Rāmāyana | Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa | Chapter 87

87. Guha Tells about Rāma

[Bhārata becomes sad and upset. Later Bhārata asks about what Rāma ate and where he slept. Guha tells him that he only sipped water and lay down on a bed of Durbhā prepared by Lakṣmaṇa.]

Bhārata after hearing these words of Guha, which was not to his liking, was immersed in thought as and when he heard each sentence. 87.1

"Bhārata who was gentle, powerful, with shoulders like that of a lion, with great arms, with wide eyes resembling petals of a lotus, youthful and graceful was revived for a moment but immediately fell down with grief like an elephant, heavily beaten by whips." 87.2-87.3

Seeing Bhārata like this, Śatrughna who was standing nearby, hugged him with great sorrow and fell down senseless. 87.4

Then all the mothers of Bhārata who were emaciated due to fasting, desolate and grieving for the death of their husband rushed towards him. 87.5

All of them wailing fell around him on the ground but Kauśalya who was desolate approached Bhārata and took him in her hands. 87.6

The saint like very sad Kauśalya who had great affection towards him wept and clasped him like her own child and enquired. 87.7

"Oh Son I hope some sickness is not afflicting you as the well-being of the king's clan is now dependent on you." 87.8

"Oh son when Rāma left with his brother and after king Daśaratha departed to heaven, I am living because I am able to see you and you are our sole protector." 87.9

"Oh son, have you heard something unpleasant about Lakṣmaṇa as well as my son who has gone to the forest along with his wife. Rāma is my only son." 87.10

That famous one instantly consoled himself but still crying reassured Kauśalya and told the following to Guha. 87.11

"Oh Guha, where did my brother along with Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa spend the night? Where did they sleep? And what did they eat?. Please tell me." 87.12

Guha, the lord of Niṣādas greatly delighted told his loveable guest about all that he had provided to Rāma. 87.13

"I offered Rāma various kinds of rice, several kinds of eatables and great quantity of fruits which were brought for his meal." 87.14

"Rāma who was valorous in his truth ordered all of that to be taken back, remembering the duties of Kshatriya he did not accept them." 87.15

"You should never take anything from others but always give, my friend", like this that great one entreated." 87.16

"That great one only drank water which was brought by Lakṣmaṇa and later Rāma and Sītā observed fasting." 87.17

"Lakṣmaṇa drank the remaining water and thus completed his work. Then they performed evening worship observing silence." 87.18

"Then later Lakṣmaṇa prepared a comfortable and auspicious bed for them by using Dharbha collected by himself." 87.19

"Rāma along with Sītā lay down on that bed and Lakṣmaṇa after washing their feet, went away to a distant place." 87.20

'Near the roots of this Ingudi tree is the place where the Durbhā was spread over which Rāma and Sītā slept." 87.21

"Lakṣmaṇa, the destroyer of his enemies along with quivers filled with arrows and wearing a finger guard made of goat skin and also holding a bow which was strung ready, stood guard throughout that night." 87.22

"There after I also armed with very good bow and arrow and surrounded by indefatigable men who were also armed with arrows who belonged to my clan, stood in guard of Indra like Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa." 87.23

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