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Sundara Kanda - Hanuman's Odyssey - 6

Sundara Kanda - Hanuman's Odyssey - 6

Canto 48 - It takes Indrajit

Aggrieved as by Akshay's death
Thought then Ravan of sending
Son his eldest who subdued
Indra himself in battle. 1

Addressed Ravan his eldest
Who could invoke that mantra
To make his arrow Brahmastra
And thus stun foes formidable. 2

With thy prowess at battle
Beat thou all in battlefield. 3

With thy mystic powers and all
None can harm thee in combat. 4

Is there any in all three worlds
Hath who not heard of thy fame. 5

In the art of waging war
Thou I know are my equal. 6

At the hands of this vanar
Dared who challenge Lanka's might
Warriors in their thous did die
With the Generals at their head. 7

Wonder how did our Akshay
In spite of his combat skills
Come a cropper with vanar! 8

Wise it not to take him light
Saw who end of young Akshay
And such veterans from our ranks 9

Won't thy sight in battlefield
Scare the mighty of all worlds. 10

Wiped as vanar our panzers
Akshay 'n the five Generals
Not to speak of seven Marshals
Makes it no sense to expose
More of our men to the same. 11

Using arms of thine varied
Use there none to waste thy time
Looks like none but Brahmastra
Could take care of this vanar. 12

For the dharma of the land
Won't let rulers fight the foes
Having men to fill that role
Constrained am I to send thee. 13

Takes as one the battlefield
Killer instinct he should have. 14

Ravan's son then Indrajit
Rose to greet his revered dad. 15

Praised by all there to one man
Felt then Ravan's son enthused. 16

On his errand Indrajit
Seemed like tidal wave on move. 17

Got he onto his chariot
Drawn by roaring lions all four. 18

With no further loss of time
Reached straight Indrajit target. 19

From his aura knew vanar
It was none but Indrajit
And that he had fight on hand. 20

Posited himself Indrajit
To take the vanar in his stride. 21

With the dust the lions did kick
Filled was entire space in skies. 22

So to watch how Vayu's son
Take on one who subdued them
With their fingers crossed in awe
Watched all gods there from high skies. 23

Sight at that of Indrajit
Itched then vanar to engage
Him in single combat who
Done in Indra Lord of gods. 24

Tested Indrajit his bow
Sound it made like thunderbolt. 25

In time Hanuman found himself
Engaged at war of his life. 26

As a ploy to stall his foe
Fought him Hanuman from the skies. 27

To make Hanuman his target
Sent Ravan's son such arrows
Wings which had to cruise in air. 28

Swift as Hanuman in escape
Arrows all those got past him. 29

Sparred with some more Indrajit
Managed Hanuman to thwart them. 30

As though to tease Indrajit
Neared as Hanuman ever so close
Shot then Ravan's son arrows
With such aim to hit bull's-eye
But swift as Hanuman in mid-air
Kept her ever thus out of range. 31

Sight all this made exciting
To those who came watch them both. 32

Hanuman then was all at sea
How to conquer Ravan's son,
Latter too seemed have no clue
How to tackle foe his strange. 33

Worried all looked Indrajit
For his failure to bring down
Foe of Lanka with his skills. 34

Realized Indrajit at length
Hard it was to slay Hanuman. 35

So he thought it fit to use
Brahmastra to stun Hanuman. 36

Invoked Indrajit Brahma
Powers he arrow of his sharp
To stun Hanuman out of wits. 37

With the power of Brahmastra
Lay then Hanuman unconscious. 38

Hanuman by the blessings of
Brahma his own grandfather
In time regained consciousness. 39

Having realized Ravan's son
Tied him with the Brahmastra
Recalled Hanuman boon he got
From Brahma to safeguard him. 40

How were Indrajit to know
Made me Brahma exempt from
Mantra invoked in his name? 41

Aware got he unshackled
From the grip of Brahmastra
Thought he fit to lay low then
Out of respect for the Lord
Brahma who gave birth to his
Father Vayu rules who skies. 42

Feared not Hanuman Indrajit
Blessed as he was by Brahma. 43

Taken he would be captive
All too well then Hanuman knew. 44

Feigned as Hanuman in coma
Sent men Ravan's son to him. 45

Chose as he to turn captive
Lost no time then Ravan's men
To tie his frame then tip to toe. 46

