Monday, June 24, 2013

Bala Kanda 27-49

Sarga(Chapter ):27   Viswamithra teaches various divine weapons to Rama

(Viswamithra gives all the divine weapons he has got as boon as well as what he got from his ancestors to Lord Rama.)

Then the great sage Viswamithra after   staying that night in the forest, spoke   the following sweet  words to Rama on the next day .        27.1
“I am pleased with you, be safe oh famous  prince. With great love to you I am giving happily  all the suitable arrows to you.” 27.2
“Devas, asuras, Gandharwas , serpents  and men of earth have dominated    unfriendly enemies in war  by various divine arrows and I am going to give   all of them to you. Please be safe.”                                                                                                                                                                         27.3
“Oh Raghava, I am giving you the punishing wheel, Oh person with great strength, I am  giving  you  the   wheel of Dharma  and then I will also give you the wheel of time( death?) and also the wheel  of Lord Vishnu and then I am  giving  you wheel of Indra  and also his Vajrayudha( Diamond weapon) .Oh best among men I am also giving you the blessed  trident , the arrow called Brahma crest , and the grass blade missile and I am also giving you the incomparable   Brhamastra .”                                                                                                                                     27.4-27.5-27.6
“Oh Kakustha, oh tiger among men , oh son of the king, I am giving you two shining maces  called Modaki(beater)    and Shikari(the hunter)  27.7
“ Oh Rama I am giving you three nooses called Dharma pasa(Noose of Dharma), Kala Pasa(noose of death) and Varuna Pasa(The noose of Varuna)  and a  unequalled Asthra called Varunasthra,                                                                                                                                                          27.8
”Oh son of Raghu clan, I will also give you two bolts   called Shushka(Thin one ) and AArdhhra(drencher)  and I am also  giving you One asthra by Pinaka as well as  the Narayanasthra.”                                                                                                                                                                                         27.9
“Oh sinless Rama , I am also giving you two missiles belonging     to fire god  called Shikaram(tower)  and Prathamam (The first one)  and that of the wind called   Vayavasthra. “                                                                                                                                                                                                  27.10
“Oh Kakustha, Oh Raghava, I will give you two weapons called Hayasira(horses  head)  and also    another one called Krouncha (Poison arrow) “
“I am also giving you several weapons  for killing  the Rakshasas viz the horrible pounder called Kankala, the rods called kapalam(skull)   and Kinkini (bell) “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               27.12
“Oh valorous one, Oh son of the king ,  I am giving you the great arrow of Vidhyadharas   called Nanndanam  and also I am giving you a sword whose handle is studded by rubies.”                                                                                                                                                                                          27.13
Oh  Rama, I am giving you the arrows which are liked by Gandarwas called  Mohana (bewitcher) , Prasvapana(inducer of sleep ,  and one called Prashamana (pacifier)  “.                                                                                                                                                                                                              27.14
Oh very famous one, Oh tiger among men, Oh son of a king, please take the following missiles from me  viz Varshanam(that which rains), Santhapana(That which causes sorrow), Vilaapana (That which makes one cry out loudly), Mohana( The bewitcher) which is the defenseless arrow of  the God of love Manmatha, Maanava(man) which is pet missile of Gandharwas and Paisaha(Ghostly))  which is the  dear missile of devils and ghosts.                                                                                                                                                                                                               27.15-27.16
“Oh tiger among men, Oh darling son of the king, I will also be giving you   several good hearted powerful missiles like SAmvartha(whirl wind) , Mausala(the club)  , Sathya (truth) and  Maya maya(Complete illusion) and Oh mighty armed Rama I will also give you a missile of the Sun god called Thejaprabha(whiuch reduces the power of enemy) , the arrow of the moon called Shirhira(autumn) , the  fatal arrow of Thwashta  called Sudhamana , the dangerous missile of Bhaga  called  Sheethasu(that which causes cold) and Manus arrow called Manava( Human being) .
“Oh Rama who is greatly valorous, these powerful arrows can take any shape they like and are highly providential . Oh prince take them immediately from me.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                27.21
Then that pure sage facing the east  gave the very likable Rama  gave him  the  matchless chants for    these arrows.                                         27.22
These great collections were very difficult to get even for the devas and such arrows were given to Rama by that   sage.                                  27.23
When the great sage  Viswamithra chanted those spells , all those arrows appeared there so that they are available  to Rama.                      27.24
Those great shining arrows then told Sri Rama, “We are now the dedicated  servants to you, Rama, and whatever you order , we would accomplish them all .                                                                                                                                                                                                                   27.25
That very powerful Rama with a great pleasure told them, after patting them with his  palm, “You may come before me as  and when I need you.”   And then he bid them farewell.                                                                                                                                                                                       27.26-27.27
Then that very pleased Rama saluted the great sage  Viswamithra  and readied himself for further journey.                                                        27.28

