Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa| Chapter 17

17. Scenes on Rāma's Way to Daśaratha's Palace

[A detailed description of the way to Daśaratha's palace as well various people on the way is described.]

That Rāma sitting on the chariot surrounded by friends who were filled with joy saw the city decorated with banners and flags and made perfumed by burning of Sandal and Aguru and crowded by people of all types. 17.1

Rāma drove in the middle of the street, which was made scented by aguru and incense and with white buildings resembling cloud on both sides. 17.2

He entered the excellent royal highway made fragrant by heaping of Sandal and pre-eminent Aguru on sides as well as pure white silk, white pearls without holes and several excellent articles made of crystals. It was very spacious, strewn with different type of flowers and food articles of all types were available on either side. 17.3-17.5

Rāma saw the royal avenue looked like the avenues of God in heaven and the broad areas covered by cross roads were worshipped with curds, parched grains, sacrificial libations, rice coated with turmeric, fragrant substances like sandal and aguru. 17.6

He heard many blessings, said by his friends and after honouring each according to their rank, he travelled further. 17.7

"After being consecrated today, you follow the path for ruling followed by grandfather and great grandfather." 17.8

"When Rāma becomes the king, he will rule us better than his father and grandfather and we would live with great happiness." 17.9

"If we are going to be able to see consecrated as the king today, then we can live devoid of food, because there would be nothing more to be accomplished in this life." 17.10

"For us nothing greater need to be achieved than the coronation of the greatly lustrous Rāma as a king." 17.11

Hearing all these words praising him told by his friends as well as other auspicious dialogues, Rāma remained listless as they further proceeded on the royal avenue. 17.12

Though Rāma has crossed them and gone ahead, no one was able to no one was able to remove his image from their eyes or mind. 17.13

They thought that if a person does not see Rāma or Rāma does not see him, will be found fault by all the worlds besides he will blame himself. 17.14

The best among those who follow Dharma would show mercy to all the four Varṇas [caste groups], for that reason all of them devoted him. 17.15

The son of the king crossed intersections of two roads, roads leading to the temples, religious structures and temples and he crossed them on the right and proceeded. 17.16

That prince reached the family house of the king which resembled the dazzling home of Indra in this earth in its royal splendour, with its various peaks similar to the cluster of clouds, white peaks of auspicious Kailāśa and like the air planes decorated by gems which covered the entire sky. 17.17- 17.19

The great man Rāma crossed the first three courtyards, which were protected by the archers, riding on horses and crossed the remaining two courtyards by foot. 17.20

Rāma, the son of Daśaratha after passing through the courtyards sent back all his followers and entered the private quarters of the king. 17.21

When the prince went to his father's presence all the people were happy and started waiting like the lord of waters waiting for the appearance of moon and were waiting for his moon like rise. 17.22

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