Rāmāyana | Yuddha Kaṇḍa | Chapter 50

50. Garuda Frees Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa

[When the monkeys were consoling each other Suṣeṇa suggests that Hanuman should go to the Chandra mountain and bring the herbs to cure Rāma. At that time Garuda, the son of Vinatā, comes and cures Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa. He tells them that he is their friend.]

Then at that time the strong king of monkeys told, "Why is our army agitated and running like ship driven out of course in water?" 50.1

Hearing the words of Sugrīva, Angada, the son of Vali, told, "Are you not seeing the two brothers The valorous Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, who are the sons of Dasaratha, caught in the web of arrows. Both of them are lying in the bed of arrows which is causing blood to flow from all over their body." 50.2-50.3

When this was told by the son Angada to the king of monkeys, Sugrīva told, "There must be some other cause why the monkeys are bewildered and possibly there is some danger ahead." 50.4

"Hear, these monkeys are running away in all directions, with their eyes distended with terror, throwing down their arms and looking dejected." 50.5

"They are not feeling ashamed of one another and they are again and again looking behind them. They are jostling with one another and jump over those who have fallen down." 50.6

When they were talking like this, the valorous Vibhīṣaṇa holding a mace cheered Sugrīva and Rāma and told, "Victory to Rāma". 50.7

When Sugrīva saw that Vibhīṣaṇa was the cause of the scare of monkeys, he told Jambhavan the king of bears as follows. 50.8

"It is Vibhīṣaṇa who has come here, seeing whom the Monkey warriors are scared thinking that he is Indrajit, the son of Rāvaṇa." 50.9

"You re-assemble those monkeys immediately, who in fear have scattered in many directions and inform them that it is Vibhīṣaṇa who has come here." 50.10

As soon as Sugrīva told like this, Jambhavan, the king of bears, pacified all the monkeys and restored their confidence. 50.11

Hearing the words of Jambhavan, the king of Bears, all those monkeys, on seeing Vibhīṣaṇa, retraced their steps after shaking off their fear. 50.12

Vibhīṣaṇa, the follower of Dharma, felt pained on seeing the body of Rāma as well as Lakṣmaṇa wounded by arrows. 50.13

After washing his eyes with hand dipped in water, he started weeping in great anguish seizing his chest and told. 50.14

"The treacherous Rākṣasa warrior has brought these powerful and valiant warriors to this state." 50.15

"The son of my brother, who is a Rākṣasa, a bad son and a bad soul, with a cunning mind, has deceived these honourable fighters." 50.16

"These two warriors, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa, who were struck badly by arrows and covered with blood are lying on the earth, like two porcupines." 50.17

"These two lions among men, on whom I have depended to fulfilment of desire, are lying fainted and are waiting to leave this body" 50.18

"Having lost my dream of getting the kingdom, I am like a dead, even while I am surviving, while Rāvaṇa is able to fulfil his vow and is getting his desires realized." 50.19

The magnanimous Sugrīva embraced Vibhīṣaṇa who was wailing and told him as follows. 50.20

"Oh follower of Dharma, you would without any doubt get the kingdom of Lanka and Rāvaṇa and his son would not be able to fulfil their wishes." 50.21

"Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa have been only affected by a wound and they will regain consciousness and would definitely kill Rāvaṇa." 50.22

After consoling and convincing the Rākṣasa Vibhīṣaṇa like this, Sugrīva talked to Suṣeṇa, his father -in-law, who was standing by his side. 50.23

"Taking these two brothers, Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa with the troops of monkeys, who are strong, you go to Kiṣkindha, till these two destroyers of their foes have recovered their consciousness." 50.24

"I for myself, after killing Rāvaṇa along with his sons and relatives, would bring back Sītā, like Indra got back the prosperity that he lost." 50.25

When the king of monkeys told these words, Suṣeṇa replied, "I had earlier seen a great dreadful battle between Asuras and Devas." 50.26

"By making themselves invisible again and again, the Rākṣasas skilled in the use of arrows overcame the devas despite their skill in bearing arms." 50.27

"To those celestials, who were wounded, unconscious and almost deprived of life, Brihaspati treated them using medicinal herbs accompanied by his sacred chants." 50.28

"Let the monkeys, Panasa, Sampattī and others go quickly, with great speed, to the ocean of milk for bringing those medicinal herbs." 50.29

"Those monkeys are conversant with the herbs available on mountains like the divine Sanjeevakarni and Vishalya which are created by God." 50.30

