Chapter [Sarga] 24

Introduction

Seetha cites the examples of Sachi, Arundhati, Rohini et.al., on their devotion towards their husbands. Ogre women threaten to kill Seetha and eat her.


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tata× sŸt˜mup˜gamya r˜kÿasyo vik®t˜nan˜× |
paruÿaÕ paruÿ˜ n˜rya ¨cust˜Õ v˜kyamapriyam || 5-24-1

1. tataH= Thereafter; raakshasyaH naaryaH= ogre women; parushhaaH= with a cruel nature; vikR^itaananaH= with crooked faces; upaagamya= neared; taam siitaam= that Seetha; uuchuH= (and) spoke; apriyam= unpleasant; vaakyam= words; parushham= harshly.

Thereafter ogre women with a cruel nature, with crooked faces neared that Seetha and spoke unpleasant words harshly.

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kiÕ tvamanta×pure sŸte sarvabh¨tamanohare |
mah˜rhaþayanopete na v˜samanumanyase || 5-24-2

2. siite= O Seetha; kim= why; tvam= (are) you; naanuamanyase= not agreeing; vaasam= to stay; antaHpure= in the gynaeceum; sarvabhuuta manohare= pleasing to all beings; mahaarhashayanopete= together with the very best beds.

"O Seetha! Why are you not agreeing to stay in the gynaeceum pleasing to all beings together with very best beds."

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m˜nuÿŸ m˜nuÿasyaiva bh˜ry˜tvaÕ bahumanyase |
praty˜hara mano r˜m˜nna tvaÕ j˜tu bhaviÿyasi || 5-24-3

3. maanyshhii= you who are a human; bahumanyase= are thinking highly; bhaaryaatvam= (about) the wifehood; maanushhasyaiva= of a human being; pratyahaara= withdraw; manaH= mind; raamaat= from Rama; tvam= (otherwise) you; na bhavishhyasi= will not exist; jaatu= at all;

"You who are a human are thinking highly about the wifehood of a human being. Withdraw your mind from Rama. Otherwise you will not exist at all."

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trailokyavasubhokt˜raÕ r˜vaõaÕ r˜kÿaseþvaram |
bhart˜ramupasaðgamya viharasva yath˜sukham || 5-24-4

4. viharasva= sport; yathaasukham= according to (your) comfort; saMgamya= coming together; raakshaseshvaram= (with) the king of ogres; raavaNam= Ravana; trailokyavasubhoktaaram= enjoying luxuries of the three worlds; bhartaaram= (and taking him) as husband.

"Sport according to your comfort coming together with the king of ogres Ravana enjoying luxuries of the three worlds and taking him as husband.

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m˜nuÿŸ m˜nuÿaÕ taÕ tu r˜mamicchasi þobhane |
r˜jy˜dbhr˜ÿ÷amasiddh˜rthaÕ viklabaÕ tvamanindite || 5-24-5

5. shobhane= O beautiful one!; anindite= O irreproachable one!; maanushhii tu= but being a human; tvam= you; iccchhasi= are desiring; tam raamam= that Rama; maanushham= who is a human; bhrashhTam= banished; raajyaat= from kingdom; asiddhaartham= unsuccessful; viklabam= (and) gloomy.

"O beautiful one! O irrreproachable one! But being a human you are desiring that Rama who is a human, banished from kingdom, unsuccessful and gloomy."

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r˜kÿasŸn˜Õ vaca× þrutv˜ sŸt˜ padmanibhekÿaõ˜ |
netr˜bhy˜maþrup¨rõ˜bhy˜midaÕ vacanamabravŸt || 5-24-6

6. siitaa= Seetha; padma nibhekshaNaa= with eyes like lotuses; shrutvaa= hearing; vachaH= words; raakshasiinaam= of ogre women; abraviit= spoke; idam vachanam= these words; netraabhyaam= with eyes; ashrupuurNaabhyaam= filled with tears.

Seetha with eyes like lotuses hearing the words of ogre women spoke these words with eyes filled with tears.

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yadidam lokavidviÿ÷amud˜haratha saðgat˜× |
naitanmanasi v˜kyaÕ me kilbiÿaÕ pratibh˜ti va× || 5-24-7

7. saMgataa= (all of you) coming together; yat vaakyam= whatever words; lokavidviSTam= which are hated in the world; udaaharatha= you spoke; me= in my matter; etat= this; na pratibhaati= does it not seem; kilbishham= sinful; vaH= in your; manasi= mind;

"All of you coming together whatever words which are hated in the world you spoke in my matter, this does it not seem sinful in your mind?"