Wanting then to meet Ravan
Hanuman bore the insults all
Thrown at him by Lankans then. 47

Soon as Lankans tied vanar
With ropes made of strong coir
Eased out its force Brahmastra. 48

Realized Indrajit in time
Foolishness it was to use
Ropes to augment Brahmastra. 49

At loss was thus Indrajit
How to tackle Hanuman then
Got who freed from Brahmastra. 50

Pricked as Lankans all the way
Kept mum Hanuman in the hope
Led he would be to Ravan. 51

Let thus Hanuman to take him
Though he could have freed himself. 52

In time to the Lankan court
Brought was Hanuman tied in ropes. 53

Took a hard look Ravan then
At that vanar who looked strong. 54

In whispers then Ravan's court
Wondered at the developments. 55

Angered were all those nobles
Slew that he their kith and kin,
Soon as they saw Hanuman thus
Brayed all they for blood of his. 56

At the sight of Ravan's court
The like of which he never saw
Wondered Hanuman for his part. 57

Ravan as he saw Hanuman
Pushed 'n prodded by his guards
Seemed too nonplussed as it were. 58

Espied as he Ravan then
Had who aura of but God
Stunned no end was Hanuman then. 59

Lost as Ravan his cool soon
Wanted he to go to roots,
Bid he thus his men enquire
How come Hanuman did trespass. 60

Council as then questioned him
Declared Hanuman that he came
Sent by vanar Lord Sugreev
On an errand of import. 61

Canto 49 - Ravan's Darbar

Stared as Ravan in dismay
Looked at him in awe Hanuman. 1

Studded as it with rare diamonds
Had king Ravan crown of crowns. 2

Garments Ravan wore were silk
Ornaments on him all were gold. 3

Frills to its his dress scented
Smeared with ash was his forehead. 4

Eyes of his so wide and sharp
Turned they red by his rage then. 5

Heads he sported ten in all
Seemed they all but as if one. 6

Wore as myriad chains of gems
Dangled which on his bare chest,
Made they rays of mid-day sun
Peeping out of thick dark clouds. 7

Epaulets he wore seemed to crown
Hands his both so strong and long. 8

Sat thus Ravan on his throne
Had that for seat smooth carpet. 9

Posited as he on high throne
Fanned him damsels for comfort. 10

With their advice to render
On call were his secretaries. 11

In the midst of those gathered
Seemed he island in high seas. 12

Ravan in his darbar seem
As though Indra held his court. 13

Stood then Hanuman gaping at
Ravan at his splendorous best. 14

Though the pain of confinement
Made him feel thus out of sorts
Sight of Ravan made Hanuman
Stare at him in wonderment. 15

Bowled over by Ravan's charm
Thought over then Hanuman thus: 16

Can there be a king on earth
Better who can the Ravan Great? 17

Were he not to foul dharma
Is he not the one to rule
In his right the heaven as well. 18

But that he is perverted
World all made to pay the price. 19

Were Ravan to set his mind
To destroy earth and heaven itself
Power he seems to have for that. 20

Canto 50 - Cause of Loss

Seeing Hanuman unshaken
Smitten was Ravan by doubts then. 1

Wondered Ravan if bull god
Cursed him when he shook Kailash
Came in disguise to harm thus. 2

Or could he be that Banasur
Came in form of this vanar? 3

Clueless as was Ravan then
Prahastha he then addressed thus: 4

Wish I Prahastha thee find out
Wherefore came this simian fiend,
What was at his back of mind
Spoiled when he our garden? 5

Trespass why did he Lanka
Made him what to give us fight? 6

Assured Prahastha then vanar
Harm him none would in Lanka. 7

Promised he then safe passage
To trespasser there thus lay trapped. 8

Have thou come to spy on us
Sent by gods from heaven itself? 9

Clear it's all from thy valour
That thou art no mean vanar. 10

Mince no words 'n bare the truth
That we could thee free forthwith. 11

If thou try to sidetrack us
Know that will be at thy risk. 12

Hanuman in turn told Ravan
That his trip had none to do
With gods all that Lankans scorned. 13

Am I from the vanar ranks
Came to see thee king Ravan. 14

Spoiled I know thy garden
That thy guards would usher me
To thy court O Lankan king. 15

