The Ramayana

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

This page describes Chapter XLIV 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.

Then having arrived at the Ocean, the king wending in Gaṅgā’s wake, entered underneath the Earth, at that spot where those (sons of Sagara) had been reduced to ashes. And, O Rāma, on the ashes being washed by the waters of Gaṅgā, Brahmā, the lord of all creatures thus spoke to the monarch.

O most puissant of men, the sixty thousand sons of the high-souled Sagara have been delivered and they have ascended heaven like to celestials themselves.

O lord of earth, as long as the waters of the ocean shall endure in the world. Sagara’s sons shall reside in heaven like to celestials.

This Gaṅgā shall become your eldest daughter; and she shall attain celebrity among all, being called after your name.

And Gaṅgā is called both Tripathagā and Bhāgīrathī. And she is know as Tripathagā, is consequence of her proceeding in three directions.

Do you now, O lord of men, her offer oblations of water to your grand-sires, and thereby, O king, make good your promise.

O king, that foremost of righteous ones, your ancestor of exceeding renown, had failed to attain his desire.

O child Aṃśumat likewise unparalleled in the worlds in energy, had failed in realising his cherished promise of bringing down Gaṅgā.

Then again that royal saint, crowned with qualities; of austerities like to mine, ever abiding by his Kṣatriya duties, even Dilīpa’s self, your exceedingly puissant sire.

O eminently righteous one, had failed in bringing down Gaṅgā according to his cherished resolve, O sinless one. And now, O foremost of men, that promise having been fulfilled by you, you shall attain signal glory in the world by the common consent of all.

And, O vanquisher of your foes, having brought about Gaṅgā’s dissension, you shall from this act of your also attain the regions of Brahmā.

Do you, O best of me, lave thyself in these waters worthy of the pious, O prime of men, and thereby become purified, and attain sanctity.

Do you perform the watery rites of your grand-sires. May luck be your, I shall now repair to my own regions: do you depart, O king.

Having said this, the illustrious lord of the celestials the Grand-sire of all creatures, went to the celestial regions.

The royal saint king Bhagīratha also of high fame having performed his ablutions and purified himself, and duly and in proper order offered oblations of water to the sons of Sagara, entered his capital. And attaining exceeding prosperity, that foremost of men ruled his kingdom.

O descendant of Raghu, having him as their sovereign, the people rejoiced greatly; and with their griefs removed and prosperity secured, they lived in peace of mind.

Thus, O Rāma, have I ḍefailed to you the history of Gaṅgā. Auspiciousness may you obtain! Good betide you, the evening draw nigh.

He that recite this story conferring prosperity, fame, long life, and heaven to Vipras, Kṣatriyas, and other, attain the good graces of his ancestors and the celestials.

O Kākutstha, he that listen to the sacred history of Gaṅgā’s descent, conferring length of days, attain all his desires, and all his sins are destroyed, and his life and fame increase.

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