Rāmāyana | Sundara Kaṇḍa | Chapter 27

Chapter: 27
Trijaṭā’s Dream

[This chapter is about the dream of Trijaṭā, one of the guards of Sītā, who is the daughter of Vibhīṣaṇa, which foretells good tidings for Sītā and Rāma and very bad happenings to Rāvaṇa and other Rākṣasas.]

Having been told like this the horrible Rākṣasīs became livid with anger and some of them went to tell it to the bad soul Rāvaṇa. 1

Then the terrible looking Rākṣasīs surrounded Sītā and told the following words, which lead to the same result and which are hurting to the ears. 2

"Hey ignorant Sītā, who has decided upon to do sinful act today and now itself, we the Rākṣasīs are going to eat your flesh." 3

Seeing the methods of bullying used by them which are not lady like, a very elderly and wise Rākṣasī called Trijaṭā* spoke the following words: 4 * Trijaṭā has been described as the daughter of Vibhīṣaṇa, the younger brother of Rāvaṇa.

"Hey sinners, you can eat me and please do not kill Sītā, who is the daughter of Janaka, who is the daughter in law of Dasaratha and who respects all others." 5

"Just now, I saw a dream and truly I saw it. When thinking about it I am upset, my hairs stand upright for the dream is about the fall of Rākṣasas and the victory of her husband." 6

Thus informed by Trijaṭā, those Rākṣasīs who had lost their senses due to anger were suddenly full of fear and asked Trijaṭā, "What is the type of dream that you have seen at night? Please explain it in detail." 7

Once she heard the words emanating from the mouth of Rākṣasīs, Trijaṭā started talking to them about her dream. 8

"Raghava clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland arrived happily along with Lakṣmaṇa in a palanquin made of ivory and carried by thousand swans and travelling in the sky." 9

"I saw in my dream Sītā also clothed in white silk who had reached the White Mountain surrounded by the sea and being happy with Sri Rāma like the sun light with the sun." 10

(Please note that dressing in white was considered as auspicious during the time of Rāmāyaṇa.)

"I Saw Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa arriving, riding on a mountain like, four tusked great elephant." 11

"Then those two human heroes clothed in white silk and wearing white flower garland, shining in their own lustre approached the daughter of Janaka." 12

"Then Janaki from that mountain itself climbed on to the neck of the elephant, which was looked after by her husband." 13

"Then she rose from the lap of her lotus eyed husband and stated patting the moon and the sun". 14

"Then the elephant ridden by those two princes and the broad eyed Sītā came and stood on the sky just above Lanka." 15

"Then accompanied by Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa, Rāma climbed on a chariot drawn by eight pairs of bulls and reached here on his own." 16

"I saw Sri Rāma, who is capable of exterminating problems swallowing all the three worlds along with several globes and its moving and not moving inhabitants." 17

"From the middle of the waters of the ocean of milk, one White Mountain rose up. On the top of the mountain was a very big white elephant with four tusks. And on the top of it, the lotus eyed Sri Rāma, his brother Lakṣmaṇa and his wife Sītā were seated." 18-20

"Sītā arose from there and embraced the pretty, full moon with both her hands and was there as a part of her husband." 21

"After that in another place, the lotus eyed Rāma who was born in the Kākutstha clan and who was a gentleman, sat on a wonderful seat facing east and was anointed by all the holy waters by the group of great sages, I also saw him being worshipped by all devas." 22-23

"There she, who is the daughter of Janaka, who was having a very pretty middle part, clothed in white silk, wearing white flower garlands and also anointed by scents from several holy flowers shined greatly." 24

"After this Devas accompanied by Gandharvas, sages and Sidhas keeping Lord Brahma in their front saluted Sri Rāma." 25

"The great Sri Rāma who was expert in pleasing every one became himself Lord Vishnu and sat on a holy seat. I also saw him like this." 26

"The red eyed gentleman Śrī Rāma who was the lord of all worlds and who was a descendent of Raghu, shined there as the ultimate truth, as the ultimate essence, as the personification of ultimate knowledge, as the ultimate mediation, as the ultimate cause, as the ultimate place, as the ultimate cause of everything, holding conch, holy wheel and mace in his hands, with very long eyes, with Śrī Vatsa* on his chest, as the Kingdom leading to ultimate deliverance, as somebody who can never be defeated, as somebody who is permanent, as somebody who is perennial, as Vishnu the abode of peace and as someone who was glowing greatly. 27-29 * Śrī Vatsa is on the chest of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi resides there.

"Then the King of devas, manes, great sages, Gandharvas, Vidyādharas, the chief of Pannagas surrounded Rāma, who was crowned and with folded hands sang his praise." 30

"Then all the Apsarās (Deva dancers) joined together sang with happiness and danced accompanied by necessary musical instruments. Along with them instruments like Vinā, Muraja,* drums and conches together made pleasant royal music." 31 * A musical instrument.

