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Book II : Ayodhya Kanda - Book Of Ayodhya

Chapter [Sarga] 99

Introduction

Bharata observes various signs, proving Rama's hermitage in the vicinity of his place of search. After proceeding for a distance, Bharata beholds Rama's hermitage and Rama too seated in the hut, wearing matted locks. Bharata laments on Rama's misfortune of living as an ascetic Bharata and Shatrughna throw themselves on Rama's feet in salutation. Rama embraces them both.

 

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niviÿ÷˜y˜m tu sen˜y˜m utsuko bharata× tad˜ |
jag˜ma bhr˜taram draÿ÷um þatrughnam anudarþayan || 2-99-1

1. tadaa= then; niviSTaayaam= having stationed; senaayaam= his forces; bharataH= Bharata; jagaama= set out; utsukaH= eagerly; draSTum= to see; bhraataram= his brother; anudarshayan= pointing out (the sign of Rama's habitation); shatrughnam= to Shatrughna.

Having stationed his forces, Bharata set out eagerly to see his brother, pointing out the sign of Rama's habitation to Shatrughna.

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®ÿim vasiÿ÷ham samdiþya m˜t®®r me þŸghram ˜naya |
iti taritam agre sa j˜gama guru vatsala× || 2-99-2

2. saH= Bharata; guruvatsalaH= who was affectionate towards the elders; samdishya= informed; R^iSim= the sage; vasiSTam= Vasishta; iti= thus; aanaya= bring; me= my; maatR^iiH= mothers; shiighram= soon; jagaama= (and) went; agre= ahead; tvaritam= quickly.

Bharata, who was affectionate towards the elders, asked the sage Vasishta to bring his mothers soon thereafter and went ahead quickly.

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sumantra× tu api þatughnam ad¨r˜d anvapadyata |
r˜ma d˜rþanaja× tarÿo bharatasya iva tasya ca || 2-99-3

3. sumantrastvapi= Sumantra also; anvapadyata= followed; aduuraat= at a little distance; shatrughnam= after Shatrughna; tarSaH= an eager desire; raama darshanajaH= connected with seeing of Rama; bharatasyeva= like in Bharata; tasya cha= was there in him also.

Sumantra also, equally desirous of seeing Rama; followed Shatrughna at a little distance.

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gagcann eva atha bharata× t˜pasa ˜laya samsthit˜m |
bhr˜tu× parõa ku÷Ÿm þrŸm˜n u÷ajam ca dadarþa ha || 2-99-4

4. atha= threafter; shriimaan= (While) the illustrious; bharataH= Bharata; gachchhanneva= passed on; dadarsha ha= (he) observed; parNakuTiim= a leafy hut; bhraatuH= of his brother; uTajam cha= and a (small) hut made of leaves nearby; taapasaalaya samsthitaan= situated in that wood of ascestics.

While the illustrious Bharata passed on, he observed in that wood of ascetics, a leafy hut of his brother together with a small hut made of leaves, nearby.

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þ˜l˜y˜× tu agrata× tasy˜ dadarþa bharata× tad˜ |
k˜ÿ÷˜ni ca avabhagn˜ni puÿp˜õy avacit˜ni ca || 2-99-5

5. tadaa= then; bharataH= Bharata; dadarsha= beheld; kaaSThaami= wood; avabhagnaami= that had been broken up; puSpaaNicha= and flowers; apachitaani= gathered; agrataH= in front; tasyaaH= shaalaayaaH= of that hermitage.

Bharata then beheld wood that had been broken up and heaps of flowers gathered in front of that hermitage.

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sa lakÿmaõasya r˜masya dadarþ˜þramamŸyuÿa× |
k®taÕ v®kÿeÿvabhijñ˜naÕ kuþacŸrai× kvacit kvacit || 2-99-6

6. abhi^Naanam= as signs serving as a proper direction to their hermitage; kR^itam= were tied; vR^ikSeSu= to the trees; kusha chiiraiH= tufts of Kusha grass and strips of bark; kvachit kvachit= here and there; raamasya= lakSmaNasya= by Rama and Lakshmana; saH= (which) Bharata; dadarsha= saw; iiyuSaH= while coming; aashramam= to the hermitage.

