Angada, Hanuma and other monkeys approach Rama, Lakshmana and Sugreeva at Mount Prasravana. When monkeys start narrating the news of Seetha, Rama asks further details of Seetha. Then, the monkeys request Hanuma to explain the occurrences to Rama in detail. Then, Hanuma appraises Rama of Seetha's presence at the foot of a Simsupa tree in the midst of female-demons. After narrating the incidents related by her and delivering to Rama the jewel for the head, earlier handed-over by Seetha as a token, Hanuma conveys her message to Rama.
tataḥ prasravaṇam śailam te gatvā citra kānanam |
praṇamya śirasā rāmam lakṣmaṇam ca mahābalam || 5-65-1
yuva rājam puraḥ kṛtya sugrīvam abhivādya ca |
pravṛttam atha sītāyāḥ pravaktum upacakramuḥ || 5-65-2
1; 2. puraH kR^itya yuva raajan = keeping Angada the prince; in their front; te = those monkeys; tataH = then; gatvaa = going; prasravaNam shailam = to Mount Prasravana; chitra kaananam- with forests of variegated appearance; praNamya = offering their salutation; shirasaa = by bowing their heads; raamam = to Rama; mahaabalam lakSmaNamcha = and the mighty Lakshmana; abhivaadya cha = and respectfully saluting; sugriivam = Sugreeva; atha = and then; upachakramaH = started; pravaktum = to narrate; pravR^ittim = the news; siitaayaaH = of Seetha.
Keeping Angada the prince in their forefront those monkeys, on reaching Mount Prasravana having forests of variegated appearance, offered their salutation by bowing their heads in reverence to Rama and the mighty Lakshmana, greeting Sugreeva respectfully. Then, they started narrating the news of Seetha.
rāvaṇa antaḥ pure rodham rākṣasībhiḥ ca tarjanam |
rāme samanurāgam ca yaḥ ca api samayaḥ kṛtaḥ || 5-65-3
etat ākhyānti te sarve harayo rāma samnidhau |
3. sarve = all; te harayaH = those monkeys; aakhyaanti = were narrating; raame samnidhau = in the presence of Rama; etat = all this; rodham = about restraining (Seetha); raavaNa antaH pure = in Ravana's gynaecium; raakShasiibhiH = by the female-demons; tarjanam cha = frightening her; samanuraagamcha = and her complete affection; raame = towards Rama; yaH ayam samayaH kR^itaH = and the time-limit (two months) given by Ravana.
Those monkeys started to narrate, in the presence of Rama, about, the female-demons, and frightening Seetha in Ravana's gynaecium, her complete affection towards Rama and the time-limit of two months given by Ravana.
vaidehīm akṣatām śrutvā rāmaḥ tu uttaram abravīt || 5-65-4
kva sītā vartate devī katham ca mayi vartate |
etan me sarvam ākhyāta vaidehīm prati vānarāḥ || 5-65-5
4; 5. shrutvaa = hearing vaidehiim = of Seetha; akShataam = being alive; raamatu = Rama on his part; uttaram abraviit = replied; kva = where; vartate = is; devii siitaa = Seetha; the princess?; katham = how; vartate = is she disposed; mayi = towards me? vaanaraaH = O monkeys!; aakhyaata = tell; me = me; sarvam = all; etat = this; vaidehiim prati = about Seetha.
Hearing of Seetha being alive, Rama on his part replied, "Where is Seetha, the princess? How is she disposed towards me? O monkeys! Tell me all that about Seetha."
rāmasya gaditam śrutva harayo rāma samnidhau |
codayanti hanūmantam sītā vṛtta anta kovidam || 5-65-6
6. shrutvaa = hearing; gaditam = the words; raamasya = of Rama; harayaH = the monkeys; chodayanti hanumantam = urged Hanuma to tell; raama sannidhau = in the presence of Rama; siitaa vR^itta anta kovidam = (since) Hanuma knows all the incidents about Seetha.
Hearing the words of Rama, the monkeys urged Hanuma to tell, in the presence of Rama, all the incidents because he knew them better, about Seetha.