This is the end of the twenty seventh  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 28. Rama gets power to exterminate and  wants to know his duties to be performed.
(Sage Viswamithra further gives Rama also those weapons which were born to his forefather.  Having come out of Thataka’s forest, Rama enquires where and they are and his duties regarding protection of the sage’s Yagna)
Rama the descendent of the Kakustha clan, having been purified, with a very happy face , on their way spoke to Viswamithra   as follows,  28.1
“I have received the arrows from you , oh Sir, and have become difficult to be attacked even by the devas. Along with  these arrows I also need to have the power  to kill, Oh sir.”                                                                                                                                                                                                   28.2
Hearing these words of the descendent of Kakustha clan , the great sage Viswamithra , imparted the knowledge of   extermination to the pure  and resolute  Rama.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      28.3
"Oh, Rama, please receive  these shining  armament  sons of Krishaasva from me, namely Satyavanta, Satyakeerti, Dhristha, Rabhasa, Pratihaaratara, Paraanmuka, Avaanmukha, Lakshya, Alakshya, Dhridhanaabha, Sunaabha, Dashaaksha, Shatavaktra, Dashasheersha, Shatodara, Padmanaabha, Mahaanaabha, Dundunaabha, Svanaabha, Jyotisha, Shakuna, Nairaashya, Vimala, Yungandhara, Vinidra, Daitya, Pramadhana, Suchibaahu, Mahaabaahu, Nishkali, Virucha, Saarchirmaali, Dhritimaali, Vrittiman, Ruchira, Pitrya, Ssaumansa, and also thus Vidhoota, Makara, are two of them...Karaveerakara, Dhana, Dhaanya, Kaamaroopa, Kaamaruchira, Moha, Aavarana, and thus Jrimbhaka, Sarvanaabha, Varana... and these are the guise changing wizards ad you are the eligible one to handle these arrows, let safety be with you."                            28.4-28.10
The Rama of Kakustha clan became overjoyed in his heart and received the arrows saying, “Gladly sire” , All of them had lustrous bodies, appealing in their form, harbingers of pleasant life . Some of them were like fire, some like smoke , some like the sun and the moon,  and some with folded hands and some others and some holding their palms  as if they are willing to receive, spoke in a melodious voice  said to Rama., “Oh Rama, Oh tiger among men, we are here  to obey you. Please order us as what we should do.”                                                                   28.11-28.13 
Rama  the son of Raghu clan said, “While being stored in my memory  till the time that I need you, please  help me when I need you .”      28.14
Then saying that, it would be done that way ,  to the son of Kakustha clan and after going Round Rama , they went away in a similar fashion as they have come .                                                                                                                                                                                                                          28.15
After learning about those arrows that can be used to exterminate from sage Viswamithra,   Rama asked him further using sweet and soft words” .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      28.16
“What is the cloud like formation  seen   not very far off above the  mountain,  over which   a thicket of trees is shining,  with animals spreading over it  in a very scenic way  along with numerous  type of pretty birds flying and making pleasant sound. “                        28.17-28.18
“Oh great sage, by the very pleasant surroundings of that place , and I understand that we have come out of the  extremely alarming forest of Thataka. And please tell me  about whose pleasant hermitage we are nearing.”                                                                                            28.19-28.20
“Oh great sage , Oh worshipful sir, Where are those bad people who are killer of BrahminS? From which place would they come  and whose rituals Yagna would they destroy? In which place should I provide protection to the Yagna? Which Rakshasas should I kill? I would like very much to be told about this. “                                                                                                                                                                                                  28.21-28.22

This is the end of the twenty eighth  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 29:Viswamithra starts  penance for Yagna in Sidhasrama.
(Sage Viswamithra then tells Rama the story of Mahabali   who did a great sacrifice in this forest called Sidhasrama.  Lord Vishnu at the request of devas   takes an incarnation of the dwarf Vamana and stifles the pride of Mahabali . The three worlds are given back to Indra . Sidhasrama is chosen br great sages to do penance and Viswamithra also does penance there. Then at5 request Of Rama, Viswamithra begins the penance to do the Yagna and Rama guards him   along with Lakshmana)
When the matchless   Rama asked these questions, the highly resplendent Viswamithra answered                                                                     29.1
“oh greatly valorous Rama , the very worshipful Lord Vishnu and one saluted by devas,  spent several years , and hundreds of yugas  in penance  and in practice  of Yoga    in this place.”                                                                                                                                                                                29.2
“Oh Rama this was the hermitage of the great soul Vamana  and this was very well known as Sidhasrama  and only great Sidhas  did their penance here.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          29.3
“At that time when Vishnu was doing his penance here,  Mahabali , the son of Virochana  had completely conquered all the devas   which included Indra, Maruths,  and he ruled all the three worlds where this hermitage was there and was greatly renowned for his rule.” 29.4-29.5
“That very strong  and very great king of Asuras started   doing a yagna. Seeing that Bali was the conductor of the Yagna, the devas led by the fire God  approached Lord Vishnu here,.”                                                                                                                                                                                   29.6
Oh Lord Vishnu , Bali the son of Virochana is conducting a great yagna and we request you to fulfill our request before the Yagna is completed.”
“Wherever a person is hailing from  , if they approaches him with a request,  wherever it is and whatever it may be , he fulfills all such requests.” 29.8
‘Oh Lord Vishnu , you may kindly do a well merited deed  aimed at the welfare of the devas by assuming the form of a dwarf  Vamana by your great power of illusion  and approach Bali and do us all an auspicious deed.”                                                                                                              29.9
“When these incidents were taking place  sage Kashyapa who has the luster like fire God along with Adithi  resplendent in his great vitality ,  Completed divine penance for a period of one thousand years and made the killer of madhu, Lord Vishnu happy and when the penance ended That Lord Vishnu , the giver of boons was greatly pleased.”                                                                                                                            29.10-29.11
“Oh great sage  , you are full of penance , has earned the effect of penance , are the  form as well as soul of penance and I am able to see you, with the well practiced penance.”                                                                                                                                                                                          29.12
Sage Kashyapa  said to Lord Vishnu this way, “In your body I am able to see all the worlds, Oh my lord. You are without beginning and  end, and  impossible to define  and so I surrender to you.”                                                                                                                                                                                   29.13
Lord Vishnu pleased with sage Kashyapa who had a blemish less body told him, “It is my opinion   that  you are fit to ask for a boon, please ask one.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             29.14
Hearing those words , Kashyapa the son of Mareecha, “Oh god who blesses, Oh God who performs penances, I feel that  you should give this boon to Lady Adithi as well as to the devas  and I am begging you  to give   them the boon.”                                                                                          29.15
“Oh spotless one , you please become the son of me as well as Adhithi. Oh killer of asuras , you would become the brother of Indra by doing this. And it is fit that  by doing this you  completely remove   the  sorrows of all the devas who are in trouble.,”                                             29.16-29.17
“As I did my austerities in this hermitage , it should be named as Sidhasrama and I request you   to  become my son here.”                         29.18
Then the great resplendent lord Vishnu arose from Adithi and took the form of Dwarf Vamana  and approached Bali the son of Virochana. 20.19
Next for the good of all the world  Vamana begged for three feet of Land  and on receiving it, with three steps he strode over   all the three worlds,  gave the earth to Indra and he also gave back Bali his vitality   and thus that Lord Vishnu made the three worlds under control of Indra.
“This hermitage which was once presided over by Vishnu  is the destroyer  of tiresomeness  and I make use of this area  greatly   by my devotion to Lord Vamana “                                                                                                                                                                                                                          29.22
“To this hermitage , Rakshasas who are the creator of obstacles would come  and Oh tiger among men, you will have to kill them at that time. “
“Oh Rama now we go  to the matchless  Sidhashramam  and like the fact that this hermitage belongs to me, it belongs to you also.”         29.24
After saying this that great sage  lead Rama and Lakshmana to that hermitage and entered the hermitage  and the  two of them shined like moon  entering the Punarvasu(Punartham) star  , after dispersal of the mist.                                                                                                                         29.25
Then seeing the sage all those who lived in Sidhasrama  got up and respected   sage Viswamithra.                                                                      29.26
They did worship that was filling to the great sage Viswamithra  and also offered great hospitality to those princes , Rama and Lakshmana.
Those sons of king who were capable of killing their enemies took rest for a while , and saluting the tiger among sages , they told as follows. 29.28
“Today itself you can enter in to penance for conducting the Yagna,  and let this great Sidhasrma  eradicate  vice  true to its name and as per your words.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        29.29
When they told this that resplendent great sage Viswamithra  entered in to ritualistic penance  according to rules and controlled all his senses.
The lads spent the night in  well prepared vigilant guarding and in the morning got up and completed their morning rituals  and undertook meditation in a pure state according to rules and Viswamithra who  has done the ritual of fire spoke to them thus.                          29.31-29.32