Came as thy guards to kill me
Slain them just to save my life. 16

Stunned as Indrajit me then
With the aid of Brahmastra
Blessed as I was by Brahma.
Came I soon out of its spell. 17

On my own I came to thee
None as ever would contain me. 18

Know me as the one sent by
Rama to make truce with thee. 19

Canto 51 - Advice to Deliver

Unnerved continued Hanuman
With Ravan who scared all gods. 1

Wishes Sugreev thou all well
With the message that follows. 2

Help as it would thee all now
Heed thee advice of my Lord. 3

Dasarath was a godly king
Fame he earned for rule his fair. 4

Son his eldest Lord Ram
So to honour his dad's word
Gave up lawful right on crown. 5

For the help his wife the third
Rendered him in some battle
Gave word Dasarath to her then
Honour bound he would be to
Fulfill wishes three of hers,
Came when time to crown Rama
Sought as she crown for her son
Went Ram with his spouse Seetha
In tow with his brother Lakshman
To Dandak woods on exile then. 6

Janaka's daughter that worthy
Woman that wed first Dasarath's son
Kidnapped was she from those woods. 7

With his sibling Lord Rama
Went on searching for Seetha. 8

Came he soon to Kishkindha
Made he pact with Sugreeva. 9

Vow as per his Lord Rama
Slew the sibling of Sugreev
Vali who stole wife of his. 10

Vali's valour world all knows
Felled him but Ram at one go. 11

Got as Sugreev Vanar Crown
Besides hand of Vali's wife
Apart from his stolen one
So to keep the word he gave
To Lord Ram to find Seetha
Sent he vanars in their scores
Covering earth and heaven as well. 12

Find thou in the vanar ranks
Valorous all in their thousands
Conquer who could on their own
Worlds all three there at one go. 13

It's me Hanuman, Vayu' son
Flew the sea of hundred leagues
To reach Lanka in search of
Seetha kidnapped wife of Ram. 15

Scanned I Lanka's width 'n breadth
Found I Seetha in the end. 16

O well learned king Ravan
Is it fair for thee confine
Wife of another in thy land? 17

It's no dharma for the king
Breaks he rules of humankind. 18

Bodes it ill for all thy folk
That thee annoy Ram and his
Sibling who could destroy all
And sundry as well at their will. 19

For thine unfairness to Ram
In snaring loving spouse of his
Sure to rue thy citizens all. 20

Send back Seetha to her man
Pray heed advice of this mine
Given in keeping thy interest. 21

Fail thou heed my Lord's advice
Found as I now in thy land
Seetha faithful wife of Ram
Rest of it is left to him
How to book thee for thy foul. 22

Being such a learned king
Wonder how thou fail to know
Seetha would prove thee costly. 23

Pays it to know Rama's wife
Is not the one to get seduced
By the vile of devil itself. 24

May thou live for ever so long
Boon thou got from God Himself
Fail if thee to mend thy ways
Sure thou soon would come to grief. 25

Know the rider that God put
For thee to keep death at bay
Is on hand to see thy end. 26

In battles all with gods and such
Boon hath it that come thou clean. 27

It's thy fate that failed thee true
To seek no harm from men and us,
It's thus Ram and we vanars
Bring would thy end in combat. 28

Lay not as knives two in sheath
So's the case with good and bad. 29

Blessed as gods thee for good deeds
Punish they would now for foul acts. 30

How thou fail to see writing
On the wall when Seetha's man
Could slay Vali thy equal! 31

Rama if were to give nod
For that matter I would now
Sink thy Lanka in the seas. 32

Tied are my hands for Rama
Vowed he would slay well in time
Hands with his own who that dared
Kidnap his dear spouse Seetha. 33

Spare would Rama not even
Indra were to harm his cause,
What would come of folk like thee
Were they to cross swords with him? 34

Know Seetha thou here confine
Would cause curtains to come down
On the Lankan stage of thine. 35

She's like the hangman's rope
Brought by thyself to Lanka
On thine own to hang thyself. 36

With her power of chariness
Burn as well she might thy land. 37

Why drag down them all of them
Hordes of wives and thy siblings. 38

O Ravan the Lankan king
Heed thee advice of Sugreev. 39

Know Ram is no mere mortal
Power hath he to destroy all
Exists whatever in three worlds
And bring life back onto earth. 40

