Rāmāyana | Sundara Kaṇḍa | Chapter 57

Chapter: 57
Hanuman’s Arrival at Mahendra Mountain

[Hanuman crossed the ocean and was received by the monkeys with happiness. He informed them that he has seen Sītā. He also told them about the pitiable but virtuous condition she was in.]

Hanuman like a great ship crossing though the shore less ocean of the sky, which was having the moon as its flower, the worshipful sun as its water fowl, the stars Pusam (pushyam) and Thiruvonam (sRāvaṇam) as its swimming water birds, the clouds as its floating plants, the star Punarpoosam (Punarvasu) as its sharks, the planet mars as its crocodile, the rainbow as its great island, the star Swathi as the swan playing here and there, the movement of the cyclone as its waves, the rays of the moon as its cold water, the Nāgas, Gandharvas and Yakṣas as its fully opened lotus and lily flowers, swam effortlessly with the speed of the wind. 1-4

That great monkey who was the son of wind god and who had the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi moving in the sky appeared as if he was the moon, who was going to swallow the sky, as if he was rubbing the sky, as if he was robbing the sky of its solar system and stars and as if he was dragging the crowd of clouds. 5-6

Those great clouds were seen as white, red, blue, yellow mixed with red and green mixed with red. 7

Hanuman appeared similar to the moon by becoming invisible while entering the sky and shining when he came out of it. 8

Then the warrior Hanuman clothed in white, hiding and coming out of various types of clouds and thus being visible and invisible at times appeared as if he was the moon. 9

Breaking out of the crowds of clouds, that son of wind god appeared as if he was an eagle in the sky. 10

That greatly resplendent Hanuman, after killing several great Rākṣasas, after exterminating a horrible army, after spoiling the great city, after creating fear in Rāvaṇa, after talking with Vaidehī and after spreading his name everywhere flew above the sky for a second time making booming reverberating sound. 11-12

That valorous Hanuman after patting the great mountain Mainaka travelled with great speed like the arrow shot out of a bow. 13

That great monkey when he neared and saw the Mahendra Mountain, which resembled a cloud roared. 14

That monkey roared like the thunder and all the ten directions reverberated by his sound 15

Anxious to see his close friends, that Hanuman when he neared the other shore, roared loudly and also shook his tail. 16

Because of the roar of Hanuman, who was travelling in path of the sky, which is usually frequented by birds, that entire sky with its solar system appeared as if it was breaking. 17

When it was like this, the very strong monkey heroes anxious to see Hanuman were waiting in the northern shore of the ocean with great anxiety. They at that time listened to the great Hanuman's roar, which was like the cloud's thunder and also the vibration made by his thighs. 18-19

All those monkeys, who normally live in forests, heard the thunderous great roar of that monkey with a mind filled with anxiety 20

All those monkeys hearing the sound of Hanuman, which was echoing in all the four directions, waited to see their friend in person. 21

Jambhavan, who was liked by all the monkey chiefs, with a very happy frame of mind due to love, asked the monkeys to come near him and told them as follows. 22

"This Hanuman has completed his task completely and there is no doubt about it because if he had not completed the job, his roar will not be like this." 23-24

Hearing the roar of the great soul and the sound of vibrations of his hand and thighs, those monkeys jumped with joy, here and there. 25

They with extreme desire to see Hanuman, with great enthusiasm jumped from the tip of one tree to another and from top of one tree to another and joined together to form a crowd. 26

Then those enthusiastic monkeys broke the small flowering branches of the trees and holding them in their hand waved them as if they were waving costly cloth banners. 27

The son of wind God and the very strong Hanuman roared making sounds like the wind entering the mountain cave. 28

Those monkeys stood with folded hands to welcome that great monkey who was rushing towards them like a huge black cloud. 29

Then that monkey, who was as strong as a mountain, got down in one of the thickly wooded peaks of Mahendra Mountain. 30

That Hanuman fully overjoyed jumped on to the mountain spring, from the sky like a featherless hill. 31

Pleased because of that, all those monkey chiefs surrounded Hanuman and came near him. 32

All of them surrounded Hanuman with great love. On seeing him safe they came near him with fully pleased faces, because of that. 33

Those monkeys brought fruits and tubers and offered them to the monkey chief. 34

Then that Hanuman saluted Jambhavan, other teachers and elderly ones as well as Angadha, who was their crown prince. 35

That Hanuman who was a great warrior and who was honourable was praised by those two (Jambhavan and Angada) and worshipped by other monkeys and shortly informed them that "Sītā was seen by me". 36

 (Hanuman uses short message to inform all of them that the mission was accomplished).

Hanuman who was very happy, then interlinked arms with Angadha who was the son of Bali and went and sat in a very pretty spot in the forest and addressing all monkeys told them as follows. 37

"That daughter of Janaka who is young, who was occupying the Asoka forest, who was being guarded by cruel Rakshasis, who had one single dropping plait, whose hair was tufted, who was dirty, who does not have reason not to be famous, who is anxious to see Rāma and who was tired and famished because of starvation was seen by me. 38-39

All those monkeys hearing the nectar like word, "I have seen" which was also very meaningful, became extremely happy. 40

Some very strong ones started jumping, some others made sounds, some others roared and some others made sounds like" Kil Kila" and others echoed it. 41

Some other monkey warriors because of extreme happiness lifted up their tails and rotated their pretty thick tails over their head. 42

Some incomparably strong monkeys came jumping from the top of the mountain and with great pleasure embraced Hanuman, who was similar to an elephant. 43

Addressing Hanuman, who had comprehensively told the information to all monkey warriors, Angada, told the following good words: 44

"Because you have jumped and crossed the very broad sea and returned back, Hey monkey, there is none equal to you in strength and valour." 45

"What a great devotion you have to our lord, what valour, what courage, that famous holy lady, who is the wife of Rāma, has been seen by you because of God's blessings." 46

"It is very good, that Kākutstha will forsake the sorrow due to parting of Sītā. 47

Those monkeys surrounded the big rocks on which Hanuman, Angada and Jambhavan were sitting with great happiness in their mind. 48

All those monkey warriors stood still with folded hands interested in hearing about the crossing of the sea, about Lanka, about Sītā and about Rāvaṇa and were seeing the face of Hanuman. 49-50

At that time the lucky Angada, who was looked up by several monkeys, appeared similar to Devendra who was looked up by all devas. 51

That very high and great mountain top which was being occupied by Hanuman who was famous and the famous Angada who wore armlets was resplendent because of its luck. 52

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