Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 41

41. Ayodhyā and its People Mourn for Rāma's Departure

[The chapter is about how the wives of the king and the citizens of Ayodhyā expressed the great sorrow they felt about going away of Rāma. The poet even tells that even nature was mourning about it.]

After the tiger among men had departed with folded hands in reverence, great cries of distress arose from the private apartment of the king. 41.1

"Rāma was the refuge and protector of those who do not have any one, those who were weak and those who do penance and where does such a lord go?" 41.2

"He does not get angry even when we shout at him and he never does any act which makes others angry. Also he pacified those who get angry. Where does such a great soul go?" 41.3

"He who has great lustre treated all of us like his mother Kauśalya and where does such a great soul go?" 41.4

"Due to being tormented by Kaikeyi, King Daśaratha ordered him, who was the protector of the world to go to forest. Where does he go?" 41.5

"Alas, the senseless king has sent to the forest, he who is the darling of all beings and who is the votary of truth." 41.6

Like this all the queens cried loudly like a cow separated from its calf, due to their great sorrow. 41.7

The king who was suffering due to the sorrow of parting with his son, hearing these dreadful wailing from his private apartments, became much more sad. 41.8

The householders did not make offerings to the fire nor cooked food and also the people did not attempt to do their daily chores. Even the Sun appeared to be dim. 41.9

Elephants dropped down the handful of food that they took, cows did not suckle their calves and even mothers after seeing the first born were not happy. 41.10

Trisanku, Mars, mercury and Jupiter were fiercely approaching the moon with a pitiable aspect. 41.11

The stars had lost their strength and planets had lost their lustre and star Viśākhā [the star of Kosala country] was shining with smoke in the sky. 41.12

The great ocean was aroused by a wind similar to the deadly wind at deluge, after Rāma departed to the forest and the city was greatly shaken. 41.13

All the directions on earth were agitated and covered with darkness, and planets as well as stars were also not shining. 41.14

Suddenly all people of the city were feeling depressed and nobody was interested in food or recreation. 41.15

All the people of Ayodhyā were caught in the nets of very great sorrow and were often breathing heavily and were sad about the fate of Daśaratha. 41.16

The faces of people who were walking in the royal avenue had tear stained faces and nobody could be seen there who were sorrowing. 41.17

At that time, the breeze was not blowing and the moon was not pleasant look at and Sun was not hot and the entire world was agitated. 41.18

The sons were not bothered about their mothers and husbands were not interested in their wives and similar was the case among brothers. All of them left of everything and were thinking only about Rāma. 41.19

All the friends of Rāma had a mind which refused to think and they were depressed by their burden of sorrow and they were not even bothered to sleep. 41.20

That Ayodhyā without the great Rāma, looked like the earth with its mountains but without Indra, caught by fear and sorrow and agitated horribly and occupied by army, elephants and horses who were producing great sound. 41.21

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