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Chapter 7: Description of Ravana’s Palace
Description of Ravana’s Palace
“The Ravana Palace which was burnt by Hanuman”
Hanuma continues his search for mother Seetha in Ravana's inner city. He sees the aerial plane Pushpaka in Ravana's building.
Chapter [Sarga] 7 in Detail
sa veshma jaalam balavaan dadarsha |
vyaasakta vaiduurya suvarna jaalam |
yathaa mahat praavrsi megha jaalam |
vidyut pinaddham savihamga jaalam || 5-7-1
That Hanuma, the strong one, saw a group of houses with windows in golden hue, embedded with cat's-eye gems, like a great group of clouds in rainy season with lighting, together with a group of birds.
niveshanaanaam vividhaah ca shaalaah |
pradhaana shankha aayudha caapa shaalaah |
mano haraah ca api punar vishaalaa |
dadarsha veshma adrisu candra shaalaah || 5-7-2
Hanuma saw various halls of the houses, important buildings storing conches, bows, and other weapons, and also heartening spacious attics at the top of mountain- like houses.
grihaani naanaa vasu raajitaani |
deva asuraih ca api supuujitaani |
sarvaih ca dosaih parivarjitaani |
kapir dadarsha sva bala arjitaani || 5-7-3
Hanuma saw houses glittered by various riches, well worshipped by Devas and Asuras, devoid of all flaws and obtained by the self-might of rakshasas.
taani prayatna abhisamaahitaani |
mayena saaksaad iva nirmitaani |
mahii tale sarva guna uttaraani |
dadarsha lankaa adhipater grhaani || 5-7-4
Hanuma saw those houses of the ruler of Lanka, constructed by great effort as though constructed by Mayaa himself on earth with all best qualities.
tato dadarsha ucchrita megha ruupam |
mano haram kaancana caaru ruupam |
rakso adhipasya aatma bala anuruupam |
griha uttamam hi apratiruupa ruupam || 5-7-5
Thereafter Hanuma saw the best house of the lord of rakshasas, having the appearance of a cloud, soul-captivating one having a beautiful form made of gold which has no comparison, suitable of Ravana's might
mahii tale svargam iva prakiirnam |
shriyaa jvalantam bahu ratna kiirnam |
naanaa taruunaam kusuma avakiirnam |
girer iva agram rajasaa avakiirnam || 5-7-6
Hanuma saw Ravana's house like heaven thrown upon earth, effulgent with glory, embedded with variety of diamonds covered by flowers of various trees, like the summit of a mountain covered by pollen.
naarii pravekair iva diipyamaanam |
tadidbhir ambhodavad arcyamaanam |
hamsa pravekair iva vaahyamaanam |
shriyaa yutam khe sukrtaam vimaanam || 5-7-7
Being shone by the best among women like a cloud by lightening, being worshipped, like being carried by the best swans, like an aerial car full of splendor, of good people in sky.
yathaa naga agram bahu dhaatu citram |
yathaa nabhah ca graha candra citram |
dadarsha yuktii krita megha citram |
vimaana ratnam bahu ratna citram || 5-7-8
Hanuma saw the best house like a beautiful cloud endowed with many hues, like the sky illumined by planets including the moon, decked with numerous precious stones like a mountain peak, looking picturesque with numerous minerals.
mahii kritaa parvata raaji puurnaa |
shailaah kritaa vriksa vitaana puurnaah |
vriksaah krtaah puspa vitaana puurnaah |
puspam krtam kesara patra puurnam || 5-7-9
The earth was made to be full of mountain ranges. The mountains were made to be abounded of trees. The trees were made to be full of flowers. The flower was made to be full of filaments and petals.
kritaani veshmaani ca paanduraani |
tathaa supuspaa api puskarinyah |
punah ca padmaani sakesaraani |
dhanyaani citraani tathaa vanaani || 5-7-10
White mansions were also built in the same way. Lakes also with beautiful flowers and also lotuses together with filaments and forest that were the best and wonderful.
puspa aahvayam naama viraajamaanam |
ratna prabhaabhih ca vivardhamaanam |
veshma uttamaanaam api ca ucca maanam |
mahaa kapih tatra mahaa vimaanam || 5-7-11
There the great Hanuma saw a great aerial car, the best among best of aerial cars, shining with the name of Pushpaka with the rays of precious stones, and capable of traveling long distances.
kritaah ca vaiduuryamayaa vihamgaa |
ruupya pravaalaih ca tathaa vihamgaah |
citraah ca naanaa vasubhir bhujamgaa |
jaatyaa anuruupaah turagaah shubha angaah || 5-7-12
Artificial birds made of cat's-eye gems, as well as birds made of silver and coral, wonderful serpents made of various jewels, horses of beautiful limbs suitable by their noble breed were arranged.
pravaala jaambuunada puspa paksaah |
saliilam aavarjita jihma paksaah |
kaamasya saaksaad iva bhaanti paksaah |
kritaa vihamgaah sumukhaah supaksaah || 5-7-13
Birds were made with corals on their wings and together with golden flowers, with good wings, with curved and bent wings in a playful way, shining like helpers of the god of love himself
niyujyamaanaah ca gajaah suhastaah |
sakesaraah ca utpala patra hastaah |
babhuuva devii ca kritaa suhastaa |
laksmiih tathaa padmini padma hastaa || 5-7-14
Images of elephants in a lotus-pool with filaments of lotus on body, with lotus petals held in their trunks, were devoted to the worship of an image of Goddess Lakshmi. And also an image of Goddess Lakshmi with four graceful hands and holding lotus in her hand was made to exist in Pushpaka.
iti iva tad grham abhigamya shobhanam |
savismayo nagam iva caaru shobhanam |
punah ca tat parama sugandhi sundaram |
hima atyaye nagam iva caaru kandaram || 5-7-15
In this fashion, nearing that house which was shining like a mountain with a beautiful glow that house with great sweet fragrance like a beautiful mountain during spring, with beautiful cave became surprised and saw (again).
tatah sa taam kapir abhipatya puujitaam |
caran puriim dasha mukha baahu paalitaam |
adrishya taam janaka sutaam supuujitaam |
suduhkhitaam pati guna vega nirjitaam || 5-7-16
Thereafter that Hanuma nearing that city of Lanka worshipped by Rakshasas, ruled by arms of ten-headed Ravana, moving thereabout became very gloomy on not seeing that Seetha well worshipped by all and greatly conquered by the virtues of her husband Sri Rama
tatah tadaa bahu vidha bhaavita aatmanah |
krita aatmano janaka sutaam suvartmanah |
apashyato abhavad atiduhkhitam manah |
sucaksusah pravicarato mahaatmanah || 5-7-17
Thereafter then the heart of the great souled Hanuma who contemplated supreme spirit in many ways with a disciplined mind following righteous path, with good observant eyes, moving about in the city of Lanka became greatly sorrowful on not seeing Seetha.
iti vaalmiiki raamaayane aadi kaavye sundara kaande saptamah sargah
Thus, this is the 7th chapter in Sundara Kanda of Valmiki Ramayana, the First Epic poem of India.
Sriman Moola Rama Vijayate
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