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na m˜nuÿŸ r˜kÿasasya bh˜ry˜ bhavitumarhati |
k˜maÕ kh˜data m˜Õ sarv˜ na kariÿy˜mi vo vaca× || 5-24-8

8. maanushhii= Human woman; na arhati= is not suited; bhavitum= to become; bhaaryaa= wife; raakshasasya= of an ogre; sarvaaH= all of you; kaamam= freely; khaadata= eat; maam= me; na karishhyaami= I will not honour; vaH vachanaH= your words.

"Human woman is not waited to become wife of an ogre. All of you freely eat me. I will not honour your words."

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dŸno v˜ r˜jyahŸno v˜ yo me bhart˜ sa me guru× |
taÕ nityamanurakt˜smi yath˜ s¨ryaÕ suvarcal˜ || 5-24-9

9. diinaH vaa= (although) wretched; raajya hiinaH vaa= or without kingdom; yaH= whoever; me bhartaa= is my husband; saH= He (alone); me= is my; guruH= master; suvarchalaa yathaa= like Suvarchala; suuryam= with the Sun God; anuraktaa asmi tam= I am fond of Him; nityam= always;

"Although wretched or without kingdom, whoever is my husband, He alone is my master. Like Suvarchala with the Sun God, I am fond of Him always."

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yath˜ þacŸ mah˜bh˜g˜ þakraÕ samupatiÿ÷hati |
arundhatŸ vasiÿ÷haÕ ca rohiõŸ þaþinaÕ yath˜ || 5-24-10
lop˜mudr˜ yath˜gastyaÕ sukany˜cyavanaÕ yath˜ |
s˜vitrŸ satyavantaÕ ca kapilaÕ þrŸmatŸ yath˜ || 5-24-11
saud˜saÕ madayantŸva keþinŸ sagaraÕ yath˜ |
naiÿadhaÕ damayantŸva bhaimŸ patimanuvrat˜ || 5-24-12
tath˜hamikÿv˜kuvaraÕ r˜maÕ patimanuvrat˜ |

10, 11, 12. yathaa= like; mahaabhaagaa= the highly fortunate; shachii= Sachi; samupatishhThati= (who) waits; shukram= upon Indra; arundhatii vasishhTham cha= like Arundhati on Vasishta; yathaa= like; rohiNi sashinam= Rohini on the Moon God; yathaa= like; lopamudraa agastyam= Lopamudra on Agastya; sukanyaa chyavanam yathaa= like Sukanya on Chyavana; saavitrii satyavantam= (like) Savitri on Satyavanta; shriimatii kapilam yathaa= like Srimati on Kapila; saudaasam madayantiiva= like Madayanti on Saudasa; keshinii sagaram yathaa= like Kesini on Sagara; damayantiiva= like Damayanti; bhaimii= daughter of Bhima; anuvrataa= devoted; patim naishhadham= to husband Nala; tathaa= in the same way; aham anuvrataa= I am devoted; patim raamam= to my husband Rama; ikshvaakuvaram= best in Ikshvaku dynasty.

"Like the highly fortunate Sachi who waits upon Indra, like Arundhati on Vasishta, like Rohini on the Moon God, like Lopamudra on Agastya, like Sukanya on Chyavana, like Savitri on Satyavanta, like Srimati on Kapila, like Madayanti on Saudasa, like Kesini on Sagara, like Damayanti the daughter of Bhima, devoted to husband Nala, in the same way I am devoted to my husband Rama, the best in Ikshvaku dynasty."

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sŸt˜y˜ vacanaÕ þrutv˜ r˜kÿasya× krodham¨rcit˜× || 5-24-13
bhartsayanti sma paruÿairv˜kyai r˜vaõacodit˜× |

13. raakshasyaH= ogre women; raavaNa choditaaH= incited by Ravana; shrutvaa= listening; vachanam= to the words; siitaayaaH= of Seetha; krodhamuurchitaaH= swooned with anger; bhartsayanti= frightened (Her); parushhaiH vaakyaiH= with harsh words.