This is the end of the twenty ninth   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga (Chapter) 30 : Viswamithra’s penance    and Rama’s protection of the Yagana
(The sages tell Rama that he has to give protection for six days and nights. On the sixth day two Asuras called Mareecha and Subahu  come to create problems to the Yagna. Rama using Manava arrow to throw out Mareecha and Agni arrow to kill Subahu.  Viswamithra completes  the Yagna and appreciates Rama.)
Then those princes who were killer of their enemies, who behaved suitably according to time and place  and who talked  well according to time and place spoke the following to sage  Viswamithra.                                                                                                                                                         30.1
“Oh Lord we will like to know  when the night farers(Rakshasas) will come   and which time  we have to safeguard  to the ritual so that  we will   take care of it. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            30.2
Hearing the words of the sons of Kakustha dynasty  who were  making haste to combat  with, Asuras and  all the sages there  appreciated the  sons of the king. 30.3
“Oh Rama and Lakshmana , you have to guard this ritual from now for six days and nights and sage Viswamithra who has entered in to penance  , would be observing the ritual of not speaking till then.”                                                                                                                                                    30.4
Those two famous princes  after hearing those words , started  guarding the forest of penance without sleeping for  six nights and days.  30.5
Those valiant ones who were great archers  and killers of their enemy with great alertness moved around the sacrificial fire  and protested the great sage  Viswamithra .                                                                                                                                                                                                          30.6
Time passed and the sixth day arrived and Rama told Lakshmana, “Be alert and  be well prepared.”                                                                          30.7
When Rama was saying this, and quickening to fight,  the fire in the fire place suddenly flared up  brightening the chief Kartha( doer) of the Yagna and other sages  surrounding him.                                                                                                                                                                                        30.8
The altar of the fire around which sacred grass Durba, drinking vessels , oblation spoons , sacred wooden sticks  and heaps of flowers attended by  sage Viswamithra  and other sages conducting the yagna (rithwik) suddenly highly flared up .                                                                        30.9
When the Manthras of the Yagna were being  chanted as per the ritual a sudden fearsome  high noise    was heard high up in the sky.     30.10
Like in a angry cloud burst  , clouds are suddenly seen , like wise in the surrounding sky two Rakshasa who were experts in illusion and magic appeared there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         30.11
The monstrous Rakshasas Mareecha and Subahu along with their assistants  started to pour down blood and pieces of animals .             30.12
Seeing the fire alter being swamped by blood and pieces of meat , Rama with great courage ran there   and saw  those Rakshasa there ,  30.13
The lotus eyed Rama seeing that those dangerous people were about to fall on the fire alter in haste  addressing Lakshmana  told the following .
“Oh Lakshmana , I am reluctant to kill   these ill behaved Rakshasas who are the eaters  of raw flesh  and see their being puffed  out like  a strong wind removing thick clouds by   the Manava arrows , without any doubt whatsoever.                                                                                            30.15
Saying this he  set up the Manava arrow with its great shine and   generosity  with great speed  and with great anger  and send it towards  Mareecha’s chest.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  30.16-30.17
Hit by that great arrow called Manava,  Mareecha was hurled  a full two hundred miles in the  billowing sea in the tidal waters.                  30.18
On seeing Mareecha being hurled by being rammed away by the cold arrow without  consciousness  and thrown  out to a place where he is harmless , Rama told Lakshmana.                                                                                                                                                                                           30.19
“See Lakshmana the effect of the cold arrow called Manava   and made by Manu which took him away in an unconscious state but did not kill him.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               30.20
“But I wish to kill these Rakshasas as they are ruthless , badly behaved, abide in evil, destroyers of Yagna and blood drinkers.”                    30.21
After saying this to Lakshmana  , to show his swiftness and dexterity , collecting the very powerful arrow of the fire god , send it towards the chest of Subahu  and he fell  dead ,flat on earth.                                                                                                                                                                           30.22
That very famous, and extremely generous Rama , in order to bring comfort to the sages, sent the arrow of wind god  so that , the remains of Rakshasas  do not fall there.                                                                                                                                                                                                    30.23
That son of Raghu clan , killed  the Rakshasas  who were hindering the rituals  and all those sages honoured him like Indra was honoured after his victory.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    30.24
After the end of the Yagna, the great sage Viswamithra  seeing all directions and seeing no calamities  told like this to the son of Kakustha  clan.
I am   indebted to you , oh greatly valorous one  for protecting  Sidhasramam  as per the   wishes of your Guru and made your great fame as a true hero . After appreciating Rama like this , the dusk approached   and they all went to do the rituals of the dusk.                                       30.26

