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Dadhimukha Reports to Sugriva

Summary

The monkeys enter Madhuvana and partake the honey in plenty, as permitted by Hanuma and Angada. Singing and dancing as if in a drunken state, the monkeys were obstructed by those guarding the grove. The terrific monkeys warded off the guards, no; they even dragged them by their knees and tossed them up in the air. The guards then went to Dadhimukha, the chief of the garden-guards and complained him of the matter. Dadhimukha along with his followers appears on the scene and invade the monkeys with trees and rocks. Angada thrashed Dadhimukha with his arms and made him fall on the ground. Dadhimukha along with his followers then proceed to Kishkindha to report the matter to him. Dadhimukha bows down and touches Sugreeva's feet as a mark of salutation.

Chapter [Sarga] 62 in Detail

taan uvaaca hari shreshtho hanuumaan vaanara rishabhah |

avyagra manaso yuuyam madhu sevata vaanaraah || 5-62-1

ahamaavaarayisyaami yusmaakam paripanthinah |

Hanuma, like a bull among the monkeys and the foremost among them spoke to them as follows: "Cherish the honey with a cool mind, O monkeys! I will keep off your opposer who is standing in your way."

shrutvaa hanumato vaakyam hariinaam pravaro angadah || 5-62-2

pratyuvaaca prasanna aatmaa pibantu harayo madhu |

Hearing the words of Hanuma, the gracious minded Angada the principal among the monkeys repeated the words: "Let the monkeys drink the honey."

avashyam krita kaaryasya vaakyam hanumato mayaa || 5-62-3

akaaryam api kartavyam kim anga punah iidrisham |

"The words, though improper of Hanuma who had accomplished his task, are to be obliged certainly by me. Wherefore then, moreover, on such an occasion?"

andagasya mukhaat shrutvaa vacanam vaanara rishabhaah || 5-62-4

saadhu saadhv iti samhrishtaa vaanaraah pratyapuujayan |

Hearing the words coming from the mouth of Angada, those monkeys who were like bulls among the monkeys were delighted and answered with reverence, saying 'good, good!'

puujayitvaa angadam sarve vaanaraa vaanara rishabham || 5-62-5

jagmuh madhu vanam yatra nadii vega iva drutam |

Reverencing Angada the foremost among the monkeys, all the monkeys rushed towards Madhuvana, the grove abounding in honey, like the rush of a river towards a tree.

te prahrishtaa madhu vanam paalaan aakramya viiryatah || 5-62-6

atisargaac ca patavo drishtvaa shrutvaa ca maithiliim |

papuh sarve madhu tadaa rasavatphalamaadaduh || 5-62-7

Because Hanuma had seen Seetha and others had heard of her and because of the grant of permission from Angada, all those gifted monkeys entered Madhuvana the grove, overpowered the guards with their prowess, drank honey and the partook juicy fruits there.

utpatya ca tatah sarve vana paalaan samaagataah |

taadayanti sma shatashah saktaan madhu vane tadaa || 5-62-8

Then, all those monkeys jumped on the guards of the grove, who came there in hundreds together and banged them.

madhuuni drona maatraani bahubhih parigrihya te |

pibanti sahitaah sarve bhakshayanti tathaa apare || 5-62-9

All those monkeys together took vessels of honey in their arms and drank them. Some others banged those who obstructed them.

kecit piitvaa apavidhyanti madhuuni madhu pingalaah |

madhu uccishtena kecic ca jaghnuh anyonyam utkataah || 5-62-10

Some monkeys, with their skin-color as yellow as honey, after drinking vessels of honey, also threw some honey away. Some others, with the remnant of honey in their arms, after drinking, whipped up one another with their excessive intoxication.

apare vriksha muuleshu shaakhaam grihya vyavasthitah |

atyartham ca mada glaanaah parnaani aastiirya sherate || 5-62-11

Some others, seizing a branch of a tree, stood rooted at the foot of a tree. Some, who were highly intoxicated, laid down spreading leaves on the ground.

unmatta bhuutaah plavagaa madhu mattaah ca hrishtavat |

kshipanti api tathaa anyonyam skhalanti api tathaa apare || 5-62-12

Those monkeys, who were intoxicated by drinking the honey, became inebriated and started pushing one another cheerfully and some others began to stumble.

