Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 84

84. Guha Meets Bhārata

[Guha suspects the intention of Bhārata. So he carefully approaches him. Sumantra tells Bhārata about Guha. Guha is allowed to meet Bhārata.]

Then Guha, the king of Niṣādas observing the great bannered army encamping on the banks of river Ganga, hurriedly addressed all his relatives and said. 84.1

"I am seeing a great army which is spread like an ocean and I am unable to comprehend by my mind as to its magnitude." 84.2

"It appears to me that the evil minded Bhārata himself has come here. The huge emblem of Kovida tree seems to be hoisted atop his chariot." 84.3

"Would Bhārata, the son of Kaikeyi arrest us with cords or would he kill all of us or has he come with the desire of conquering this thriving kingdom which is not easily obtainable or is he desirous of slaying Rāma who was banished by his father?" 84.4-84.5

"Rāma the son of Daśaratha is not only my master but also my friend. So be vigilantly stationed on the banks of Ganga, so that his interests are protected." 84.6

"Let all fishermen who live on fruits, roots and meet and who depend on Ganga for their livelihood stay here along with their armies." 84.7

"Let five hundred boats each manned by hundred men be available here", said Guha exhorting them. 84.8

"If perchance Bhārata is not ill disposed to Rāma then his army would cross over river Ganga today itself in safety." 84.9

After telling this, the king of Niṣādas, carrying, fish, meat and wine as presents approached Bhārata. 84.10

The very famous son of the charioteer, who was humble by nature, seeing their coming informed humbly about it. 84.11

"This Lord who is surrounded by thousands of his relatives is very knowledgeable about Daṇḍaka forest. He who is aged is a great friend of your brother." 84.12

"Oh son of Kākutstha clan, so you may let the Lord of Niṣādas Guha to see you as he will undoubtedly know about the whereabouts of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa." 84.13

After having heard these auspicious words of Sumantra, Bhārata said "Allow him to meet me immediately." 84.14

Guha became joyous on seeing that the permission was obtained and along with his relatives and with humility approached Bhārata and told him. 84.15

"This country is like the garden in your backyard and all of us are subordinate to you and you may live in the home of this slave." 84.16

"Here are the roots and fruits from the forest and also great varieties of dried and fresh meat brought to you by these Niṣādas. ' 84.17

"I am desiring that you and along with your army may take rest here tonight and after we present you with various offerings, your army can proceed tomorrow." 84.18

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