The original Sundara Kanda is in Sanskrit and was composed by Valmiki , who was the first to scripturally record the Ramayana. Sundara Kanda is the only chapter of the Ramayana in which the hero is not Rama , but rather Hanuman. The work depicts the adventures of Hanuman and his selflessness, strength, and devotion to Rama are emphasized in the text. The Sundara Kanda forms the heart of Valmiki's Ramayana and consists of a detailed, vivid account of Hanuman's adventures. After learning about Sita, Hanuman assumes a gargantuan form and makes a colossal leap across the ocean to Lanka after defeating Surasa , the Mother of the Nagas and Sinhika, who is sent by the Devtas.
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Hanuma gives Seetha, the signet ring sent by Rama through him in order to strengthen her confidence in Seetha felt very happy to see the ring and praised Hanuma for his arrival to Lanka after having crossed the sea single handedly.
She expresses her hope to Hanuma, saying that Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Sugreeva will come to Lanka with their armies so as to destroy Ravana, for her sake. Hearing Seetha's words, Hanuma consoles Seetha saying that Rama, Sugreeva and a host of monkeys will come to Lanka by crossing the ocean, so as to defeat Ravana and his army, with assurance that Rama will appear before her shortly.
Hanuma, the highly energetic son of wind-god, with an inducement to obtain confidence from Seetha, again modestly spoke the following words:. I am a monkey and a messenger of the wise Rama. O princess! Look at this ring too, marked with Rama's name. Get consoled indeed. Happiness to you! You are now free from the object of your grief. Verse Locator. The countenance of that large-eyed Seetha, which appeared charming with red and white eyes shone like a moon the king of stars liberated by Rahu the demon.
Then, that young Seetha, gladdened by the message of her husband, became shy and message of her husband, became shy and well-pleased. Uttering delightful words, she praised Hanuma the great monkey as follows :. You have singly overpowered this place infested by demons. You are valiant. You are competent. You are intelligent. For you there is no fear nor even bewilderment from Ravana. Hence, I do not consider you as an ordinary monkey. If you are sent by that Rama, who knows the nature of his self, you are worthy of talking to me well.
But I think there is no end indeed to my troubles. Is he not tormented with grief? Is Rama the best of men now doing the right acts to annihilate the enemies? Is he even mistaken in his actions? I hope he is doing all acts which require human effort. Is he kind-hearted towards friends, with a wish to conquer the enemies? Has he been approached for friendship by others?
I hope he is having good friends and even so honoured by them. Is he equally aware of the role of human endeavour and the role of fate? Is Rama not losing affection in me because of my staying away from home? Will he release me from this evil predicament? Will he liberate me from my sorrow, without fixing his mind on something else? I hope it is not parched by the sun, like a louts. O Hanuma the messenger! I wish to survive only as long as I hear the activity of my beloved.
Uttering thus those greatly meaningful and sweetly worthwhile words, Seetha the princess further abstained from talking so as to hear Hanuma's delightful words describing the matters pertaining to Rama.
Hearing Seetha's words, Hanuma of terrific prowess, keeping his joined palms on his head, spoke the following words in reply.
Rama does not know that you are here. For that reason, he did not take you back soon, as Indra the destroyer of strong holds did not take back Sachi, his wife. Being full of grief caused by your non-appearance, that Rama is not obtaining happiness, like an elephant tornmented by a lion.
I swear and tell you by the mountains Malaya, Vindhya, Meru and Dardura as well as by our staple food of roots and fruits, that you will soon see Rama's face, having good eyes, handsome, having lips with the colour of a bright-red gourd fruit of Momordica monodelpha and with its charming look like a rising full moon.
You will see soon Rama on the Prasravana mountain, like Indra the Lord of celestials seated on the back of Airavata, the chief of elephants. Everyday, in the evening, he is eating the food existing in the forest, well arranged for him. He is forever engaged in sorrow. He is enamoured with the god of love and thinks of nothing else. Even if that best of men sleeps, he keeps awake uttering sweet words like "lo! Rama the magnanimous prince is always lamenting, speaking just about you, recollecting "Seetha, Seetha!
Being firm in his vow, he makes effort to find you only. Top of Page.
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