śrutvā tu vacanam teṣām hanūmān māruta ātmajaḥ |
praṇamya śirasā devyai sītāyai tām diśam prati || 5-65-7
uvāca vākyam vākyajñaḥ sītāyā darśanam yathā |
7. shrutvaa = hearing; teShaam vachanam = their words; vaakyajJNaH = eloquent; hanumaan = Hanuma; maarutaatmajaH = the son of wind-god; praNamya = saluting; shirasaa = with his head; taam disham prati = towards that direction; devyai siitaayai = of Seetha; the princess; uvaacha = spoke; vaakyam = (the following) words; yathaa siitaayaaH darshanam = how Seetha's seeing occurred.
Hearing the words of those monkeys, the eloquent Hanuma, the son of wind-god saluting towards the direction of the Seetha the princess by bowing his head, spoke the following words, explaining how he saw Seetha.
samudram langhayitvā aham śata yojanam āyatam || 5-65-8
agaccham jānakīm sītām mārgamāṇo didṛkṣayā |
8. didR^ikSayaa = with a wish to see Seetha; aham = I; aagachchham = went; laN^ghayitvaa = crossing; samudram = the ocean; shata yojanam aayatam = of a width of one hundred Yojanas; maargamaaNaH = searching; siitaam = Seetha; jaanakiim = the daughter of Janaka.
"Having gone across the ocean, a hundred Yojanas wide, I reached the southern shore looking in search of Seetha, Janaka's daughter, with a wish to see her."
tatra lankā iti nagarī rāvaṇasya durātmanaḥ || 5-65-9
dakṣiṇasya samudrasya tīre vasati dakṣiṇe |
9. tatra = there; dakSiNa tiire = at the southern shore; dakSiNasya samudrasya = of the southern ocean; vasati = there is; nagarii = a city; laNketi = called Lanka; duraatmanaH raavaNasya = of the evil-minded Ravana.
"There at the southern shore of the southern ocean, there is city called Lanka of the evil-minded Ravana."
tatra dṛṣṭā mayā sītā rāvaṇa antaḥ pure satī || 5-65-10
samnyasya tvayi jīvantī rāmā rāma mano ratham |
10. raama = O; Rama!; tatra = there; dR^iSTaa = it was seen; mayaa = by me; raavaNaantaH pure = in Ravana's gynaecium; siitaa = Seetha; raamaa = the lady; satii = and the virtuous wife; jiivantii = living; samnyasya = placing; mano ratham = heart's desire; tvayi = in you.
"O Rama! There, living in Ravana's gynaecium in the city, I saw the lady Seetha, your virtuous wife, centering here heart's desire in you."
dṛṣṭā me rākṣasī madhye tarjyamānā muhuḥ muhuḥ || 5-65-11
rākṣasībhiḥ virūpābhī rakṣitā pramadā vane |
11. pramadaavane = In the pleasure-garden; (that Seetha); dR^iSTaa = was seen; me = by me; raakSasiimadhye = in the midst of female demons; rakSitaa = guarded; viruupaabhiH = by ugly-faced; raakSabhiH = female-demon; tarjyamaanaa = and threatened; muhuH muhuH = again and again (by them).
"In that pleasure garden, I saw Seetha sitting in the midst of female demons, guarded by those ugly-faced female-demons as also time and again being threatened by them."
duhkham āpadyate devī tava aduhkha ucitā satī || 5-65-12
rāvaṇa antaḥ pure ruddhvā rākṣasībhiḥ surakṣitā |
eka veṇī dharā dīnā tvayi cintā parāyaṇā || 5-65-13
adhaḥ śayyā vivarṇa angī padminī iva hima āgame |
rāvaṇāt vinivṛtta arthā martavya kṛta niścayā || 5-65-14
devī kathaṃcit kākutstha tvan manā mārgitā mayā |
12; 13; 14. viira = O hero!; tvayaa sukhocitaa devii = Seetha; who deserves to live happily with you; aapadyate = is obtaining; duHkham = grief; kaakutthsa = O Rama!; kathamchit = somehow; maargitaa = searched through; mayaa = by me; devii = that princess; ekveNiidharaa = wearing a single plait (as a mark of desolation); diinaa = miserable; tvayi chintaaparaayaNaa = remaining absorbed in your thought; adaH shayyaa = reposing n the floor; vivarNaaNgii = having discoloured limbs; padminiiva = like a louts; himaagame = in the winter-season; vinivR^ittaarthaa = turning back the wish; raavaNaat = from Ravana; martavyakR^ita nishchayaa = having determined to die; tvanmanaaH = and thinking of you.
