Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 38

38. Rāma at Suvela Mountain

[Rāma along with his army chiefs climb the Suvela mountain and has a good glimpse of the city of Lanka. He spends that night there.]

Rāma, who was followed by Lakṣmaṇa, having made up his mind to ascend Mount Suvela, spoke in a gentle and prime voice to Sugrīva and to Vibhīṣaṇa who was the knower of what is right, a Rākṣasa devoted to him and who was experienced in giving advice and a knower of prescribed rules. 38.1-38.2

"We would ascend this good king of mountains Suvela which is blessed with hundreds of minerals and will stay there for today's night" 38.3

"We shall see Lanka the place of that Rākṣasa Rāvaṇa, the evil-minded one by whom my wife was abducted for the sake of his own death, who did not understand Dharma properly, who did not know what good character is and in whom noble lineage was not seen and by whom that contemptible act was done with an inferior mind of a Rākṣasa." 38.4-38.5

"My anger is increasing when that base Rākṣasa is praised due to the basest of sin committed by him and I shall definitely witness his death." 38.6

"Anyone who does a sinful act, is caught by the noose of the God of death and such base souls by the mistakes they do debase their clan." 38.7

"Discussing like this with a mind full of anger against Rāvaṇa, Rāma climbed up the Suvela mountain with its pretty peaks. 38.8

Along with other people Lakṣmaṇa carrying a great bow and arrows climbed after him and Sugrīva, Vibhīṣaṇa along with their ministers also followed them. 38.9

Hanuman, Angada, Nila, Mainda, Dvividhaḥ, Gaja, Gavaksha, Gavya, Sarabha, Gandhamādana, Panasa, Kumuda, Hara, Rambha the chief of the troops, Jambhavan, Suṣeṇa, the greatly wise Riṣabha, Durmukha of great splendour, Śatabala the monkey and other hundreds of monkeys who are fast-moving, who can wander easily on mountains with a speed akin to that of wind, ascended that Suvela mountain which Rāma had ascended. 38.10- 38.13

All of them climbed the mountain taking not much time and after reaching the top of its peak saw Lanka like it was a town hanging from the sky. 38.14

Those monkey chiefs saw Lanka with excellent gates, lustrous ramparts and completely filled with Rākṣasas. 38.15

Those monkey lords also saw another rampart consisting of blue Rākṣasas, standing together on that great rampart. 38.16

All those monkeys seeing those Rākṣasas who were thirsting for war, made different type of noises and all this was being watched by Rāma. 38.17

Then the sun went down heralding the coming of dusk and the knighted lighted by the full moon arrived. 38.18

"After that, Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa as well as Sugrīva the Lord of monkeys together with troops and captions of troops, duly greeted welcomingly and treated hospitably Vibhīṣaṇa and stayed with joy on the mountain resort of Suvela." 38.19

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