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Chapter 49: The Monkeys Search the Silver Mountain

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The Monkeys Search the Silver Mountain

Summary

Angada encourages all of the monkeys for searching Seetha and it makes those enervated monkeys to come to their animation. He points out to the wrath of Sugreeva and to its consequences, if the monkeys fail to implement Sugreeva's directive. Though all are fatigued to ramble in wildwoods, where even potable water is scarce, they are invigorated [stimulated] by Angada's advises and again start searching Vindhya ranges, from the beginning.

Chapter [Sarga] 49 in Detail

atha a.ngadah tadaa sarvaan vaanaraan idam abraviit |

parishraanto mahaa praajnah samaashvaasya shanair vacah || 4-49-1

Then on comforting all of those Vanara-s the highly diligent one but overly tired Angada slowly spoke this word to them. [4-49-1]

vanaani girayo nadyo dur.hgaani gahanaani ca |

darii giri guhaah caiva vicitaa nah sama.ntatah || 4-49-2

tatra tatra saha asmaabhih jaanakii na ca drishyate |

tathaa raksah apahartaa ca siitaayaah caiva dus.hkritii || 4-49-3

"We in oneness have searched there and thereabouts in the impassable forests, mountains, and rivers, and unfathomable cavities and in mountain caves up to their end, but we have not seen Janaki, so also that ill-natured demon, the abductor of Seetha, is not seen. [4-49-2, 3]

kaalah ca nah mahaan yaatah sugriivah ca ugra shaasanah |

tasmaat bhavantah sahitaa vicinvantu samantatah || 4-49-4

"We started a long time back and a great deal of time is lapsed, and Sugreeva is a severe disciplinarian, therefore let the search continued everywhere collectively. [4-49-4]

vihaaya tandriim shokam ca nidraam caiva samutthitaam |

vicinudhvam tathaa siitaam pashyaamo janaka aatmajaam || 4-49-5

"Surrender not to sluggishness, submit not to sorrowfulness, slouch not to sleep, as these lethargies are presently have come up against you. Let all of you search in such a way how best we can find the daughter of Janaka, Seetha. [4-49-5]

anir.hvedam ca daaksyam ca manasah ca aparaajayam |

kaarya siddhi karaani aahuh tasmaat etat braviimi aham || 4-49-6

"Insistency [urgency], ingenuity [cleverness] and indomitability [incapable of being subdued] of heart are said to be the causes for achieving results, therefore I am speaking all this. [4-49-6]

adya api idam vanam durgam vicinvantu vana okasah |

khedam tyaktvaa punah sarvam vanam etat vicinvataam || 4-49-7

"Even now the forest dwellers can search this impenetrable forest, thus get rid of your rue and let all of this forest be searched in its entirety. [4-49-7]

avashyam kurvataam drishyate karmanah phalam |

param nir.hvedam aagamya na hi nah miilanam ksamam || 4-49-8

"Fruit of pursuit will definitely be evident for those who undertake an endeavor earnestly, on the other hand, it will be unforgivable to shut our eyes deriving a high dejection. [4-49-8]

sugriivah krodhano raajaa tiiksna dandah ca vaanaraah |

bhetavyam tasya satatam raamasya ca mahaatmanah || 4-49-9

"King Sugreeva is irascible and he is a ruthful persecutor too, oh, Vanara-s, we shall always be frightened of him, and of self-reliant Rama as well. [4-49-9]

hitaartham etat uktam vah kriyataam yadi rocate |

ucyataam hi ksamam yat tat sarvesaam eva vaanaraah || 4-49-10

"All this is being said in the interest of your well-being, and if it is obliging to you it may be done in this way as I have said, if not, any other way out is there which will be conducive for all of us, oh, Vanara-s, it may be said." Thus Angada spoke to the troops of monkeys. [4-49-10]

