Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 117

117. Gods Tell Rāma that He is Lord Vishnu

[All the gods come in aerial chariots and tell Rāma that he is none other than God Vishnu and Sītā is none other than Goddess Lakshmi. This chapter does not merge with the text of Rāmāyaṇa. Experts believe that this is only an interpolation to prove that Rāma is God.]

Hearing the cries of those who were wailing loudly, Rāma, the follower of Dharma became thoughtful for a while, as his mind was greatly upset and his eyes were filled with tears. 117.1

Then King Kubera, Yama along with manes, the lord of devas, Varuṇa the God of the water, the great Mahādeva who had three eyes, Brahma the creator of all worlds, the experts in Vedic knowledge together reached the city of Lanka in aerial cars which shined like Sun and approached Rāma. 117.2-117.4

Those great Gods of heaven lifted their long arms decorated by several ornaments and spoke to Rāma who stood there saluting them with folded hands. 117.5

"How is it that you who are the lord of all the worlds who is the foremost among intellectuals, are not caring for Sītā who is falling in to fire? How is that you are not recognizing that you are the chief of all the Gods?" 117.6

"Among the Vasus you are the Vasu Rithadhama [standing for truth and divine law] who was the ruler of people, who was the chief of all the three worlds and you, yourself are the lord of all creatures. 117.7

"Among Rudras, you are the eighth Rudra and fifth among Sādhyas. The two Aśvinī devatās are your ears and the Sun and Moon are your eyes." 117.8

"Oh destroyer of your enemies, you have been seen at the beginning and end of all the worlds and just like a common man you are ignoring Sītā." 117.9

Those Lords of world spoke like this, Rāma, who was Lord of creation himself, born in the clan of Raghus and best among those who protect Dharma, spoke to those chief Gods like this. 117.10

"I am only a human being called Rāma who was the son of Dasaratha and you who are the Gods are telling me, what I really am and why am I like this?" 117.11

When the son of Kākutstha clan told like this, Lord Brahma, the best among those who know Brahma spoke as follows," Oh truly brave one, please listen to my true words." 117.12

"You are the God Nārāyaṇa, the lord who wields the wheel, you are the one horned boar who is the winner over your past and future enemies." 117.13

"You are the imperishable Brahma and you are the truth in the beginning, middle and end. You are the Viṣvaksena who is the supreme Dharma and you are the four armed one." 117.14

"You are Hrishīkesa, Purusha, Puruṣottama who wields the bow called Sāranga. You cannot be defeated, you are Vishnu who wields the sword and you are the very strong Krishna." 117.15

"You are the commander of the army, chief of the village, you are wisdom, patience and controller of senses. You are the origin and dissolution, you are Vāmana and you are the killer of Madhu." 117.16

"You are great Indra who rules over Devas, you are Padmanābha, you are the one who ends battle, you are the refuge to those who do not have refuge and you are the words of great sages." 117.17

"You are the soul of the Vedas, you are the great bull with hundred heads and thousand horns, you are the primeval force of the three worlds, you are your own lord, you are the refuge of the Sidhas and Sādhyas and were one who were before them." 117.18-117.19

"You are the Yagna, you are the sound "Vaṣaṭ", you are "Om", you are the divine for the divines and people do not know your origin or end and do not know who you really are." 117.20

"You can be seen in all beings, in the cows, in the Brahmins, in all directions, in the sky, mountain and rivers." 117.21

"You are with thousand feet, hundred heads, with thousand eyes and are with Goddess Lakshmi.. You carry the earth along with all its beings and mountains." 117.22

"Oh Rāma, you appear like a great serpent in the waters supporting the earth where from you carry all the three worlds and you also support Devas, Dānavas and Gandharvas." 117.23

"Oh Rāma, I am your heart, the goddess Saraswati is your tongue and all Devas created by Lord Brahma are your hairs and limbs." 117.24

"When you close your eyes it is night and when you open your eyes it is day, the words that you use are the Vedas and the universe does not exist without you." 117.25

"The entire universe is your body, your stability is the firmness of earth, your anger is fire and your pleasant face is the moon and you are recognized by Srivathsa." 117.26

"In the past, you occupied the three worlds by your three steps after tying up the very formidable Mahabali and made Indra, the king of devas." 117.27

"Sītā is no other than Lakshmi, your consort when you were Vishnu, you the king of people with black blue colour and you have taken the form of man so as to kill Rāvaṇa." 117.28

"Oh Rāma, the greatest among followers of Dharma, you have completed your job by killing Rāvaṇa and so return to heavens with joy." 117.29

"Oh God, your valour is immeasurable and your exploits are never in vain. Oh Rāma seeing you leads to unmatched blessings and songs about you never go waste." 117.30

"Those humans, who are full of devotion to you, will never be unsuccessful on this earth. Those who are devoted to you, the primeval and the eternal lord, belonging to ancient times and the Supreme Person, will forever attain their desired objects here as well as hereafter." 117.31-117.32

"Those humans who would recite this divine, primeval and epic hymn sung by Lord Brahma will never ever face disappointment." 117.33

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