Rāmāyana | Āraṇya Kaṇḍa | Chapter 64

64. Rāma Finds Traces of Attack on Sītā

[While searching Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa see the flowers which Sītā was wearing, a broken shield, a destroyed chariot and footsteps of Sītā chased by one with large footsteps. Rāma flies in great anger and promises to take revenge against the entire world.]

That pitiable man in a pitiable tone told this to Lakṣmaṇa, "Oh Lakṣmaṇa go speedily to Godavari river and find out whether Sītā has gone there to pluck lotus flowers?" 64.1

When Rāma told like this, Lakṣmaṇa the winner over the warriors and destroyer of enemies went to Godavari which was pretty. 64.2

After Lakṣmaṇa searched the river banks and not finding her, he told Rāma, "I could not find in the river and she is not answering me when I shouted loudly." 64.3

"Where else could Vaidehī, the destroyer of sorrow have gone? I am unable to find out that place where she has gone." 64.4

After hearing words of Lakṣmaṇa, Rāma who was deluded by great sorrow and grief, he himself went to search river Godavari and not able to find her he said, "Where are you Sītā?" 64.5-64.6

Events elements of nature did not tell that she has been taken away by king of Rākṣasas who deserved punishment and nor did river Godavari tell Rāma about it. 64.7

Though the elements encouraged river Godavari to tell Rāma about his beloved, when she was asked by Rāma about Sītā, she did not tell. 64.8

Thinking about the fierce form of Rāvaṇa as well as thinking about that bad soul and getting scared, that river did not tell him about Vaidehī. 64.9

Being disappointed because he was not able to find Sītā near the river, Rāma who wanted see Sītā, told Lakṣmaṇa. 64.10

"Oh gentle one, this Godavari river is not replying to my question and Oh Lakṣmaṇa, when I see Janaka as well as my mother, what do I tell them about Vaidehī who is dear to them." 64.11

"Where has Vaidehī gone, who removed all my suffering due to getting banished from the kingdom as well as when I was suffering due to hard life in forest." 64.12

"Without any people from my clan and also not able to see the princess, I would keep awake at night, which would appear to me to be long." 64.13

"I will again roam about in Godavari, Janasṭhāna and in Prasravaṇa mountain to find whether Sītā can be seen anywhere. 64.14

"Oh greatly valorous one, these deer are looking at me again and again as if they want to tell me something." 64.15

Rāma, the tiger among men, with his eyes clouded by tears asked those deer, in response to their gestures, "Where is Sītā?" 64.16

When the king asked him like this, all the deer swiftly got up and all the deer looked at the sky towards the southern direction, which was the direction Maithili was taken away and looking at the king ran in the path of that direction. 64.17-64.18

When Lakṣmaṇa wanted to know more about that path, the deer further looked at that path and wanted to show him that direction. 64.19

Lakṣmaṇa clearly understood their indications and with sorrow he told Rāma who was his elder brother. 64.20

"Oh lord, when you asked, "Where is Sītā", all the deer got up and went on seeing the southern direction and oh God like brother l think it would be right for us to go to the south western direction and then possibly, we may find the indications about of the lady Sītā." 64.21-64.22

Saying, "let us", that son of Kākutstha clan started towards the southern direction, carefully examining the path taken by Lakṣmaṇa. 64.23

Those brothers talking with each other went by that path and some flowers which had fallen on earth in that path. 64.24

Rāma seeing that rain of flowers on the earth and that very sorrowing man, told there words of sorrow to Lakṣmaṇa. 64.25

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, I am able to recognize these flowers and they are the same ones given me o Vaidehī today morning." 64.26

"I think that the Sun, wind and famous earth are preserving these flowers and rendering act to please me." 64.27

After saying like that to valorous Lakṣmaṇa, the bull among men, addressed the Prasravaṇa mountain and told. 64.28

"Oh lord of the mountain, have you seen a very pretty lady Sītā, in this forest sorrowing for me?" 64.29

Like a lion addressing a small animal that angry Rāma said, "Oh mountain, I would destroy all your slopes if you do not show me the gold like Sītā." 64.30-64.31

When Rāma told that mountain like this, though it appeared to tell him something, it did not show Sītā to Rāma. 64.32

Then Rāma son of Daśaratha told that mountain looking at it, "You would be completely burnt by my arrows and made in to ash and later you would not be fit to serve anyone, being bereft of trees and grasses." 64.33

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, if this river does not tell me about the noble Sītā with a moon like face, by my arrows I will make it dry." 64.34

When the very angry Rāma was talking as if he wanted to burn the entire earth, then his eyes saw the big footprints of a Rākṣasa and then that of frightened Maithili running here and there, as if she was anxious to see Rāma and it appeared as if that Rākṣasa was chasing Maithili. 64.35-64.36