"After this I also saw the real hero Rāma, in another place. That prince among men with Lakṣmaṇa, his brother and his wife Sītā was riding the sun like holy Puspaka Vimāna and was travelling towards the north." 32-33

(In the Northern side of India, Gods used to reside and was considered holy.)

I saw like this in my dream the valorous Sri Rāma who was very similar to Lord Vishnu along with his brother Lakṣmaṇa and with Sītā. 34

"That resplendent Sri Rāma who cannot be won over either by Devas or asuras or Rākṣasas or anybody else is similar to the fact that heaven cannot be won over by sinners." 35

"Not only this, I saw the head shaved Rāvaṇa who had applied oil all over, clothed in red cloths, tipsy being drunk and wearing Karavīra flowers. 36

(Here red colour is indicative of bad. This stanza also indicated shaving of head indicates miserable state.)

"At another time I saw the head shaved Rāvaṇa who has fallen to the earth from Pushpaka Vimāna being forcibly dragged by a lady wearing black dress." 37

"He wore a red garland and red Tilakā and was travelling to the south riding a chariot dragged by donkey and was drowned in a hole in the mud." 38

"I saw a black lady laden with mud all over her body wearing a cloth smelling of blood dragging the ten headed one holding him tightly on the neck towards south." 39

"He was riding fast towards the south on a donkey having lost his senses by drinking oil, laughing, tottering, with dulled senses and with weak body" 40

(God of death and hell were supposed to be in the Southern direction.)

"I also saw the King Rāvaṇa falling from the donkey with head downwards and stunned by fear and ultimately falling on earth." 41

"That Rāvaṇa suddenly got up, was caught by fear, started trembling, was shaking because he was drunk, was shouting many meaningless words like a mad man and fell in a intolerable, very dark, hell like shit pit and went down in to that." 42-43

"I also saw the very strong Kumbhakarṇa* there. I also saw all the sons of Rāvaṇa applied with oil and head shaved in side there." 44 * Younger brother of Rāvaṇa.

"Rāvaṇa riding on a pig, Indrajit riding on a crocodile and Kumbhakarṇa riding on a camel went towards south." 45

"But I saw in my dream only Vibhīṣaṇa carrying a white umbrella clothed in white silk, wearing a white garland, anointed with white sandal paste and accompanied by music of Dundubhi* and honoured by dance and music." 46 * A deva musician.

"There I saw Vibhīṣaṇa along with four ministers riding on a holy four tusked elephant which was equal to a cloud and which was roaring like a cloud reaching Sri Rāma." 47

"I also saw huge crowds of drunk Rākṣasas in blood drenched cloth, wearing blood red garlands along with sound of drums and music." 48

"I saw the pretty city of Lanka which has horses, chariots and elephants drowning in the sea with its towers and decorations broken down." 49

"I saw in my dream, the city of Lanka which is well protected by Rāvaṇa being burnt down by a monkey who was the emissary of Rāma." 50

"All the Rākṣasīs were loudly crying and dancing after drinking oil and in the city of Lanka which had turned in to ashes, all Rākṣasa chieftains like Kumbhakarṇa, all dressed in red, were getting drowned in a pit of cow dung." 51-52

"Rāghava who cannot tolerate crimes is going to kill Rāvaṇa along with all his people and is going take back Sītā. You will see this and you better run and hide yourself." 53

"Rāghava will not forgive you all for terrorizing and bullying his wife who is his darling, who is honoured by him and who accompanied him to live in the forest." 54

"So let your cruel words stop, talk to her and console her. Let us all beg the daughter of Videha and I feel that is only the good decision." 55-56

" This very sad lady about whom this dream was seen, is going to get out of the different kinds of sorrow and is going to join back her very great husband." 57

"Hey, Rākṣasīs, what is the use of hesitating, go and beg the forgiveness of her who has been terrorized." 58

"All the Rākṣasas are going to suffer grave danger from Rāghava." 59

"Hey, Rākṣasīs, there is no doubt that the princess of Mithilā who is the daughter of Janaka would get quickly pleased with you as soon as you bow to her. She alone is sufficient to save us all from this grave danger." 60

"Not only that, I do not see even a bit of anything, which is not a good omen, in all parts of her body." 61

"The only sorrowful state which had happened to her, who attained the Vimāna in my dream and who should not have got all this sorrow is her being dulled by the dirt" 62

"I am seeing that, the downfall of the King of Rākṣasas, victory of Rāma and the fulfilment of desires of the daughter of Videha has come very near." 63

"Good omens are happening to her who is going to hear pleasant news. I am seeing that her long left eye, which is like a lotus petal, is beating about. Apart from that only the left arm of Vaidehī is throbbing because of pleasure. Also her left thigh, which is like the trunk of an elephant, is throbbing. All this indicates that Rāghava is standing in front of her eye." 64-66

"Not only that, the bird living on the branches with great zest and happiness is making lovely soft sound indicating the safe arrival of someone again and again and appears as if it is helping her by its song." 67

Thus ends the twenty seventh chapter of Sundara Kanda in the Rāmāyaṇa which is the first epic written by Vālmīki.