by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1891 | ISBN-13: 9788171101566

This page describes Chapter XXXIV of the English translation of the Ramayana, one of the largest Sanskrit epics of ancient India revolving around the characters Rama, Sita and Ravana. It was orignally authored by Valmiki at least over 2500 years ago. This is the first book of the Bāla-kāṇḍa (Bala-kanda) of the Ramayana, which consists of 24,000 Sanskrit metrical verses divided oer seven books.

And, O Rāghava, when Brahmadatta was married, that sonless one, (Kuśanābha), with the intention of obtaining male offspring, took in hand a son-conferring sacrifice.

And when the sacrifice had commenced, that son of Brahmā, the exceedingly noble Kuśa, spoke to king Kuśanābha, saying,

O son, there will be born to you a virtuous son like to thyself: you will obtain even Gādhi, and through him enduring fame in this world.

Having said this to king Kuśanābha, Kuśa, O Rāma, entering the welkin, went to the eternal regions of Brahmā.

Then after sometime, an eminently virtuous son, named Gadhi, was born to the intelligent Kuśanābha.

O Kākutstha, even that highly pious Gadhi is my sire. And, O descendant of Raghu, I, called Kauśika, am sprung from Kuśa’s line.

O Rāghava, I had a sister of noble vows born before me. And her name was Satyavatī; and she was bestowed upon Ṛcīkā.

And following her lord, she ascended heaven in her own proper person. And my highly generous sister, Kauśikī, has finally assumed the form of a mighty river.

And in order to compass the welfare of all creatures, my sister is now a noble and charming river of sacred waters, issuing from the Himavat mountains.

And thenceforth, out of affection for my sister, Kauśikī, I ever dwell happily in the vicinity of the Himavat, O Rāghava.

And that virtuous Kauśikī, Satyavatī, as well established in religion as truth, and chaste, and eminently pious, is now the foremost of streams.

And, O Rāma, it is only for the purpose of completing my sacrifice that leaving her behind, I have come to Siddhāśrama. And now by virtue of your energy, have I attained fruition.

Now, O Rāma, I have narrated to you the circumstances connected with the history of my line and myself, as also of this place, O mighty-armed one, which you had asked me to relate.

But, O Kākutstha, while I was speaking, half the night has been spent. Do you now sleep, good betide you, so that you may not feel any difficulty while on the journey.

The trees stand motionless, and the beasts and birds are silent, and, O descendant of Raghu, all sides have become enveloped in nocturnal gloom.

The noon of night is gradually passing away; and the firmament thick-studded with stars resembling eyes, is illumined up with their light.

And that dispeller of darkness, the mild-beaming moon is rising, gladdening the hearts of all creatures with his splendour.

And night-ranging being terrible carnivorous Yakṣas and Rākṣasas—walk here and there.

Having said this the mighty ascetic of exceeding energy paused. And those ascetics honouring him, said, Excellent! Excellent!

This line belonging to the Kuśikas is exalted and devoted to virtue. And those foremost of men sprung in the Kuśa race are high-souled and like to Brahmarṣis.

And specially you, O illustrious Viśvāmitra, art so. And that best of streams, Kauśikī, has added lustre to your lien.

And the auspicious son of Kuśika having been extolled by those delighted ascetic, the foremost of their order—slept, like to the sun, when setting.

Rāma too along with Sumitrā’s son having in admiration praised that tiger among ascetics, enjoyed the luxury of slumber.

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