"In the middle of the milky ocean where churning was done to get nectar there are mountains called Chandra and Drona, where these herbs are available." 50.31

"Oh king, the devas built those mountains in that vast ocean and let Hanuman, the son of wind god go there." 50.32

At that time, a huge wind arose with the building up of clouds and resultant lightning; this wind caused the waves to rise in the ocean, which caused the mountains to tremble, like at the time of earth quake. 50.33

"Due to the great wind generated by the wing of the bird, the branches of huge trees in the sand bank started breaking and fell in the salty water of the ocean." 50.34

"The snakes became scared and the sea snakes and marine animals living in the sea, plunged quickly in to the sea." 50.35

Thereupon, all the monkeys saw within a moment, a mighty eagle, Garuda, the son of Vinatā, which was similar to the flame of the fire. 50.36

"Those arrows, which were the spirit of snakes that had tied those great men, who were brothers, on seeing the great eagle ran away from there." 50.37

Thereupon, Garuda the eagle, met Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa and after offering them his good wishes, with his hands caressed their faces that were radiant like the moon. 50.38

As soon as the son of Vinatā touched them all their wounds were healed and their body became soft and glowed like gold. 50.39

Their lustre, valour, strength, endurance and resolution, those great qualities, also their grace, intelligence and memory were re-doubled. 50.40

That greatly valorous Garuda, who was like Indra, lifted both of them up and embraced them and greatly pleased Rāma told Garuda. 50.41

"By your grace, we have crossed over the great danger caused to us by the son of Rāvaṇa and having got out of it, we have become as strong as before." 50.42

"By meeting you, my heart has become glad as if I met my father Dasaratha and grandfather Aja. 50.43

"Who are you, who is endowed with beauty, having blissful garlands and anointments, wearing clean garments and adorned with divine ornaments?" 50.44

That greatly lustrous and strong son of Vinatā, with eyes broadened by joy and with a pleased mind told. 50.45

"Oh son of Kākutstha clan, I am your friend, as dear to you as your breath and my name is Garuda and I have reached here to help you." 50.46

"Either Asuras or valorous Dānavas or strong Devas or Gandharvas, who are all lead by Indra, would not be able to un-tie this entanglement created by arrows, using magical powers by Indrajit, who does cruel deeds." 50.47-50.48

"There are serpents born to Kadru with sharp teeth and fangs abundantly supplied with poison and made in to arrows by sorcery of the Rākṣasa called Indrajit and have stuck you." 50.49

"Oh Rāma, who is a follower of Dharma and considers truth as his valour and who kills enemies in battle, you along with Lakṣmaṇa are indeed lucky." 50.50

"Having heard about this incident, I came swiftly here, duly remembering my friendship and love to both of you." 50.51

"Due to me, you have been released from this horrible entanglement of arrows and both of you should be greatly vigilant from now on." 50.52

"By nature all the Rākṣasas are treacherous fighters in war but for you both straight forwardness and pure mind are your strengths." 50.53

"From this example itself you have to understand that they fight with crooked mind and so you should not believe a Rākṣasa in a battle field." 50.54

After saying like this, that Garuda, who is strong, affectionately hugged those friends and started taking leave. 50.55

"Oh friend, who shows pity even to his enemies, I would like to take leave from you and go back as I have come." 50.56

"Oh hero, you may be inquisitive to know about the friendship between us. I am sure you would know about it after completing this great work of you. 50.57

"Using your arrows make Lanka have only old people and young ones, kill Rāvaṇa and get Sītā released." 50.58

Having spoken thus, Garuda who can fly with great speed, who had beautiful wings, who had just healed Rāma's wounds in the presence of monkeys, after obeisance to him in the presence of monkeys, after going round him in salutation to him and took Rāma into his arms, entered the sky with the speed of the wind. 50.59-50.60

Seeing that the sons of the Raghu clan are cured of their problem, the chiefs of monkeys howled and also roared like lion and shook their tails. 50.61

After that, gongs were beaten, drums resounded and couches were blown amid jumping in joy of the monkeys as before. 50.62

Some other strong monkeys, who normally use trees like mace, waved their arms and uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees and stood there. 50.63

Shouting and making loud noise, frightening Rākṣasas, those monkeys desirous of fighting reached the gates of city of Lanka. 50.64

From the crowds of monkeys then a tumultuous sound arose, like the terrifying sound of thunder occurring in summer at midnight. 50.65

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