kecit kshvedaan prakurvanti kecit kuujanti hrishtavat |

harayo madhunaa mattaah kecit suptaa mahii tale || 5-62-13

Some were roaring like lions. Some, with joy, whistled like birds. Some monkeys, inebriated as they were by drinking honey, simply slept on the floor.

kritvaa kechirdhasantyanye kechitkurvanti chetarat |

kritvaa kechidvadantyanye kechidbudhyanti chetarat || 5-62-14

Doing something or other, some were laughing. Some others were doing something else. Some were telling what they were doing, while some others were understanding some things else.

ye api atra madhu paalaah syuh preshyaa dadhi mukhasya tu |

te api taih vaanaraih bhiimaih pratishiddhaa disho gataah || 5-62-15

The honey-keepers, who were there as messengers of Dadhimukha in that Madhuvana, were warded off by the terrific monkeys and they fled to different directions.

jaanubhih ca prakrishtaah ca deva maargam ca darshitaah |

abruvan parama udvignaa gatvaa dadhi mukham vacah || 5-62-16

Dragged by their knees and tossed up in the air by the monkeys, those honey-keepers were very much depressed, went to Dadhimukha and complained as follows:

hanuumataa datta varaih hatam madhu vanam balaat |

vayam ca jaanubhih krishtaa deva maargam ca darshitaah || 5-62-17

"The monkeys, as permitted by Hanuma, violently destroyed Madhuvana. We were dragged by our knees and further tossed up in the air."

tato dadhi mukhah kruddho vanapah tatra vaanarah |

hatam madhu vanam shrutvaa saantvayaamaasa taan hariin || 5-62-18

Hearing that Madhuvana was damaged, Dadhimukha, the grove-protector there was enraged and thereafter consoled those monkeys (as follows):

iha aagacchata gacchaamo vaanaraan atidarpitaan |

balena aavaarayishyaamo madhu bhakshayato vayam || 5-62-19

"Come here let us go there and prevent by our force, the monkeys who are arrogant of their strength and are consuming the honey."

shrutvaa dadhi mukhasya idam vacanam vaanara rishabhaah |

punah viiraa madhu vanam tena eva sahitaa yayuh || 5-62-20

Hearing these words of Dadhimukha, the foremost of those monkeys who displayed their heroism, quickly went again to Madhuvana along with him.

madhye ca eshaam dadhi mukhah pragrihya sumahaatarum |

samabhyadhaavat vegenaa te ca sarve plavamgamaah || 5-62-21

Grasping a tree, Dadhimukha speedily took up his position in the middle of those monkeys in Madhuvana. All his follower-monkeys also ran with him.

te shilaah paadapaan ca api paashaanaan ca api vaanaraah |

grihiitvaa abhyaagaman kruddhaa yatra te kapi kunjaraah || 5-62-22

Those enraged monkeys, taking rocks, trees and even mountains, went to the place where those foremost of monkeys were there.

te svaami vacanam viiraa hridayeshv avasajya tat |

tvarayaa hi abhyadhaavanta saala taala shilaa aayudhaah || 5-62-23

Those heroic monkeys, keeping the words of their master in mind, briskly ran with Sala trees, palm trees and rocks as their weapons.

vrikshasthaan ca talasthaan ca vaanaraan bala darpitaan |

abhyakraamanta te viiraah paalaah tatra sahasrashah || 5-62-24

Then, the valiant guards of the grove running in thousands invaded the monkeys who were on trees, at the foot of the trees and who were arrogant of their strength.

atha drishtvaa dadhi mukham kruddham vaanara pumgavaah |

abhyadhaavanta vegena hanuumat pramukhaah tadaa || 5-62-25

Seeing Dadhimukha coming with anger, Hanuma along with eminent monkeys ran towards him with speed.

tam savriksham mahaabaahum aapatantam mahaabalam |

aaryakam praaharat tatra baahubhyaam kupito angadah || 5-62-26

The enraged Angada struck there with his arms, that long-armed Dadhimukha the maternal uncle his father, who was endowed with extraordinary might and who was rushing with speed with a tree in his hand.

