Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 57

57. Rāma Returns to Janasṭhāna

[Rāma greatly worried by the deer imitating his voice and also the bad omen he notices, returns back to his hermitage. On the way he meets Lakṣmaṇa and finds fault with him.]

After killing the Rākṣasa Mārīcha in the deer form who was wandering taking any form he likes, Rāma swiftly returned from there. 57.1

He who was retuning with a desire to see Maithili speedily from there, he had the scream of Jackal behind him which was cruel. 57.2

Recognizing that sound of the jackal which was dreadful and made one's hair to stand erect, he started doubting and started worrying about it. 57.3

"I think that this shouting of the jackal is not auspicious. May be Vaidehī is not safe and has been eaten by the Rākṣasas." 57.4

"If Lakṣmaṇa had heard sound produced by Mārīcha in the deer's form, which imitated in stretched out fashion my voice, and is sent by Maithili, leaving her there alone, to see me, he would be arriving here quickly and come towards me and come in to my presence" Rāma thought. 57.5-57.6

"The fact that Mārīcha came in the form of a golden deer and removed me from the place of hermitage to a far off place and Mārīcha shouted loudly assuming my voice that "I am being killed", surely indicates that the Rākṣasas are trying to kill Sītā." 57.7-57.8

"I hope that both of them staying in this great forest would be safe, for by living in Janasṭhāna I have earned the enmity of Rākṣasas and I am also seeing very many extremely bad omens." 57.9

When he was thinking like this he again heard the wailing of the jackal and then worriedly thinking about how he was brought to this place by a Rākṣasa in deer form, with great fear and doubt, Rāma came to Janasṭhāna. 57.0-57.11

Those piteous animals and birds of the place with a dejected heart neared him who had a dejected heart, placed him on the right side and produced horrifying crying sound. 57.12

Seeing those very terrible omens, Raghava hastened up and reached quickly his hermitage. 57.13

Rāma arrived at Janasṭhāna thinking about the welfare of the auspicious lady Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa who was very strong. 57.14

Then Lakṣmaṇa who was walking without any luster, not far away met Rāma and the despondent one met a more despondent one, and one who was sorrowing met a more sorrowing one. 57.15

At that time the elder brother Rāma rebuked Lakṣmaṇa who was the younger brother for leaving Sītā in the desolate forest and coming towards him. 57.16

The son of Raghu clan took the right hand of Lakṣmaṇa in his hand and talked to him in a sweet voice with harsh words piteously. 57.17

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, your leaving Sītā and coming here is blameable. Alas, would she be safe?' 57.18

"Oh Warrior to me there is always fear about the safety of the daughter of Janaka and I have a doubt that she may be eaten away by Rākṣasas who roam in this forest, for I see only evil omens." 57.19- 57.20

"Oh tiger among men, Oh Lakṣmaṇa, Would Sītā, the daughter of Janaka be alive and be all right completely?" 57.21

"Oh one of great strength herds of beasts including Jackals and also the birds are running towards the direction of light and howling in a frightful manner. Hope the princess Sītā is safe and I pray for her safety." 57.22

"That Rākṣasa turning him in to a deer took me to a far off distance and I killed him with great effort and he took his own Rākṣasa form on the verge of his death." 57.23

"My mind is greatly paining and I am greatly sorrowful, my left eye is throbbing and without any doubt, Sītā has either been killed or abducted and carried away from here." 57.24

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