This is the end of the thirtieth chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 31:  Rama along with Viswamithra starts  on a journey to Mithila
 (The sages tell Rama that they are going to Mithila to participate in a great Yagna being conducted bby Janaka. They also tell him about the great bow of Lord Shiva, which king Janaka was having. When the halt  for night on seeing a glowing forest Rama asks sage Viswamithra about it.)

Then the brave Rama and Lakshmana who made a great achievement , with a very happy heart  resided there for the night.                     31.1
When the night turned in to morning , they performed the morning rituals , they both together approached sage Viswamithra and other sages.
Those two who talk very sweetly  saluted the sage Viswamithra who was shining like fire and spoke these courteous words.                      31.3
“Oh tiger among sages, we who are your attendants have come in front of you, Oh great sage order us as to what is to be done                31.4
All the sages hearing these  words , keeping Viswamithra as their leader    spoke as follows:-                                                                                31.5
“Oh great men, Janaka the king who is the great follower of Dharma is going to conduct a Yagna   and we are going there.”                         31.6
“Tiger among men, if you also accompany us, you would be able to see  there, a wonderful gem of a bow.”                                                     31.7
“Oh great man, in earlier times it was given by the devas  at  a Yagna and it has matchless power in a horrible war  and it is divinely lustrous. 31.8
“No Gandharwa, No deva, no asura  and no Rakshasa can lift and tie the string to it  and what to say of men?”                                              31.9
“Though very many kings were inquisitive about the bow, none of them able to tie the bow string.”                                                                  31.10
“Oh tiger among men, you can see that bow belonging to the king of Mithila and oh son of Kakustha clan , you can also see the wonderful Yagna which  he is going to conduct.”                                                                                                                                                                                              31.11
“Oh tiger among men, Oh one with a strong middle, once  a king of Mithila after conducting a Yagna, requested for  a supreme bow  from  all the devas.” (Devaratha , the grandfather of Janaka was that king)                                                                                                                                     31.12
“Oh Raghava, that bow is being regularly worshipped in the king’s house, especially   during festival of bows with various types of sandal pastes, with various types of scented smokes as well as with smoke of aloe.”                                                                                                                       31.13
Saying all these those great sages started for their journey  and those groups of sages and sons of Kakustha clan bid farewell to the gods  of the forest .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       31.14
“Greetings and wishes of safety to you, for we are going from Sidhasrama , to the northern bank of  river ganges  and travel towards the  Himalaya  mountains .”                                                                                                                                                                                                         31.15
Saying like this the tiger among sages Viswamithra who had riches of penance , started their journey    towards the northern side.         31.16
Travelling along with the great sage , his very close followers who were   the knower of Brahmam   travelled in one hundred carts         31.17
All the animals and birds as well as all those who lived in Sidhasrama  closely followed the great saint Viswamithra , who was rich in penance  but the sage made the animals and birds to go back.                                                                                                                                                             31.18
After travelling a long distance with effort , when they saw the sun is about to set , those group of sages struck camp on the banks of river Sona.
Those sages with unlimited luster , took bath after the sun set  and offered oblations  in the fire  and all of them sat before   sage Viswamithra who had  matchless luster.                                                                                                                                                                                                      31.20
Rama as well as Lakshmana worshipped the sage  and also sat  in front facing the great  Viswamithra.                                                              31.21
Then Rama with great luster inquisitively  asked Viswamithra  with a wealth of penance who was the tiger among sages  .                           31.22
“Oh Lord what is this place which shines with thick forest? I would very much like to hear it from you in brief.”                                                31.23
Motivated by the words of Rama  that sage who does great penance , started telling about that place in the middle of other sages.            31.24

