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Chapter 10: Dasharatha Consoles Kaikeyi in the Sulking Chamber
Dasharatha Consoles Kaikeyi in the Sulking Chamber
In this chapter, Kaikeyi enters the house of wrath. Dasaratha tries to pacify her anger.
Chapter [Sarga] 10 in Detail
vidarshitaa yadaa devii kubjayaa paapayaa bhrisham |
tadaa shete sma saa bhuumau digdhaviddheva kinnarii || 2-10-1
Having been thus wrongly preached by that sinful Manthara. Kaikeyi lied down on the floor as a Kinnara woman beaten by a poisoned arrow.
nishchitya manasaa krityam saa samyagiti bhaaminii |
mantharaayai shnah sarvamaachchakshe vichakshanaa || 2-10-2
The skilful Kaikeyi, after deciding in mind what ought to be done told it all slowly to Manthara.
saa diinaa nishchayam kritvaa mantharaavaakyamohitaa |
naagakanyeva nihsvasya diirghamushhnam cha bhaaminii || 2-10-3
muhuurtam chintayaamaasa maargamaatmasukhaavaham |
Being stupefied by the words of Manthara, that Kaikeyi became dejected, made firm resolve, with deep and warm sigh, like a maiden-serpent and thought for that moment about the ways which can lead to her happiness.
saa suhrichchaarthakaamaa cha tam nishamya sunishchayam || 2-10-4
babhuuva paramapriitaa siddhim praapyeva mantharaa |
Manthara, who is Kaikeyi's companion and who is desirous of getting benefit, heard of Kaikeyi's firm resolve and became very much pleased as if she achieved success.
atha saa rushhitaa devii samyakkritvaa vinishchayam || 2-10-5
samviveshaabalaa bhuumau niveshya bhrikutim mukhe |
Kaikeyi, being angry and well determined, lied down on the floor with eye brows, knitted in her face.
tatashchitraani maalyaani divyaanyaabharanaani cha || 2-10-6
apaviddhaani kaikeyyaa taani bhuumim prapedire |
Thereafter, she threw away her colourful chaplets and beautiful ornaments on to the floor.
tayaa taanyapaviddhaani maalyaanyaabharanaani cha || 2-10-7
ashobhayanta vasudhaam nakshatraani yathaa nabhah |
Those chaplets and ornaments which were thrown away by her were making the earth shine, as stars to the sky.
krodhaagaare nipatitaa saa babhau malinaambaraa || 2-10-8
ekaveniim dridham baddhvaa gatasattveva kinnarii |
Tying her single braid of hair tightly over her head and wearing soiled clothes, that Kaikeyi lying down in the chamber of wrath was looking like a Kinnara woman lying down dead.
aajjnaapya tu mahaaraajo raaghavasyaabhishhechanm || 2-10-9
upasthaasamanujjnaapya pravivesha niveshanm |
King Dasaratha ordered for various arrangements to be made for Rama's coronation, took permission to leave from the elders who were present there and entered his palace.
adya raamaabhishheko vai prasiddha iti jajjnivaan || 2-10-10
priyaarham priyamaakhyaatum viveshaantahpuram vashii |
king Dasaratha, who kept all activates under his control entered into the inner chambers to tell the good news of Rama's coronation to Kaikeyi who was a worthy woman to be told the good news first (thinking that she has not yet heard the news).
sa kaikeyyaa griham shreshhtham pravivesha mahaayashaah || 2-10-11
paanduraabhramivaakaasham raahuyuktam nishaakarah |
That Dasaratha with vast glory entered Kaikeyi's chambers as moon enters the sky with white clouds.
