fruits, lovely and rich in streaming water, Rama said to Lakshmana as follows:

Verse Locator

mnaeJnae=ym! itir> saEMy nanaԂmltayth,
bmUl)lae rMy> SvajIv> it-ait me. 25614

14. pratibhaati= It is appearing; me= to me; ayam giriH= (that) this mountain; svaajiivaH= yields an easy sustenance; manojJNaH= which is charming; naanaadrumalataayutaH= filled with various kinds of trees and creepers; bahumuulaphalaH= with various roots and fruits; ramyaH= (and) beautiful; saumya= Oh, Lakshmana!

It is appearing to me that this beautiful Chitrakuta mountain yields an easy sustenance, for, it is charmingly filled with various kinds of trees and creepers with different kinds of roots and fruits.

Verse Locator

mny mhaTmanae vsNTy izlaeye,
Aym! vasae -vet! tavd A saEMy rmemih. 25615

15. saumya= Oh, gentle brother! mahaatmaanaH= high-souled; munayashcha= sages also; vasanti= are staying; asmin shilochchaye= on this mountain; ayam bhavet taavat= let this become; vaasaH= the dwelling; ramemahi= let us have a pleasant resort; atra= here.

Oh, gentle brother! High souled sages are also staying on this mountain. Let this become the dwelling. Let us have a pleasant resort here.

Verse Locator

#it sIta c ram lm[ ktail>,
Ai-gMyamm! sveR vaLmIik mi-vadyn!. 25616

16. iti= after deciding thus; siitaa cha= Seetha; raamashcha= Rama; lakshhmaNashcha= and Lakshmana; sarve= all; kR^itaaJNjaliH= with joined palms; abhigamya= approached; aashramam= the hermitage; abhivaadayan= and offered salutation; vaalmiikim= to the sage Valmiki.

After deciding thus Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana all with joined palms approached the hermitage and offered salutation to the sage Valmiki.

Verse Locator

taNmhi;R> muidt> pUjyamas xmRivt!,
AaSytaimit caevac Svagtm! tu inve* c. 25617

17. maharshhiH= the great sage Valmiki; dharmavit= who knew what is right; pramuditaH= full of delight; puujayaamaasa= honoured; taan= them; nivedya= offered; svaagatam= cordial welcome; uvaacha= and requested (them); aasyataam iti= to sit.

The great sage Valmiki, who knew what is right, full of delight, treated them with honour, offered cordial welcome and requested them to sit.

Verse Locator

ttae=vINmhabalRkm[m! lm[aj>,
sive* ywaNyay maTmanm&:ye -u>. 25618

18. tataH= then; lakshmaNaagrajaH= Rama; prabhuH= the lord; mahaabaahuH= with mighty arms; yathaanyaayam= in accord with tradition; samnivedya= report; R^ishhaye= to the ascetic; aatmaanaam= all that concerned them; abraviit= spoke; lakshmaNam= to Lakshmana (as follows)

Then Rama, the lord with mighty arms, in accord with tradition, reported to the ascetic all that concerned them and spoke to Lakshmana as follows:

Verse Locator

lm[ Aany dai[ Fain c vrai[ c,
k:v Aavswm! saEMy vase me Ai-rtm! mn>. 25619

19. lakshmaNa= Lakshmana; saumya= the gentle brother! aanaya= bring; dR^iDhaani= strong; varaaNi cha= selected; daaruuNi= timber; kuruSva= (and) construct; aavasatham= a dwelling; me manaH= my mind; abhiratam= is fascinated; vaase= in dwelling (here)

Lakshmana, my gentle brother! Bring strong and choicest timber and construct a dwelling. My mind is fascinated in dwelling here.

Verse Locator

tSy tt! vcnm! uTva saEimir ivivxan! Ԃman!,
Aajhar tt> ce p[R zalam! Airm! dm. 25620

20. shrutvaa= hearing; tat vachanam= those words tasya= of Rama; saumitriH= lakshmaNa; aajahaara= brought; vividhaan= various kinds; drumaan= of trees; tataH= thereafter; arimdhaan= he, the annihilator of enemies; cakre= constructed; parNa shaalaam= a leaf-hut.

Hearing those words of Rama, Lakshmana brought various kinds of trees. Thereafter, he the annihilator of enemies, constructed a leaf-hut.