This is the end of the thirty first  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.
Sarga(Chapter)  32:The story of Kushnabha and  the curse to his one hundred  daughters.
(Sage Viswamithra tells the story of the great king Kushanabha and his hundred daughters. When the wind god proposes to them , they reject saying  that would marry only one whom their father approves. Wind god curses them to be disfigured.)
“As ascetic of a great order called Kusa was the brain child of   Lord Brahma. He was one who never broke the rules of Dharma , and he  worshipped all good people.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      32.1
“That noble great man begot four sons who were equal to him in knowledge and great strength  by marrying the very eligible princess  of Vidharbha whose names were Kusamba, Kusanabha, Asurthejasa and Vasu.”                                                                                                               32.2
“Kusa  the upholder of Dharma and  truth  , spoke to those sons who had great luster , were greatly enthusiastic, were upholders of the Dharma of the royals , “Please rule over with great abundance of Dharma.”                                                                                                                             32.3-32.4
“Hearing those words of Kusa ,those four  great people of the world, initiated   the building of four cities. “                                                          32.5
“The greatly lustrous Kushambha built the great town of Kaushambi  and Kusha who was the soul of Dharma built a town called Mahodhaya.”
“Oh  Rama  , the very intelligent Asurtha thejasa built a city called Dharmaranyam and King Vasu built a town called Girivraja.”                         32.7
“This land  of Vasu where we are staying is called Vasumathi  and shines in between four mountains.”                                                                    32.8
“This good river called Maagadhi  enters and exists from the Magadha kingdom   and is shining like a garland in between five mountains.    32.9
“ Oh Rama, This river Maagadhi which was developed by king Vasu  flows towards the east  and is flowing through good fields rich in plant wealth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           32.10   
“ Oh Rama, Kushanabha , who was a royal sage had one hundred matchless daughters of matchless beauty  through Grithachi, a soul of Dharma.
“They were all were in their youth , pretty , well decorated  and went to a garden and moved about like hundred streaked lightning in rainy season, singing , dancing   and playing instruments    and  they  were  all well decorated with divine ornaments .”                                                   32.12-32.13 
“All of them who were very pretty and matchless in this world  reached the garden and looked like stars in the sky.”                                         32.14
“Seeing all of them blessed with all good qualities , prettiness and youth, The wind God who is the soul of all  spoke to them like this.”         32.15
“I love you all and so please become my wives, leaving out the inhibitions of human beings and acquire divinity and long life.”                        32.16
“The youth is temporary and  goes away quickly  especially in humans. Become immortal ladies with never fading youth.”                               32.17
“Hearing those words of wind god who never gets tired of his job, Those one hundred maids replied in a jeering way.”                                     32.18
“Oh great God, you keep moving round within all beings. And all of us know your power  and the reason why you are honoured.”                32.19
“Oh Great deva, all of us are the daughters of king Kushanabha and we are capable of moving you out from your position and not doing so  to protect the honour of our penance.”                                                                                                                                                                                         32.20
“Oh person of a bad brain, disregarding our father who is the votary of truth , using our opinion we would never select a groom of our own.”
“Our father is our Lord  and he is also our divine god .And unless gives us one, no one can become our husband.”                                              32.22
“Hearing these words from them the wind god became very angry  and he entered in to the limbs of all of them and disfigured them all.”     32.23
“Those maids disfigured, entered their  father’s home  , greatly embarrassed and greatly fluttered  and with tear drenched eye.”                    32.24
“Seeing his dear and very pretty daughters  the poor give became   sad and flustered  and told them like this,”                                                      32.25
“oh daughters who did like this  and who insulted Dharma ? Who disfigured you like this?  Please say ? Why are you not gesticulating or saying anything? Asking like this , the king became silent.”                                                                                                                                                                32.26

This is the end of the thirty second chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter ) 33: Kushanabha’s hundred daughters marry king Brahma Dutta.
(When the daughters    inform this to king Kushanabha , he searches for a suitable groom for them and gives them in marriage to King Brahma Dutta  who was son of a sage and an apsaras.   As soon he touches their hand, they get rid of their curse.)
“After hearing the words  of great Kushanabha , those girls touched  his feet with their head and told.  “                                                                    33.1
“Oh king the wind god  who is everywhere wanted to   dishonour   us , by  improper approach and  disregarding Dharma .”                                 33.2
“We are dependent on our father and it would be proper, Oh wind God , if you  approach   our father to know whether he is willing to give us to you.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      33.3
“Due to his  being tied by sinful  words that wind god did not bother about our words and harmed us.”                                                                     33.4
“That greatly resplendent  king who was a great follower of Dharma on hearing their words  replied like this to those matchless one hundred daughters. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          33.5
“Oh daughters having patience and self control, you have done your actions in great  glory and due to your unity , the prestige of my clan has also been kept up. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   33.6
“Patience is a great ornament for ladies and also for men, and it is extremely difficult to forgive and is very rare even among devas, asuras and human beings, and oh daughters, the patience that all of you have is to be greatly appreciated.”                                                                               33.7
“Oh Daughters , patience is great charity , it is the truth and the great Yagna. It is fame , it is Dharma  and the entire universe  is resting because of patience.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           33.8
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, after leaving his daughters that king valorous in all three worlds and who is also an expert  in thought did consultations with his important ministers and discussed about his duty over time and distance. “                                                                                          33.9-33.10
“During that time , there was a great resplendent sage called Chuli   who held his semen without ejaculating , who followed good rituals  and who has  achieved greatness in doing penance on Brahma.”                                                                                                                                                        33.11
“When this sage was doing penance , a Gandharwa maid   whose name was Somadha  and who was the daughter of Urmila served him.”  33.12
“She bowed down to him and served him  with righteousness  and after some time that sage who was follower of Dharma was greatly  satisfied with her service.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                            33.13
“Oh son of the Raghu clan,  that sage , after passage of sometime told her, “I am happy with your service , What shall I do to please you?”  33.14
“Seeing that the sage was pleases that very happy  Gandharwa lady , who was an expert in language told that sage “                                          33.15
“Oh great sage,  who has supreme knowledge of Brahman, with your penance you have become equal to Lord Brahma , I may be blessed with a son who is the follower of Dharma.”                                                                                                                                                                                         33.16
“Since I am not married  to any one , I am not a wife to any one  and I have taken shelter under you and it is suitable that you give me a son.”
“That Brahmin sage became pleased with her  and That  Chuli  gave has a son  who became very famous  with the name of Brahma Dutta. “ 33.18
“He became a king to the city named  Kampilya   and was similar to Indra ,  the king of heaven and ruled   it with superb grandeur “              33.19
“ Oh son of Kakustha clan, That king Kushnabha who was the follower of Dharma ,   endowed with great intelligence  made up his mind    that all his hundred daughters  in marriage to king Brahma Dutta,”                                                                                                                                                      33.20 
“Then that great king invited king Brahma Dutta and  with great joy in his inner mind   gave in marriage all his hundred daughters to him.”  33.21
“Oh son of Raghu clan, as per the tradition the king Brahma Dutta who was  like the king of devas  took   the palm of each of those girls in his hand, in order.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              33.22
“As soon he touched their hands  their desperation and hunch backed form vanished   , and each of those hundred maidens became like  Goddess Lakshmi  and all of them shined brightly.”                                                                                                                                                              33.23   
“Seeing them getting released from the curse of wind God,  that king Kushanabha became extremely joyful  and again and again   was filled with joy  to look at his daughters.”                                                                                                                                                                                                   33.24
“After completing the marriage ceremony of his daughters to king Brahma Dutta  , bid farewell to all of them including the priests of king Brahma Dutta.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           33.25
“The Gandharwa lady  Somadha became happy with the matchless job done by his son in getting those pretty wives  and caressed again and again her son Brahma Dutta and her daughter in laws and praised greatly the king Kushanabha.  “                                                                    33.26

