Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 32

32. Sītā Wails

[Sītā blames Kaikeyi for her bad fate. She wails over her fate and blames herself. A messenger comes and summons Rāvaṇa for an important meeting. As soon as he left the so called head and bow of Rāma also disappears.]

Sītā saw the head and bow which were illusion. She heard Rāvaṇa narrating about Rāma's friendly relationship with Sugrīva, as earlier told to her by Hanuman. Recognizing that head as that of Rāma, with a proof resembling her husband's eyes, facial complexion, hair, expanse of his forehead and the beautiful jewel worn on the top of his head, she was very much afflicted with sorrow and cried like an osprey and abused Kaikeyi who was the originator of the present calamity. 32.1-32.3

"Oh Kaikeyi, become happy with your achievement because the son who used to make the clan happy has been killed.. The entire clan has been destroyed by your quarrelsome nature." 32.4

"What undesirable act has been done by Rāma to you so that you sent my husband to the forest in exile, wearing cloths of bark." 32.5

After saying that. the miserable one was trembling and the young one fell on the ground, like a Banana tree which was cut off. 32.6

Almost within a second she consoled herself,. Regained consciousness and started crying after seeing that illusory head of Rāma. 32.7

"Oh great one who followed valour as a great penance, you have now been killed and I have become a witness to your last state and a widow." 32.8

"It is said that the death of a husband earlier to her is due to the fault of the lady and you who have a soft saintly nature has gone ahead of me." 32.9

"You who have been trying to protect me has fallen down to this sad state leaving me immersed in the ocean of grief." 32.10

"My mother in law Kausalya who brought you up tenderly as a son, Oh Rāma, has become similar to a cow who has lost its calf." 32.11

"Oh Rāma, astrologers had mentioned that you would have a long life and their words have become a lie and you have become short lived." 32.12

"Or else you might have slipped in to a state of stupor even though you were conscious and possibly the God of death who brings all beings to end chose that time." 32.13

"How is it that you did not foresee your death as you are an expert in science of good management and how is it that you who are an expert in warding off calamities were not able foresee this difficulty?" 32.14

"Terrible dark night which is cruel and horrifying has encircled me, Oh lotus eyed one, by snatching away you from me." 32.15

"Oh mighty bull among men, you left me who is leading the life of a saint and by lying on earth, you have embraced the auspicious lady earth as your darling." 32.16

"Oh valorous one, here is that bow decorated by gold, which is liked by me and which was sincerely worshipped by you with sandal paste and flowers." 32.17

"Oh spotless one of mine, surely in heaven you might have met your father who is my father in law along with other manes from your clan." 32.18

"Though you have taken leave of the pious clan of Royal sages, you have done a great act by which you shine like a star in heaven." 32.19

"Oh king why are you not looking at me and why are you not answering me? You got me as a girl when you were a boy and made me your wife who is a co-traveller." 32.20

"Oh son of Kākutstha clan, Remember that at the time of marriage you had promised that we will travel together and since I am sorrowing, take me also along with you." 32.21

"Oh best one, why have you left me and gone away leaving me like this? Why have you left me who is sorrowing in this world and gone to the other world?" 32.22

"That auspicious and pretty body of yours which used to get cuddled by me is now being dragged by the wild animals." 32.23

"Though from the beginning you were worshipping fire and the lord after giving ample gifts, why is it that you are not getting cremated by the sacrificial fire that you were maintaining." 32.24

"Kausalya would be able to receive only Lakṣmaṇa when he goes back though she did send three people to the exile." 32.25

"When she enquires about all of us, that Lakṣmaṇa will tell her about your slaughter at night in an alley by those Rākṣasas." 32.26

"Hearing that you were killed while sleeping and that I have been kept in the house of a Rākṣasa, her heart will break and she will be no more." 32.27

"That valorous and faultless one who had crossed the ocean for the cause of this unworthy women was killed while crossing a small puddle." 32.28

"Due to great illusion Rāma married me who is a stain on my race, without realizing that this wife would be the cause of his death." 32.29

"Even though as a wife who showed hospitality to all his guests, I am weeping now, possibly because in my previous birth, I had refused an excellent gift to someone." 32.30

"Oh Rāvaṇa immediately arrange to kill me just after you killed Rāvaṇa and unite this wife with her husband and you would do an auspicious act." 32.31

"Oh Rāvaṇa, join my head with his head and my body with his body and then I shall attain the same salvation as that of my husband." 32.32

The wide eyed Sītā after sorrowing like this and wailed like this after her husband as well as the bow of her husband. 32.33

When Rāvaṇa was watching Sītā who was wailing like this, One Rākṣasa who was royal guard approached and saluted him and told. 32.34

After saluting him, he said, "May victory be yours my lord", and after thus making him pleased informed him that Prahastha the commander of the army has come. 32.35

"Prahasta has come with all other ministers and Oh Lord he has sent me, so that he can meet you." 32.36

"Oh king, who has great patience, there is some urgent work regarding royal duties and so please give them audience now." 32.37

"Hearing this communication by the Rākṣasa, Rāvaṇa left the Asoka Forest and went to see his ministers." 32.38

After having discussed with his ministers about the things that need to be done and after understanding the prowess of Rāma, he arranged for getting actions done as per the need. 32.39

As soon as Rāvaṇa departed from there, the head as well as the greatly distinguished bow vanished from there. 32.40

And at that time Rāvaṇa after holding consultations with his valorous ministers, he decided upon the measures that he would adopt against Rāma, 32.41

Rāvaṇa, the king of Rākṣasas who was resembling the God of death, talked to all his generals who were interested in his welfare and who were standing nearby. 32.42

"By the audible sound of the drum, raised by beating it with stick, summon all our army without telling them the reason." 32.43

Then, the messengers said "So be it" as they were obedient to his words and instantly gathered a huge army together and informed their lord longing for fight, that they had already assembled the army. 32.44

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