shukabarhinasamyuktam kraujnchahamsarutaayutam || 2-10-12
vaaditraravasamghushhtam kubjaavaamanikaayutam |
lataagrihaishchitragrihaishchampakaashokashobhitaih || 2-10-13
daantaraajata sauvarnavedikaabhissamaayutam |
nityapushhpaphalairvrikshairvaapiibhishchopashobhitam || 2-10-14
daantaraajatasauvarnaih samvritam paramaasanaih |
vividhyairannapaanaishchha bhakshyaishchavi vidhairapi || 2-10-15
upapannam mahaarhaishcha bhuushhitaistridivopamam |
tatpravishya mahaaraajah svamantahpuramriddhimat || 2-10-16
na dadarsha priyaam raajaa kaikeyiim shayanottame |
King Dasaratha entered his magnificent palace but could not find his beloved Kaikeyi on her best couch there. Peacocks and parrots were being reared in that palace, sounds of birds like curlews, and swans were heard around. The place was resonant with sounds of musical instruments. Short and hunch-backed maid-servants were moving here and there. There were bowers surrounded with creepers and lovely champaka and Ashoka trees. There were painted rooms. There were altars built with ivory, silver and gold. There were trees yielding flowers and fruits in all seasons and wells in the middle. There were beautiful seats constructed with ivory, silver and gold. Various types of food, drinks and snacks were made available. That palace was looking like heaven with beautifully adorned women.
sa kaamabalasamyukto ratyartham manujaadhipah || 2-10-17
apashyan dayitaam bhaaryaam paprachchha vishhasaada cha |
Being possessed of power of lust, that king who came with object of sexual pleasure, was distressed in not finding his beloved wife and enquired the people there.
na hii tasya puraa devii taam velaamatyavartata || 2-10-18
na cha raajaa griham shuunyam pravivesha kadaachana |
In former times, Kaikeyi did not keep away herself at that kind of hour, nor the king enter her chambers at any time without her presence.
tato grihagato raajaa kaikeyiim paryaprichchhata || 2-10-19
yathaapuramavijjnaaya svaarthalipsumapanditaam |
After entering the house, king Dasaratha enquired with the aid-servants there as before, without knowing about foolish Kaikeyi who desired to get her selfish ends.
pratiihaarii tvathovaacha samtrastaa tu krtaajnjalih || 2-10-20
deva devii bhrisham kriddhaa krodhaagaaramabhidrutaa |
Then, a female door-keeper fearfully folding her hands in supplication, said: "Oh, king! The queen ran to her chamber of wrath with much anger".
pratiihaaryaa vachah shrutvaa raajaa paramadurmanaah || 2-10-21
vishhasaada punarbhuyo lulitavyaakulendhriyah |
That Dasaratha having much disturbed mind already for the absence of Kaikeyi there, became more dejected after hearing the words of door-keeper.
tatrataam patitaam bhuumau shayaanaamatathochitaam || 2-10-22
pratapta iva duhkhena so.apashyajjagatiipatih |
King Dasaratha, after seeing Kaikeyi lying down on floor in the chamber of wrath, became tormented with grief.
sa vriddhastaruniim bhaaryaam praanebhyo.api gariiyasiim || 2-10-23
apaapah paapasakalpaam dadarsha dharaniitale |
lataamiva vinishhkrittaam patitaam deva taamiva || 2-10-24
kinnariimiva nirdhuutaam chyutaamapsarasam yathaa |
maayaamiva paribhrashhtaam hariniimiva samyataam || 2-10-25
That Dasaratha, who was sinless, a youthful woman dearer than his life, lying down on the floor with an intent to do sin. At that time, she was looking like a completely uprooted creeper, like a fallen angel, like a thrown down Kinnara woman, like an expelled divine dancer Apsara, like a dropped off illusionism and like a female deer tied up in a net.
krenumiva digdhena viddhaam mrigayunaa vane |
mahaagaja invaaranye snehaatparimamarsha taam || 2-10-26
That Dasaratha touched Kaikeyi affectionately, as a great elephant in a forest touches a female elephant which is wounded by poisoned arrow.
parimrishya cha paanibhyaamabhisamtrastachetanah |
kaamii kamalapatraakshiimuvaacha vanitaamidam || 2-10-27
That Dasaratha possessed with infatuation and having fearful mind, touched that lotus-eyed woman with his hands and spoke the following words.
