Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 49

49. Rāvaṇa Carries Sītā

[Then Rāvaṇa shows her his real form and holding her by hair and supporting her with his hand on her thighs, he carries her to his chariot. Sītā wails and requests all birds and trees to tell Rāma about her abduction. Then she sees Jatāyu and tells him to inform Rāma about his plight.]

Hearing the words of Sītā, that ten headed one with great fame kept one hand in another hand and got ready to assume his usual giant form. 49.1

He again told the following words," Due to great madness, you have not understood about my valour and courage." 49.2

"I can lift the entire earth including the sky by my bare hands; I can drink the entire ocean and wage a war and kill death itself." 49.3

"I can hide the Sun, I can shatter the earth by use of sharp arrows and I can assume any form of I like, Oh mad woman, see me as your husband who can fulfil all your desires." 49.4

When the angry Rāvaṇa was talking like this his eyes having the brilliance of Sun shined like flaming fire and in the corners of his eyes amber colour developed. 49.5

That Rāvaṇa shed his form of a gentle mendicant and assumed and that brother of Vaiśravaṇa assumed a form similar to God of death. 49.6

With very red eyes, decorated with pure gold ornaments, desperate with anger, resembling a black rich cloud, with ten heads and armed with bows and arrows, Rāvaṇa the Rākṣasa stood before her. 49.7

The king of Rākṣasas Rāvaṇa, discarding the form of a mendicant, assumed his own form and stood with a huge body, dressed in reddish attire, observing the gem of the woman stood before her. 49.8-49.9

That Rāvaṇa addressed Maithili who had a black hair which was shining like the sun and who was dressed in best of cloths and ornaments and spoke. 49.10

"Oh lady, If you are interested in having a husband who is famous in all the three worlds, Oh blessed lady depend on me, because I would be a husband suitable to you." 49.11

"Oh auspicious lady, you may serve me for a long time as your dear one, for at any time, I would not do anything that is not liked by you and so give up your inclination to a mere human form and place your love on me." 49.12-49.13

"Rāma has been banished from his country and he is of limited span of life and has not so far achieved anything and Oh foolish women who thinks that you are wise what is the point in loving him. Obeying the words of a woman, he left all his friends and he is living in the forest haunted by wild animals. Oh lady with a inferior brain." 49.14-49.15

After telling these words to Maithili who deserved love and who spoke pleasing words, that Rākṣasa caught in the web of passion, went near her and that Rāvaṇa caught her, like the planet Budha [Mercury - the son of moon] catching hold of Rohiṇī [wife of moon]. 49.16

He lifted Sītā who had lotus like eyes with his left hand holding her hair and with his right hand supporting her thighs. 49.17

Seeing him who looked like death, had sharp teeth, great hands and who looked like a mountain, the gods of the forest ran away from there. 49.18

Then the magical divine chariot drawn by donkeys, making noise like a donkey appeared before Rāvaṇa and her who had a golden body. 49.19

Then Rāvaṇa, berating her with harsh words and in a loud tone, lifted Vaidehī from his body part and placed her on the chariot. 49.20

Held by Rāvaṇa that famous one shouted loudly with sorrow and pain "Oh Rāma", addressing Rāma who had gone far away in the forest. 49.21

At that time that passionate Rāvaṇa held her who did not love him and who was writhing like a king of serpents and fled from there. 49.22

Then she who was being taken by the king of Rākṣasas over the sky, shouted like a mad women in delirious condition and screamed in great pain. 49.23

"Oh very strong Lakṣmaṇa who pleases the mind of elders, you do not know that I am being carried away by a impetuous Rākṣasa." 49.24

"Oh Rāma you sacrificed pleasure and wealth in life for the sake of Dharma and are you not seeing me carried away against Dharma?" 49.25

"Oh scorcher of enemies, oh punisher of the undisciplined ones, why are you not punishing this undisciplined act of Rāvaṇa?" 49.26

"The results of an immoral act cannot be immediately seen similar to time acting as a supporting factor for the ripening of a crop." 49.27

"By this act that you do, which takes your mind shattered by time, you would suffer great sorrow and darkness in your life due to Rāma." 49.28

"Alas, Kaikeyi and her friends would now be happy, because I who am a lover of Dharma, famous one and a virtuous wife is being abducted." 49.29

"Oh fully flowered Karṇikā trees of Janasṭhāna, I am taking leave of you, please tell quickly Rāma that Rāvaṇa is abducting Sītā." 49.30

"I salute the Mālyavān peak of the Prasravaṇa mountain; you may please tell quickly that Rāvaṇa is abducting Sītā." 49.31

"I salute the river Godavari which is full of swans and cranes; you may please tell quickly that Rāvaṇa is abducting Sītā." 49.32

"I salute the deities of the forest filled with trees; you may please tell quickly that Rāvaṇa is abducting Sītā." 49.33

"I seek refuge and plead with all those animals, and living beings living in this forest including groups of animals and birds." 49.34

"Please tell my husband who loves me more than his own life that the helpless Sītā is being abducted by Rāvaṇa." 49.35

"Knowing that I have been abducted that very strong Rāma with great hands would get me back, even if Vaivasvata, the God of death abducts me." 49.36

She who was big eyed, who was extremely sad and crying like this, then saw the eagle sitting on the tree. 49.37

That beautiful lady who was in the grip of Rāvaṇa after seeing him was shaken by great sorrow, screamed loudly. 49.38

"Please see me now being carried away from here like an orphan, in a desperate way by the sinful Rāvaṇa who is the king of Rākṣasas." 49.39

"It is not possible for you to prevent him by your strength because this Rākṣasa is cruel, well-armed, evil minded and capable of winning." 49.40

"Oh Jatāyu, please tell Rāma as well as Lakṣmaṇa about the details of my abduction as it happened here." 49.41

This is the end of Forty Ninth Sarga of Āraṇya Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.