Ogre women incited by Ravana listening to the words of Seetha, swooned with anger and frightened Her with harsh words.

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avalŸna× sa nirv˜kyo hanum˜n þiÕþup˜drume || 5-24-14
sŸt˜Õ santarjayantŸst˜ r˜ksasŸraþ®õot kapi× |

14. saH hanumaan= that Hanuma; kapiH= a monkey; nirvaakyaH= not talking; avaliinaH= (and) hiding; shiMshupaa drume = in the Simsupa tree; ashR^iNot= listened; taaH raakshasiiH= to those ogre women; saMtarjayantiiH= frightening; siitaam= Seetha.

That monkey Hanuma not talking and hiding in the Simsupa tree listened to those ogre women frightening Seetha.

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t˜mabhikramya saðkrudd˜ vepam˜n˜Õ samantata× || 5-24-15
bh®þaÕ saÕlilihurdŸpt˜n pralabman daþanacchad˜n |

15. abhikramya= nearing; taam= that Seetha; vepamaanaam= shaking (with fear); samantataH= in all directions; saMkR^iddhaH= (those ogres) being angry; saMlilihuH= licked; bhR^isham= a lot; diiptaan= shining; pralambaan dashanachchhadaan= hanging lips.

Nearing that Seetha shaking with fear in all directions, those ogres being angry licked a lot shining and hanging lips.

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¨cuþca paramakruddh˜× prag®hy˜þu paraþvadh˜n || 5-24-16
neyamarhati bhart˜raÕ r˜vaõaÕ r˜kÿas˜dhipam |

16. paramkruddhaaH= being angry a lot; pragR^ihya= grasping; aashu= quickly; parashvadhaan= axes; uuchushcha= and spoke; iyam= this woman; naarhati= is not suited; raakshasaadhipam= (to have) the king of ogres; raavaNAm= Ravana; bhartaaram= as husband.

Being angry a lot and grasping axes quickly spoke as follows: "This woman is not suited to have the king of ogres Ravana as husband."

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s˜ bhartasyam˜n˜ bhŸm˜bhŸ r˜kÿasŸbhirvar˜nan˜ || 5-24-17
sab˜ÿpamapasarpantŸ þiÕþup˜Õ t˜mup˜gamat |

17.bhatsyamaanaa= being frightened; raakshasiibhiH= by ogre women; bhiimaabhiH= who were horrible; saa varaananaa= that Seetha with best face; sabaashhpam= with tears in eyes; apasarpantii= moving from there; uppagamat= reached; taam shiMshupaam= that Simsupa tree.

Being frightened by ogre women who were horrible that Seetha with best face with tears in eyes and moving from there reached that Simsupa tree.

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tatast˜Õ þiÕþup˜Õ sŸt˜ r˜kÿasŸbhi× sam˜v®t˜ || 5-24-18
abhigamya viþ˜l˜kÿŸ tasthau þokapariplut˜ |

18. tataH= Thereafter; vishaalaakshii= the wide eyed; siitaa= Seetha; abhigamya= nearing; taam siMsupaam= that Simsupa tree; samaavR^itaa= being surrounded; raakshasiibhiH= by ogre women; tasthau= was situated (there); shokapariplutaa= with gloom.

Thereafter the wide eyed Seetha nearing that Simsupa tree being surrounded by ogre women was situated there with gloom.

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t˜Õ k®þ˜Õ dŸnavadan˜Õ malin˜mbaradh˜riõŸm || 5-24-19
bhartsay˜ñcakrire sŸt˜Õ r˜kÿasyast˜m samantata× |

19. taaH= those; raakshasyaH= ogres; bhartsayaaMchakrire= frightened; samantataH= from all directions; taam siitaam= that Seetha; kR^ishaam= (who was) emaciated; diinavadanaam= with a pitiful face; malinaambaradhaariNiim= wearing dirty garments;

Those ogres frightened from all directions that Seetha who was emaciated with a pitiful face and wearing dirty garments.

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tatast˜Õ vinat˜ n˜ma r˜kÿasŸ bhŸmadarþan˜ || 5-24-20
abravŸtkupit˜k˜r˜ kar˜¹˜ nirõatodarŸ |

20. tataH= Thereafter; raakshasii= an ogre woman; vinataa naama= named Vinata; bhiimadarshnaa= with a horrible appearance; kupitaakaaraa= with an angry form; karaaLaa= crooked; nirNatodarii= having a prominent belly; taam abraviit= spoke to Her.

