Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 112

112. Vibhīṣaṇa Crowned

[Rāma requests Lakṣmaṇa to anoint Vibhīṣaṇa as the king of Rākṣasas. Then he requests Hanuman to take permission from Vibhīṣaṇa, enter the city and inform Sītā of their welfare.]

Devas, Dānavas and Gandharvas after seeing the killing of Rāvaṇa went away in their aerial cars talking about the auspicious events that took place. 112.1

Telling each other about the horrific killing of Rāvaṇa, the great valour of Rāvaṇa, the great war in which monkeys, the great counsel of Sugrīva, the affection and valour of Lakṣmaṇa, the son of Sumitrā, the great virtue of Sītā and the valour of Hanuman, they went back to the place from which they have come. 112.2-112.3

After taking leave of the divine chariot which was lend to him by Indra which was shining like fire the great Rāma respectfully worshipped Mātali. 112.4

With the consent of Rāghava, Mātali, the charioteer of Indra got in to his divine chariot and climbed to the heavens. 112.5

When the best among the charioteers went back to heaven, the greatly pleased Rāghava hugged Sugrīva. 112.6

After hugging Sugrīva he was greeted by Lakṣmaṇa and after honouring the monkey troops Rāma came to the camp site of the army. 112.7

Then Rāma spoke to Lakṣmaṇa the son of Sumitrā who was endowed with strength, who had auspicious looks and who was standing nearby. 112.8

"Oh soft natured one, go and consecrate this Vibhīṣaṇa who loves us, who is devoted to us and who has done service to us." 112.9

"Oh gentle one, It is my great desire to see that this Vibhīṣaṇa brother of Rāvaṇa crowned as the king of Lanka." 112.10

When the great Rāghava told like this to Lakṣmaṇa, saying "so be it", with great joy he procured a pot of gold. 112.11

Handing over the pot in to the hands of the monkey kings, he requested them who were as fast as the mind to bring water from the ocean. 112.12

Those monkeys who could travel as fast as the mind, went fast and those great monkeys brought it filled with water. 112.13

Then the son of Sumitrā along with his friends took that one pot of water, made Vibhīṣaṇa to sit on the throne in the middle of the Rākṣasas and anointed him with the water in that pot in accordance with rules of procedure and made him the king of Lanka. 112.14-112.15

Then all the Rākṣasas as well as monkeys anointed him and becoming extraordinarily happy they praised Rāma. 112.16

Seeing that Vibhīṣaṇa was made the king of Rākṣasas by consecrating on that throne those Rākṣasas who were devoted to him became happy. 112.17

Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa got great love and Vibhīṣaṇa having got the great country became happy. 112.18

Vibhīṣaṇa then consoled his people and those Rākṣasas who were residing in that city came near Rāma and offered Vibhīṣaṇa, curds, unbroken rice, ball shaped sweets, puffed rice and flowers. 112.19-112.20

Accepting them the valorous Vibhīṣaṇa who cannot be defeated offered those auspicious objects to Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 112.21

Seeing Vibhīṣaṇa who has completed his duty and who was contented and become well endowed with riches Rāma accepted all of that with a desire to show him his love. 112.22

Then Rāma addressing the monkey Hanuman who was like a mountain and who was standing there saluting him told. 112.23

"Oh gentle one, after taking permission from the great king Vibhīṣaṇa, enter in to the city of Lanka and inform Sītā about our welfare. 112.24

"Oh great one, Inform Sītā about my welfare as well as that of Lakṣmaṇa and Sugrīva and also tell her that Rāvaṇa has been killed in the battle." 112.25

"Oh Lord of the monkeys, make clear to Sītā about this desirable news and you should return bearing her reply." 112.26

This is the end of One Hundred and Twelfth Sarga of Yuddha Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.