While coming to the hermitage, Bharata saw some signs here and there serving as a proper direction to that hermitage, tufts of Kusha grass and strips of bark tied to the trees by Rama and Lakshmana.

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sa dadarþa vane tasmin mahata× samcay˜n k®t˜n |
m®g˜õ˜m mahiÿ˜õ˜m ca karŸÿai× þŸta k˜raõ˜t || 2-99-7

7. saH= He; dadarsha= (also) saw; mahataH= great; samchayaan= heaps; kariiSaiH= of deers; mahiSaaNaamcha= and buffaloes; tasmin vane= in that abode; kR^itaan= made ready; shiitakaaraNaat= for protection against cold.

Bharata also saw in the vicinity great heaps of dried dung of deers and buffaloes, kept ready for protection against cold.

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gagcan eva mah˜ b˜hur dyutim˜n bharata× tad˜ |
þatrughnam ca abravŸdd h®ÿ÷a× t˜n am˜ty˜m× ca sarvaþa× || 2-99-8

8. tadaa= then; gachchhanneva= proceeding further; dyutimaan= the valiant; mahaabaahuH= and the mighty armed; bharataH= Bharata; abraviit; spoke; shatrughnam cha= to Shatrughna; hR^iSTaH= in joy; taan= and those; amaatyaamshcha= ministers; sarvashaH= (who surrounded him) on every side.

Then, proceeding further, the valiant and the mighty armed Bharata spoke to Shatrughna in joy, as also those ministers who surrounded him.

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manye pr˜pt˜× sma tam deþam bharadv˜jo yam abravŸt |
na atid¨re hi manye aham nadŸm mand˜kinŸm ita× || 2-99-9

9. manye= I think; praaptaaH sma= we have reached; tam desham= that place; yam= about which; bharadvaajaH= Bharadwaja; abraviit= told (us); aham= I; manye= believe; mandaakiniim nadiim= Mandakini River; naati duure= is not so far; itaH= from here.

"I think we have reached the place about which Bharadwaja directed us. I believe Mandakini River is not far from here."

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uccair baddh˜ni cŸr˜õi lakÿmaõena bhaved ayam |
abhijn˜na k®ta× panth˜ vik˜le gantum igcat˜ || 2-99-10

10. chiiraaNi= these pieces of bark; baddhaami= have been tied up; uchchaiH= from above; ayam= this; bhavet= may be; panthaaH= the path; abhij^Naana kR^itaH= provided as signs; lakSmaNena= by Lakshmana; ichchhataa= desiring; gantum= to find his way back; akaale= in odd hours (of darkness).

"These pieces of bark have been tied up from above. This may be the path provided as signs by Lakshmana in order to find his way back in odd hours of darkness."

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idam ca ud˜tta dant˜n˜m kunjar˜õ˜m tarasvin˜m |
þaila p˜rþve parikr˜ntam anyonyam abhigarjat˜m || 2-99-11

11. shailapaarshve= at the side of the mountain; idam= this; parikraantam= is a roaming place; kuN^jaraaNaam= of elephants; udaatta dantaanaam= having huge teeth; tarasvinaam= violent; abhigarjataam= ferociously roaring at; anyauyam= each other.

"At the side of the mountain, this is a roaming place of elephants, having huge teeth, violent as they are and ferociously roaring at each other."

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yam eva ˜dh˜tum igcanti t˜pas˜× satatam vane |
tasya asau d®þyate dh¨ma× samkula× k®ÿ÷a vartmana× || 2-99-12

12. asau= this; samkulaH= is an intense; dhuumaH= smoke; dR^ishyate= being seen; tasya krishNa vartmanaH= from that fire; yameva= which; taapasaaH= the sages; vane= in the forest; satatam= always; ichchhanti= desire; aadhaatum= to keep.

