Rāmāyana |Ayodhyā Kaṇḍa| Chapter 118

118. Sītā Talks to Anasūyā

[Sītā tells Anasūyā that she is familiar with the Dharma of wife. Anasūyā presents ornaments, cloths etc. to Sītā. She requests her to tell about her Svayamvara.]

When Anasūyā spoke like this, Sītā, without any jealousy, started slowly telling her words full of reverence. 118.1

"It is a wonder that a great lady like you should talk to me this way, for I also know that a husband is a Guru to every lady." 118.2

"Oh lady, even if my husband leaves good conduct, even then, I should obey him without any distinction." 118.3

"What is the necessity to applaud a husband, who is kind, who has controlled his senses, always loving, soul of Dharma and one who respects his father and mother?" 118.4

"The very strong Rāma behaves with the other consorts of the king in the same that he behaves with his mother Kauśalya." 118.5

"That follower of Dharma who loved the king who is valorous, honours all women his father has glanced ones setting aside his mother." 118.6

"The wise instructions taught to me by mother in law, when I was coming this fearful forest bereft of human beings is firmly etched in my mind." 118.7

"The words taught to me earlier by my mother at the time of my marriage in front of the sacrificial fire also is etched firmly in my mind." 118.8

"Oh lady who practices Dharma, your words reminded me again the advices given by my mother and mother in law that for a women the only Dharma that exists is obedience to her husband." 118.9

"Sāvitrī went to heaven by doing service to her husband and since following her path you are also doing service to your husband you will also go to heaven." 118.10

"Rohiṇī, the best among all ladies and the goddess of the sky, is not seen without moon, even for a second." 118.11

"Great ladies like these, who are doing firm penance on their husbands, by their own blessed deeds are highly respected in the world of gods." 118.12

Then Anasūyā glad at hearing the words of Sītā, kissed her on her forehead and said the following with a view to please her. 118.13

"Oh Sītā of pure penances, by performing various austerities, I have obtained great power of penance and using the strength of the effect of such penances, I would make you happy." 118.14

"Oh Maithili, your words are befitting you and please my mind and so you please tell me what I can do for you?" 118.15

Hearing those words, Sītā was surprised and with a slow smile she said, to her who has power of penance "done. [It is Okay.]" 118.16

When this was told to the lady who was in expert in Dharma, she was greatly pleased and told, "I would great joy to you, which would give good results." 118.17

"Oh Vaidehī, Oh Sītā, I am giving you the blessed garland, cloth, garland, fragrant creams and ointment for the body and these would always beautify your limbs and they are convenient to use and never fades." 118.18-118.19

"Oh daughter of Janaka, Oh Sītā, oh divine one, wear this fragrant cream on your body like Lakshmi who enhanced greatness of Vishnu and enhance the greatness of your husband." 118.20

Maithili accepted the cloth, fragrant creams, ointment as well as the garland, which were incomparable gifts of love. 118.21

That famous Sītā accepted those gifts of love, saluted her, who was rich in penance, with hands folded like a dish and sat beside her. 118.22

When Sītā sat near her, Anasūyā who does firm penance started asking her, about a tale which was close to her heart. 118.23

"Oh Sītā, I have heard that the famous Rāma got you by Svayamvara [self-selection] and that is the story that reached my ears." 118.24

"Oh Maithili, I would like to know this in detail. It would be great, if you can tell this in extensive manner." 118.25

When the follower of Dharma told like this, Sītā said, "I will relate that story in detail and let it be heard." 118.26

"Janaka the follower of Dharma was the king of Mithilā, well versed in king's Dharma and engaged in ruling the earth properly." 118.27

"When one day he was ploughing a circular land for conducting a sacrifice, it seems I arose there breaking the earth and became the daughter of the king." 118.28

"The king Janaka who was busy scattering hand full of seeds the seeds was surprised to see me, completely covered with dust." 118.29

"That childless king took me and kept me on his lap and telling that I am his daughter, showered great affection on me since then." 118.30

"A voice was heard from the space, "Oh king, without any doubt, this divine child, is indeed your daughter." 118.31

"Then my father the king of Mithilā, who was a soul of Dharma was very happy and that king acquired large number of properties to me." 118.32

"That king of auspicious acts entrusted me to his chief queen who was his favourite and looked after me with great care with maternal affection." 118.33

"When my father realized that the proper time has come to unite me with a husband, my father became sad, like a poor man who was about to lose his wealth." 118.34

"Even though the father of an unmarried girl is like Indra, he will be treated inferior by other men and humiliated." 118.35

"The king realizing that his humiliation would begin soon, reached the sea of sorrow and felt like a man without a float and unable to reach the other shore." 118.36

"Knowing that I was not born from a women's womb, in spite of thinking over he could not find a similar and suitable husband for me." 118.37

"By always thinking about this, a thought occurred in his brain to perform Svayamvara [Self Selection] ceremony for his daughter." 118.38

"The great Varuṇa during one of the sacrifices had given him with love an excellent bow, two great arrows and a quiver." 118.39

"Due to its weight no human being could lift it in spite of great effort nor the kings able to bend it even in their dreams." 118.40

"My father who was only speaking truth, had earlier invited several kings in his assembly and placed the great bow before them." 118.41

"And he told them, "Without any doubt, my daughter would become the wife of any person who can lift this bow along with its string." 118.42

"The kings saw that great bow which was very heavy like a mountain and were not able to lift it and so they saluted the bow and went back." 118.43

"After a very long time Rāma with great lustre, came to see the fire sacrifice along with Viśvāmitra and Rāma along with Lakṣmaṇa were truly men of valour." 118.44

"The sage Viśvāmitra the soul of dharma after being worshipped by my father, spoke about Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa to my father." 118.45

"These two sons of Dasaratha are desirous of seeing the bow and so show the bow obtained from devas to the king's son Rāma." 118.46

"As soon this was told by the Brahmin, that bow was brought out and within a minute the very strong one bent that bow and instantly stretched the string and drew it." 118.47-118.48

"When he was stretching it, the bow broke in to two and making a very great sound fell down on the floor." 118.49

"Then my father who was wedded to truth, having decided to give me to Rāma, raised the vessel containing pure water." 118.50

"Though I was being offered, Rāma did not accept that offer, without knowing the opinion of his father who was the king of Ayodhyā." 118.51

"Then my father invited my father in law, the very aged Dasaratha and I was offered to Rāma who was well known for his intelligence." 118.52

"My father also offered of his own accord my chaste younger sister Urmilā, who has pleasing appearance as wife to Lakṣmaṇa." 118.53

"This is the way in which I was offered to Rāma in the Svayamvara and I love my husband the valiant Rāma in accordance with Dharma." 118.54

This is the end of One Hundred and Eighteenth Sarga of Ayodhyā Kanda which occurs in Holy Rāmāyaṇa composed by Vālmīki as the First Epic.