Rāmāyana |Kiṣkindha Kaṇḍa| Chapter 45

45. Monkeys Start Search

[Each of the group went to directions assigned to them with great enthusiasm. Each of them expected to win over Rāvaṇa and bring back Sītā.]

The best of monkeys Sugrīva addressed all those monkeys and again urged them to go to the places assigned to them as per his words so that the work of Rāma could be done. 45.1

After recognizing the firm order of the chief of the monkeys, started their journey spreading like butterflies all over the world. 45.2

Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa stayed in Prasravaṇa awaiting the end of the month fixed for tracing the whereabouts of Sītā. 45.3

The monkey hero Sathavali at once started his journey to northern side which was pretty but surrounded by kings of mountains. 45.4

The monkey chief Vinatā started towards the east and the monkey Lord Hanuman who was the son of wind God along with Tara and Angadha wanted to go to the south which is inhabited by sage Agastya. 45.5-45.6

The monkey chief Sushena quickly started to the horrifying western side which was ruled by God Varuṇa. 45.7

Then that king after guiding and dispatching properly, the best of chiefs of army of monkeys to all directions became even more pleased and happy. 45.8

When the chief of monkeys were addressed that way by their king and asked to go in different directions they departed with enthusiasm. 45.9

The very strong monkeys loudly roaring with happiness, howling, leaping and screaming, galloped further. 45.10

When the king addressed them that way all the monkeys shouted "We would kill Rāvaṇa and we will bring back Sītā." 45.11

Each of them shouted, "I alone will kill Rāvaṇa who would face me in war and by churning that place I would get back the daughter of Janaka." 45.12

"I alone will get Sītā who must be trembling with exhaustion even if she is in the underworld and all of you, please wait for me here." 45.13

"I will kill the trees, uproot the mountains and break open the earth and also stir up the seas." 45.14

"Without any doubt, I can jump a distance of one hundred Yojanas and similarly I can cross a distance of one hundred Yojanas." 45.15

"Without any obstruction, I can move on the earth, on the ocean, on mountains, in forests and even in the midst of the underworld." 45.16

Like this each of the monkeys who were proud of their strength boasted about themselves in front of their king. 45.17

This is the end of Forty Fifth Sarga of Kiṣkindha Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.