Rāmāyana | Bala Kaṇḍa | Chapter 50

Sargam [Chapter]: 50
Rāma and Lakshmana Introduction

[Viśvāmitra along with Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa visits the Yajña place of King Janaka. The sage is received hospitably. Janaka is curious to know about Rāma and Lakshmana, Viśvāmitra introduces them.]

From there, Viśvāmitra, along with Rāma and Lakshmana, walking in the front, proceeded towards North east and reached the place of Yajña. 50.1

Rāma, along with Lakshmana, addressing the tiger among sages told, "Preparation of the Yajña by great Janaka is remarkable." 50.2

"Oh great one, thousands of Brahmins, who have studied Vedas properly belonging to various countries, have assembled here. Hundreds of carts and quarters for sages are seen here. Oh God like sage, let us decide about the place that we are going to stay here." 50.3-50.4

The great sage, after listening to words of Rāma, chose a place for staying near the water front, which was overtly crowded. 50.5

The King, after hearing about the arrival of sage Viśvāmitra, placing in front his blemish less priest Sathanaanda, went forward to welcome him with great humility. 50.6

The eminent officiating priests brought the materials for worship quickly and offered them to Viśvāmitra with prayers. 50.7

Having accepted the worship by the great soul Janaka, the sage enquired about the welfare of the King as well as about the proper conduct of the Yajña. 50.8

Then, as per tradition, after making enquiries with the teachers and priests, Viśvāmitra joined with them happily. 50.9

Then the King with folded hands requested the sage "You may kindly take your seat along with these great sages." 50.10

Hearing the words of Janaka, that great sage occupied his seat. The King along with his family priest and along with priests and ministers also sat down. 50.11

Afterwards, the King, after examining all his sides and having seen that all persons are seated according to their ranks, spoke to Viśvāmitra. 50.12

"Today, the greatness of my Yajña has been fulfilled by your god like presence and I feel that I have already obtained the fruits of my Yajña." 50.13

"Oh Great sage, Oh Brāhmaṇa, I am blessed because you have come to this hall of Yajña along with these ascetics. I am indebted to you for that." 50.14

"Oh Brahma Rishi, learned persons are telling me that only twelve more days are there to complete this Yajña and Oh sage Viśvāmitra, you are suitable to see devas claiming their share from this Yajña." 50.15

The King, after talking like this to the tiger among sages, with folded hands and a cheerful face, again asked him. 50.16

"Oh Viśvāmitra, I wish you safety. Who are these two youths, who are as valorous as devas, who have the gait of an elephant or a lion, appearing similar to the tiger or bull, who have broad eyes like the lotus petal, who are armed with sword and quiver full of arrows, who have the prettiness of Aśvinī Kumāras, who have just attained the youth and who seem to have come to earth by their own free will from the land of devas? Whose sons are they? Have they come on foot to this place? And for what purpose have they come here?" 50.17-50.19

"Oh great saint, they resemble each other in their personality, with their mesh of hair falling on their temples, expression and movements. They are decorating this country like moon and sun decorates the sky and holding blessed weapons these heroes have come. Whose sons are they? I desire to hear about this from you." 50.20-50.21

Hearing the words of great Janaka, the great sage presented Rāma and Lakshmana to him and told him that they are sons of Dasaratha. 50.22

That great sage, with great lustre, told the distinguished King Janaka, about their visit to Sidhāśrama, their meeting with Rākṣasas there, their undaunted journey to Vishala and meeting with King of Vishala, the appearance of Ahalyā, their meeting with sage Gautama and lastly about their inquisitiveness to see the great bow as their purpose of visit to this place and stopped. 50.23- 50.25

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