In all races of worlds all
None there equals him as man. 41

Makes it's no joke to join
Battle with the god in him. 42

That thou hurt the god on earth
Hope there none for thee in life. 43

In their bid to save thy life
All three worlds if ever combine
Yet Ram would make bite thee dust. 44

Destined if were one to die
At the hands of Seetha's man
Gods themselves know wash their hands. 45

Treating Hanuman's words ranting
Lost his cool then Lankan king. 46

Canto 52 - Placates the Sibling

In rage Ravan then ordered
Hanuman be to put to death. 1

Stood up Vibhishan in dismay
The sibling fair of Lankan king. 2

To stall the folly of the court
Pleaded Vibhishan with Ravan. 3

To set Ravan in right frame
Praised his sibling him to skies. 4

Heed me learned king Ravan
Fair it's none to kill Hanuman. 5

Kill if we one on errand
Don't all we earn infamy? 6

Remind none thee O learned
It's not how the king should act. 7

Swayed if thou by thine anger
What would come of thy learning? 8

Thus O Ravan unrivalled
Better be prudent in thy act. 9

Words at these of his sibling
Hissed in anger then Ravan. 10

The way he acted mala fide
It's no ill to kill Hanuman. 11

Would not let go Vibhishan
Ravan on the path that's wrong. 12

Won't thee realize O learned
It's no dharma to kill one
Brings that missive from rivals? 13

Brief it's not mine to plead for
Life of one who harmed us all
But to keep up thy fair name
Deal thou with him as ordained. 14

Severe a limb or lash him well
That's the way to deal with him. 15

It's not wise to act in haste
Calm down so my great sibling. 16

Is there any better than thee
Knows who dharma in theory
Nuances as well in practice? 17

Valour with thine unrivalled
Conquer did thou all three worlds. 18

High such being thy position
Why let act such lower that? 19

Uphold honour of Lanka
Not by killing this vanar
But by slaying Ram who sent
Him to act in foul manner. 20

How this vanar on errand
Could have acted on his own
Without the goading of his Lord? 21

Were he to be freed by thee
Fetch he would then his masters
Itching to land on our shores
For thee to see the end of them. 22

Falls if Rama at thy feet
Bites as and when he the dust
It's then but gods would realize
How thou made all cowards of them. 23

With thy penchant to conquer
Were thee to slay this vanar now
Would thou lose the chance of life
To slay that Ram 'n Lakshman too
For they fail to come to know
Made thou captive Seetha thus. 24

To slay vanar hordes are all
Itching are our men at arms,
Slay if thee but one vanar
Won't thou deprive them their chance? 25

So to let our foes to know
To face us death is no less scared
Force we may all foes to show
Backs of theirs in battlefield. 26

Takes it no more than a score
Of our men to settle all scores
With Ram 'n Lakshman if they dare
Ever to set foot on our shores. 27

Averred as thus his own sibling
Changed his mind then king Ravan
To kill Hanuman lay there tied. 28

Canto 53 - Tail on Fire

Sibling as his stood so firm
Spoke then Ravan changing tune. 1

Spare as we may life of him
Let him not go scot-free now. 2

Pride as vanars at their tails
Set his tail on fire that hurts. 3

Goes as he back with burnt tail
Makes a scene to folk back home. 4

Burns as his tail like a log
Take this vanar round boulevards. 5

Having led him out of court
Set the palace guards all there
Rags to tie on Hanuman's tail. 6

Worked as guards on tail his long
Turned it Hanuman like tree trunk. 7

Pouring oil then on rags
Set they tail of his on fire. 8

Gathered in time Lankans all
To see Hanuman's tail on fire. 9

Though he could have freed himself
Bore that Hanuman thus in thought. 10

Escape that I this ordeal
It's not for me such big deal. 11

Isn't it the trouble they give
Fraction of the hurt I caused? 12

Can't I on my own tackle
All these Ravan's men at arms? 13

Bear I should well this ordeal
For the sake of my Lord Ram. 14

Roamed I though the town at night
Failed I would have to grasp well
The ins and outs of its layout. 15

Now that they would take me round
Through their streets in broad daylight
Chance I would have to assess
Strengths and weakness of the foe. 16