This is the end of the thirty third  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 34: The story of  king Gadhi , the father  of Viswamithra.
(King Kushanabha then does a Puthrakameshti and gets a son called Gadhi and a daughter called Sathyavathi.  Sage Viswamithra is the son of Gadhi and his sister became a river called Kaushiki, The place where they have reached is the banks of river Kaushiki, where Viswamithra normally does penance)

“After the marriage ceremony and departure of Brahma Dutta, the son less king Kushnabha performed a Puthra Kameshti   Yagna.”           34.1
“ While the ritual was being conducted the very generous Kush who was the son of Lord Brahma spoke to  the king Kushanabha “                34.2
“Oh son , you will get a  very virtuous son who is just like you, he will be called as Gadhi and he will get fame  in all the three  worlds.”         34.3
“Oh Rama after saying this Kusha vanished in the sky  and a son named Gadhi would be born to Kushanabha , who was highly intellectual and follower of Dharma.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                     34.4
“After some more time  the great Kushanabha  got a very virtuous son who was known as Gadhi.”                                                                          34.5
“Oh son of the clan of Kakustha, my father Gadhi was a great follower  of Dharma  and since I was born in the clan of Kusa I was called as Koushika.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       34.6
“Oh Raghava , I also had an elder sister named Sathyavathi   and  she was given in marriage to a sage called Richika.”                                      34.7
“ Desiring to do service to the world , mu sister Kaushiki  emerged as pious river  and depended on the Himalaya mountains. “                       34.8
“Accompanying her husband she went to the heavens  with her body  and being a very generous lady she   coursed as the famous river  known as Kaushiki.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     34.9
“ Oh son of Raghu  clan, and so I am living in the  foothills  of the Himalaya mountains  happily performing my rituals  and very near me flows my   dear sister Kaushiki who loves me.”                                                                                                                                                                                            34.10
“She who is Sathyavathi was a very pious one  completely established in Dharma , very virtuous , really great  and one of the chief rivers known as Kaushiki.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        34.11
“Oh Rama being bound by a vow I left her  and after reaching Sidhasrama , I have completed my vow  and have come back because of you.” 
“Oh Rama , this is the story of my birth  in a very famous family  in the place where we are camping now  and narrated by me in response to your question.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       34.13
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, by relating this story by me the time is now past mid night  and you please now safely sleep  and let no further hindrance happen on our way.”                                                                                                                                                                                               34.14
“Oh son of Raghu  clan, now all trees are still and birds and animals are asleep  and  to  our eyes    the sky is decorated  by stars and starlets which are spread densely.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                    34.15
“The sky is slowly getting spread   with stars  and it is shining with the    stars and  planets which is making it bright.”                                         34.16
“Also the cool moon is rising in the sky  to end the darkness of the world  and light of the moon is gladdening the hearts  of  all the animals  and people.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          34.17
“All those beings which move about at night  including Yakshas  and Rakshasas  as well as the very angry man eaters  are milling about everywhere. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                              34.18
Saying this that great sage who was lustrous , paused and all the sages  appreciated  that  sage by saying  “well said, well said.”                  34.19
They further said , “Always the kings of Kushika dynasty has been the protectors of Dharma  , and those great men are equal to Lord Brahma.”
“Oh greatly famous Viswamithra   , you are exemplary and equal to Lord Brahma  and your dynasty is greatly exemplified by the river Kaushiki.”
The famous  son of Kushika dynasty was greatly pleased  and then the great sage entered in to sleep like the sun going down on the western mountains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 34.22
Rama along with Lakshmana also  were greatly astonished by the story , praised the tiger like sage and  started  serving sleep.                  34.23

This is the end of the thirty fourth chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 35: The story of the three branched Ganga
(Rama along with the sages reach the banks of river Ganges and they stay there for a night. When Rama asks about the river Ganges, Viswamithra starts telling him about the river. He tells them she was the first daughter of  Himalayas and  Mena  and as per the request of devas, she becomes a river and   is taken to deva loka. Her sister Uma does penance and marries Lord Shiva.)

