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.
atha raatryaam vyatiitaayaam avasuptam anantaram |
prabodhayaam aasa shanaiH lakShmaNam raghu nandanaH || 2-56-1
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.
saumitre shR^iNu vanyaanaam valgu vyaaharataam svanam |
sampratiShThaamahe kaalaH prasthaanasya param tapa || 2-56-2
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."
sa suptaH samaye bhraatraa lakShmaNaH pratibodhitaH |
jahau nidraam ca tandriim ca prasaktam ca pathi shramam || 2-56-3
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.
tatautthaaya te sarve spR^iShTvaa nadyaaH shivam jalam |
panthaanam R^iShiNaa uddiShTam citra kuuTasya tam yayuH || 2-56-4
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.
tataH samprasthitaH kaale raamaH saumitriNaa saha |
siitaam kamala patra akShiim idam vacanam abraviit || 2-56-5
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.
aadiiptaan iva vaidehi sarvataH puShpitaan nagaan |
svaiH puShpaiH ki.nshukaan pashya maalinaH shishira atyaye || 2-56-6
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."
pashya bhallaatakaan phullaan naraiH anupasevitaan |
phala patraiH avanataan nuunam shakShyaami jiivitum || 2-56-7
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."
pashya droNa pramaaNaani lambamaanaani lakShmaNa |
madhuuni madhu kaariibhiH sambhR^itaani nage nage || 2-56-8
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.
eSha kroshati natyuuhaH tam shikhii pratikuujati |
ramaNiiye vana uddeshe puShpa sa.nstara samkaTe || 2-56-9
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."
maatamga yuutha anusR^itam pakShi samgha anunaaditam |
citra kuuTam imam pashya pravR^iddha shikharam girim || 2-56-10
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."
samabhuumitale ramye drumairbahubhiraavR^ite |
puNye ra.nsyaamahe taata citrakuuTasya kaanane || 2-56-11
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."
tataH tau paada caareNa gacchantau saha siitayaa |
ramyam aasedatuH shailam citra kuuTam mano ramam || 2-56-12
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.
tam tu parvatam aasaadya naanaa pakShi gaNa aayutam |
bahumuulaphalam ramyam sampannam sarasodakam || 2-56-13
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:
manojJno.ayam giriH saumya naanaadrumalataayutah |
bahumuulaphalo ramyaH svaajiivaH pratibhaati me || 2-56-14
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."
munayashcha mahaatmaano vasantyasmishilochchaye |
ayam vaaso bhavet taavad atra saumya ramemahi || 2-56-15
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."
iti siitaa ca raamashcha lakshmaNashcha kR^itaaJNjaliH |
abhigamyaashramam sarve vaalmiiki mabhivaadayan || 2-56-16
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.
taanmaharShiH pramuditaH puujayaamaasa dharmavit |
aasyataamiti covaaca svaagatam tu nivedya ca || 2-56-17
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.
tato.abraviinmahaabaahurlakhmaNam lakshmaNaagrajaH |
samnivedya yathaanyaaya maatmaanamR^iShye prabhuH || 2-56-18
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:
lakShmaNa aanaya daaruuNi dR^iDhaani ca varaaNi ca |
kuruShva aavasatham saumya vaase me abhiratam manaH || 2-56-19
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."
tasya tat vacanam shrutvaa saumitrir vividhaan drumaan |
aajahaara tataH cakre parNa shaalaam arim dama || 2-56-20
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.
taam niShThataam baddhakaTaam dR^iShTvaa raamaH sudarshanaam |
shushruuShamaaNam eka agram idam vacanam abraviit || 2-56-21
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:
aiNeyam maa.nsam aahR^itya shaalaam yakShyaamahe vayam |
kartvyam vaastushamanam saumitre cirajiivabhiH || 2-56-22
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."
mR^igam hatvaa.a.anaya kshipram lakshmaNeha shubhekshaNa
kartavyaH shaastradR^iShTo hi vidhirdarmamanusmara || 2-56-23
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."
bhraaturvachana maajJNaaya lakshmaNaH paraviirahaa |
cakaara sa yathoktam ca tam raamaH punarabraviit || 2-56-24
24. saH lakshmaNaH = that Lakshmana; paraviirahaa = the slayer of enemies; aaJNaaya = understanding; bhraatruH = his brother's; 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 brother's words, acted as instructed. Rama spoke again to Lakshmana as follows.
iNeyam shrapayasvaitachcchaalaam yakshyamahe vayam |
tvarasaumya muhuurto.ayam dhruvashcha divaso.apyayam || 2-56-25
25. saumya = Oh; great brother!; shrapayasva = boil; etat = this; aiNeyam = antelope's 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 antelope's meat. We shall worship the leaf-hut. This day and this instant also are of a distinctive character. Be quick."
sa lakShmaNaH kR^iShNa mR^igam hatvaa medhyam pataapavaan |
atha cikShepa saumitriH samiddhe jaata vedasi || 2-56-26
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.
tam tu pakvam samaaGYaaya niShTaptam chinna shoNitam |
lakShmaNaH puruSha vyaaghram atha raaghavam abraviit || 2-56-27
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:
ayam kR^iShNaH samaapta angaH shR^itaH kR^iShNa mR^igo yathaa |
devataa deva samkaasha yajasva kushalo hi asi || 2-56-28
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."
raamaH snaatvaa tu niyataH guNavaan japya kovidaH |
samgraheNaakarotsarvaan mantran satraavasaanikaan || 2-56-29
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.
iShTvaa devagaNaan sarvaan viveshaavasatham shuciH |
babhuuva ca manohlaado raamasyaamitatejasaH || 2-56-30
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.
vaishvadevabalim kR^itvaa raudram vaiShNavameva ca |
vaastusa.nshamaniiyaani maN^gaLaani pravartayan || 2-56-31
japam ca nyaayataH kR^itvaa snaatvaa nadyaam yathaavidhi |
paapa sa.nshamanam raamaH cakaara balim uttamam || 2-56-32
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.
vedisthalavidhaanaani caityaanyaayatanaani ca |
aashramasyaanuruupaaNi sthaapayaamaasa raaghavaH || 2-56-33
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)
vanyairmaalyaiH phalairmuulaiH pakvairmaa.nsairyathaavidhi |
adbharjapaishcha vedoktai rdharbhaishca sasamitkushaiH || 2-56-34
tau tarpayitvaa bhuutaani raaghavau saha siitayaa |
tadaa vivishatuH shaalaam sushubhaam shubhalakshaNau || 2-56-35
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.
taam vR^ikSha parNac chadanaam manoGYaam |
yathaa pradesham sukR^itaam nivaataam |
vaasaaya sarve vivishuH sametaaH |
sabhaam yathaa deva gaNaaH sudharmaam || 2-56-36
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.
aneka naanaa mR^iga pakShi samkule |
vicitra puShpa stabalaiH drumaiH yute |
vana uttame vyaala mR^iga anunaadite |
tathaa vijahruH susukham jita indriyaaH || 2-56-37
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.
suramyam aasaadya tu citra kuuTam |
nadiim ca taam maalyavatiim sutiirthaam |
nananda hR^iShTaH mR^iga pakShi juShTaam |
jahau ca duhkham pura vipravaasaat || 2-56-38
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.
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