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Hanuman Enters Ravana’s Palace

Summary

Hanuma moves about the city of Lanka, going from one house to another in search of mother Seetha. He finds amazing wealth and riches abounding in that city of Ravana. He finally enters the huge house of Ravana.

Chapter [Sarga] 6 in Detail

sa nikaamam vimaanesu vishhannah kaama ruupadhrit |

vicacaara punarlankaam laaghavena samanvitah || 5-6-1

That Hanuma who could assume any desire form, searching among houses had a lot of grief. Endowed with great speed, He roamed again the city of Lanka.

aasasaada atha laksmiivaan raaksasa indra niveshanam |

praakaarena arka varnena bhaasvarena abhisamvrtam || 5-6-2

After that, the glorious Hanuma neared the house of Ravana shining with the golden hue of Sun, surrounded by a compound wall.

raksitam raaksasair bhiimaih simhair iva mahad vanam |

samiiksamaano bhavanam cakaashe kapi kunjarah || 5-6-3

Hanuma shined purveying the building protected by horrible rakshasas, like a forest by lions.

ruupya kopa hitaih citraih toranair hema bhuusitaih |

vicitraabhih ca kaksyaabhir dvaaraih ca rucirair vrtam || 5-6-4

Ravana's house consisted of surprising archways decorated with sliver and gold, strange entrances and beautiful doors.

gaja aasthitair mahaa maatraih shuuraih ca vigata shramaih |

upasthitam asamhaaryair hayaih syandana yaayibhih || 5-6-5

Ravana's house waited upon by men on elephants, warriors, and people with removed tiredness, drivers of elephants, by undefeatable horses, and by charioteers.

simha vyaaghra tanu traanair daanta kaancana raajataih |

ghosavadbhir vicitraih ca sadaa vicaritam rathaih || 5-6-6

Hanuma saw Ravana's house with protective shields made of lion and tiger skins, decorated with ivory, gold and silver, being roamed always by strange chariots with great sound.

bahu ratna samaakiirnam para ardhya aasana bhaajanam |

mahaa ratha samaavaasam mahaa ratha mahaa aasanam || 5-6-7

Hanuma saw Ravana's house filled with a lot of diamonds, having valuable seats and utensils, abode of great warriors, with great chariots and great utensils.

drishyaih ca parama udaaraih taih taih ca mriga paksibhih |

vividhair bahu saahasraih paripuurnam samantatah || 5-6-8

Filled all around with those and those various kinds of animals and birds in thousands, lovely to watch - very beautiful ones.

viniitair anta paalaih ca raksobhih ca suraksitam |

mukhyaabhih ca vara striibhih paripuurnam samantatah || 5-6-9

Well protected by well trained rakshasas, protecting the inner area, filled all over by best women who were important.

mudita pramadaa ratnam raaksasa indra niveshanam |

vara aabharana nirhraadaih samudra svana nihsvanam || 5-6-10

Having happy women, the abode of Ravana with the tinkling of best jewelry had a sound like that of an ocean.

tad raaja guna sampannam mukhyaih ca vara candanaih |

bherii mrdanga abhirutam shankha ghosa vinaaditam || 5-6-11

Together with royal insignia, with best scents and sandal wood, spread with great number of people like a great forest with lions.

bheriimridangaabhirutam shankhaghoshhaninaaditam |

nitya arcitam parva hutam puujitam raaksasaih sadaa || 5-6-12

Resounded by bheris and mridangas, resounded by the sound of conch-shells, prayed upon daily by Rakshasas, with rituals on festivals, always worshipped by rakshasas.

samudram iva gambhiiram samudram iva nihsvanam |

mahaatmaano mahad veshma mahaa ratna paricchadam || 5-6-13

mahaa jana samaakiirnam dadarsha sa mahaa kapih |

The great Hanuma saw the wealthy Ravana's huge house, inscrutable like an ocean, like a noiseless ocean, with a roof embedded with great diamonds and filled with great diamonds.

viraajamaanam vapusaa gaja ashva ratha samkulam || 5-6-14

lankaa aabharanam iti eva so amanyata mahaa kapih |

chachaara hanumaamstatra raavanasya samiipatah || 5-6-15

That great Hanuma thought the house, which was shining with its form filled with elephants, horses, chariots, to be the jewel of Lanka. Hanuma walked about there in the near-hood of Ravana.