After spending the night  in the banks of river Sona(Kaushiki)  , when the night was about to come to an end Viswamithra spoke.                                35.1
“Oh Rama, the night is giving way to the morning , the early dawn is going to break out., wake up , please wakeup,  Safety to you , and get ready to depart. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  35.2
Hearing those words, waking up and after performing the morning rituals, interested in making his departure told the following.               35.3
“This clean  and not so deep waters of Sona has lot of sand dunes, and so oh Brahman, we can easily cross it by walk.”                                35.4
When Rama told like this  Sage Viswamithra told Rama, “I propose to take the same route as these great sages are taking.”                          35.5
After speaking like this the great sage Viswamithra , started travelling   through different forests and their    environs.                                     35.6
After going  with difficulty  for  a distance for the next  half a day they stay the river Ganges which was  the greatest river   and which was worshipped by sages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  35.7
Seeing those blessed  waters served by swans and water fowls  , all the saints and Rama as well as Lakshmana became extremely joyous.  35.8
They take k  their residence in the banks of the river , after taking bath and satisfying the pithru(mane)  gods by offering oblations, after kindling the ritual fire and performing oblations,  dined on the food offered to gods during oblation   and with a very happy mind , they take  rest after surrounding the sage Viswamithra , on the banks of Ganges river.                                                                                                                        35.9-35.10
After sitting comfortably  there as per the justified order , Rama and Lakshmana  who were with a satisfied mind spoke to sage Viswamithra.
“Oh God like sage,  we would love to hear about River Ganga which   goes in three ways  and how this river is reaching out to their  husband (ocean) .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                     35.12
Motivated   by the words of Rama  the great sage Viswamithra  started telling about how the river Ganges was born  and its further  progress.
“OH Rama, the king among mountains, the Himalayas , which is a great  treasure of minerals , has two daughters who are matchless beauties of this world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    35.14
“The daughter of that great mountain Meru called Mena who is mind catching and has a slender  waist  is the darling wife of the Himalaya mountain.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    35.15
“The river Ganges is the first daughter of Mena and the Himalayas and Oh Rama , they  also have a daughter called Uma.”                            35.16
“Later all the important devas interested in the welfare  of  the people , requested that king of the mountains to allow  the elder  daughter Ganga   to become a three  branched river.”                                                                                                                                                                                         35.17
“Thinking according to Dharma , that Himalayas  allowed his daughter Ganga  , who is the purifier of the world  to flow according   to her wish, for the sake of betterment  of the three worlds.“                                                                                                                                                                        35.18
“Welcoming her  for the  purpose of the three worlds and  for doing welfare  of the three worlds , they took Ganga with them  with a very satisfied mind.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             35.19
“Oh son of Raghu clan, then there was one more maiden  who was the second daughter  of that great mountain, who adopted very  strict penance  and performed the supreme   penance  and became rich with penance. “                                                                                                   35.20
“Coupled with that great penance, that daughter  with a matchless  form was given by  the greatest   of mountains, to Lord Rudra who is  saluted by all the world.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          35.21
“Like this both the daughters of  the land of the mountain became fit to be venerated by the world , one was Ganga , the most prominent among rivers and the other Goddess Uma.”                                                                                                                                                                                        35.22
“ Oh Rama who has   a walk  which is most attractive , This is the   story of how  that river who goes in three  steps  went to heaven  which I have related to you till now. “                                                                                                                                                                                                            35.23
“That sinless river which is pretty and is the daughter of the king of mountains  went to the heavens this way. “                                               35.24