"O hero! Seetha, who deserves to live happily with you, is obtaining grief. O Rama! I somehow searched that princess, Seetha wearing a single plait (as a as a mark of desolation), looking miserable, remaining absorbed in your thought, reposing on the floor, having discoloured limbs like a lotus in winter, turning back the wish from Ravana, having determined to die, but thinking of you alone."
ikṣvāku vaṃśa vikhyātim śanaiḥ kīrtayata anagha || 5-65-15
sa mayā nara śārdūla viśvāsam upapāditā |
15. anagha = O faultless; narashaarduula = tiger among men!; saa = that Seetha; upapaaditaa = was established; vishvaasam = confidence; mayaa = by me; shanaiH kiirtayataa = in slowly mentioning; ikSvaaku kula vikhyaatim = the fame of Ikshvaku dynasty.
"O faultless tiger among men! Seetha established confidence in me, after I slowly described to her the fame of Ikshvaku dynasty."
tataḥ sambhāṣitā devī sarvam artham ca darśitā || 5-65-16
rāma sugrīva sakhyam ca śrutvā prītim upāgatā |
niyataḥ samudācāro bhaktiḥ ca asyāḥ tathā tvayi || 5-65-17
16; 17. tataH = thereafter; devii = Seetha the princess; sambhaaSitaa = was spoken; darshitaa = and explained; sarvam artham = about all the significance (of my arrival); shrutvaa = on hearing; raama sugriivasakhyam = about the friendship between Rama and Sugreeva; upaagataa = she obtained; priitim = satisfaction; asyaaH = her; samudaachaaraH = right practice of conduct; niyataH = is constant; tathaa = and; bhaktishcha = her devotion; tvayi = in you; is also constant.
"Thereafter, I spoke and explained to Seetha, about the entire significance of my arrival there. On hearing about the alliance between Rama and Sugreeva, she was quite pleased. Her morality as well as her devotion in you are steadfast."
evam mayā mahābhāgā dṛṣṭā janaka nandinī |
ugreṇa tapasā yuktā tvat bhaktyā puruṣa ṛṣabha || 5-65-18
18. puruSarSabha = O foremost of men!; mahaabhaagaa = the illustrious; janakanandinii = Seetha; dR^ShiTaa = was seen; evam = thus; mayaa = by me; (Seetha) yuktaa ugreNa tapasaa = was endowed with severe penance; tvadbhaktyaa = and devotion towards you.
"O, the foremost of men! I thus saw that illustrious Seetha, endowed with severe penance and devotion towards you."
abhijñānam ca me dattam yathā vṛttam tava antike |
citra kūṭe mahāprājña vāyasam prati rāghava || 5-65-19
19. raaghava = O Rama; mahaapraajJNa = of great intelligence!; abhijJNaanam = a token of remembrance; dattam = was given; me = to me; yathaa vR^ittam = a previous event; vaayasam prati = about a crow; tava antike = at your vicinity; chitrakuuTe = in Mount Chitrakuta.
"O Rama, of great intelligence! To me, she gave as a token of remembrance, a previous event of a crow occurred at your vicinity in Mount Chitrakuta."
vijñāpyaḥ ca nara vyāghro rāmo vāyu suta tvayā |
akhilena iha yat dṛṣṭam iti mām āha jānakī || 5-65-20
20. jaanakii = Seetha; saha = spoke; maam = to me; iti = saying; vaayusut = "O Hanuma!; raamaH = Rama; nara vyaaghraH = the foremost of men; vijJNaapya = is to be informed; akhilena = all; yat = of which; dR^iShTam = seen; tvayaa = by you; iha = here."
"Seetha spoke to me saying, 'O Hanuma! Inform Rama, the foremost among men, all that you have seen here."
ayam ca asmai pradātavyam yatnāt suparirakṣitam |
bruvatā vacanāni evam sugrīvasya upaśṛṇvataḥ || 5-65-21
21. sugriivasya = (while) Sugreeva; upashR^iNvataH = is hearing; bruvataa = and while you are telling; vachanaani = the words; evam = in this way; ayam cha = (let) this jewel; suparikShitaH yatnaat = well-guarded deliberately; pradaatavyaH ayam cha = be given; asmai = to this Rama.
