Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 13

13. Daśaratha's Diplomacy Fails

[Daśaratha again cries but when he sees that she is not bothered about it, flatters her in various ways and requests her not to insist on that boon.]

The king who did not merit this treatment was lying down in an unsuitable manner like King Yayāti who had fallen from the land of devas after his blessed deeds are exhausted. That personification of danger, who was adamant on her opinions, displaying fear though not having any fear, again urged him for the boons that she has asked. 13.1-13.2

"Oh king you used to boast that you are a votary of truth and steadfast on what you do, Why are you trying to avoid granting the boons that I requested?" 13.3

The king Daśaratha addressed this way by Kaikeyi, remained for some time in a state of delirium and angrily replied. 13.4

"Oh fatal woman, Oh my enemy, Oh person who is not like a lady, after the great man Rāma goes to the forest and after I die, you can live happily after achieving your objective." 13.5

"When devas ask me about the welfare of Rāma after I reach there, how will I tell them about his banishment? How?" 13.6

"If I tell them, "To please Kaikeyi, I have banished him to the forest "they will think that I am telling them a lie." 13.7

"Me who was childless, with great effort, I got the very great Rāma, who was very strong and so how I can forsake him." 13.8

"How can I banish the lotus eyed Rāma who is valorous, well educated, one who has won over anger, one who is patient. " 13.9

"How can I send Rāma who has the black colour of blue lotus, who has long hands, who is very strong and who is charming every second." 13.10

"He deserves pleasure and not suitable for sorrow and how can I see the sagacious Rāma who is caught in sorrow." 13.11

"Without sorrow reaching Rāma, if death comes to me now, I would be really happy." 13.12

"Oh Cruel Kaikeyi with evil intentions, Rāma has truth as his valour and is very dear to me and why do you want to cause harm to him? Inevitably I will get matchless notoriety and disgrace in this world by this." 13.13

When with a nervous mind he was crying the sun went down the Astra mountain and night set in." 13.14

"For the king with the anguished mind who was lamenting, the time dragged on for three quarters night, and the moon was shining, it appeared dark for him." 13.15

That very old king Daśaratha breathing warmly and heavily like a sick man, stared at the sky and pitiably cried. 13.16

"Oh auspicious looking night adorned with stars do not ever give way to dawn as I do not desire it. I would salute you with folded hands and beg you to do this kindness to me." 13.17

"Or otherwise go away quickly as I do not want to see the heartless, malicious Kaikeyi, who has done such a bad thing to me." 13.18

Having told like this the king Daśaratha, folding his hands in salutation try to please Kaikeyi again and spoke these words." 13.19

"Oh fortunate one, oh lady, I am a humble and depressed old man with good conduct who is greatly devoted to you. Please do this favour especially because I am a king." 13.20

"Oh lady with a fair hip, All that I have not has not been told to any one and Oh young one as you are very good hearted please do me this favour." 13.21

"Oh queen, be pleased Let this very big kingdom be given by you to Rāma. Oh lady with long eye lashes." 13.22

"Oh lady with elegant hips, charming eyes and a pretty face, you will be doing this to me, Rāma, to the world, to the great teachers and to Bhārata." 13.23

Hearing the pitiable wail of the king with very good thoughts, with a stable mind whose eyes were reddened and filled with tears and who was pitiably wailing, that wicked malicious woman did not obey him. 13.24

Seeing that beloved wife was not pleased in spite of his humble requests and was urging him to banish his son, again the king fainted and fell on the ground overcome with his grief. 13.25

Like this the grieving, very intelligent king, spent the night breathing heavily and after the end of the night that great king stopped his attendants from awakening him. 13.26

This is the end of Thirteenth Sarga of Ayodhyā Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.