angadasya vacah shrutvaa vacanam ga.ndhamaadanah |

uvaaca vyaktayaa vaacaa pipaasaa shrama khinnayaa || 4-49-11

On hearing Angada's words, Gandhamaadana who is enervated with thirst and fatigue spoke this sentence with inexplicit words. [4-49-11]

sadrisham khalu vah vaakyam a.ngado yat uvaaca ha |

hitam ca eva anukuulam ca kriyataam asya bhaasitam || 4-49-12

"What Angada has said that is indeed appropriate, isn't it! It is advantageous and pragmatic also. Let us carry out as said by him. [4-49-12]

punah maargaamahe shailaan kandaraam ca shilaan tathaa |

kaananaani ca shuunyaani giri prasravanaani ca || 4-49-13

"Again let us search out mountains, caves, crags, also like that the uninhabited forests and mountain rapids, too. [4-49-13]

yathaa uddisthaani sar.hvaani sugriivena mahaatmanaa |

vicinvantu vanam sarve giri dur.hgaani sa.ngataah || 4-49-14

"Let us all collectively search all of the places with forests, mountains and gorges as indicated by that self-assertive Sugreeva." Thus Gandhamaadana spoke to all monkeys. [4-49-14]

tatah samutthaaya punah vaanaraah te mahaabalaah |

vindhya kaanana sa.nkiirnaam vicerur daksinaam disham || 4-49-15

Those great-mighty Vanara-s again perking themselves up searched the southern compass that is overspread with Vindhya forests. [4-49-15]

te shaarada abhra pratimam shriimat rajata parvatam |

shri.ngavantam dariiva.ntam adhiruhya ca vaanaraah || 4-49-16

tatra lodhra vanam ramyam sapta parna vanaani ca |

vicinvanto hari varaah siitaa darshana kaanksinah || 4-49-17

Those Vanara-s who are the best among monkeys who are desirous of getting a glance of Seetha have clambered up a magnificent Silver Mountain which in statuesque is like an autumnal silvery cloud, and which has many zeniths and caverns, and searched there in the delightful woods of Lodhra trees, and even in the groves of seven-leaved banana plants. [4-49-16, 17]

tasya agram adhiruudhaah te shraantaa vipula vikramaah |

na pashyanti sma vaidehiim raamasya mahisiim priyaam || 4-49-18

Though they searched everywhere on ascending the mountaintop they have not found Seetha, the dear queen of Rama, and though they are immensely venturesome they are fatigued. [4-49-18]

te tu dristi gatam dristvaa tam shailam bahu ka.ndaram |

adhyaarohanta harayo viiksamaanaah sama.ntatah || 4-49-19

On searching what all they could see all over on that many caved mountain those monkeys descended yet keeping an eye on all over that mountain. [4-49-19]

avaruhya tato bhuumim shraantaa vigata cetasah |

sthitvaa muhuurtam tatra atha vriksa muulam upaashritaah || 4-49-20

Then on climbing down the mountain they reached ground and became tired and inane, and staying there for moment they took shelter at the base of a tree. [4-49-20]

te muhuurtam samaashvastaah ki.mcit bhagna parishramaah |

punar eva udyataah kritsnaam maargitum daksinaam disham || 4-49-21

They took respite for a moment and when their laboriousness intermitted a little, again they ventured to search the southern direction in its entirety. [4-49-21]

hanumat pramukhaah te tu prasthitaah plavaga risabhaah |

vi.ndhyam eva aaditah kritvaa viceruh te sama.ntatah || 4-49-22

Again making Mt. Vindhya as the starting point of search, those best fly-jumpers, namely Hanuma and the other chieftains of Vanara-s, have searched all over the southern direction for Seetha. [4-49-22]

iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye kiskindha kaande eko na pa.ncaashah sargah

Thus, this is the 49th chapter in Kishkindha Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

 

References

 

Desiraju Hanumanta Rao. (2000). Kishkindha Kanda - The Empire of Holy Monkeys.

 

Merriam-Webster. (2007). At http://www.m-w.com.

 

Reference.com. (2007). At http://www.reference.com.

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