Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 47

47. Rākṣasas' Celebration

[Rākṣasas in Lanka start celebrating the death of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. As per instruction of Rāvaṇa, the Rākṣasīs take Sītā in Pushpaka Vimāna to the battle field. Sītā seeing Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa has fallen down wails.]

When the son of Rāvaṇa went back to Lanka, the monkeys and bears of his army surrounded and protected him. 47.1

Hanuman, Angada, Nila, Suṣeṇa, Kumuda, Nala, Gaja, Gavaksha, Panasa, Sanuprastha and the mighty Jambhavan with Sunda, Rambha, Śatabala and Prithu all these monkeys, armed with trees, reorganized their ranks, stood alert, surveyed the directions of the sky up and down and on every side and, even if a grass stirred, they exclaimed, "It is a Rākṣasa". 47.2-47.4

Meanwhile Rāvaṇa who was happy sent back his son Indrajit and sent word for the Rākṣasīs who were protecting Sītā. 47.5

As per his order all the Rākṣasīs including Trijaṭā appeared before him and to those Rākṣasīs, the God of the Rākṣasas told with happiness. 47.6

"Go and tell Sītā, that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa has been killed by Indrajit and take her in Pushpaka plane and show her Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa lying dead in the battle field." 47.7

"She was proud because she was depending on him and because of that does not come near me. Her husband and his brother are lying dead in the battle field." 47.8

"Let Sītā submit to me decorated by all ornaments without any apprehension, sorrow and without any hope for uniting with her husband." 47.9

"Personally Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa have fallen under the sway of death on the battle-field today and finding no other support and hoping for nothing else, the broad-eyed Sītā will voluntarily seek refuge in me." 47.10

Hearing those words of that bad soul Rāvaṇa, all those Rākṣasīs said, "So be it" and went near the Pushpaka plane. 47.11

Thereafter, those Rākṣasīs brought the Pushpaka Vimāna as per the instructions of Rāvaṇa and carried it nearer to Sītā who was staying in Asoka Garden. 47.12

Those Rākṣasīs then brought Sītā who was sorrowing for her husband and made her climb up the Pushpaka Vimāna belonging to the Rākṣasas. 47.13

Then those Rākṣasīs along with Trijaṭā climbed the Pushpaka with Sītā and proceeded to show her Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 47.14

Meanwhile Rāvaṇa the king of Rākṣasas, with extreme joy, caused Lanka to be decorated with garlands and with flags and banners and arranged a proclamation to be made in Lanka announcing that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa had been slain by Indrajit in battle. 47.15-47.16

Sītā going along with Trijaṭā on the plane saw all the monkeys, slain and lying dead in the battle field. 47.17

Sītā saw the joyful Rākṣasas and dejected monkeys standing near Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. 47.18

Then, Sītā saw those two warriors Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa lying unconscious on the ground on a bed of arrows, their limbs pierced with arrows, riddled with weapons, their armour shattered, their bows cast aside at a distance and their entire body pierced by weapons. 47.19-47.20

On seeing those two brothers, who were valorous, had lotus like eyes, who were best of men, lying stretched on a bed of arrows there in that wretched plight like the two sons of the fire-god [Śikhā and Viśākhā] lying on a bed of reeds, Sītā wailed piteously, stricken as she was with a great agony. 47.21-47.22

That dark eyed daughter of Janaka with faultless limbs seeing her husband as well as Lakṣmaṇa lying in dust sobbed. 47.23

Seeing those brothers who were having similar lustre like the devas was stuck with sorrow and moved in to tears and believing in their death spoke with sorrow the following words. 47.24

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