Thereafter an ogre woman named Vinata with a horrible appearance with an angry form, crooked, having a prominent belly spoke to Her.

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sŸte pary˜ptamet˜vadbhartu× sneho nidarþita× || 5-24-21
sarv˜tr˜tik®taÕ bhadre vyasan˜yopakalpate |

21. siite= O Seetha!; snehaH= love; bhartuH= of husband; nidarshitaH= has been shown (by you); etaavat= this much; paryaaptam= is enough; bhadre= O auspicious one!; sarvatra= at all times; atikR^itam= doing (something) excessively; upakalpate= serves as; vyasanaaya= vice ;

"O Seetha! You have showed love of husband. This much is enough. O auspicious one! At all times doing something excessively serves as vice."

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parituÿ÷˜smi bhadraÕ te m˜nuÿaste k®to vidhi× || 5-24-22
mam˜pi tu vaca× pathyaÕ bruvanty˜× kuru maithili |

22. maithili= O Seetha! paritushhTaa asmi= I am happy; maanushhaH vidhiH= human duty; kR^itaH= has been done; te= by you; bhadram= (let there be) fortune; te= to you; kuru= do (according to); mama= my; pathyam= wholesome; vachaH api= words also;bruvantyaaH= (which are) being told;

"O Seetha! I am happy. Human duty has been done by you. Let there be fortune to you. Do also according to my wholesome words being told."

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r˜vaõaÕ bhja bhart˜raÕ bhart˜raÕ sarvarakÿas˜m || 5-24-23
vikr˜ntaÕ r¨pavantaÕ ca sureþamiva v˜savam |
dakÿiõaÕ ty˜gaþŸlaÕ ca sarvasya priyadarþanam || 5-24-24

23, 24. bhaja= obtain; bhartaaram= as husband; raavaNam= Ravana; bhartaaram= (who is) the lord; sarva rakshasaam= to all ogres; vikraantam= bold; ruupavantam cha=and handsome; vaasavamiva= like Indra; sureshham= the lord of Devas; dakshiNam= able one; tyaagashiilaM cha= and liberal; priyadarshanam= with a pleasing appearance; sarvasya= to all;

"Obtain as husband Ravana who is the lord of al l ogres, bold and handsome, like Indra the lord of Devas, able one and liberal with a pleasing appearance to all."

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m˜nuÿaÕ k®paõaÕ r˜maÕ tyaktv˜ r˜vaõam˜þraya |
divy˜ðgar˜g˜ vaidehi divy˜bharaõabh¨ÿit˜ || 5-24-25
adyaprabh®ti sarveÿ˜Õ lokan˜mŸþvarŸ bhava |

25. tyaktvaa= leaving; raamam= Rama; maanushham= a human; kR^ipaNam= miserable; aashraya= seek refuge; raavaNam= (in) Ravana; vaidehi= O Seetha!; divyaN^garaagaa= with best unguents to the body; divyaabharaNa bhuushhitaa= decorated with best ornaments; bhava= become; iishvarii= mistress; sarveshhaam lokaanaam= of all the worlds; adyaprabhR^iti = from today.

"Leaving Rama who is a human and miserable, seek refuge in Ravana. O Seetha! With best unguents to the body and decorated with best ornaments, become mistress of all the worlds from today."

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agne× sv˜h˜ yath˜ devŸ þicŸ vendrasya þobhane || 5-24-26
kiÕ te r˜meõa vaidehi k®paõena gat˜yiÿ˜ |

26. shobhane= O auspicious one!; svahaa yathaa= like Svaha; devii= wife; agneH= of the Fire God; shachiiva= like Sachi; indrasya= (wife) of Indra (become mistress of all worlds; vaidehi= O Seetha!; kim= what (is the use); raameNa= with Rama; kR^paNena= who is miserable; gataayushhaa= and with gone vigour;

"O auspicious one! Like Svaha the wife of the Fire God, like Sachi the wife of Indra become mistress of all worlds. O Seetha! What is the use with Rama who is miserable and with gone vigour."