"See this intense smoke coming from that fire which the sages in the forest always desire to keep in their hermitages."

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atra aham puruÿa vy˜ghram guru satk˜ra k˜riõam |
˜ryam drakÿy˜mi samh®ÿ÷o maharÿim iva r˜ghavam || 2-99-13

13. atra= here; aham= I; drakSyaami= can see; samhR^ishTaH= joyfully; raaghavam= Rama; puruSavyaaghram= the tiger among men; gurusatkaarakaariNam= who gives respect to elders; aaryam= as venerable a man; maharSimiva= as a sage.

"Here, I can see joyfully Rama, the tiger among men, who gives respect to elders and is as venerable as a sage."

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atha gatv˜ muh¨rtam tu citra k¨÷am sa r˜ghava× |
mand˜kinŸm anupr˜pta× tam janam ca idam abravŸt || 2-99-14

14. atha= thereafter; gatvaa= proceeding; muhuurtam= for a while ; chitrakuuTam= on Chitrakuta mountain; anupraaptaH= and reaching mandaakiniim= the River Mandakini; sah raaghavaH= that Bharata; abraviit= spoke; idam= these words; tam janam= to those people (his ministers and others).

Proceeding for a while on Chitrakuta mountain and reaching the River Mandakini, that Bharata said to his ministers and others as follows:

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jagaty˜m puruÿa vy˜ghra ˜ste vŸra ˜sane rata× |
jana indro nirjanam pr˜pya dhin me janma sajŸvitam || 2-99-15

15. puruSa vyaaghraH= the foremost of men; janendraH= and the Lord of the people; praapya= having sought, nirjanam= seclusion; aaste= sat; jagatyaam= on the floor; rataH= delighted; viiraasane= in the posture of a hero (with his left foot placed on his right knee); dhik= O fie; me= unto my; janma= birth; sajiivitam= and life!.

"The foremost of men and the Lord of the people, having sought seclusion, sat on the floor, delighted as he was in the posture of a hero (with his left foot placed on his right knee). O Fie unto my birth and life!"

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mat k®te vyasanam pr˜pto loka n˜tho mah˜ dyuti× |
sarv˜n k˜m˜n parityajya vane vasati r˜ghava× || 2-99-16

16. raaghavaH= Rama; lokanaathaH= the Lord of Men; mahaadyutiH= with great lustre; praaptaH= has been overtaken vyasanam= by this msfortune; matkR^ite= because of me; parityajya= and leaving; sarvaan= all; kaamaan= enjoyments; vasati= is residing; vane= in the forest.

"Rama the Lord of Men with great luster, has been overtaken by this misfortune because of me and leaving all enjoyments, is living in the forest."

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iti loka sam˜kruÿ÷a× p˜deÿu adya pras˜dayan |
r˜masya nipatiÿy˜mi sŸt˜y˜× ca puna× puna× || 2-99-17

17. iti= thus; lokasamaakruSTaH= abhored by the world, (I will); adya= today; nipatiSyaami= fall; paadeSu= on the feet; raamasya= of Rama; siitaayaaH= Seetha; lakSmaNasya cha= and Lakshmana; prasaadayam= and seek to regain (Rama's) grace.

"Thus abhhored by the world, I will fall on the feet of Rama, Seetha and Lakshmana and seek to regain Rama's grace."

