Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 47

47. Citizens Return to Ayodhyā

[When the citizens wake up, not being able to find Rāma they become sad. After some thought, they return to Ayodhyā.]

After the night was over and the morning dawned, those citizens without Rāma with them were stunned with benumbed minds and crushed with grief. 47.1

Drenched in tears of sorrow, seeing hither and thither and greatly sorrowful, they were not able to see even a trace of Rāma. 47.2

Those sensitive men separated from the sagacious Rāma, with a sorrow etched face, piteously talked about themselves, which evoked compassion. 47.3

"Oh what bad thing sleep is, which has robbed our senses and due to which we are not able to see broad chested and mighty armed Rāma." 47.4

"How can the service to the great one go waste and how did Rāma desert his devotees and gone, on a travel?" 47.5

"He used to take care of us like his own children and how did such Rāma desert us and go to the forest?" 47.6

"We will all die here itself and go to the great journey of the world of death, for without Rāma what is the meaning of life." 47.7

"There are many big dry logs of wood lying here and let us all light them and die entering in to the fire." 47.8

"What shall we say to other people after conducting the mighty armed Rāma who is free from all malice to the forest? How can we say this?" 47.9

"When we return greatly dejected to the city, seeing us without Rāma, the women, children and old people would be robbed of their joy?" 47.10

"Having left the city with the valiant and self-controlled Rāma, how can we go to the city again after abandoning him?" 47.11

After saying several such words, those people with their hands lifted above wailed and cried like a cow separated from its calf. 47.12

Again they followed the tracks of the chariot for some time and they were overcome with great sorrow, when they were not able to track it. 47.13

Not able to track the path of the chariot, those good people returned "What is this? What we should do as we have been deceived by fate?" 47.14

With a extremely sorrowing mind, they returned to city by the way they had come and Ayodhyā was completely filled with grieving people. 47.15

After seeing their cities again, they became ones with a sorrowing mind and due to great sorrow, they cried again and again. 47.16

The city of Rāma, completely lost its lustre, like the depths of river from which Garuda took away the serpents. 47.17

Overcome with grief, they saw it without joy, like a sky without moon and ocean without any water. 47.18

They entered their wealthy mansions with sorrow greater than their distress and those people affected by grief could not even recognize their own people. 47.19

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