Rāmāyana | Sundara Kaṇḍa | Chapter 6

Chapter: 6 Rāvaṇa's Palace Entry

[Hanuman enters the houses of nobles in the palace complex of Rāvaṇa and finally enters the house of Rāvaṇa.]

That monkey, who can take any form he liked, thoughtfully wandered with speed in to the different palatial houses of Śrī Lanka. 1

Then that Hanuman, whom Lakshmi has showered her grace, reached the house of the King of Rākṣasas, which was surrounded by walls, which glittered like Sunflower. 2

Examining the house protected by the Rākṣasas, like the lions protect the forest, the monkey chief glistened with wonder. (or by the glitter of the houses) 3

That monkey chief saw the great one's great house which had pictures made of silver, which was decorated by gold, which had towers, multiple buildings and pretty gates, which was occupied by great elephants ridden by heroic soldiers and chariot tied horses which cannot be controlled, which had chariots covered with the hides of tiger and lion and were made of ivory, gold and silver and had booming sound, which had forever moving great mega chariots making huge sound inlaid with precious gems filled with special weapons and vessels and occupied by great heroes, which was filled on all four sides by thousands of different types pretty and special animals and birds, which was saluted and cared for by several Rākṣasa sentries, which was filled with many great ladies, which was occupied by jewel like ladies who were happy, which was the house of the King of Rākṣasas, which was filled with booming sound of the ocean made by the jingling of very special jewels, which was filled with luxurious objects fit for great Kings, which had perfumed objects like sandal and myrrh, which was occupied by large gathering of people who were like the lions of a great forest, which had the noise created by drums, cymbals etc., which was filled by the sound made by conches, which had sacrificial performances for special occasions conducted by Rākṣasas, which had daily worship being performed, which had non-stop celebrations, which had sounds like the tides of ocean and which had very good quality carpets made of jewels. 4-13

That monkey chief thought that the house, which was glittering and which had elephants, horses and chariots as an ornament of the city. Then Hanuman walked here and there for some time near Rāvaṇa. 14-15

That monkey went round and searched without fearing the different houses of Rākṣasas and also in their gardens and palaces. 16

That great hero, who had very great speed, jumped in to the house of Prahastha and jumped from there to the house of Mahaparswa (ministers of Rāvaṇa). 17

From there the monkey chief went to the cloud like house of Kumbhakarṇa and from there jumped to the house of Vibhīṣaṇa (brothers of Rāvaṇa), 18

He then jumped in to the houses of Mahodhara, Virupaksha, Vidyujihwa, Vidhyunmali and Vajra Damṣṭrā. 19

(Army chiefs of Rāvaṇa.)

Like this the great resplendent monkey went to the houses of Śuka, Chāraṇa the great hero Indrajit. 20

(Shuka and Charana were the chief spies of Rāvaṇa and Indrajit his eldest son.)

He visited the houses of Jambumali, Sumali, Rasmikethu and Surya shathru. 21

That monkey chief, who was the Son of Wind God, jumped in to the houses of Vajarakaya, Dhumrākṣa and Sampattī. 22

The son of the Wind God visited one by one the houses of Bhīma, Vidhyadhroopa, Ghana, Vighana, Sukhanasa, Sasa, Vikata, Brhamakarna, Dhamshtra, Romasa, Rākṣasa, Yudhonmatha, Matha, Dwajagreeva, Nadhi, Athikaya, Aksha, Vidhyujjihwa, Indrajjihwa, Hasthimuka, Akambana, Karala, Piśācha, Sonithaksha, Devanthaka, Naranthaka, Kumbha, Nikumbha, Ugravakthra, and Ghoraand Ghorara. 23-29

That famous monkey chief saw the invaluable riches in each of these rich people’s houses. 30

The lucky Hanuman after seeing and searching these houses on all four sides reached the house of the King of Rākṣasas. 31

Hanuman, who was the most intelligent monkey of all, entered inside and saw the women sentries with ugly eyes, who were armed with spear and the thorn mace doing their shift duty. 32

He also saw very huge Rākṣasas belonging to different regiments and armed with diverse type of arms in the house of the Rākṣasa chief. 33

In that house Hanuman saw horses which were swift, pretty, red, white, armed sufficiently to do a battle and possessing very high speed, and elephants, which were capable of winning the elephants of the enemy, which were trained in the elephant discipline, which were capable of killing the army of the enemy, which were like clouds equal to the prowess of Airāvata, which were similar to the mountains giving birth to several streams, which were making sound like thunder and which can never be won over by the enemies. 34-36

That monkey, who is son of Wind God, saw in the house of Rāvaṇa, the King of Rākṣasas, thousands of horses decorated with gold, several type of gold plated palanquins, which were like the young sun, several houses covered with climbing plants, several art galleries, several houses of entertainment, playing bulls made of wood, pretty houses of passion and several houses to spend the day time. 37-39

That Hanuman saw the house of Rāvaṇa, rivalling the house of Shiva the chief of beings, which was similar to Mandāra mountain, which had places for peacocks, which was full of flag poles, which was filled with thousands of jewels, where heaps of treasures were lying about here and there and which had several art works made of very great sculptors. 40-41

That house due to the glitter of precious stones and because of Rāvaṇa's prowess was shining like the sun because of its rays. 42

That monkey warrior saw glittering golden cots and seats as also several shining vessels. 43

Hanuman entered that great palace, which was full of gem studded vessels, which have become wet because they were used to serve honey and alcoholic drinks, which was extensive like the very beautiful house of Kubera, which was booming because of sounds made by the jingling of anklets, shaking sound of waist belt and the sounds made by drums and cymbals, which had several houses, which was occupied by several jewel like women and which had many architectural marvels. 44-46

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