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evam sa vilapam× tasmin vane daþaratha ˜tmaja× |
dadarþa mahatŸm puõy˜m parõa þ˜l˜m mano ram˜m || 2-99-18
s˜la t˜la aþva karõ˜n˜m parõair bahubhir ˜v®t˜m |
viþ˜l˜m m®dubhi× tŸrõ˜m kuþair vedim iva adhvare || 2-99-19
þakra ˜yudha nik˜þai× ca k˜rmukair bh˜ra s˜dhanai× |
rukma p®ÿ÷hair mah˜ s˜rai× þobhit˜m þatru b˜dhakai× || 2-99-20
arka raþmi pratŸk˜þair ghorai× t¨õŸ gatai× þarai× |
þobhit˜m dŸpta vadanai× sarpair bhogavatŸm iva || 2-99-21
mah˜ rajata v˜sobhy˜m asibhy˜m ca vir˜jit˜m |
rukma bindu vicitr˜bhy˜m carmabhy˜m ca api þobhit˜m || 2-99-22
godh˜ angulitrair ˜s˜ktai× citrai× k˜ncana bh¨ÿitai× |
ari samghair an˜dh®ÿy˜m m®gai× simha guh˜m iva || 2-99-23

18,19,20,21,22,23. dasharathaatmajaH= (As) Bharata; samvilapam= was lamenting; evam= thus; dadarsha= (he) beheld; tasmin vane= in that forest; parNashaalaam= a leafy hut; mahatiim= splendid; puNyam= sacred; manoramaam= and charming; aavR^itam= which was covered; bahubhiH= with many; mR^idubhiH= soft; parNaiH= leaves; saala taalaashvakarNaanaam= of Sala, Tala and Ashvakarna trees; tiirNaam= and overspread; kushaiH= with blades of Kusa grass; adhvare= in a sacrificial performance; vishaalam vedimiva= appearing like an extensive altar; shobhitaam= and it was adorned; kaarmukaiH= with bows; rukmapR^iSThaiH= plated with gold; shakraayudhanikaashaiH= like unto the weapons of Indra the Lord of celestials; bhaara saadhanaiH= constructed for heroic exploits; mahaa saaraiH= having great power; shatru baadhakaiH= the torments of their foes; shobhitaam= graced; ghoraiH= with fearful; sharaiH= arrows; tuuNiigataiH= in their quivers; arkarashmi pratiikaashaiH= like unto the rays of the sun (bright); sarpaiH= as serpants; diipta vadanaiH= with shining hoods; bhogavatiim iva= in the same way of Bhogavati (the realm of Nagas); viraajitaam= decked; asibhyaam= with a couple of swords; mahaa rajatavaasobhyaam= encased in sheaths of gold; shobhitaam= and adorned; charmabhyaam= with two shields; rukmabindu vichitraabhyaam= decorated with flowers of gold; godhaaN^gulitraiH= finger-guards; kaaNchana bhuuSitaiH= embroidered with gold; chitraiH= in different colours; aasaktaiH= suspened on walls; anaadhR^iSTyaam= which hut was unassailable; arisamghaiH= by hordes of enemies; simhaagnhamiva= as is a lion's cave; mR^igaiH= to deer.

As Bharata was lamenting thus, he beheld in that forest, a splendid and sacred leafy hut, which was covered with many soft leaves of Sala, Tala and Asvakarna trees, overspread with blades of Kusa grass in a sacrificial performance, appearing like an extensive altar and it was adorned with bows plated with gold, like unto the weapons of Indra the Lord of celestials, constructed for heroic exploits, having great power, the torments of their foes, graced with fearful arrows in their quivers, like unto the rays of the sun, bright as serpents with shining hoods, in the same way of Bhagavati (the realm of Nagas), decked with a couple of swords encased in sheaths of gold, adorned with two shields decorated with flowers of gold, finger-guards embroidered with gold and in different colours suspended on walls and which hut was unassailable by hordes of enemies as is a lion's cave to deer.

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pr˜g udak sravaõ˜m vedim viþ˜l˜m dŸpta p˜vak˜m |
dadarþa bharata× tatra puõy˜m r˜ma niveþane || 2-99-24

24. bharataH= Bharata; dadarsha= saw; tatra= there; vedim= a sacrificial altar; praagudakpravaNaam= in the north-east corner, having a steep descent; vishaalaam= extensive; diipta paavakaam= and having a burned fire; puNyaam= and sacred; raamaniveshane= in the hermitage of Rama.