Verse Locator

tam! intam! bkqam! va rm> sudzRnam!,
zuU;ma[m! @k Am! #dm! vcnm! AvIt!. 25621

21. dR^iSTvaa= seeing; taam= that hut; niSThitaam= which was firmly built; baddhakaTaam= and thatched; sudarshanaam= and beautiful to look at; raamaH= Rama; abraviit= spoke; idam vachanam= these words (to Lakshmana) shushruuSamaaNam= who listened to the command; eka agram= and closely attentive.

Seeing that hut, which was firmly built and thatched as well as beautiful to look at, Rama spoke the following words to Lakshmana who listened to his command and who was closely attentive to him:

Verse Locator

@e[eym! maMsm! AaTy zalam! yyamhe vym!,
kTVyRm! vaStuzmnm! saEime icrjIvi->. 25622

22. saumitre= Oh, Lakshmana!; aahR^itya= being; aiNeyam maamsam= bring meat of the antelope; vayam= we; yakshyaamahe= shall worship; shaalaam= (this) leaf-hut; vaastushamanam= purifactory ceremony on entering the house; kartavyam= on entering the; chirajiivibhiH= by those who wish to live long.

Oh, Lakshmana! Bring the meat of an antelope. We shall perform a purifactory ceremony while entering the house. Which is to be done by those who wish to live long.

Verse Locator

m&gm! hTva==ny i]m! lm[eh zu-e][
ktRVy> zaae ih ivixdRmRmnuSmr. 25623

23. shubhekshaNa= Oh, large-eyed; lakshmaNa= Lakshmana!; hatvaa= killing; mR^igam= the antelope; kshhipram= quickly; anaya= bring; iha= here; vidhiH= the prescribed rite; shaastra dR^iSTaH= according to scriptural point of view; kartavyaH hi= indeed is to be done; anusmara= keep in mind; dharmam= the sacred obligation.

Oh, large-eyed Lakshmana! Killing the antelope quickly, bring it here. The prescribed rite according to scriptural point of view indeed is to be performed. Keep in mind the sacred obligation.

Verse Locator

atuvRcn ma}ay lm[> prvIrha,
ckar s ywaem! c tm! ram> punrvIt!. 25624

24. saH lakshmaNaH= that Lakshmana; paraviirahaa= the slayer of enemies; aaJNaaya= understanding; bhraatruH= his brothers; vachanam= words; chakaara= acted; yathoktamcha= as instructed; raamaH= Rama; abraviit= spoke; punaH= again; tam= to him (as follows).

Lakshmana the slayer of enemies, understanding his brothers words, acted as instructed. Rama spoke again to Lakshmana as follows.

Verse Locator

#[eym! pySvEt!calam! yymhe vym!,
TvrsaEMy mutaeR=ym! uv idvsae=Pyym!. 25625

25. saumya= Oh, great brother!; shrapayasva= boil; etat= this; aiNeyam= antelopes meat; vayam= we; yakshyaamahe= shall worship; shaalaam= the leaf-hut; ayam= this; divasaH= day; ayam= (and) this; muhuurtaH api= instant also; dhruvaH= are of a distinctive character; tvara= be quick.

Oh, gentle brother! Boil this antelopes meat. We shall worship the leaf-hut. This day and this instant also are of a distinctive character. Be quick.

Verse Locator

s lm[> k:[ m&gm! hTva meXym! ptapvan!,
Aw ic]ep saEimi> sime jat vedis. 25626

atha= then; saH lakshmaNaH= that Lakshmana; prataapavaan= the strong man; saumitriH= and son of Sumitra; hatvaa= killing; medhyam= the holy; kR^iSNa mR^igam= black antelope; chikSepa= tossed; jaata vedasi= in a fire; samiddhe= ignited.

Then, Lakshmana the strong man and son of Sumitra, killing a holy back antelope, tossed it in an ignited fire.

Verse Locator

tm! tu pKvm! sma}ay inm! ic zaei[tm!,
lm[> pu; Vyam! Aw ra"vm! AvIt!. 25627

27. parijJNaaya= feeling certain; pakvam= it is cooked; niSTaptam= and heated thoroughly; chinna shoNitam= with no blood remaining; lakshmaNaH= Lakshmana; atha= thereafter; abraviit= spoke; raaghavam= to Rama; puruSa vyaaghram= the lion among men (as follows).

