Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 114

114. Rāma Summons Sītā

[Rāma requests Vibhīṣaṇa to bring Sītā, after giving her a head bath and decorating her. When Sītā refuses decoration, Vibhīṣaṇa convinces her. When Rāma wants Sītā to come before him, the Rākṣasas disperse all the monkeys from there. Rāma gets angry and wants Sītā to come before him in front of them. Sītā comes before him.]

That very wise monkey after offering salutations spoke to Rāma who was the top- most among archers who was a master of spoken word. 114.1

"You should see the greatly sorrowing lady Maithili, for whose sake all these activities were undertaken and positive results obtained." 114.2

"That Maithili who was greatly sorrowing and had a tear filled eye after hearing about your victory is extremely happy." 114.3

She who has confidence in me due to our previous meeting on a earlier occasion told me "I would like to see my husband along with Lakṣmaṇa who have achieved their purpose." 114.4

When Hanuman told like this, Rāma the best among the followers of Dharma was overwhelmed with tears and became greatly thoughtful. 114.5

Taking deep and hot breath he surveyed the earth with his eyes and told the cloud like Vibhīṣaṇa who was standing nearby. 114.6

"After anointing with divine oils and after giving her a head bath and after making her wear divine ornaments bring Sītā here without any delay." 114.7

AS soon as Rāma told him like this Vibhīṣaṇa entered the private apartments speedily and announced himself to Sītā through his own women. 114.8

Then after seeing the great Sītā, Vibhīṣaṇa the king of Rākṣasas in all humility saw her and told her with his head bowed in salutation. 114.9

"Oh Vaidehī after anointing yourself with divine unguents and after wearing divine ornaments, safely get in to the chariot as your husband wants to see you." 114.10

When Vibhīṣaṇa told her like this she replied, "Oh king of Rākṣasas, I would like to see my husband without taking bath." 114.11

Hearing her words Vibhīṣaṇa replied to her, "You ought to obey the wishes of your husband Rāma and do accordingly." 114.12

When Maithili who considered her husband as God heard those words and who had great devotion towards her husband said. "So be it." 114.13

After making Sītā take head bath and dressing her up by young ladies, making her wear great ornaments, making her wear costly dresses, he made her climb a shining palanquin and after covering her with costly cloths Vibhīṣaṇa brought her before Rāma accompanied by several Rākṣasīs. 114.14-114.15

After approaching the great one who was still deeply immersed in thought and after saluting him with joy, Vibhīṣaṇa announced the arrival of Sītā. 114.16

Hearing about her arrival after living in the home of the Rākṣasa, Rāghava felt joy, misery as well as indignation at the same time. 114.17

With lack of joy and with deep thought Rāma spoke the following words looking at Vibhīṣaṇa who was standing by his side. 114.18

"Oh gentle king of Rākṣasas who forever wants my victory, Let Vaidehī quickly come before me." 114.19

As soon as Vibhīṣaṇa who was a follower of Dharma heard those words, with great speed he started dispersing the crowd from there. 114.20

Rākṣasas wearing jackets and turbans, their hands carrying staffs which made a jingling sound, walked there all round, dispersing those warriors. 114.21

Bears, Monkeys and Rākṣasas who were standing all over dispersed quickly and went away to some distance from that place where the Palanquin was there. 114.22

When all of them were being dispersed a huge sound arose all over which resembled the waves of tumultuous ocean during the storm. 114.23

Seeing them greatly excited when they were being dispersed, Rāma got it stopped out of kindness for them and due to resentment at the Rākṣasas who were dispersing them. 114.24

Rāma who became greatly emotional with looks that are sufficient to burn, spoke the following words of reproach to the very wise Vibhīṣaṇa. 114.25

"Why without my orders your people are troubling these people? Stop this activity as they are my people." 114.26

"Neither houses nor dresses nor compound walls, nor concealing nor royal honours can protect a woman; only her character is her shield." 114.27

"The visibility of a woman is not condemned during sorrow, during war, during self-choosing of a husband by her nor in Yagnas nor in marriage functions." 114.28

"The Sītā who is there, is in distress and beset with a great difficulty. There is no fault in her appearance in public, particularly in my presence." 114.29

'And so let her leave the palanquin and approach me on her foot and let all the monkeys also see her." 114.30

When Rāma told him like this, the well discerning Vibhīṣaṇa with great humility brought Sītā to a place near Rāma." 114.31

Lakṣmaṇa, Sugrīva, Hanuman and other monkeys who heard the words of Rāma, became very much perturbed. 114.32

Seeing the pitiless face of Rāma which showed indifference to his consort, they concluded that Rāma disliked Sītā. 114.33

Due to modesty drawing her limbs inside Maithili approached her husband followed by Vibhīṣaṇa. 114.34

The pleasant-faced Sītā, who considered her husband as the God, saw the charming face of her husband, with a surprise, rejoice and affection. 114.35

Seeing the face of her beloved husband, whom she had not been seen for a long time and which was charming like the rising full moon, she immediately got rid her mental fatigue. 114.36

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