Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 3

Sargam [Chapter]: 3
Rāma's Story

[Having decided to compose Rāmāyaṇa, the entire story of Rāma appeared to the inner vision of sage Vālmīki as it happened. This chapter again gives an abridgement of Rāmāyaṇa.]

Having heard in a concise manner the full story of Rāmāyaṇa, Vālmīki, who was righteous soul and is endowed by righteousness, further searched to know more distinctly the story of Rāma. 3.1

After touching the water, Vālmīki sat saluting on the Kuśa Grass seat facing the eastern direction and searched for the sequence of past events in the dharmic story of Rāma. 3.2

By the power of Dharma in him, he visualized Rāma, Lakshmana, Sītā and Daśaratha along with their consorts as well as countries as well as each of their movements, laughter, conversations and activities, in exactly the same manner as it had happened. 3.3-3.4

He also visualized as a third person all that happened to Rāma, his wife Sītā and Lakshmana in the Daṇḍaka forest. 3.5

Sitting on meditation, that soul of Dharma, Vālmīki was able to see Rāma like a gooseberry fruit kept on the palm of his hand. 3.6

Having seen all those principles, the great light of Dharma, Vālmīki started getting ready to write the story of Rāma, who was attractive every minute, which was full of prosperity and happiness, which described in detail the principle of Dharma, which was full of gems like an ocean and which was extremely pretty to hear. 3.7-3.8

That god like sage composed the history of Clan of Raghu, as it was earlier related to him by sage Nārada. 3.9

He described the birth of Rāma, who was with great prowess, benevolent to all, dear to all people, who had forbearance, handsomeness, and truthfulness. 3.10

He told various interesting stories after the coming of sage Viśvāmitra, about the breaking of the bow and about his marriage with Sītā. 3.11

He described the argument between Rāma and Paraśurāma, the good qualities of Daśaratha, about the crowning of Rāma and the wickedness of Kaikeyi. 3.12

He described about the stoppage of the crowning, departure of Rāma, the sorrow and wailing of the king, and his Departure to the other world. 3.13

He described about the grief of people, the abandoning them by Rāma, talk with Guha and the returning of the Charioteer. 3.14

He described about the crossing of Ganges, meeting with Bhāradvāja and reaching Chitrakūṭa as per the advice of the sage. 3.15

He described about the construction of a house, coming of Bhārata and the performance of the funeral rites of his father by Rāma. 3.16 He described about the crowning of the slipper by Bhārata and his entry in to Nandi Grāma, going of Rāma to Daṇḍakāraṇya and his killing of Virādha. 3.17

He described his seeing of Sārabhaṅga and his conversation with Sutīkṣṇa, friendship of Sītā with Anasūyā and her application of scented unguents on her body. 3.18

He described about the meeting with sage Agastya, meeting with Jatāyu, going to Pañchavaṭī and meeting with Sūrpanakhā. 3.19

He described the argument with Sūrpanakhā and her disfigurement, killing of Khara, Triśirās and the rise of Rāvaṇa. 3.20

He described the killing of Mārīcha, kidnapping of Sītā, wailing of Rāma and killing of Jatāyu, the King of Vultures. 3.21

He described the meeting with Kabandha, seeing of river Pampa, meeting with Śabarī and meeting with Hanuman. 3.22

He described the going to Riṣyamūka Mountain, meeting with Sugrīva, signing of treaty, and fight between Vali and Sugrīva. 3.23

He described about the killing of Vali, agreement with Sugrīva, grieving of Tara and Rāma’s shelter during the rainy season. 3.24

He described the anger of lion like Rāma, the consolidation of the monkey army, their going to different directions and getting report of different places on earth. 3.25

He described the giving of ring to Hanuman, their visit to the cave of Rikṣa, the fast unto death by monkeys and their interview with Sampattī. 3.26

He described about the climbing of the Mountain, crossing of the ocean, obeying of words of the ocean and meeting with Maināka Mountain. 3.27

He described about the killing of Simhikā, about the seeing of Mountain of Lanka, entering in to Lanka at night, and thinking in solitude by Hanuman. 3.28

He described about his seeing of Rāvaṇa, his seeing of Puṣpaka Vimāna, his visiting the halls of drinking as well as the visit to the apartments of Rāvaṇa's women. 3.29

He described his entry to Aśoka Vana, seeing of Sītā, presentation of the signet ring and again seeing of Rāvaṇa. 3.30

He described the threatening of Sītā by the Rākṣasas, seeing of Trijaṭā, giving of brooch by Sītā and breaking of forest trees. 3.31

He described the fight with Rākṣasas, killing of the servants of Rāvaṇa, catching of Hanuman and setting fire of Lanka by Hanuman with a great roar. 3.32

He described the crossing the ground of sea, usurpation of Madhu Vana, consolation of Rāma and handing over the brooch to him. 3.33

He described about the meeting with god of ocean and building of bridge by Nala, crossing the ocean and siege of Lanka at night. 3.34

He described about the relation with Vibhīṣaṇa, finalizing of strategy for destruction of Rāvaṇa, killing of Kumbhakarṇa and Meghanāda. 3.35

He described about destruction of Rāvaṇa, reunion with Sītā in the enemy city, crowning of Vibhīṣaṇa and seeing of Puṣpaka Vimāna. 3.36

He described Rāma's return to Ayodhyā, his reunion with Bhārata, festivities for the crowning of Rāma, sending back of various armies, making his citizens happy and sending away of Sītā. 3.37

That divine sage composed the things yet to happen in the world at that time in Uttarā Kanda 3.38

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