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etaduktaÕ ca me v˜kyaÕ yadi tvaÕ na kariÿyapi || 5-24-27
asminmuh¨rte sarv˜stv˜Õ bhakÿayiÿy˜mahe vayam |

27. tvam na karishhyasi= if you do not do; me etat uktam vaakyam= my this spoken word; vayam sarvaaH= all of us; asmin= in this; muhuurte= moment; bhakshayishhyaamahe= will eat; tvaam= you.

If you do not do my this spoken word, all of us in this moment will eat you.

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any˜ tu vika÷˜ n˜ma labam˜napayodhar˜ || 5-24-28
abravŸtkupit˜ sŸt˜Õ muÿ÷imudyamya garjatŸ |

28. anyya tu= another (ogre); vikaTaa naama= named Vikata; lambamaanapayodharaa= with hanging breasts; udyamaya= rasing; mushhTim= fist; garjatii= roaring; kupitaa= with anger; abraviit= spoke; siitaam= to Seetha.

Another ogre named Vikata with hanging breasts raising fist and roaring with anger spoke to Seetha.

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bah¨nypriyar¨p˜õi vacan˜ni sudurmate || 5-24-29
anukroþ˜nma®dutv˜cca soýh˜ni tava maithili |

29. sudurmate maithilii= O Seetha with evil mind!; tava bahuuni vachanaani= your many words; apriyaruupaaNi= very unpleasant ones; sodhaani= have been tolerated; anukroshaat= due to pity; mR^idutvaachcha= and due to softness.

"O Seetha with an evil mind! Your many words which are unpleasant have been tolerated due to pity and due to softness."

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na ca na× kuruÿe v˜kyaÕ hitaÕ k˜lapurusk®tam || 5-24-30
anŸt˜si samudrasya p˜ramanyairdur˜sadam |
r˜vaõ˜nta×puraÕ ghoraÕ praviÿ÷˜ c˜si maithili || 5-24-31

30, 31. maithili= O Seetha!; na kurushhe cha= you are not doing; naH= our; vaakyam= word; kaalapuraskR^itam= (which is) respected by time; hitam= (and) wholesome; aaniitaa asi= you have been brought; samudrasya paaram= (to this) bank of the ocean; duraasadam= not obtainable; anyaiH= by others; pravishhTaa asi= you have entered; ghoram= terrible; raavaNaanantaHpuram= gynaeceum of Ravana.

"O Seetha! You are not doing according to our word which is respected by time and wholesome. You have been brought to this bank of the ocean not obtainable by others. You have entered the terrible gynaeceum of Ravana."

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r˜vaõasya g®he ruddh˜masm˜bhistu surakÿit˜m |
na tv˜Õ þakta× paritr˜tumapi s˜kÿ˜tpurandara× || 5-24-32

32. ruddhaam= withheld; raavaNasya gR^ihe= in the house of Ravana; surakshitaam= well protected; asmaabhiH= by us; purandaraH api= even Devendra; saakshaat= himself; na shaktaH= is not capable; paritraatum= to protect; tvaam= you.

"Withheld in the house of Ravana well protected by us, even Devendra himself is not capable to protect you."

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kuruÿva hitav˜diny˜ vacanaÕ mama maithili |
alamaþruprap˜tena tyaja þokamanrthakam || 5-24-33

33. maithili= O Seetha!; kurushhva= do; mama vachanam= (according to) my word; hitavaadinyaaH= (which is) beneficial; ashruprapaatena= discharge of tears;alam= is enough; tyaja= leave; anarthakam= worthless; shokam= gloom.

"O Seetha! Do according to my word, which is beneficial. Discharge of tears is enough. Leave worthless gloom."

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bhaja prŸtiÕ ca harÿaÕ ca tyajait˜Õ nityadainyat˜m |
sŸte r˜kÿasar˜jena saha krŸýa yath˜sukham || 5-24-34

34. siite = O Seetha!;bhaja = have; priitim cha = love; harshham cha = and happiness; tyaja = leave; etaam = this; nityadainyataam = daily gloom; kriiDa = sport; yathaa sukham = according to comfort; raakshasaraajena saha = with the king of ogres.

"O Seetha! Have love and happiness. Leave this daily gloom. Sport according to comfort with the king of ogres."