Feeling certain that it is cooked and heated thoroughly with no blood remaining, Lakshmana spoke to Rama the lion among man as follows:

Verse Locator

Aym! k:[> sma ANg> z&t> k:[ m&gae ywa,
devta dev sMkaz yjSv kzlae ih Ais. 25628

28. ayam= this; kR^iSNaH mR^igo= black antelope; samaapta angaH= with its complete limbs; shR^itaH= has been cooked; sarvaH= completely; mayaa= by me; deva damkaasha= Oh Rama, remsembling god!; yajasva= worship; devataaH= the deities; asi ahi= you are indeed; kushalaH= skilled (in such act)

This black antelope, with its complete limbs, has been cooked completely by me. Oh, Rama resembling God! Worship the concerned deity, as you are skilled in that act.

Verse Locator

ram> aTva tu inyt> gu[van! jPy kaeivd>,
sMhe[akraeTsvaRn! mn! savsainkan!. 25629

29. raamaH= Rama; guNavaan= the virtuous man; japyakovidaH= and the learned man in chanting of prayers; snaatvaa= after taking bath; niyataH= with subdned mind; samgraheNa= briefly; akarot= chanted; sarvaan= all; mantran= the sacred scripts; satraavasaanikaan= which are to be chanted at the end of a purifactory ceremony.

Rama, the virtuous man and the learned man in chanting of sacred spells, after taking bath and with subdued mind, briefly chanted all the sacred scripts to be chanted at the end of a purifactory ceremony.

Verse Locator

#va devg[an! svaRn! ivvezavswm! zuic>,
b-Uv c mnaeadae ramSyaimttejs>. 25630

30. iSTvaa= worshipping; sarvaan= all; devataagaNaan= classes of deities; shuchiH= and getting purified; vivesha= (Rama) entered; aavasatham= the house; babhuuva cha= there was; manohlaadaH= a heartful joy; raamasya= in Rama; amita tejasaH= with a limitless splendour.

Worshipping all classes of deities and getting himself purified, Rama entered the house. There was a heartful joy in rama, with his limitless splendour.

Verse Locator

vEdevbilm! kTva raEm! vE:[vmev c,
vaStusMzmnIyain main vtRyn!. 25631
jpm! c Nyayt> kTva aTva n*am! ywaivix,
pap sMzmnm! ram> ckar bilm! %mm!. 25632

31-32. kR^itvaa= after offering oblations; raudram= to lord Rudra; vaishhNavamevacha= and lord Vishnu; raamaH= rama; vaishvadevabalim= offered tribute to Vaishvadeva; pravartayan= (and) performed; maN^gaLaani= benedictions; vaastu samshamaniiyani= relating to purification of house; kR^itvaa= performing; japamcha= a silent prayer; nyaayataH= as per prescribed rites; snaatvaa= taking bath; nadyaam- in the river; yathaavidhi= as prescribed; chakaara= (and) offered; uttamam balim= excellent tribute; paapa samshamanam= for removing sins.

Having taken bath in the river as prescribed Rama offered oblations to Lord Rudra and Lord Vishnu after offereing tributes to Vaisvadeva. He performed benedictions relating to the purification of house and also a silent prayer as per prescribed rites. He finally offered excellent tributes to the deities, for removing sins.

Comment. Vaishvadeva: A religious ceremony which is to be performed every morning and evening and especially before the mid-day meal, followed by offering of food to the gods especially the god of fire.

Verse Locator

veidSwlivxanain cETyaNyaytnain c,
AamSyanupai[ Swapyamas ra"v>. 25633

33. raaghavaH= Lakshmana; sthaapayaamaasa= erected; vedisthala vidhaanaani= altars in all the quarters; aashramasya= of the hemitage; anuruupaaNi= as was fitting; chaityaani= chaityas (places for worship of lord Ganesha and others); aayatanaanicha= ayatanas (places for worship of Vishnu and others)

Lakshmana erected altars in all the quarters of the hermitage as was fitting, Chaityas (places for worship of Lord Ganesha and others) and Ayatanas (places for worship of Vishnu and others)

Verse Locator

vNyEmaRLyE> )lEmURlE> pKvEmaRMsEyRwaivix,
AjRpE vedaeE xR-ER ssimTkzE>. 25634
taE tpRiyTva -Utain ra"vaE sh sItya,
tda ivivztu> zalam! suzu-am! zu-l][aE. 25635