Falling as well in his trap
Led him Ravan's men in chains
Through the streets of Lanka then. 17

Gloating over their success
Made they Hanuman their trophy. 18

Unmindful of burning tail
Scanned all Hanuman as he moved. 19

Saw he dumps of ammos large
Found he bunkers there well manned. 20

Buildings he found camouflaged
Tunnels which had underground. 21

As they taunted him a spy
Smiled to himself then Hanuman. 22

So to see his tail on fire
Came out Lankans then in droves. 23

Carried some then to Seetha
Tale of vanar's burning tail. 24

For so long all in undertones
He's the one with whom thee spake. 25

Hurt was Seetha by that news
Prayed she Agni to spare him. 26

Submit she did to Fire God
That he might save Hanuman then. 27

Deem if thou me true to Ram
Spare then Hanuman from thy heat. 28

Goodwill of gods if I earned
For my goodness to mankind
Be kind now to this Hanuman. 29

If Ram feels that I do yearn
For the embrace of his warmth
Pray go cool on Hanuman now. 30

Feel if thee that Lord Sugreev
Could help Rama take me out
From the darkness of Lanka
Pray thee comfort give Hanuman. 31

Lost no time then God of Fire
From his heat to spare Hanuman. 32

Blew then Vayu his father
Icy breeze to cool Hanuman. 33

Wondered Hanuman how it was
Rags though on his tail on fire
Yet he felt no heat as such. 34

Tail as mine as thus burning
None I feel the pain for that! 35

For the soothing feel I have
Lay the reason somewhere else. 36

For the sake of Rama's cause
Didn't Mainaka offer seat
For me to rest on his peak?
Likewise Agni should've thought
Fits it Rama's cause like glove
Were he to leave me unscathed. 37

Might I as well owe all this
To the kindness of Lord Rama
And his faithful spouse Seetha. 38

Or else Agni being friend
Of my father Vayu wind
Would have spared me this ordeal. 39

Knowing am on Ram's errand
Gave as affront folks all these
So to keep up his prestige
And to make them well realize
That they played all but with fire
Won't I pay them in same coin? 40

Houdini made as he then
Went he roaring up in skies. 41

With his burning tail and all
Landed then on Lankan gates. 42

Assumed simian form Hanuman
Slipped he through the chains on him. 43

Grew he then back into giant
Looked he all the while for mace. 44

Picked he latch of that huge gate
Slew he all the guards he faced. 45

Having none to restrain him
With his burning tail Hanuman
Shone he like the mid-day sun. 46

Canto 54 - Arson to Hurt

Having had his way thus far
Thought of future course Hanuman. 1

Why not I give them in kind
For what they did all to my tail? 2

Much is left to hurt the foe
Caused I might have some damage. 3

Why not I torch Ravan's town
With the help of tail mine
That they set on fire themselves? 4

For the favour of Agni
Make I Lanka his fodder. 5

Hovered as he in mid-air
Surveyed Ravan's land he thus. 6

Landed then on some dwelling
Jumped he then from one another. 7

Chose he Prahastha's own palace
With its sprawling compound then
And made he bonfire of all there. 8

Next in line was Mahaparsva's
Mansion that met similar fate. 9

Not to content even then
Burnt he dwellings of nobles. 10

Leaned he then on that palace
Owned by one who subdued him. 11

Set he fire then one by one
Houses of the following. 12

Jambumali's 'n Sumali's
Rasmiketha's 'n Suryasathru's
Damstra's 'n so Duraatma's 13

Romasa's 'n Ghora's as well
Mattali's besides Yuddhonmatha's
Karala's and Pisaachas's too. 14

Kumbha's as well Nikumbha's
Yagnasatru's 'n Brahmasatru's
Not to speak of Kumbhakarna's. 15

But spared Hanuman that dwelling
Lived where Vibhishan who pleaded
Case his then in Ravan's Court. 16