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j˜n˜si hi yath˜ bhŸru strŸõ˜Õ yauvanamadhruvam |
y˜vanna te vyatikr˜mett˜vatsukhamav˜pnuhi || 5-24-35

35. bhiiru = O timid one!; jaanaasi hi = you know; yathaa = how; yauvanam = youth; striiNaam = of women; adhruvam = is not lasting; yaavat = as long as; te = your (youth);na vyatikraamet = will not pass away; taavat = so long; avaapnuhi = get; sukham = comfort.

"O timid one! You know how youth of women is not lasting. As long as your youth will not pass away, so long get comfort."

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udy˜n˜ni ca ramy˜õi parvatopavan˜ni ca |
saha r˜kÿasar˜jena cara tvaÕ madirekÿaõe || 5-24-36

36. madirekshaNe = O one with intoxicating eyes!; tvam = you; raakshasa raajena = along with king of ogres; chara = roam; ramyaaNi udyaanaani = beautiful groves; parvatopavanaani = mountains and nearby forests.

"O one with intoxicating eyes! You along with king of ogres roam beautiful groves, mountains and nearby forests.

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strŸsahasr˜õi te sapta vaþe sth˜syanti sundari |
r˜vaõaÕ bhaja bhart˜raÕ bhrt˜raÕ sarvarakÿas˜m || 5-24-37

37. sundari = O beautiful one!; sapta = seven; strii sahasraaNi = thousand women; sthaasyanti = will be; te vashe = in your control; bhaja = have; bhartaaram = as husband; raavaNam = Ravana; bhartaaram = lord; sarvarakshsaam = of all ogres;

"O beautiful one! seven thousand women will be in your control. Have as husband Ravana the lord of all ogres."

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utp˜÷ya v˜ te h®dayaÕ bhakÿayiÿy˜mi maithili |
yadi me vy˜h®taÕ v˜kyaÕ na yath˜vatkariÿyasi || 5-24-38

38. maithili = O Seetha!; na karishhyasi yadi = if you do not do; me vyaahR^itam vaakyam = (according to) my spoken word; yathhvat = as is; bhakshayishhyaami = I will eat; te hR^idayam = your heart; utpaaTya vaa = (indeed by) plucking it out.

"O Seetha! If you do not do according to my spoken word as is, I will eat your heart indeed by plucking it out."

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tataþcaõýodarŸ n˜ma r˜kÿasŸ krodham¨rchit˜ |
bhr˜mayantŸ mahacc¨lamidaÕ vacanambravŸt || 5-24-39

39. tataH = thereafter; raakshasii = an ogre woman; chaNDodarii naama = named Chandodari; krodhamuurchhitaa = swooning with anger; bhraamayantii = turning around; mahat =a big; shuulam = spike; abraviit = spoke; idam = this; vachanam = word.

Thereafter an ogre woman named Chandodari swooning with anger, turning around a big spike spoke this word.

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im˜Õ hariõalol˜kÿŸÕ tr˜sotkampipayodhar˜Õ |
r˜vaõena h®t˜Õ d®ÿ÷v˜ dauh®do me mah˜nabh¨t || 5-24-40

40. dR^ishhTvaa = seeing; imaam = this woman; hariNalolaakshiim = with eyes like that of a deer; traasotkampipayodharaam = with moving breasts due to fear; hR^itaam = abducted; raavaNena = by Ravana; abhuut = (there) occurred; me = to me; mahaan = a great; dauhR^idaH = desire.

"Seeing this woman with eyes like that of a deer, with moving breasts due to fear, abducted by Ravana, there occured to me a great desire."

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yak®tlpŸhamathotpŸýaÕ h®dayaÕ ca sabandhanam |
antr˜õyapi tath˜ þŸrÿaÕ kh˜deyamiti me mati× || 5-24-41

41. me matiH = it is my mind ;khadeyam iti = to eat; yakR^it = the liver; pliiham = the spleen; utpiiDam = flesh above heart; hR^idayaM cha = and heart; sabandhanam = together with muscle; antraaNyapi cha = and entrails; tathaa =and; shiirshham = the head.

"It is my mind to eat the liver, the spleen, flesh above heart and heart together with muscle and entrails and the head."

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tatastu praghas˜ n˜ma r˜kÿasŸ v˜kyamabravŸt |
kaõ÷hamasy˜ n®þaÕs˜y˜× pŸýay˜ma kim˜syate || 5-24-42

42. raakshasii = ogre woman; praghasaa naama = named Pragasa; abraviit = spoke; vaakyam = (these) words; pIDayaama = squeeze; kaNTham = the neck; asyaaH = of this; nR^ishaMsaayaaH = cruel woman; kim = why; aasyate = do we delay?

