Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 126

126. Hanuman Informs Bhārata

[When Bhārata enquires, Hanuman tells him in detail about all the happenings in the life of Rāma after he left Chitrakūṭa. He also tells him that Rāma would be arriving the next day.]

I am greatly delighted to hear the news of my Lord who went in to the vast forest very many years ago. 126.1

"I consider the common saying "Bliss comes to the surviving man even after one hundred years" to be true." 126.2

"Since I am asking you, please tell me the truth as to how a treaty was signed between Rāma and the monkeys and under what circumstances." 126.3

Having been seated on the cushion offered by the prince, Hanuman, after that started telling about the story of Rāma in the forest. 126.4

"Oh Lord, Oh long-armed one, You already know well, How your mother was granted two boons by your father, how Rāma was sent to forest in exile, how Daśaratha the king died, with a shocking sorrow for his son's exile, how you were brought quickly from Rajagriha by the ministers, how sovereignty was not coveted by you when you returned to Ayodhyā, how on your going to mount Chitrakoota, your, elder brother the tormentor of enemies was invited by you who followed Dharma to take back the kingdom, how Rāma who stood by his father's words, renounced the kingdom and stood by his father's words and how your returned to Ayodhyā, taking with you the wooden sandals Hear from me now, that which occurred after you had returned to Ayodhyā." 126.5-126.9

"After you returned back the forest had a miserable look with scared animals as well as birds." 126.10

"Rāma then entered the horrifying and lonely forest of Daṇḍaka, which was trampled by elephants and populated by lions and tigers." 126.11

"In that dense forest in front of them appeared the very strong Virādha who uttered a very loud roar." 126.12

"They made him who was rushing towards them with uplifted arms in to a pit with head first while he was making a loud wail like an elephant." 126.13

"After completing this very difficult job, the two brothers Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa went to the pretty hermitage of Sārabhaṅga." 126.14

"Rāma, who was truly valorous, reached Janasṭhāna after Sārabhaṅga ascended to the heaven; after offering their salutations to the sages there." 126.15

"After that a Rākhṣasī called Sūrpanakhā came and troubled Rāma and the strong Lakṣmaṇa and as per the orders of Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa chopped off her ears and nose with his sword." 126.16

"The great Rāma killed fourteen thousand Rākṣasas who were living in the Janasṭhāna region who were very capable." 126.17

"In the battle front all alone completely finished off all those fourteen thousand Rākṣasas in a fraction of the quarter of the day." 126.18

"Those very strong and greatly valorous Rākṣasas who were causing trouble to all the sages who lived in Daṇḍakāraṇya were killed by the arrows of Rāghava." 126.19

"All those Rākṣasas were smashed in the battle and their leader Khara was also killed. He also killed Dūṣaṇa as well as Triśirā." 126.20

"Then tormented by the killing of those Rākṣasas, the childish Sūrpanakhā approached the horrifying Rākṣasa Rāvaṇa. Then Mārīcha a horrifying Rākṣasa who was the follower of Rāvaṇa, assumed a form of a gem studded deer and allured Sītā." 126.21-126.22

"When Sītā saw it she told Rāma, "Please catch this deer so that our hermitage would become pleasing to the mind." 126.23

"Armed with a bow, Rāma chased that deer, which was running, and killed it with a sharp arrow and curved knots." 126.24

"Oh gentle one, while Rāghava was chasing the deer, even Lakṣmaṇa had to go out and Rāvaṇa at that time entered the hermitage." 126.25

"That Rāvaṇa caught hold of Sītā like the planet Mars catching hold of Rohiṇī and after killing in war a vulture named Jatāyu who tried to get her freed and that Rāvaṇa went very quickly from there taking Sītā with him." 126.26

"Then with great surprise some mountain like monkeys sitting on the top of the mountain saw with great astonishment Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas taking away Sītā." 126.27-126.28

"That aerial car which was moving with the speed of the mind called Pushpaka arose along with Vaidehī and the mighty Rāvaṇa who made the world cry." 126.29

[Rāvaṇa was not travelling in Pushpaka Vimāna according to Āraṇya Kanda.]

"Taking her to an auspicious golden palace Rāvaṇa tried his best to obey make her his wishes with his words." 126.30

"Treating words of the king of Rākṣasas like a lowly straw and without caring for him Sītā later chose to live in the Asoka forest." 126.31

"While returning back after killing the deer, Rāma saw the vulture lying dead in the forest and seeing him whom Rāma loved like his father, Rāma was greatly disturbed." 126.32-126.33

"When Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa were searching for Vaidehī, they walked in the flowering forest along the side of Godavari river." 126.34

"In that great forest they met a Rākṣasa called Kabandha and that truly valorous Rāma following the words of Kabandha went to Riṣyamūka mountains and met Sugrīva." 126.35

"Even before they met each other a meeting of their hearts took place. Sugrīva had been banished by his enraged Vali who was his elder brother and as a result of mutual talk; Rāma and Sugrīva became attached to each other." 126.36-126.37

"Having killed the very huge and very strong Vali by the power of his hands, Rāma got back the kingdom to Sugrīva." 126.38

"Sugrīva along with all monkeys established his kingdom and promised to commence the search for the princess Sītā. 126.39

"Commanded by The great Sugrīva, the king of monkeys, ten crores of monkeys were sent to search in all the four directions." 126.40

"Due to our missing the correct way in the great Vindhya mountain, we felt great sorrow and a long time slipped past us." 126.41

"A valorous vulture called Sampattī who is the elder brother of king of vultures Jatāyu precisely told us the place of stay of Sītā in the home of Rāvaṇa" 126.42

"After removing the sorrow of my clan, I jumped one hundred Yojanas, depending only on my strength." 126.43

"There I saw a lady alone in the Asoka forest clad in a soiled silk cloth without any joy and doing firm penance." 126.44

"After meeting her and enquiring with her as per the need, I came to know that faultless lady and gave her the signet ring with name of Rāma engraved in it as a token." 126.45

"Receiving in return a jewel from her as token, I returned after achieving success and on returning back, I gave that revered jewel to Rāma who was never tired of doing a job." 126.46

"After hearing the news about Sītā Rāma regained hope to live further, like a dying patient feels after taking nectar." 126.47

"Excited to fight a war, he decided on the destruction of Lanka, just like a fire god is determined to burn the universe at the time of deluge." 126.48

"After reaching the ocean, he made Nala construct a bridge and the army of monkey warriors crossed the ocean using that bridge." 126.49

"Nīla killed Prahasta, Rāma killed Kumbhakarṇa, Lakṣmaṇa killed the son of Rāvaṇa and Rāma himself killed Rāvaṇa." 126.50

"The great Rāma, the destroyer of enemies, met Indra, Yama, Varuṇa, Maheśvara, Brahma as also Daśaratha [his deceased father] and was granted boons by them. Sages and Devas who came there, too gave boons." 126.51-126.52

"After getting those boons along with his friends the monkeys, he flew in the aerial car called Pushpaka and reached Kiṣkindha." 126.53

"After reaching the banks of river Ganges again Rāma stayed along with sage Bharadvāja and tomorrow when the moon enters the star Puṣyā you would be able to see Rāma without any problem." 126.54

After hearing the truth from the great words of Hanuman, with great joy Bhārata after offering him salutations spoke the following words, "My desire has been fulfilled after a long time." 126.55

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