Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 48

48. Sītā Wails and Trijaṭā Consoles

[Sītā feels sad that her husband is no more in spite of predictions of several astrologers and sages. Trijaṭā consoles her and reassures Sītā, that both the princes are alive.]

Seeing that her husband has been killed along with the very strong Lakṣmaṇa, Sītā very much wailed pitiably as she was stuck by great sorrow. 48.1

"Those who read signs had predicted that I would have sons and will never become a widow and the fact that Rāma has been killed shows that they were all liars and ignorant ones." 48.2

"They also predicted that I would be his companion when he performs Sattra sacrifice and that I would be his consort when he performs Yagnas and the fact that Rāma has been killed shows that they were all liars and ignorant ones. 48.3

"They also predicted that I would be honoured as the wife of a Valorous one and that I would be worshipped by my husband, and the fact that Rāma has been killed shows that they were all liars and ignorant ones. 48.4

"They who were wise Brahmins also foretold that I would live very happily, and the fact that Rāma has been killed shows that they were all liars and ignorant ones. 48.5

"I have lotus marks on my feet which in case of noble women is supposed to indicate that they will get consecrated on the throne along with husbands who are kings." 48.6

"I do not find marks of bad fortune which indicate widowhood and bad fortune in my case but as I see it now, all these auspicious signs are of no use." 48.7

"In women the mark of lotus is supposed to augur well but since Rāma has been slain, they are of no meaning to me." 48.8

"My hair is fine, black in colour and smooth. My eye-brows are disunited. My calves are hair-less and well rounded. My teeth are contiguous, without any gaps between them." 48.9

"My temples, eyes, arms, feet, ankles and thighs are homogenous and well-proportioned. My fingers have well-rounded and glossy nails, having a right length." 48.10

"My breasts are close to each other, fully developed and have depressed nipples. My navel is deeply indented. My flanks and bosom are well-formed." 48.11

"My complexion has the lustre of a pearl. The hair on my skin are soft. It is said of me as endowed with auspicious signs, in that I touched the ground with my twelve limbs i.e. ten toes and two soles."48.12

"Those who interpret the marks of maidens told that my hands and feet are rosy, fully provided with marks each resembling a barley corn, there is no space between my fingers and toes and that my smile is gentle." 48.13

"Brahmins who were experts in predicting the future told me that I would get consecrated on the throne with my husband but all that is in vain now." 48.14

"After searching in Janasṭhāna and having received news about me and after crossing the impassable ocean those brothers have died in this hoof print of the cow." 48.15

"Both Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa surely knew how to use the arrows of Varuṇa, fire, Indra wind God and also the Brahma Śirā arrow." 48.16

"Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa who are similar to Indra has been killed by magic and the enemy becoming invisible, making me an orphan without a lord." 48.17

"Any enemy who comes within the sight of Rāma cannot hope to stick on to his life even though he can move as fast as thought." 48.18

"There is no burden as heavy as death and nobody can attain victory over death and now Rāma along with his brother Lakṣmaṇa is lying dead in the battle field." 48.19

"I am not sad for the death of my husband or that of Lakṣmaṇa, not even for the sake of my mother but for the sake of my saintly mother-in-law." 48.20

"She must be daily thinking about when our penance will get over and when she will be able to see Sītā, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa." 48.21

To her who was sorrowing greatly like this the Rākṣasī Trijaṭā told, "Oh lady do not be sad like this for your husband is still alive." 48.22

"I will tell you the logical and great reasons, oh lady, for me to tell you that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa are alive." 48.23

"If they have lost their leader the faces of the soldiers in the battle field would not reflect anger nor would there be joy in them." 48.24

"Oh Vaidehī, if those two had lost their life, this divine aero plane called Pushpaka which is divine would not have brought you here." 48.25

"If the army witnesses its leader being slain, they would be without enthusiasm and would be wandering aimlessly, like a ship which has broken its rudder in water." 48.26

"Oh sage like lady, the army on their part are not confused nor perturbed and are guarding him who has been made conscious less in the battle and I am telling you this because of my love to you." 48.27

"Please be reassured of this by the good omens that you see which indicate coming of happiness. Please notice that Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa are not dead. I am telling you this because of my love towards you." 48.28

"Oh Sītā, I have never told a lie before and am not likely to tell one in future. Due to your virtue and pleasant behaviour you have occupied my heart." 48.29

"There is no doubt that even Indra, devas and Rākṣasas can win over them in battle and this is what I have observed and what I wanted to tell you." 48.30

"Oh Sītā, see this great wonder, though they are fallen under those arrows lying without senses, their auspicious prettiness has not deserted them." 48.31

"Generally for those who have lost their life and soul has gone away from their body, their face would appear greatly altered." 48.32

"Oh daughter of Janaka, give up sorrow, pain and illusion on account of Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. It is impossible for them not to be alive." 48.33

Hear her words, Sītā who was similar to daughter of Gods with folded hands in salutation told, "Let it be so." 48.34

Along with the Pushpaka Vimāna, the sorrowing and very pitiable Sītā entered the city of Lanka with Trijaṭā. 48.35

Then after Sītā and Trijaṭā got down from the Pushpaka Vimāna, the Rākṣasīs made them enter the Asoka garden. 48.36

Sītā after entering the garden with huge number of trees and which was the playground of the Rākṣasa king, thinking about those sons of the king gave way to extreme grief." 48.37

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