Razed as fire in those places
Turned all therein to ashes. 17

Went he then to that courtyard
Where lived Lankan king Ravan. 18

Set he Ravan's fort on fire
With the fading flame on tail. 19

Spread as fire in Ravan's court
Thundered Hanuman even more. 20

As if to aid his son's cause
Unleashed Vayu his frenzy. 21

Goaded thus by Hanuman's dad
Spread tongues Agni far and wide. 22

In that towering inferno
Came all dwellings crashing down. 23

Looked then Lanka that lost soul
Thrown down from the heaven itself. 24

Lost their wits all then Lankans
Felt they Fire God turned vanar. 25

Filled all streets were with Lankans
Rent were skies there with their cries. 26

Jumped all over compound walls
Mansions as theirs came crashing. 27

From the debris of dwellings
Flowed then molten gold in streams. 28

Turned to ashes demonic frames
Turned grey landscape of Lanka. 29

In myriad shades of crimson red
Sprouted tongues of fire to skies. 30

Burning Lanka seemed as if
Tripura of yore Shankar burnt. 31

To bring Lanka to its knees
Moved then Hanuman to outskirts. 32

With still burning tail of his
Set fire Hanuman there dwellings. 33

Raged as fire in those buildings
Heard all bursting sounds from them. 34

Smoke that embers emitted then
Rose in columns to high skies. 35

Wondered all those who survived
Came if death in Hanuman's form. 36

Brahma's it was wrath felt some
Set what Hanuman to smash them. 37

Took some Hanuman for Vishnu's
Avatar to end Ravan's reign. 38

It's in no time fire got spread
To nearby jungles all so deep. 39

Trapped as such in jungle fire
Died wildlife of forests there. 40

Rent was air with cries of all
Lost who then their kith and kin. 41

With the havoc that he caused
Lanka seemed an accursed land. 42

Climbed up Chitrakoot Hanuman
Surveyed Ravan's land ravaged. 43

Felt glad Hanuman that Lanka
Lost its edge to fight Lord Ram. 44

Tail as his was still on fire
Looked he still the rising sun. 45

Having done his job Hanuman
Prayed he in all reverence Ram. 46

Gods all for his one-man show
Showered then praises on Hanuman. 47

Amidst the ruins of Lanka then
Stood like victor there Hanuman. 48

Felt on second thought gods all there
What they discerned was but dream,
For how could Hanuman on his own
Raze all Lanka at one go! 49

At the sight of Lanka thus
Rubbed all angels then their eyes,
At the havoc Hanuman caused
Worlds all trembled then dismayed. 50

Sages at that in their scores
As well angels there gathered
Not to speak of Yakshas then
Thought it augured well for world. 51

Canto 55 - What of Seetha?

Died as embers in Lanka
So to quench his burning tail
Went upto beach then Hanuman. 1

Cooled as he tail by seashore
Felt then Hanuman thus in qualms. 2

Have I gone wrong by burning
Lanka to the last dwelling? 3

Was it all wrong on my part
Lost I bearing in my wrath? 4

Of all what that afflicts man
Anger takes the pride of place. 5

Drives to extremes man anger
Thought in his 'n deed as well. 6

Whoever can nip his anger
In the bud is man seasoned. 7

Reckoned as I not her welfare
On whom Rama stakes his life
Raison d'etre of Odyssey mine
Doubt there none it's foolhardy. 8

Now that Lanka is on fire
Wouldn't have Seetha lost her life? 9

What for came I to Lanka
Is it to kill Rama's wife? 10

While the going was so good
How come lost I my bearing! 11

Spared as fury of Fire God
Not a square inch of Lanka
Where was space for her to hide? 12

Were Seetha to perish in fire
How am I to show my face
To Ram who entrusted this job. 13

Why not I now end my life
Why to go to Ram with guilt. 14

How am I go back to them
How to look all them in face? 15

How I subscribed to world-view
That vanars wouldn't get focused! 16

To let him in spite all go wrong. 17

Makes man passion imperfect
Hear if they that Seetha died
Ram 'n Lakshman won't live more. 18

At the death of their siblings
Bharat 'n Satrughn follow suit. 19

Reign if ends of Ikshvaakus
Orphaned would be world at large. 20

For the foolish act of mine
Won't I turn the accursed soul? 21

As sunk Hanuman in sorrow
Omens he sighted all too good. 22

Felt he raging flames of fire
Won't match power of Rama's wife. 23

Won't her aura keep at bay
Flames of raging fire from her. 24

Won't the Fire God himself know
Touch he cannot Rama's spouse? 25

How can ever be Rama's wife
Destined to burn like some sack? 26

As well Agni spared my tail
Would he ever touch Seetha then? 27

Mainak as did offer help
To sustain cause of Lord Rama
Wouldn't then Agni follow suit? 28