mada andhah a na veda enam aaryako ayam mama iti sah |

atha enam nishpipesha aashu vegavat vasudhaa tale || 5-62-27

Blinded with arrogance, that Angada did not show any mercy to him on the score of his being the maternal uncle of his father and caused him at once to fall down and began to crush him against the ground.

sa bhagna baahuh vimukho vihvalah shonita ukshitah |

mumoha sahasaa viiro muhuurtam kapi kunjarah || 5-62-28

That Dadhimukha, the valiant elephant among the monkeys, who was afflicted with his broken arms, thighs and shoulders, drenched as he was in blood, lost his consciousness for a moment.

sa samaashvasya sahasaa samkruddho raajamaatulah |

vaanaraanvaarayaamaasa dandena madhumohitaan || 5-62-29

That Dadhimukha, Sugreeva's maternal uncle, quickly recovering his breath, was enraged and resisted those monkeys, who were highly intoxicated because of drinking of honey, by a proper reprimand.

sa kathamcit vimuktah taih vaanaraih vaanara rishabhah |

uvaaca eka antam aagamya bhrityaan taan samupaagataan || 5-62-30

Somehow released by those monkeys that Dadhimukha the foremost among the monkeys, went to a solitary place and spoke to his messengers who came there (as follows):

ete tishthantu gacchaamo bhartaa no yatra vaanarah |

sugriivo vipula griivah saha raamena tishthati || 5-62-31

"Let these monkeys stay here. We will go to the place where the thick-necked Sugreeva, our lord of the monkeys stays together with Rama."

sarvam caiva angade dosham shraavayishyaami paarthiva |

amarshii vacanam shrutvaa ghaatayishyati vaanaraan || 5-62-32

"I will make known to the king, all the misdeed of Angada. Hearing my words, the enraged king will get the monkeys killed."

ishtam madhu vanam hi etat sugriivasya mahaatmanah |

pitri paitaamaham divyam devaih api duraasadam || 5-62-33

"This Madhuvana is indeed cherished by our high-souled king, Sugreeva and it derived from his father and grand father. It is so charming, but is dangerous to be approached even by celestials."

sa vaanaraan imaan sarvaan madhu lubdhaan gata aayushah |

ghaatayishyati dandena sugriivah sasuhrij janaan || 5-62-34

"The longevity of these monkeys got reduced, as they were very much lustful of honey. That Sugreeva can get these monkeys together with their companions, killed as a matter of punishment."

vadhyaa hi ete duraatmaano nripa aajnaa paribhaavinah |

amarsha prabhavo roshah saphalo no bhavishyati | 5-62-35

"These evil-minded beings, who disregarded the royal command, are fit to be capitally punished. Our wrath, springing from our impatience, will indeed become fruitful."

evam uktvaa dadhi mukho vana paalaan mahaabalah |

jagaama sahasaa utpatya vana paalaih samanvitah || 5-62-36

Thus speaking to the garden-guards, the mighty Dadhimukha quickly springing up all at once, went (to Kishkindha) together with the garden-guards.

nimesha antara maatrena sa hi praapto vana aalayah |

sahasra amshu suto dhiimaan sugriivo yatra vaanarah || 5-62-37

That Dadhimukha, the monkey, reached the place where that Sugreeva, the intelligent monkey was there, within an interval of only a moment.

raamam ca lakshmanam caiva drishtvaa sugriivam eva ca |

sama pratishthaam jagatiim aakaashaan nipapaata ha || 5-62-38

Seeing Rama, Lakshmana and Sugreeva, Dadhimukha descended to a level ground, from the sky.

Sa nipatya mahaaviiryah sarvaih taih parivaaritah |

Harih dadhi mukhah paalaih paalaanaam parama iishvarah || 5-62-39

Sa diina vadano bhuutvaa kritvaa shirasi ca anjalim |

Sugriivasya shubhau muurdhnaa caranau pratyapiidayat || 5-62-40

That Dadhimukha of a great prowess, the supreme lord of the guards, surrounded by all those garden-guards keeping a sad face, made a respectful salutation to Sugreeva with his head, by falling down and touching with his head, the auspicious feet of Sugreeva.

ityaarse shriimadraamaayane aadikaavye sundarakaande dvisastitamah sargah

Thus completes 62nd Chapter of Sundara Kanda of the glorious Ramayana of Valmiki, the work of a sage and the oldest epic.

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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