Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 66

66. Funeral Postponed

[King Kauśalya cries a lot and goes on berating Kaikeyi. The ministers transfer body of Daśaratha in the tub of oil, so that the funeral can be carried out by his sons, after they come back.]

After the king departed to heaven, he looked like fire which has been put out, a dried up ocean, the sun who has lost his lustre and Kauśalya who was crying due to varying types of sorrow, kept the head of the king on her lap and told Kaikeyi. 66.1-66.2

"Oh notorious one, oh lady with bad ways, Oh Kaikeyi, let your wishes, be fulfilled and having forsaken the king, without any obstacles and with concentrated mind enjoy this kingdom." 66.3

"After Rāma has gone, my husband also has gone to heaven. I do not want to continue living travelling in the wrong path and bereft of any well-wishers" 66.4

"Which women would like to leave a god like husband on her own and would like to live except Kaikeyi, who does not follow Dharma." 66.5

"Like a miserly man eating the poisonous Kimpaka fruit which is with defects, for the sake of the hunchback, Kaikeyi has destroyed the clan of Raghu." 66.6

"Hearing the banishing of Rāma along with wife in an act of injustice by Daśaratha, king Janaka will suffer sorrow like me." 66.7

"That follower of Dharma who has eyes like lotus petals, who has gone from here, does not know that I have become a widow as his father is no more." 66.8

"That sage like daughter of the king of Videha would also suffer great sorrow and her mind would be greatly agitated." 66.9

"Hearing the fierce and loud sounds of animals and birds at night, she would have been scared and seek the protection of Rāma." 66.10

"King Janaka who is old and does not have any sons, worrying about Sītā, would become extremely sad and might give up his life." 66.11

"Being his virtuous wife, now itself I will choose death by embracing him and entering his funeral pyre." 66.12

The attendants of the queen lead away that unfortunate and highly distressed Kauśalya who was crying embracing the body of the king. 66.13

Thereafter the ministers as per their instruction placed the body of the king in a tub of oil and performed the ceremonies that needs to be done. 66.14

Those ministers who knew everything did not desire to do the funeral rituals in the absence of sons and protected the body of the king. 66.15

Seeing the body of the king laid on the tub of oil by the ministers, the women cried, "Alas the king is no more." 66.16

With piteously uplifted arms and with entire face drenched by tears and crying due to great sorrow they lamented helplessly. 66.17

"When we have already parted from the truthful Rāma who speaks with sweet words, Oh king, why did you also go away?" 66.18

"First Kaikeyi with evil intentions made us to be away from Rāma and how can we who are widows live near that slayer of her husband?" 66.19

"The competent, sagacious and auspicious Rāma has always been our protector as well as your protector has gone to the forest abandoning the royal wealth." 66.20

"Without you as well as that valorous one, being bewitched with sorrow, how can we live being abused by Kaikeyi." 66.21

"She has given up the king, Rāma, the powerful Lakṣmaṇa as well as Sītā, why will she not cast us out?" 66.22

Those blessed women of Daśaratha who have wetting themselves by rain of tears due to very great sorrow, convulsed on the floor without happiness. 66.23

Like a night without the moon, like the women without husbands, that town did not shine without the great king. 66.24

With people filled with tears with women shouting in great anguish and with empty courtyards and roads the city did not shine. 66.25

When the king started his journey towards heaven, with the women who were the wives of the king lying on the ground, the sun ended his journey and the darkness of night set in. 66.26

The people and friends of the king who had assembled there, did not agree for lighting the funeral pyre in the absence of the son of the king decided to lay the king in the tub of oil and this was beyond thought. 66.27

Like the Sky having lost its luster without the sun and with isolated group of stars the city bereft of any light was crowded by people who have assembled in courtyards in front of their houses and in squares and in roads. 66.28

The men and women of the city assembled in groups and denounced the mother of Bhārata and those people of the city without its king were greatly distressed and did not have any peace. 66.29

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