The Ramayana

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

This page describes Chapter LXVIII 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.

Thus commissioned by Janaka, the envoys, having spent three nights on the way, entered the city of Ayodhyā, with their conveyances afflicted with fatigue.

In accordance with the royal commission, entering the king’s residence, they saw the aged king Daśaratha, resembling a celestial.

Freed from apprehension the envoys with clasped hands addressed the monarch in sweetly humble accents, saying, O mighty monarch, Mithilā’s lord, king Janaka, in company with this priests, in sweet and affectionate words, repeatedly enquires after the complete welfare of thyself along with your priests and servants.

After having enquired after your complete welfare, Mithilā's lord, Vaideha, by permission of Kauśika, addresses you thus,

You know the vow I had made formerly—viz., to confer my daughter upon him that would bend the bow,—and the kings, in consequence of their having been deprived of prowess, and being baffled, have come to entertain spite against me.

And that daughter of mine, O king, has been won by your son, arrived one, that divine, jewelled bow has been snapped in the middle by the high-souled Rāma in the midst of a large assembly.

Upon that high-souled one should I confer Sītā, having prowess assigned for her dower. And in this wise will I free myself from my vow; and this you should permit.

O mighty king, do you, good betide you, come speedily headed by your priests. It behove you to see the Rāghavas;

And, O foremost of kings, to see me delivered from this vow. And do you attain the joy incident to the nuptials of both your sons,

Thus spoke sweetly the lord of Viḍeha, permitted by Viśvāmitra and staying by the opinions of Śatānanda.’

Hearing the words of the envoys, the king, exceedingly rejoiced, addressed Vasiṣṭha and Vāmadeva, as well as his counsellors, saying,

Protected by Kuśika’s son, that exhancer of Kausalyā’s joy stay in Videha in company with his brother, Lakṣmaṇa.

And the high-souled Janaka has witnessed the prowess of Kākutstha; and he wish to bestow his daughter upon Rāghava.

If this alliance with the high-souled Janaka is relished by you, we shall speedily repair to his capital. Let there be no waste of time.

Thereupon, the counsellors along with the Maharṣis said, Excellent! And the king highly delighted, said to the counsellors, Our journey commence on the morrow.

And excellently ministered to, the counsellors of that foremost of monarchs (Janaka), endowed with every excellent quality, spent that night in joy.

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