When Rāma noticed the movement of Sītā and a Rākṣasa, he saw a broken bow and quiver which were lying scattered as well as many broken pieces of a chariot, his mind was greatly agitated and he told his brother. 64.37-64.38

"Lakṣmaṇa, see the broken pieces of Sītā's ornaments and many kinds of garlands belonging to her." 64.39

"Oh son of Sumitrā, Please also see many drops of splattered blood shining like drops of shining gold spread all over the earth." 64.40

"Lakṣmaṇa, I think that the Rākṣasas who can take any form cut her in to pieces, shared and ate her." 64.41

"Oh son of Sumitrā, on account of Vaidehī, both of them may be contradicting each with each other and a great war might have been fought among them." 64.42

"Oh soft one, whose is this great huge bow decorated with gold and embedded with gold which is broken and fallen here?" 64.43

"Whose is this broken golden armour, which shines like morning sun, studded with precious Vaidūrya stones, lying on the ground?" 64.44

"Whose umbrella is this which had one hundred spokes, which shines and was decorated by divine garlands, with broken handle lying on the ground." 64.45

"Whose devil faced huge and fierce donkeys are these, decorated with gold plates, which have been killed in war?" 64.46

"Whose is this great chariot, which looks like burning fire, which has a shining flag broken and lying upside down." 64.47

"Whose are these blunted arrows decorated with gold which are as big as an axle of a chariot, which have been scattered all over? Who has done these monstrous deeds?" 64.48

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa see these two broken quivers full of arrows and the charioteer with whip and bridles in his hand. Who might have killed him?" 64.49

"Oh tiger among men, Oh gentle one, who are these two fan carriers who have been slain and lying down here? Whose head dress and ear rings are these which have been decorated by gems?"64.50

"From all these it is evident that they belong a male Rākṣasa and you now see that enmity with them has increased hundred fold and I would kill all of them." 64.51

"Oh gentle one, these Rākṣasas with horrible form who can change their form at their will might have abducted or eaten or killed that sage like lady and in this great forest her Dharma did not protect Maithili." 64.52

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, Oh gentle one, if Sītā has been eaten or carried away by someone, in this world, no God can make me happy. ?" 64.53

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, all the beings of the world would disrespect, one who is compassionate, even if it is the creator of the world due to ignorance." 64.54

"The gods of the three worlds would consider me as weak, because I am soft to look after the well being of all, man of self constraint and have a merciful heart." 64.55

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa after reaching me all good characters have become bad but now onwards, my character will shine forth to kill all beings including Rākṣasas just like moon like lustre being converted like the great glow of Sun." 64.56-64.57

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, from now on Yakṣas, Gandharvas, devils, Rākṣasas, Kinnaras and even men will not be peaceful." 64.58

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, you will see that by using my arrows and weapons, I will fill up the entire sky and make it impossible for those who travel in all three worlds to descend to the earth." 64.59

"In all the three worlds, by my acts, the movement of the planets would be obstructed, the movement of the moon would be obstructed, the lustre of Sun, wind and fire would be reduced, the top of mountains would be crushed, all water bodies would be completely dried up, trees, creepers and shrubs would be destroyed and the oceans would be put an end and thus I would do acts destroying the entire world." 64.60-64.62

"If my god does not return my Sītā safely, within a short time, oh son of Sumitrā, they will see my valour and prowess." 64.63

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, No being would be able to fly in the sky, because the net created by my arrows and weapons would cover the sky completely." 64.64

"Oh Lakṣmaṇa, distressed by my arrows, beasts and birds would get madly disturbed and cross all limits." 64.65

"By pulling the arrows up to my ears, which cannot be resisted by any one and sending them, I would make this world devoid of Ghosts and Rākṣasas, for the sake of Maithili" 64.66

"Now devas would realize the power of my feathered arrows sent by me in great anger, which would reach to great distances." 64.67

"Neither Devas, asuras, ghosts and Rākṣasas, will exist in all the three worlds which would be destroyed by my anger." 64.68

"The worlds of devas, asuras, Yakṣas and those of Rākṣasas also, after being broken in to pieces by my arrow, may not exist." 64.69

"If the Gods do not give back my Sītā who has either been abducted or killed. I would destroy all the worlds and make them without boundaries. 64.70

"If my darling Vaidehī in her real form is not given back to me, I would destroy all the three worlds including all moving or stable beings living in them." 64.71

After saying this with eyes turned red due to anger Rāma, who can conquer and cities of enemies took the bow and took out a glowing arrow comparable to a poisonous snake and connected the arrow to the bow and looked like the fire at time of deluge and told the following words. 64.72-64.73

"Just as time cannot stop the progression of age and occurring of death in case of all beings, Oh Lakṣmaṇa, no one can prevent me when I am angry." 64.74

"I would burn the entire world including devas, Gandharvas, human beings, serpents and mountains, If I am not handed over Sītā who has pretty teeth, who does not have any blame and who is the princess of Mithilā." 64.75

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