"While Sugreeva is hearing nearby and while you are telling the words in this way, let this jewel, which is deliberately well-guarded, be given to Rama."
eṣa cūḍā maṇiḥ śrīmān mayā te yatna rakṣitaḥ |
manaḥ śilāyāḥ tikalaḥ tam smarasva iti ca abravīt || 5-65-22
tvayā prāṣṭe timke tam kila smartumarhasi |
22. eSaH = this; shriimaan = beautiful; chuuDaa maNiH = jewel for the head; suparirakSitaH = has been well-guarded; mayaa = by me; arhasi = you ought; smartum = to recall; niveshitaH kila tilakaH = a mark indeed painted; tvayaa = by you (by a slip); gaN^Dapaarshve = on the curve of my cheek; orange-red; tilake = when my former mark on my forehead; praNaShTe = got effaced.
"This beautiful jewel for the head has been well-guarded by me. You also ought to recall a mark indeed painted by you (by slip) on the curve of my cheek with powder of an orange-red rock, when my former mark on my forehead got effaced."
eṣa niryātitaḥ śrīmān mayā te vāri sambhavaḥ || 5-65-23
etam dṛṣṭvā pramodiṣye vyasane tvām iva anagha |
23. eSaH shriimaan = this beautiful jewel; vaari sambhavaH = which has its origin in sea-water; niryaatitaH = has been sent; te = to you; dR^iSTvaa = seeing; etam = this vyasahe = in my grief; pramodiShye = I am feeling happy; tvaaniiva = as though I am seeing you.
"This beautiful jewel, which has its origin in sea-water, has been sent to you. Seeing this in my grief, I am feeling always happy as though I am seeing you."
jīvitam dhārayiṣyāmi māsam daśaratha ātmaja || 5-65-24
ūrdhvam māsān na jīveyam rakṣasām vaśam āgatā |
24. dasharaatmaja = O Rama!; dhaarayiShyaami = I shall be sustaining; jiivitam = my life; maasam = for a mouth; aagataa = having come into; vasham = the control; rakShasaam = of demons; na jiivayam = I cannot survive; uurdhvam = above; maasaat = one month.
"O Rama! I shall be sustaining my life for a month. Having come into the control of demons, I cannot survive beyond one month."
iti mām abravīt sītā kṛśa angī dharma cāriṇī || 5-65-25
rāvaṇa antaḥ pure ruddhā mṛgī iva utphulla locanā |
25. siitaa = Seetha; kR^isha aNgii = with her emaciated body; dharma chaariNii = practising virtue; ruddhaa = confined; raavaNaantaH pure = in Ravana's gynaceium; utphulla lochanaa = with her wide-open eyes; mR^igiiva = like that of a doe; abraviit = spoke; iti = as following; maam = to me.
"Seetha, with her emaciated body, practicing virtue, confined in Ravana's gynaecium and with her wide-open eyes like that of a doe, spoke to me the following words:
etat eva mayā ākhyātam sarvam rāghava yat yathā || 5-65-26
sarvathā sāgara jale samtāraḥ pravidhīyatām |
26. raaghava = O Rama!; etat = this; sarvam eva = exactly in its entirety; khyaatam = has been narrated; mayaa = by me; yat yathaa = as it occurred; samtaaraH pravidhiiyataam = let a bridge by constructed; sarvathaa = by all means; saagara jale = in the waters of the ocean.
"O Rama! I have narrated to you whatever has occurred, in its entirety. Let a bridge be constructed, by all means, across the waters of the ocean."
tau jāta āśvāsau rāja putrau viditvā |
tac ca abhijñānam rāghavāya pradāya |
devyā ca ākhyātam sarvam eva ānupūrvyāt |
vācā sampūrṇam vāyu putraḥ śaśaṃsa || 5-65-27
27. viditvaa = coming to know; tau raaja putrau = that the two princes; Rama and Lakshmana; jaata aashvaasau = have become confident; pradaaya = and having given; tat abhijJNaanam = that token of remembrance; raaghavaaya = to Rama; vaayu putraH = Hanuma; shashamsa = apprised; vaachaa = in words; sampuurNam = completely; anupuurvyaat = in regular succession; sarvameva = all that; aakhyaatam = was conveyed; devyaa = by Seetha the princess.
Coming to know that the two princes, Rama and Lakshmana have become confident and having given that token of remembrance to Rama, Hanuma apprised completely in so many words, in regular succession, all that was conveyed by Seetha, the princess.
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