Won't her love for Rama make
Lakshman rekha for Fire God? 29

Wavered as thus Hanuman then
Heard he angels speak in awe. 30

Gods too never dared to dream
Ever would Ravan get subdued,
With Lanka thus now on fire
Lankans have no place to hide. 31

What did Hanuman to Ravan
Was like taming lion on heat
In its own den with bare arms. 32

Turned though Lanka to ashes
Wonder what made tongues of fire
Leave out Rama's spouse unscathed! 33

Having heard all those angles
Spoke of her escape from fire
Heaved a sigh of relief he then. 34

That Seetha was left unharmed
Made then Hanuman jump for joy. 35

On the spur then felt Hanuman
Should go back to Rama's spouse
So that he could take her leave. 36

Canto 56 - Havoc of a Take-off

Finding Seetha in fine shape
To her Hanuman prostrated. 1

As bade Hanuman her goodbye
Spoke in fondness Rama's spouse. 2

Wish I now thee in some nook
Take some rest for day or two. 3

Well, O Hanuman thy advent
Made my sorrows turn their backs. 4

Bring as and when thou my Ram
Know am not sure whether I live. 5

Leave as thee to fetch Rama
Wonder whether I stand agony
Replace that would joy thou gave. 6

Can ever Ram 'n Lakshman cross
Sea this vast to reach Lanka
With the vanar force that's large? 7

In spite of thy words so bold
Find I linger doubts these mine. 8

Apart Garud 'n Vayu, thou
Who else could cross sea this vast? 9

Tell me how thou would address
Problem this that confronts Ram. 10

If thee take me back I know
Spares the bother for my man
To cross this sea with force of his,
But then Rama wouldn't have it
Since it's not the proper way
For him to reclaim his Seetha. 11

It's but proper for Lord Ram
That he takes me on his own. 12

Measure of Ravan as thou got
Guide my Ram to subdue him. 13

Impressed as he by her words
Addressed Hanuman her concerns. 14

Vast is bear and vanar force
To help thy man sure rescue thee
Lord Sugreev mine hath at hand. 15

Know our army is so vast
Once it lands on Lankan shores
Fills it to the last square inch. 16

Ram 'n Lakshman with arrows
Could kill Lankans to last man. 17

Once they thus end Ravan's reign
Takes thee back Ram to thy town. 18

Having endured ordeals long
Time thou embrace hope from now. 19

Having Ravan seen thus dead
Walk thee would free to thy man. 20

Know the day is not far off
Lands when Ram on Lankan shores. 21

Having said thus Hanuman took
Leave of Rama's spouse Seetha. 22

That Hanuman had come and gone
Seemed that all like dream for her. 23

That he did make Lankans rue
Portend well for things to come. 24

Assured that he Ravan's end
Made Seetha pray Ram no end. 25

For his take-off to go back
Arishta mountain climbed Hanuman. 26

Passing clouds made Arishta look
Like the shy bride that was veiled. 27

Caressed by those sun rays thus
Seemed it woke up then from sleep. 28

Water falls of rivers on that
Sounded they like Vedic chants. 29

Seemed all trees of Arishta then
Like raised arms of ascetics there
Engaged in prayers in scores. 30

Orchestra of magic flutes
Breeze made Arishta's bamboos turn. 31

Covered by snow from tip to toe
Seemed Arishta then blissful soul. 32

Peaks sky high 'n caves all deep
Made Arishta seem cover all worlds. 33

Flowers varied of myriad trees
Gave that touch of bridal ware. 34

Beasts in woods all in their scores
Sauntered in groves that were thick. 35

Home it made all Gandharvas
Home away home for all of them. 36

Herbs it all had so myriad
Made they medicines that varied. 37

Set as Hanuman his huge foot
Rocks all got to pebbles reduced. 38

In his bid to sail across
Grew he further frame his large. 39

Sighted Hanuman sea across
Crossed that he to reach Lanka. 40

On his return trip to home
Veteran like he then took-off. 41

With the pressure it came to bear
Sank then Arishta deep in ground. 42

Pressed as Arishta to its core
Caved in with groan ocean bed. 43

Lost as Arishta its bearing
Trees then there got uprooted. 44

With their fate as thus got sealed
Roared lions all there in distress. 45

Flew as Gandharv women all there
Slipped their pallus off their breasts. 46

Serpents there lay furlongs long
Curled in pits of square foot then. 47

Angels all then came to rest
On its lovely peak foremost,
With that havoc of take-off
Took flight all of them in fright. 48