An ogre woman named Pragasa spoke these words : "Squeeze the neck of this cruel woman. Why do we delay?"

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nivedyat˜Õ tato r˜jñe m˜nuÿŸ s˜ m®teti ha |
n˜tra kaþcana sandeha× kh˜dateti sa vakÿyati || 5-24-43

43. tataH = thereafter; nivedyataam = let it be known; raajJNe = to the king (that) ;saa = that; maanushhii = human woman; mR^iteti = has died; saH = he; vakshyati = will say; iti = thus;khaadata = eat; na sandehaH = there is no doubt; atra = in this matter.

"Thereafter let it be known to the king that that human woman has died. He will say thus : "Eat.". There is no doubt in this matter."

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tatastvaj˜mukhŸ n˜ma r˜kÿasŸ v˜kyamabravŸt |
viþasyem˜Õ tata× sarv˜× sam˜n kuruta pŸluk˜n || 5-24-44

44. tataH = thereafter; raakshasii = an ogre woman; ajaamukhii naama = named Ajamukhi; abraviit = spoke; vaakyam = (these) words; sarvaaH = all of you; vishasya = killing; imaam = this woman; tataH = thereafter; kuruta = do; samaan = equal; piilukaan = pieces.

Thereafter an ogre woman named Ajamukhi spoke these words : "All of you killing this woman thereafter do equal pieces."

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vibhaj˜ma tata× sarv˜ viv˜do me na rocate |
peyam˜nŸyat˜Õ kÿipraÕ lehyamucc˜vacaÕ bahu || 5-24-45

tataH = thereafter; sarvaaH = all of us; vibhajaama = will divide; vivaadaH = quarrel; na rochate = is not desirable; me = to me; peyam = liquor; uchchaavacham = many kinds; bahu = a lot of; lehyam = lickables; aniiyataam = be brought; kshipram = quickly.

"Thereafter all of us will divide. Quarrel is not desirable to me. Liquor, many kinds and a lot of lickables be brought quickly."

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tata× þ¨rpaõakh˜ n˜ma r˜kÿasŸ v˜kyamabravŸt |
aj˜mukhy˜ yaduktaÕ hi tadeva mama rocate || 5-24-46

46. tataH = thereafter; raakshasii = an ogre woman; shuurpaNakhaa naama = named Surpanakha; abraviit = spoke; vaakyam = (these) words; yat = that; uktaam = (which was) spoken; ajaamukhyaa = by Ajamukhi; tadeva = that; rochate = is desirable; mama = to me.

Thereafter an ogre woman named Surpanakha spoke these words: "That which was spoken by Ajamukhi, is desirable to me."

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sur˜ c˜nŸyat˜Õ kÿipraÕ sarvaþokavin˜þinŸ |
m˜nuÿaÕ m˜Õ sam˜sv˜dya n®ty˜motha nikumbhil˜m || 5-24-47

47. suraa cha = liquor; sarvashokavinaashinii = (which is the) destroyer of all sorrow; aniiyataam = be brought; kshipram = quickly;aasvaadya = eating; maanushham maaMsam = human flesh; atha = afterwards; nR^ityaamaH = we will dance; nikumbhilaam = for (propitiating) Nikumbhila;

"Liquor which is the destroyer of all sorrow be brought quickly. Eating human flesh afterwards, we will dance for propitiating Nikumbila."

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evaÕ sambhartsyam˜n˜ s˜ sŸt˜ surasutopam˜ |
r˜kÿasŸbhi× sughor˜bhirdhairyamuts®jya roditi || 5-24-48

48. evam = thus; saMbhartsyamaanaa = being frightened; sughoraabhiH = by horrible; raakshasiibhiH = ogres; saa siitaa = that Seetha; surasutopamaa = equalling a daughter of gods; utsR^ijya = abandoning; dhairyam = fortitude; rodati = is crying.

Thus being frightened by horrible ogres, that Seetha equalling a daughter of gods, abandoning fortitude, was crying.

 

ity˜rÿe þrŸmadr˜m˜yaõe ˜dik˜vye sundarak˜õýe caturviÕþa× sarga×

Thus completes 24th Chapter of Sundara Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.


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