Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 122

122. Sugrīva and Vibhīṣaṇa Travel with Rāma

[As per Rāma's request all the monkeys are rewarded with gold and precious jewels by Vibhīṣaṇa. When Rāma asks their permission, they request him to take them also to Ayodhyā along with him. Rāma agrees. They all start to Ayodhyā.]

Keeping ready that Pushpaka aerial car decorated by flowers, Vibhīṣaṇa who was standing not far off spoke to Rāma. 122.1

That king of Rākṣasas with all humility standing with folded arms in salutation asked "Oh Rāghava, what else can I do?" 122.2

After some reflection and thought, the greatly lustrous Rāma with love spoke the following words to him, while Lakṣmaṇa was listening to it. 122.3

"Of Vibhīṣaṇa, Let all these persons who live in the forest, who performed great tasks be honoured with gifts of precious stones and riches of various kinds." 122.4

"Oh king of Rākṣasas, along with you they have won over Lanka, fighting the war with joy without any fear for their lives." 122.5

"All of them who live in the forest have completed their job and so by giving them wealth and gems, reward their achievement." 122.6

"Duly cheered and honoured by you this way, all these monkey chiefs will feel thankful and greatly happy." 122.7

"They will all be closer to you acknowledging your generosity for honouring them and for showing compassion to them and for winning over your senses and because of this I am reminding you." 122.8

"Oh king, When a king does not have loving qualities but goes on ordering them to kill people in the battle, the soldiers feel agitated and leave that king." 122.9

When Rāma told like this Vibhīṣaṇa, honoured all the monkeys and distributed gold and precious stones to them." 122.10

Seeing that the monkey chiefs were honoured by distribution of gems and wealth, Rāma got in to that excellent aerial car. 122.11

Rāma taking along with him in his hands the famous Vaidehī who was shy along with his brother Lakṣmaṇa climbed in to that aerial car armed with a bow. 122.12

Rāma who was seated in the aerial car appreciated all those monkeys as well as the greatly valorous Sugrīva along with Vibhīṣaṇa. 122.13

"Oh greatly valorous monkeys, you have done the duty of a friend towards me. Please give me permission to go and I request to go wherever it pleases you." 122.14

"Oh Sugrīva, you who were scared to go against Dharma, have done to me all that needs to be done like an affectionate and service minded friend. Please go back to Kiṣkindha along with your friends." 122.15

"Oh Vibhīṣaṇa settle down in your kingdom of Lanka which was given by me and not even Indra along with his Devas would be able to attack you." 122.16

"I am going back to Ayodhyā which is the capital city of my father and as I wish to leave you all, I request you to permit me to go." 122.17

When Rāma spoke like this, the monkeys, their kings as well as Vibhīṣaṇa told him as follows with folded hands. 122.18

"If you are willing to take us all, we all desire to go Ayodhyā and there we will wander around the parks and forests and enjoy." 122.19

"Oh excellent king, there we would see you being consecrated and would also salute mother Kauśalya and will soon return to our homes." 122.20

When all the monkeys as well as Vibhīṣaṇa told him like this, Rāma who is the follower of Dharma, told as follows to Sugrīva, monkeys and to Vibhīṣaṇa. 122.21

"I would get something dearer than the dearest, if I go there along with friends like you all and I would be greatly delighted." 122.22

"Oh Sugrīva, speedily get in to the aerial car with all monkeys and oh Vibhīṣaṇa, you also get in to it along with your ministers." 122.23

Then Sugrīva along with his monkeys got up in the divine aerial car called Pushpaka with great joy and so also did Vibhīṣaṇa along with his ministers. 122.24

When all of them boarded it that divine aerial car of Kubera started flying in the sky as per the orders. 122.25

Travelling in that great divine aerial car with the image of a swan which was then flying in air, Rāghava shined like Kubera himself. 122.26

All the monkeys, bears and very strong Rākṣasas comfortably sat in that very spacious and divine aerial car. 122.27

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