Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 39

Sargam [Chapter]: 39
Horse Search and Digging of Earth

[The horse is left and Amśumān, the son of Asamanjā goes behind it. Indra steals the horse and hides it. The sixty thousand Sāgaras are asked to dig the earth and search for the horse. The earth and devas complain about it to Lord Brahma.]

Having heard Viśvāmitra, the pleased Rāma told like this to the sage, who was like a burning fire. 39.1

"Oh Brahmin, I am desirous of listening to this story in detail of how my ancestor arranged for the sacrifice, please tell." 39.2

Sage Viśvāmitra, with a smile, addressed Rāma and said, "Oh Rāma, be pleased to hear the story of the magnanimous King in detail." 39.3

"The father in law of Lord Shiva who was the Mountain called Himalayas and the impossible Mountain Vindhya looked at each other." 39.4

"Oh best among men, the yagna took place in the area between these great Mountains and Oh tiger among men, that area between these Mountains is extremely suitable for conducting this type of sacrifice." 39.5

"Oh child, son of Kakustha dynasty, as per the wishes of King Sāgara, his son Amśumān who was a great charioteer and having a strong bow followed the sacrificial horse so that he can protect it." 39.6

"Then on a full moon day, Indra, assuming the form of a Rākṣasa, stole the sacrificial horse of King Sāgara, when he was performing the Yajña as the Yajamāna [Kartha]." 39.7

"Oh son of Kākutstha clan, when the sacrificial horse of the great King Sāgara was stolen, all the priests conducting the sacrifice told the King who was the doer of the sacrifice." 39.8

"Oh Sāgara, who is a Kākutstha, on this auspicious day the sacrificial horse has been taken away forcibly and so quickly kill the thief and bring back the horse." 39.9

"This hole like flaw in the sacrifice will be inauspicious for all of us and so Oh king, do all that is necessary to conduct this Yagna without any flaw." 39.10

"Hearing the words of the officiating priests in the hall of Yagna, he spoke to his sixty thousand sons as follows." 39.11

"Oh best among men, Oh sons, I do not see any possibility of this done by Rākṣasas as this great Yagna is being presided by eminent priests and is protected by Mantras." 39.12

"Oh sons, all of you please go safely and search for the horse all over the world surrounded by the sea." 39.13

"Oh Sons, you may go mile after mile throughout the earth in search of the thief of the horse. Excavate the earth till the horse is found. This is my order." 39.14

"Having entered in to the penance of performing this Yagna, I along with my grandson and the group of priests would stay here till the horse is found. May you be safe." 39.15

"When spoken thus by their father, with happy hearts, those strong princes went all over the great earth, to fulfil the orders of their father." 39.16

"Oh tiger among men, each of them broke one yojana [2 miles] of the entire length of the earth by their nails as tough as diamonds." 39.17

"Oh Rāma, that earth broken systematically by lances similar to thunderbolts and ploughs, which were dreadful, gave out dreadful sounds." 39.18

"Oh Rāma, when they were digging the earth, the sound of serpents, asuras, Rākṣasas and other beings were heard from there." 39.19

"Oh son of the Raghu clan, by excavating the sixty thousand Yojanas [120000 miles], eventually they reached the matchless Rasātala." 39.20

"Oh tiger among men, those sons of the King digging this way roamed all around Jambu Dvīpa along with its Mountains." 39.21

"Afterwards Devas, asuras, Gandharvas and serpents, with extremely disturbed mind went and met Lord Brahma." 39.22

"They, who were highly agitated, with sad faces propitiated the magnanimous Lord Brahma and spoke thus." 39.23

"Oh God, the entire earth is being dug by the sons of Sāgara and many great people living in the world below are being killed." 39.24

"Those sons of Sāgara are pointing out to various people and saying "This one is the thief" and are killing them." 39.25

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