Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 121

121. Vibhīṣaṇa Offers Pushpaka Vimāna

[Rāma refuses politely the hospitality offered by Vibhīṣaṇa and wants to go back as quickly as possible. Vibhīṣaṇa summons the Pushpaka Vimāna which can travel at the speed of the mind.]

Vibhīṣaṇa wished victory to Rāma who was the destroyer of enemies and who had risen up fresh after a good night's rest and spoke the following words with hands folded in salutation. 121.1

"These women with lotus-like eyes, who are skilled in the art of decoration have come with bathing accessories like garments, ornaments, sandal-pastes and beautiful garlands of various kinds. They will assist you in bathing Oh Rāma." 121.2-121.3

That son of Kākutstha clan said these words in reply to Vibhīṣaṇa, "You invite the monkeys headed by Sugrīva for this bath." 121.4

"That Bhārata who is the votary of Dharma who is accustomed to comfort and is a delicate youth, a great hero and one consistent with truth is suffering because of me." 121.5

"In the absence of Bhārata, who is the son of Kaikeyi, I do not like to have ritual bathing or wear garments and jewels." 121.6

"Please examine how we can go speedily back to my city of Ayodhyā, because the path by which we came is difficult to follow." 121.7

When he was thus spoken to Vibhīṣaṇa replied to Rāma, "Oh son of the King, I can make you reach that city within a day." 121.8

"Oh Rāma of matchless powers, Pushpaka Vimāna is an aerial car which shines like the sun and was forcibly usurped by my brother Rāvaṇa from Kubera, after he conquered him That divine car moves as per the person's wish and is wonderful and excellent and this car is retained here for your sake, May you be safe." 121.9-121.10

"That cloud like aerial car stands here and using that car you can reach Ayodhyā without any trouble." 121.11

"Oh very wise prince! If I deserve to be treated with kindness by you, if you think of any goodness in me and if you have any affection in me, stay here for some more time." 121.12

"Oh Rāma, I am offering to you with respect all that you desire and so you along with your brother and your consort Sītā can stay here and then depart." 121.13

"Oh Rāma, please accept along with your army as well as all your friends my hospitality offered with great affection, fixed and arranged by me." 121.14

"Oh Rāghava, I am only entreating you with love, with respect and with friendship and being your servant I am not commanding you." 121.15

When He spoke like this Rāma replied to Vibhīṣaṇa while all the Rākṣasas and monkeys were listening. 121.16

"Oh destroyer of enemies, Oh Valorous one, I am greatly honoured by the advices that you gave me as well as great efforts put up soulfully." 121.17

"Oh king of Rākṣasas, it is not that I disregard your words but my heart wants me to speed away from here to see my brother Bhārata." 121.18

"That Bhārata came all the way to Chitrakūṭa mountains to take me back, though I did not agree to his request, in spite of his requesting me with bent head along with Kauśalya, Sumitrā and the famous Kaikeyi, my friend Guha, citizens and village folks." 121.19-121.20

"Oh gentle one, permit me to go and Oh friend, I feel honoured by you and I request you not to get disappointed." 121.21

"Oh king of Rākṣasas, summon the aerial car immediately, for how is it proper for me to to stay here after my task has been accomplished." 121.22

Hearing the words of Rāma, Vibhīṣaṇa the king of the Rākṣasas then hastily invoked the presence of that aerial car shining like the sun, with colourful parts made of gold, with the platform made of cat's-eye gems, which was full of attics, which shined like silver on all sides, decorated well with white flags and flag-staff, decked with gold and golden lotuses, graced with golden mansions, hung all over with networks of tiny bells, giving forth a melodious sound on all sides, resembling a summit of Mount Meru, built by Viśvakarma, which was graced with stately palaces decked with pearls and silver, provided with pavements inlaid with crystal, furnished with excellent seats of cat's eye gems of great value and upholstered with highly valuable coverings. 121.23-121.28

After informing Rāma that the aerial car which cannot be attacked and which travels as fast as the mind has arrived there, Vibhīṣaṇa stood there. 121.29

That Pushpaka, the aerial car which can go to any place we desire, which was like a mountain stood there and seeing it Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa was greatly surprised. 121.30

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