Bharata saw a sacrificial altar in the north-east corner having a steep descent, extensive in area and having a sacred fire burned in the hermitage of Rama.

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nirŸkÿya sa muh¨rtam tu dadarþa bharato gurum |
u÷aje r˜mam ˜sŸn˜m ja÷˜ maõýala dh˜riõam || 2-99-25

25.niriikSya= looking around; muhuurtam= for a moment; saH bharataH= that Bharata; dadarsha= beheld; gurm= his elder brother; raamam= Rama; aasiinam= seated; uTaje= in the hut; jaTaamaN^Dala dhaariNam= wearing matted locks.

Looking around for a moment, Bharata beheld his elder brother, Rama himself seated in the hut, wearing matted locks.

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tam tu k®ÿõa ajina dharam cŸra valkala v˜sasam |
dadarþa r˜mam ˜sŸnam abhita× p˜vaka upamam || 2-99-26
simha skandham mah˜ b˜hum puõýarŸka nibha Ÿkÿaõam |
p®thivy˜× sagara ant˜y˜ bhart˜ram dharma c˜riõam || 2-99-27
upaviÿ÷am mah˜ b˜hum brahm˜õam iva þ˜þvatam |
sthaõýile darbha sasmtŸrõe sŸtay˜ lakÿmaõena ca || 2-99-28

26, 27, 28. dadarsha= (Bharata) saw; tam raamam= that Rama; kR^iSnaajinadharam= clad in an antelope-skin; chiira valkala vaasanam= and robes of bark; aasiinam= seated closely; paavakopamam= resembling a fire (in brilliance); simha skandham= with the neck and shoulders of a lion; mahaa baahum= mighty arms; puN^DariikanibhekSaNam= and eyes resembling the lotus; dharmachaariNam= the very virtuous; bhartaaram= lord; pR^ithivyaaH= of the Earth; saagaraantaayaaH= extending upto the ocean; shaashvatam= the eternal, brahmaaNamiva= Brahma; upaviSTam= and seated; sthaNNile= on the ground; darbhasamstiirNe= spread with Darbha grass; siitayaa lakSmaNena cha= with Seetha and Lakshman.

Bharata saw that Rama clad in an antelope-skin and robes of bark, seated close by, resembling a fire (in brilliance), with the neck and shoulders of a lion, mighty arms and eyes resembling the lotus, the very virtuous Lord of the Earth extending upto the ocean, the Eternal Brahma, and seated on the ground spread with Darbha grass, with Seetha and Lakshmana.

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tam d®ÿ÷v˜ bharata× þrŸm˜n duhkha moha paripluta× |
abhyadh˜vata dharma ˜tm˜ bharata× kaikayŸ suta× || 2-99-29

29. dR^iSTvaa= beholding; tam= him; shriimaan= the illustrious; dharmaatmaa= and the high-souled; bharataH= Bharata; kaikayiisutaH= the son of Kaikeyi; duHkha shoka pariplutaH= distraught by the grief that passessed him; abhyadhaavata= rushed towards Rama.

Beholding him, the illustrious and the high-souled Bharata the son of Kaikeyim distraught by the grief that possessed him, rushed towards Rama.

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ÿ÷v˜ ca vilal˜pa ˜rto b˜ÿpa samdigdhay˜ gir˜ |
aþaknuvan dh˜rayitum dhairy˜d vacanam abravŸt || 2-99-30

30. dR^iSTvaiva= on seeing (his brother); (Bharata) vilalaapa arto= broke into lamentations; giraa= and in a voice; baaSpa samdigdhayaa= strangled with sobs; ashaknuan= unable; dhaarayitum- to restrain his agony; dhairyaat= with firmness; abraviit= spoke; vachanam= (those) words.

On seeing his brother, Bharata broke into lamentations and in a voice strangled with sobs unable to restrain his agony with firmness spoke those words.