grihaad griham raaksasaanaam udyaanaani ca vaanarah |

viiksamaano hi asamtrastah praasaadaamh ca cacaara sah || 5-6-16

That Hanuma moved about from one house to another of Rakshasas and also parks and observing in all directions without fear and also courtyards.

avaplutya mahaa vegah prahastasya niveshanam |

tato anyat pupluve veshma mahaa paarshvasya viiryavaan || 5-6-17

Hanuma with great prowess, and one with great speed, jumped for the house of Prahasta and from there leapt for another house that of Mahaparshva.

atha megha pratiikaasham kumbha karna niveshanam |

vibhiisanasya ca tathaa pupluve sa mahaa kapih || 5-6-18

Thereafter the great Hanuma leapt for the house of Kumbhakarna which resembled a cloud and in the same way for the house of Vibhishana.

mahaa udarasya ca tathaa viruupa aksasya caiva hi |

vidyuj jihvasya bhavanam vidyun maaleh tathaiva ca || 5-6-19

vajra damstrasya ca tathaa pupluve sa mahaa kapih |

That great Hanuma in the same way leapt for the house of Mahodara and also that of Virupaaksha, that of Viddutjihva.

shukasya ca mahaa vegah saaranasya ca dhiimatah |

tathaa ca indrajito veshma jagaama hari yuuthapah || 5-6-20

Hanuma the commander of Vanara army with great radiance went for the intellectual Suka's house, for Sarana's house, and in the same way for the house of Indrajit.

jambu maaleh sumaaleh ca jagaama hari yuuthapah || 5-6-21

rashmi ketoh ca bhavanam suurya shatroh tathaiva ca |

vajrakaayasya cha tathaa pupluve sa mahaakapih || 5-6-22

The best among Vanaras Hanuma went for the house of Jambumali and for the house of Sumali. The great Hanuma jumped for the house Rasmiketu and in the same way for the house of Suryaketu and in that way for the building of Vajrakaaya.

dhuumra aksasya ca sampaater bhavanam maaruta aatmajah |

vidyud ruupasya bhiimasya ghanasya vighanasya ca || 5-6-23

shuka naabhasya vakrasya shathasya vikatasya ca |

hrasva karnasya damstrasya romashasya ca raksasah || 5-6-24

yuddha unmattasya mattasya dhvaja griivasya naadinah |

vidyuj jihva indra jihvaanaam tathaa hasti mukhasya ca || 5-6-25

karaalasya pishaacasya shonita aksasya caiva hi |

Hanuma jumped for Dhumrah's house, for Sampaati’s house, for Vidhudrupa's, Bhiima's house, for Ghana's house and Vighana's house, for Sukhana's house, for Vakra's, for Satha's house and also for Vikata's house, for Brahmakarna's house, for Damshra's house, for Roma's house, for Raksha's house, for Ydhonmata's and Indrajihva's house, in the same way for Hastimukas house, for Karala's house, for Pisacha's house, and also for the building of Shonita.

kramamaanah kramena eva hanuumaan maaruta aatmajah || 5-6-26

tesu tesu mahaa arhesu bhavanesu mahaa yashaah |

tesaam rddhimataam riddhim dadarsha sa mahaa kapih || 5-6-27

The son of Vayu, one with great fame, great one among Vanaras , moving about in a sequence in those and those best buildings, saw the wealth of those rakshasas, who were rich.

sarvesaam samatikramya bhavanaani samantatah |

aasasaada atha laksmiivaan raaksasa indra niveshanam || 5-6-28

The glorious Hanuma passing everyone's houses all round, there-after neared the house of Ravana.

raavanasya upashaayinyo dadarsha hari sattamah |

vicaran hari shaarduulo raaksasiir vikrita iiksanaah || 5-6-29

shuula mudgala hastaah ca shakto tomara dhaariniih |

Hanuma best among Vanaras, tiger among Vanaras, moving about saw Rakshasa women, those who were sleeping near to Ravana, those who had horrific eyes, those who had Sulaas, Mudgaras in their hands, those who had Shaktis and Tomaras.

