Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 49

49. Rāma Travels Further

[They travelled at great speed and crossed many rivers. Rāma was sorry to leave his town.]

Remembering the command of his father. that tiger among men, covered a long distance in the remnant of the night. 49.1

While he was travelling thus the night ended auspiciously and after worshipping the auspicious dawn, he reached the border of his country. 49.2

After the of the villages where land was being ploughed he reached the forest in flowering, while travelling with great speed on those great horses, though it seemed that they were travelling slowly to him. He also heard the talk among various people in the villages. 49.3

"Alas, what a pity the king Daśaratha was enslaved by passion, that wicked Kaikeyi has been completely tied by her sins without an end. It is that cruel, indecent Kaikeyi who is capable of doing harmful acts, who banished this prince, who is full of compassion, wedded to Dharma and one who has won over his senses and made him live in the forest." 49.4-49.6

"How will the great fortunate daughter of Janaka who is used to pleasures undergo and tolerate these sorrows now?" 49.7

"Alas, that the king Daśaratha is banishing his spotless and dear Rāma without any love and abandoning him." 49.8

There were the words of the people of villages which was heard by Rāma and listening to them he crossed the boundaries of Kosala kingdom. 49.9

There after he crossed the river Vedaśruti, in which auspicious waters were flowing and travelled towards the southern direction towards the hermitage of Agastya. 49.10

Then after travelling for a long time he reached the Gomati river, which had cool waters, with its marshy areas abounding with cows and which flowed in to the ocean. 49.11

After crossing river Gomati along with swift moving horses, he crossed the river Sādhika, which echoed the sounds of swans and peacocks. 49.12

Then Rāma Showed to Sītā the vast tracts of the kingdom, which Manu presented to the Ikshvāku clan. 49.13

Then he with great affection called in a sweet voice resembling a swan "Oh charioteer" and started talking to him. 49.14

"When will I come back to see my father and father and also see the river Sarayu and its forest filled with flowers and go for hunting there?" 49.15

"The royal sages deem that this hunting is an incomparable pleasure in the forests near Sarayu, though I am not interested in it." 49.16

"The royal sages do hunt in the forests for sport and it is also desired by expert archers in proper seasons." 49.17

Telling these words to the charioteer in sweet words and while he was further thinking, their journey continued with great speed. 49.18

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