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ya× samsadi prak®tibhir bhaved yukta up˜situm |
vanyair m®gair up˜sŸna× so ayam ˜ste mama agraja× || 2-99-31

31.mama agrajaH= my elder brother; yaH= who; bhavet= becomes; yuktaH= eligible; upaasitum= to be honoured; samsadi= in an assembly; prakR^itibhiH= by the body of ministers; ayam= this; saH= he as such; aaste= is; upaasinaH= being served; mR^igaiH= by wild beasts; vanyaiH= in the jungle.

"My elder brother who is fit to be honoured in an assembly by a body of ministers around him, is now being served by a body of wild beasts around him in this jungle."

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v˜sobhir bahu s˜hasrair yo mah˜tm˜ pura ucita× |
m®ga ajine so ayam iha pravaste dharmam ˜caran || 2-99-32

32. saH= that; mahaatmaa= magnanimous hero; ayam= this one; yaH= who; puraa= formerly; aacharan= used; uchitaH= to have fit; bahusaharaiH= and countless; vaasobhiH= articles of apparel; aacharan= and following; dharmam= pravaste= is wearing (now); mR^igaajine= two antelope skins.

"That magnanimous hero, who formerly used to possess countless articles of apparel is now wearing two antelope-skins, following ascetic righteousness.

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adh˜rayad yo vividh˜× citr˜× sumanasa× tad˜ |
so ayam ja÷˜ bh˜ram imam sahate r˜ghava× katham || 2-99-33

33. katham= how; ayam raaghavaH= this Rama; yaH= who; tadaa= then; aadhaarayat= donned; vividhaaH= various kinds; chitraaH= of colourful; sumanasaH= flowers; saH= he; sahate= bears; imam jaTaabhaaram= this burden of matted locks?

"How this Rama, who used to wear various kinds of colourful flowers, is bearing this burden of matted locks now?"

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yasya yajnair yath˜ ˜diÿ÷air yukto dharmasya samcaya× |
þarŸra kleþa sambh¨tam sa dharmam parim˜rgate || 2-99-34

34. yasya= for whom; yuktaH= is appropriate; samchayaH= an affluence; dharmasya= of righteousness; yaj^NaiH= obtained by sacrificial rites; yathaadiSTaiH= performed according to the prescribed injunctions; saH= that Rama; parimaargate= is striving after; dharmam= a righteousness; shariirakleshasambhuutam= obtained from bodily suffering.

"He who acquired merit through countless sacrifices performed according to the prescribed injunctions, now follows the path of righteousness through asceticism!"

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candanena mah˜ arheõa yasya angam upasevitam |
malena tasya angam idam katham ˜ryasya sevyate || 2-99-35

35. yasya tasya= He whose; aN^gam= body; (was formerly); upasevitam= rendered fragrant; chandanena= by sandal paste; mahaarham= the white one; katham= how; idam aNgam= this body; aaryasya= of the venerable elder brother; sevyate= is smeared; malena= with dust?

"He whose body was formerly rendered fragrant by white sandal paste, has only dust with which to smear the limbs of this venerable elder brother!"

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man nimittam idam duhkham pr˜pto r˜ma× sukha ucita× |
dhig jŸvitam n®þamsasya mama loka vigarhitam || 2-99-36

36. raamaH= Rama; sukhochitaH= who used to have comfort; praaptaH= has got; idam duHkham= this unpleasantness; mannimittam= because of me; dhik= cursed be; mama= my; nR^ishamsam= reprechensible; jiivitam= existence; lokavigarhitam= that the whole world condemns!

"Rama who used to have happiness, has fallen into this misfortune, because of me cursed be my reprehensive existence that the whole world condemns!"

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ity evam vilapan dŸna× prasvinna mukha pankaja× |
p˜d˜u apr˜pya r˜masya pap˜ta bharato rudan || 2-99-37

37. ityevam= thus; (did); diinaH= the pitiable; bharataH= Bharata; vilapan= lament; prasvinnamukha paNkajaH= perspiration be-dewing his lotus-like countenance; apraapya= and without touching; raamasya= Rama's; paadau= feet; papaata= fell down; rudam= groaming.

