Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 33

33. Rāma Goes to Daśaratha's Palace

[Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa walk down to the palace of Daśaratha. All people on the way are saddened and decide to go with Rāma wherever he goes.]

After giving away plenty of wealth to the Brahmins, Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa along with Sītā went to see their father. 33.1

The dazzling weapons that they were holding were decorated by Sītā using garlands made out of flowers. 33.2

Climbing on balconies and terraces of their palaces and on the top of the towers, the wealthy people looked at them with remorse. 33.3

The streets were crowded by a large number of people making them impassable and for that reason men filled with grief ascended on the top of palaces to see Rāma. 33.4

The people seeing Rāma walking without the ornamental umbrella with a mind affected by great grief started talking in various ways. 33.5

"Whenever he used to march out, army with four divisions used to follow him but today he is walking alone with only Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa following him." 33.6

"Rāma while enjoying great wealth and had a great taste for comforts used to gratify the desires of those who desire. In spite of that being one who respects Dharma, he does not wish to break his father's words." 33.7

"Previously even the creatures flying on the skies were not able to get a glimpse of Sītā, but today even those who are walking on the royal avenue are able to see her." 33.8

"Sītā who used to apply scented creams and paste of red sandalwood on her body, will now be exposed to rain, heat and cold and would be discoloured her body soon." 33.9

"Today Daśaratha has been possessed by an evil spirit otherwise will he talk like this and banish his beloved son." 33.10

"When it is impossible to banish a son with no character at all, what to say about Rāma who has conquered the world by his good conduct?" 33.11

"Doubtlessness, compassion, learning, good character, restraint of senses and self-control are the six qualities of men that adorn the best among men Rāma." 33.12

"So trouble caused him greatly hurt people like when summer dries up the water in the lakes, aquatic creatures and people are greatly affected." 33.13

"Just like harm to the roots affect the tree, its leaves, flowers and fruits, harming of Rāma harms everybody since he is the Lord of the world." 33.14

"Rāma is the root of humanity, the essence of Dharma, the great light and all other peoples are connected to this tree like flowers, fruits, leaves as well as branches." 33.15

"So let us, including our wives and relations follow him like Lakṣmaṇa and go wherever he goes." 33.16

"We will leave our gardens, fields and houses and follow Rāma with the same sorrow, same joy and same Dharma as him." 33.17

"Let this Ayodhyā With empty coffers, ruined courtyards, with absence of wealth and grains, wholly deprived of wealth, covered with dust, abandoned by Gods, occupied by rats coming out of burrows running here and there, bereft of water, with no smoke emerging from anywhere, dirty because of not being swept, absence of offerings, sacrifices, recitations, libation, invocation and prayers, affected by famines, with dilapidated places and utensils and deserted by us, be owned by Kaikeyi." 33.18-33.21

"When Rāma goes to the forest, let it become a city and deserted by all of us this city would indeed become a forest." 33.22

"After seeing us in the forest may the fanged creatures leave their lairs, animals and birds leave the caves on the mountains, lions and elephants leave their usual haunts and let them all occupy this city which is deserted by us." 33.23

"Let Kaikeyi, her son and other relatives acquire this country, occupied by wild animals and animals subsisting on grass, fruits and flesh and the relieved men will live in the forest along with Rāma." 33.24-33.25

Even after hearing various such type of words from various people, Rāma did not deviate from his decision. 33.26

That soul of Dharma who had the strength of an elephant in rut entered the palace of his father which resembled in its splendour the peak of mount Meru. 33.27

After he entered the palace guarded by valorous warriors, he saw in a distance the very dejected Sumantra waiting. 33.28

Even though he saw the sorrow of the people, without revealing his feelings of sorrow but with a smile, as per the rules of the palace Rāma entered in it, with the intention of carrying out the wishes of his father. 33.29

Before that, the son of Ikshvāku clan, the great Rāma who was determined to go to the forest, after seeing the very sorrowful looking Sumantra, waited outside so that his arrival could be informed to his father. 33.30

Rāma who was fond of Dharma, having decided to go the forest, after seeing Sumantra, requested him to inform Daśaratha of his arrival. 33.31

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