na te.ahamabhijaanaami krodhamaatmani samshritam |
devi kenaabhishaptaasi kena vaasi vimaanitaa || 2-10-28
yadidam mamam duhkhaaya sheshe klyaani paamsushhu |
"Oh queen, of auspicious qualities! I do not know that you are angry with me. Who has cursed or disrespected you? I am pained to see you resting in this way on a dirty floor."
bhuumau sheshhe kimartham tvam mayi kalyaanachetasi |
bhuutopahatachitteva mama chittapramaathinii || 2-10-29
"When I am here to expend all good to you, why are you hurting my mind by lying down on the floor like the one who is possessed of a devil."
santi me kushalaa vaidyaastvabhitushhtaashcha sarvashah |
sukhitaam tvaam karishhyanti vyaadhimaachakshva bhaamini || 2-10-30
"There are so many royal physicians who are skilled and famous on all sides. They can make you healthy. Tell me your sickness".
kasya vaa te priyam kaaryam kena vaa vipriyam kritam |
kah priyam labhataamadya ko vaa sumahadapriyam || 2-10-31
"To whom do you want a favor to be done? Who has offended you? Tell me to whom I have to extend a favor now and to whom I have to do a great offensive act."
maa rodiirmaa cha kaarshhistvam devi samparishoshhanam || 2-10-32
avadhyo vadhyataam ko vaa ko vaa vadhyo vimuchyataam |
daridrah ko bhavedaadhyo dravyavaanvaapyakijnchanah || 2-10-33
"Oh, Kaikeyi! Do not weep and get your body dried up. If you tell, I shall kill a person who is exempt from death or shall release a person who is worthy to be killed. I shall make a poor man prosperous or a rich man, destitute".
aham chaiva madiiyaashcha sarve tava vashaanugaah |
na te kimchidabhipraayam vyaahantumahamutsahe || 2-10-34
"I and all my people are submissive to you. I do not wish to foil even a little of your intention".
aatmano jiivitenaapi bruhi yanmanasechchhasi |
balamaatmani jaanantii na maam shakitumarhasi || 2-10-35
karishhyaami tava priitim sukritenaapi te shape |
"Tell me that which is desired by your mind to be achieved even at the cost of my life. You need not suspect me, as you very well know your authority over me. I keep my oath on my righteousness that I shall certainly do whatever is liked by you".
yaavadaavarta te chakram taavatii me vasundharaa || 2-10-36
praachiinaah sindhusauviiraah sauraashhtraa dakshinaapathaah |
vagaagamagadhaa matsyaah samriddhaah kaashikosalaah || 2-10-37
My jurisdiction over this earth stretches out as much to the extent as to the extent a chariot-wheel revolves. Eastern countries, Sindhu, Sauviira and Sauraastra countries, as well as countries in the south, Vanga, Anga, Magadha and Matsya countries, Kasi and Kausala countries are all full of riches.
tatra jaatam bahudravyam dhanadhaanya majaavikam |
tato vriniishhva kaikeyi yadyattvam manasechchhasi || 2-10-38
In those countries, gold and grain, sheep and goats and all types of goods are produced. Oh, Kaikeyi! which of the goods do you want to acquire?
kimaayaasena te bhiiru uttishhtottishhta shobhane |
tatvam me bruuhi kaikeyi yataste bhayamaagatam || 2-10-39
tatte vyapanayishhyaami niiharamiva rshmivaan |
"Oh, fearful one! why are you exerted like this? oh, beautiful lady? Get up get up! Oh, Kaikeyi1 Tell me the source of your fear. I shall remove that source as sun sets aside the mist."
tathoktaa saa samaasvastaa vaktukaamaa tadapriyam || 2-10-40
paripiidayitum bhuuyo bhartaaramupachakrame |
Consoled by hearing the words of Dasaratha, Kaikeyi intending to tell unkindly words like Rama's exile was beginning to harass her husband further, by her words.
|| ityaarshhe srimadraamaayane addikaavye ayodhya kaande dashama sargah ||
Thus completes tenth sarga of Ayodhya Kanda in Srimad Ramayana.
Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate
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