In time only seen was tip
Of that Arishta of great girth. 49

Left no trace of its glory
At length that peach of mountains. 50

Unmindful of that havoc
Had a smooth sail back Hanuman. 51

Canto 57 - Flight sans Hassles

Airborne as he so he seemed
Like a mountain with huge wings. 1

Nagas all from stratosphere
Saw him then in his flight route. 2

Stars all in their resplendence
Saw him as he passed them by. 3

Hanuman got a feeling then
Was he there in another world. 4

Moved as he thus in high skies
Seemed he swallowed clouds all there. 5

Picked as up he speed in flight
Seemed as if skies shrunk in size. 6

Formed then rainbow in mid-air
Looked that like a welcome arch. 7

Clouds as darkened in mid-course
Played he hide 'n seek like moon. 8

As and when he came in view
In his vest he shone like moon. 9

Acquired as if Garuda's grace
With such ease then Hanuman flew. 10

Ether then carried worlds over
Words those Hanuman spoke to self
About the valorous deeds his
Done by grace of Lord Rama. 11

Approached when he Mainaka
Touched him Hanuman in reverence. 12

Sighted as he Indra's hill
Roared then like a lion Hanuman. 13

Induced by the roars of his
Thundered all the clouds in skies. 14

Sighted as he home shore soon
Waved his tail in triumph Hanuman. 15

Sounded as he his comeback
Seemed all worlds then shook to roots. 16

With such chaos in the skies
Guessed his peers all his approach. 17

Waited they with bated breath
For Hanuman to come then in sight. 18

Soared their spirits as with his roars
Reached they shores to see him land. 19

Urge of theirs to see Hanuman
Made them all jump up and down. 20

Jambavan it was then addressed
All the vanars there gathered. 21

Doubt there none that our Hanuman
Is well on his way back home. 22

Neared as Hanuman southern shore
Raised sea mean level in welcome. 23

For the sight of Hanuman then
Climbed all vanars then treetops. 24

Jumped for joy as those vanars
Fell all leaves from their branches. 25

Heard they roar of their hero
Raised that decibels all over. 26

Sighted as all Hanuman soon
Raised they hands in salute then. 27

Folks as his lay awestruck then
He on Mahendra's peak landed. 28

Jumped he down to rejoin
All those vanars whom he left. 29

In their joy then vanars all
Ran to mob their own hero. 30

Finding him in pink of health
Sigh of relief heaved they all. 31

Looked at him all in reverence
Fetched they rare fruits all for him. 32

Sounding welcome for Hanuman
Gave their throats then vanars all. 33

To elders all and Prince Angad
For his part then bowed Hanuman. 34

Knew as he their eagerness
To hear the story in detail,
As though to save all for Ram
Gave he brief as 'Seen Seetha'. 35

Having embraced Prince Angad
Squatted Hanuman there on lawn. 36

Goaded by the vanars then
Told he how he found Seetha. 37

In her lament for her man
Found I famished her to bone. 38

That he himself saw Seetha
Cheered the vanars there gathered. 39

Roared as vanars with one throat
Shocked were birds all in their flight. 40

Raised as vanars tails their long
Looked like ladders they to skies. 41

Pachyderm like as sat Hanuman
In their joy they hugged him all. 42

Bringing order then Angad
Addressed Hanuman thus in praise. 43

None can equal thee on earth
Flew who over sea this twice. 44

Swore as all of us to die
Had thee failed to find Seetha
It's thy valour saved our lives. 45

It's thy reverence to Sri Ram
Made thee as the chosen one
To discern Seetha there yonder. 46

News of Seetha in his wait
Sure to gladden Rama's heart. 47

Clapped all vanars to one man
At what all Angad just then said. 48

Kept they silence of pin drop
So that Hanuman could go on. 49

So to let him unfold then
With their hearts in mouths they sat. 50

So to catch his every word
Sat next Angad to Hanuman. 51

With the vanars there thus sat
Seemed the place then royal court. 52

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