Thus did that pitiable Bharata lament, perspiration be-dewing his lotus-like countenance and, without touching Rama's feet, fell down grooming.

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duhkha abhitapto bharato r˜ja putro mah˜ bala× |
uktv˜ ˜rya iti sak®d dŸnam punar na uv˜ca kimcana || 2-99-38

38. duHkhaabhitaptaH= overcome with grief; mahaabalaH= the highly valiant; raajaputraH= prince; bharataH= Bharata; uktvaa= cried out; aarya iti= O Noble one"; sakR^it= once; diinam= and in his distress; novaacha= was unable to speak; kimchana= a little; punaH= further.

Overcome with grief, the highly valiant prince Bharata cried out "O, Noble One!" once and in his distress, was unable to speak anything further.

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b˜ÿpa apihita kaõ÷ha× ca prekÿya r˜mam yaþasvinam |
˜rya ity eva abhisamkruþya vy˜hartum na aþakat tata× || 2-99-39

39. samkR^ishya= crying at the top of his voice; aaryetyeva= "O Noble One" only; prekSya= on seeing; yashasvinam= the illustrious; raamam= Rama; naashakat= he was unable; vyaahartum= to speak; tadaa= then; atha= further; baaSpaabhihata kaNThashcha= his throat choked with tears.

Crying at the top of his voice, "O, Noble One" only, on seeing the illustrious Rama, he was unable to speak further, his throat choked with tears.

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þatrughna× ca api r˜masya vavande caraõau rudan |
t˜u ubhau sa sam˜lingya r˜mo apy aþr¨õy avartayat || 2-99-40

40. shatrughnashchaapi= Shatrughna too; rudan= weaping; vavande= throw himself; raamasya= at Rama's; charaNau= feet; saH raamashcha= and that Rama too; samaaliN^gya= embracing; tau ubhau= them both; avartayat= could not restrain; ashruuNi= his tears.

Shatrughna too, weeping, threw himself at Rama's feet and Rama too, embracing them both, allowed his tears to fall.

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tata× sumantreõa guhena caiva |
samŸyat¨ r˜ja sut˜u araõye |
div˜ kara× caiva niþ˜ kara× ca |
yath˜ ambare þukra b®haspatibhy˜m || 2-99-41

41. tataH= then; araNye= in that forest; raajasutau= the princes Rama and Lakshmana; samiiyataH= were seen; sumantreNa= by Sumantra; guhena chaiva= and Guha; yathaa= as; ambare= in the sky; divaakarashchaiva= the sun; nishaakarashcha= and the moon (are seen in conjunction); shukra bR^ihaspatibhyaam= with Venus and Jupiter.

Then, in that forest, the princes Rama and Lakshmana were seen by Sumantra and Guha, as in the sky, the sun and the moon are seen in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter.

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t˜n p˜rthiv˜n v˜raõa y¨thapa ˜bh˜n |
sam˜gat˜m× tatra mahaty araõye |
vana okasa× te api samŸkÿya sarve apy |
aþr¨õy amuncan pravih˜ya harÿam || 2-99-42

42. sarve= all; te= those; vanaukasaH= dwellers in the woods; samiikSya= seeing; taan paarthivaan= those princes; vaaraNayuuthapaabhaan= resembling the leaders of elephant-herbs; samaagataan= meeting together; tatra= there; mahati= in that great; araNye= forest; pravihaaya= losing; harSam= their cheerfulness; aasmuNahan= shed; ashruuNi= tears.

All those dwellers in the woods, seeing those princes resembling leaders of elephant-herbs meeting together there in that great forest, losing their cheerfulness, began to shed tears.

 

ity˜rÿe þrŸmadr˜m˜yaõe ˜dik˜vye ayodhy˜k˜õýe ekonaþatatama× sarga×

Thus completes 99th Chapter of Ayodhya Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

 

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