dadarsha vividhaan gulmaamh tasya raksah pater grihe |

raakshasaamshcha mahaakaayaannaanaapraharanodyataan || 5-6-30

Hanuma saw in that house of Ravana a variety of army divisions and also Rakshasas those who had huge bodies having different weapons raise up.

raktaan shvetaan sitaamh caiva hariimh caiva mahaa javaan ||5-6-31

kuliinaan ruupa sampannaan gajaan para gaja aarujaan |

nisthitaan gaja shikhaayaam airaavata samaan yudhi || 5-6-32

nihantrrn para sainyaanaam grihe tasmin dadarsha sah |

ksaratah ca yathaa meghaan sravatah ca yathaa giriin || 5-6-33

megha stanita nirghosaan durdharsaan samare paraih |

That Hanuma in that house saw horses in red color and in white color, slightly whitish, capable of great speed, elephants born in a good breed having good appearance capable of harassing enemy's elephants, skilled in good elephant training, equaling Airavata, capable of killing enemies armies in war, rutting like raining clouds, like mountains with water falls that are pouring down, with trumpeting resembling thundering of clouds, unassailable by enemies in a battle.

sahasram vaahiniih tatra jaambuunada pariskritaah || 5-6-34

hema jaalair avicchinnaah taruna aaditya samnibhaah |

dadarsha raaksasa indrasya raavanasya niveshane || 5-6-35

There Hanuma saw in the house of Ravana, the king of rakshasas, army divisions in thousands decorated with gold, covered with heaps of gold, equaling the Sun who has fully come up.

shibikaa vividha aakaaraah sa kapir maaruta aatmajah |

lataa grihaani citraani citra shaalaa grihaani ca || 5-6-36

kriidaa grihaani ca anyaani daaru parvatakaan api |

kaamasya grihakam ramyam divaa grihakam eva ca || 5-6-37

dadarsha raaksasa indrasya raavanasya niveshane |

That Hanuma the son of Vayu saw in the house of Ravana the king of rakshasas, palanquins of various shapes, wonderful bowers, art galleries and other pleasure houses which were constructed with wooden mountains, house for sexual delight and a beautiful diurnal house.

sa mandara tala prakhyam mayuura sthaana samkulam || 5-6-38

dhvaja yastibhir aakiirnam dadarsha bhavana uttamam |

ananta ratna nicayam nidhi jaalam samantatah || 5-6-39

dhiira nisthita karma antam griham bhuuta pater iva |

That Hanuma saw the best among buildings equaling mount Mandara filled with pens for peacocks, spread by flag staffs managed by courageous ones like the house of Kubera filled with many diamonds and also heaps of riches.

arcirbhih ca api ratnaanaam tejasaa raavanasya ca || 5-6-40

viraraaja atha tad veshma rashmimaan iva rashmibhih |

That building shone by the rays of diamonds, by the splendor of Ravana like the Sun by rays.

jaambuu nadamayaani eva shayanaani aasanaani ca || 5-6-41

bhaajanaani ca shubhraani dadarsha hari yuuthapah |

Hanuma leader of Vanaras saw couches and seats and chief vessels all made with gold.

madhv aasava krita kledam mani bhaajana samkulam || 5-6-42

mano ramam asambaadham kubera bhavanam yathaa |

nuupuraanaam ca ghosena kaanciinaam ninadena ca || 5-6-43

mridanga tala ghosaih ca ghosavadbhir vinaaditam |

praasaada samghaata yutam strii ratna shata samkulam || 5-6-42

suvyuudha kaksyam hanumaan pravivesha mahaa griham |

Hanuma entered the big house moistened by liquor made of honey, filled with vessels made of gems delightful one, un-congested one like the building of Kubera resounded by the sound of tinkles by the sound of waist ornaments, by the sound of percussion on Mridangas with deep sound, which consisted of many mansions filled with hundreds of best women, encircled by many spacious enclosures.

iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye sundara kaande shhashhthah sargah

Thus, this is the 6th chapter in Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.

Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate

References

Durga, Kishore Kopalle, and K. M. K. Murthy. (2001). Sundara Kanda - Book Of Beauty.

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

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

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