Rāmāyana | Sundara Kaṇḍa | Chapter 29

Chapter: 29
Good Omens Seeing

[Good omens occurred to Sītā who was consoled by those omens and gained more confidence.]

Good omens approached her, who is faultless, who does forever well, who was mentally perturbed and who because of lack of happiness was terribly depressed like the helpless people approaching a generous man. 1

That long haired lady's very pretty left eye which is surrounded by curved eye brows, which is black, which is broad and which is bright white colour, surrounded by red colour started throbbing like the lotus flower shaken by a fish. 2

Her pretty long round arms which merit the application of dark sandal paste and which were caressed by her darling, started throbbing fast for quite some time. 3

Not only that apart from these two, her left thigh which was round and fat like the elephants trunk throbbed giving initial signals to her of the coming back of Śrī Rāma. 4

Also the gold coloured dress which was coated with dust, of that very pretty standing woman, who had teeth which are like the buds of jasmine and who had very clear eyes, slightly loosened indicating good things are bound come. 5

Getting more confidence by these good omens and others, which were indicative of fulfilment of desires from very ancient times, that pretty lady became very happy similar to the wind and sun dried seed when it received rain. 6

Her face with lips which were similar to the red guava fruit, her pretty eyes and eye brows, her long hair, her curved eyelids and her teeth which were white started shining again like the moon which got its freedom from the serpent Rāhu. 7

(Hindus believed that at the time of lunar eclipse the serpent Rāhu swallows the moon)

Face of that lady with her sorrow removed, with no thoughts in her mind, with her worries quenched and, with more strength due to more happiness glowed like the night lit by the cool moon. 8

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