34,35. raaghavau= Rama and Lakshmana; saha siitauyaa= along with Seetha; shubha lakshhmaNau= having auspicious characterstics; tarpayitvaa= satisfied; bhuutaani= the spirits; maalyaiH= by crowns of flowers; vanyaiH= obtained in the forest; phalaiH= by fruits; mulaiH= by roots; pakvaiH= by cooked; maamsaiH= meat; abdhiH= by water; japaishcha= by prayers; vedoktaiH= as uttered in sacred texts (Vedas); darbhaishcha= by sacred grass; sasmitkuchaiH= by fuel and Kusa grass; tadaa= then; vivishatuH= entered; sushubhaam= the auspicious; shaalaam= leaf-hut.

Rama and Lakshmana along with Seetha, having auspicious characteristics, satisfied the sirits by crowns of flowers obtained in the forest, by fruits roots and cooked meat, by water, by prayers as uttered in the sacred texts (Vedas), by sacred grass, by fuel and Kusa grass and then entered the auspicious leaf-hut.

Verse Locator

tam! v&] p[Rc! cdnam! mnae}am!,
ywa dezm! suktam! invatam!,
vasay sveR ivivzu> smeta>,
s-am! ywa dev g[a> suxmaRm!. 25636

36. sarve= all of them (Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana); sametaaH= together; vaasaaya= for residential purpose; vivishuH= entered; taam= that hut; vR^ikSa parNachchhadanaam= thatched with the leaves of trees; manoj~Naam= which was beautiful; sukR^itaam= well-constructed; yathaapradesham= at a suitable place; vivaataam= and protexted from winds; sabhaam yathaa= as entereing an assembly-hall; sudharmaam= called sudharma (in heaven); devagaNaaH= by a group of celestials.

All of them (Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana) together for residential purpose, entered that hut, thatched with leaves of trees, looking beautiful, well-constructed at a suitable site and protected from winds, as if entering an assembly-hall called Sudharma (in heavn) by a group of celestials.

Verse Locator

Anek nana m&g pi] sMkle,
ivic pu:p StblE> ԂmE> yute,
vn %me Vyal m&g Anunaidte,
twa ivj> susuom! ijt #iNya>. 25637

37. tadaa= then; jitendriyaaH= Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana who subdued their senses; susukham= very happily; vijahruH= strolled; vanottame= in that excellent forest; anekanaanaamR^iga pakshhisamkule= filled with many classes and multitude of beasts and birds; vR^ite= filled; drumaiH= with trees; vichitra pushhpastabakaih= having multi-colored crowns of flowers; vyaaLamR^igaanunaadite= and resonating; with sounds of elephants in rut and of antelopes.

Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana who subdued their senses, very happily strolled in that excellent forest, filled with many classes and multitude of beasts and birds, trees having multi-coloured crowns of flowers, and resonating with sounds of elephants in rut and of antelopes.

Verse Locator

surMym! Aasa* tu ic kqm!,
ndIm! c tam! maLyvtIm! sutIwaRm!,
nnNd > m&g pi] juam!,
jhaE c hom! pur ivvasat!. 25638

38. hR6ishhTaH= delighted; nanandaH= and joyful; aasaadya= to reach; suramyam= the lovely; chitrakuTam= Chitrakuta mountain; taam= (and) that; maalyaavatim nadiimcha= river; Malyavati; sutiirthaam= provided with good descents; mR^igapakshhijushhTaam= frequented by birds and beasts; jahaucha= shed too; duHkaham= the agony; puravipravaasaat= caused by exile from Ayodhya city.

Delighted and joyful to reach the lovely Chitrakuta mountain and the river Malyavati, provided with good descents and frequented by birds and beasts, Seetha, Rama and Lakshmana shed the agony caused by their exile from the City of Ayodhya.

 

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

Thus completes 56th Chapter of Ayodhya Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.


Verse Locator for Book II : Ayodhya Kanda - Book Of Ayodhya : Chapter 56

 

Top of Page1234
56789
1011121314
1516171819
2021222324
2526272829
3031323334
35363738

Sarga 56 in English Prose

Contents

Next Sarga

Previous Sarga

Feb 2003, K. M. K. Murthy