Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 81

81. Vasiṣṭha Arranges Meeting

[When respect of king is given to Bhārata, he is upset. Vasiṣṭha calls for a meeting of all concerned.]

Then the expert in words, bards, and genealogists made a delightful start of the night with auspicious notes and praised Bhārata. 81.1

The drum of the night watch was beaten by golden sticks [to indicate time], conches in hundreds were blown and instruments of various modulations were played. 81.2

That high sound of pipes reached up to the heavens but caused even more sorrow and distress to Bhārata. 81.3

Bhārata who was woken up by that sound immediately got it stopped and told Śatrughna that "I am not the king." 81.4

"See Śatrughna, what great harm has been done to the world by Kaikeyi. Lord Daśaratha has left the earth leaving all these sorrows to me." 81.5

"This country which was ruled by the great king of dharma who rooted in Dharma is now like a boat without helmsmen caught in the whirlpool." 81.6

"And also the very great protector of this country Rāma, has been banished to the forest by my mother who has abandoned Dharma." 81.7

Seeing Bhārata crying like that and becoming unconscious, all the women cried together continuously. 81.8

When he was crying like this Vasiṣṭha the expert on the king's Dharma entered the assembly hall of the lord of Ikshvāku clan. 81.9

That follower of Dharma along with his disciples entered that hall finished in gold and inlaid with many gems and precious stones and resembled Sudharma, the assembly hall of Indra. 81.10

Sitting on the golden seat covered with comfortable spread, he gave orders to the messengers this way. 81.11

"Bring immediately Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, ministers and army commanders of a steady mind as a very important matter need to be discussed." 81.12

"Bring along with royal attendants the famous Śatrughna, the illustrious Bhārata, . Yudhājit, Sumantra, all well-wishers of the king." 81.13

When the invitees started coming as per the orders of Vasiṣṭha in their horses and Chariots, great sound of din prevailed there. 81.14

"When Bhārata was coming he was greeted by ministers and other people like they used to greet Daśaratha and it resembled Devas greeting Indra." 81.15

Graced by the sons of Daśaratha, that assembly hall, teeming with fish and serpents, with gems, shells, pebbles and grains of sand, looked as if Daśaratha himself was present there. 81.16

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