This is the end of the thirty fifth chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)  36 : Story of birth of Karthikeya
( Shiva and Uma lead a love life but mno children are born to them. Worried that all the three worlds would be destroyed if a son to both of them is born, at the request of devas, the earth recies the seed of Shiva  , who flowers in to a God within fire. That God is Karthikeya.   Uma curses the devas as well as earth and Shiva and Uma do further penance.)
 The sage completed the narration of the story of the daughters of the mountain. Sri Rama and Lakshmana who were both brave  praised it and they further spoke to the sage.                                                                                                                                                                                                36.1
“Oh Brahmana , the story that is told by you is  in consonance with Dharma and we request you to  tell in detail the  story of the elder daughter  of the king of the mountains , as you are aware of it .”                                                                                                                                                          36.2
“Why did  the purifier of the world take three forms? Why did Ganga became famous as the three  part river? What  deeds did make her  as the most famous river of the world?”                                                                                                                                                                                          36.3
When the son of Kakustha clan asked that way to sage Viswamithra  who was rich with penance , he decided to offer the story in detail to the great sages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                36.4
“Oh Rama,  that blue necked one , who was a great sage, after seeing  the Goddess Uma , began making love to her. “                                36.5
“That great god with a blue neck  spent another hundred years in making  love , and Oh Rama still that God of great penance did not get a son. “
“Then Lord Brahma before  leading a delegation of devas thought  about which type of being would be born to Uma so that , they  in turn would be prepared for the required action.”                                                                                                                                                                               36.7
“All the devas  saluted Lord Shiva and said to him, Oh God of Gods, Oh greatest God  who is there for doing good to the world, since the devas have prayed to you, There is need to bestow your grace on them and fulfill their request.”                                                                     36.8-36.9
“Oh greatest God, the world cannot bear to carry your powerful lustrous offspring. As per the rules of Veda please do join with the Goddess  and for fulfilling the desires of the world , you please retain that seed which you are going to bring out within yourselves so that the world is protected   and  not completely destroyed.”                                                                                                                                                                           36.10-36.11
“Hearing the words of the devas, that greatest god of the world,  said “So be it” and then further spoke.”                                                   36.12
“I would keep my seed within myself and so also Uma would keep her seed herself so that the three worlds  derive great pleasure.”   36.13
“But that matchless seed of mine which has already stirred needs  to be borne by some body. Oh Good devas, please tell me as to  who will bear it.?”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            36.14
“In reply to the God who had the  flag with bull , the devas said that that the seed which has stirred out would be borne by the earth itself.”
“Thus said , the lord of Gods , the greatly powerful one discharged  his seed on the  earth with its mountains, forests  so that , it spreads all over.”
“Those devas again told the fire god, “you along with the wind god enter this greatly potential seed , so that world  is not completely  destroyed.”
“When the fire god entered  the  seed , from it a white mountain  as well as   a divine forest of reeds emerged shining like the Sun and the fire and from which emerged Karthikeya born out of fire.”                                                                                                                                                        36.18
“After this happened the devas with the sages were extremely pleased and worshipped Shiva and Uma  in a grand manner.”                 36.19
“Oh Rama, then that daughter of the mountain with great anger and reddened eyes cursed the people of the three worlds.”         36.20
“Because of this, I  who had been desiring for  the son , have been prevented from getting intimate with my husband  and so I curse all of you to become incapable  of producing children through your wives.”                                                                                                                                  36.21
“And from now on all  your wives  would  not be eligible to produce  any   progeny  and after cursing them like this  she also cursed the earth”
“Oh earth you will have very many varied appearances  and you would be wife of many people  and due to my great anger , you will never get love from your  sons, and Oh evil minded one  this happens to you because   you prevented me from the love of the son. “                   36.23-36.24
“Seeing  all the devas thus affected , the lord of the gods , went to the western side which was ruled by the rain God. “                             36.25
“On one of those peaks  of the Himalaya mountains  , that great God  along with Uma settled for penance .”                                               36.26
“Oh Rama , This is the story  of the daughter of the mountain in detail and you along with Lakshmana , please hear about the power of Ganga.”
This is the end of the thirty sixth chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 37: Birth of Karthikeya
(The devas   who needed a commander to their army approached Brahma       and he asked them to  make the seed of Shiva which was with fire God to be placed in the wombs of Ganga. Since she was not able to tolerate his heat, he was slid down on the rivers and for suckling him the Krithika maidens are appointed.  He develops six faces to drink milks from six maidens. He grows up in a day and is anointed as  their commander  by the devas.)
“Seeing the great God entering penance , Indra , keeping the fire god in front of him  went to Lord Brahma , with a request for a commander  of his army.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   37.1
“Then those  devas  along with Indra and lead by the fire God  saluted lord Brahma    and started telling  Lord  Brahma.”                            37.2
“ OH God, This  is the  commander who was given to us by the God  long back BUT Lord Shiva along with Uma has entered into deep penance.”
“Since we  are interested   in  actions to be   taken for  welfare  of the world, you are our only ultimate recourse.”                                        37.4
“After hearing the words of the devas, hat grandfather of all the worlds  , consoled the people of the three worlds using sweet words  and told the following.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          37.5
“The words of the  daughter of the mountain that you would not have children with your wives is true and cannot be questioned.”        37.6
“The fire god can make his son  who is the killer of enemies   be born  with the help of Ganga of the sky and he could become the commander in chief of devas.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       37.7
“The elder daughter of the king of the mountains will welcome his son  and without any doubt her action would please Uma in many ways.”
“Oh son of the Raghu clan, hearing those   words  the devas became happy and saluted  Lord Brahma and worshipped him.”                 37.9
“Oh Rama then they went to Kailasa , which was full of minerals  and  they deputed the fire God , so that he can get the son.”                37.10
“Oh greatly resplendent fire God , this is the requirement of devas  and so  you make the  shining seed to be born    in the elder daughter of the kin  of the mountains called Ganga.”                                                                                                                                                                                        37.11
“After assuring the devas  that fire God approached Ganga  and said to her,” please bear the seed of Lord Shiva  as this is liked by the devas.” 
“Ganga on hearing these words took a divinely resplendent form  and seeing her  greatness the fire God entered   in to her.”                    37.13
“ Oh son of Raghu clan, Then he drenched that Goddess fully with the seed of Lord Shiva and  the river and all its tributaries were  drenched with that seed.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 37.14
Then the Ganga spoke the following to the devas who were lead by the fire God, “ oh God, I am incapable of tolerating you within me  and the power of the seed given by the fire God is burning me.  “                                                                                                                                               37.15
“Then the fire God along with the devas told Ganga, “ You please leave that pregnancy of yours by the side of this snow mountain.”       37.16
“ Oh Charming prince , Hearing the words of fire God , Ganga ejected out  the greatly shining seed from it and its tributaries.”                  37.17
“When that was ejected from her, it shined like molten gold, and when it reached the earth  it shined like the gold of matchless shine.”  37.18
“In that process of combustion  of the seed of Shiva in the fire  , copper and iron were also generated and the residues became tin and lead  and thus that seed when it reached the earth lead to the evolution of many elements.  “                                                                                   37.19-37.20
“As soon as the seed was laid on Himalayas  , a forest of  reeds generated on the mountain  and it became golden in colour.”                37.21
“Oh Rama , from that time it became famous  with the name of “Jatha roopa”  and it shined like gold and the fire God. The plants , trees and climbers all became golden in colour.”                                                                                                                                                                            37.22
“Then  to the boy was from that seed ,  Indra  as well as Maruth Ganas  arranged the Kruthika maidens to suckle and nourish that boy.” 37.23
“At the proper time when they gave milk to the boy, the Kruthika maidens decided among themselves that he would  be their son.”    37.24
“Then all the devas started calling him as Karthikeya  and said that he would become  well known in all   the three worlds without any doubt.”         
“Hearing the words of the devas ,  they gave a bath to the  greatly radiant boy , who shined like fire  who slid out of  the womb of Ganga” 37.26
“Then the devas called him Skanda  as he slid out of the womb. Oh son of the Kakustha clan   , that Karthikeya who was a greatly valorous shined like fire.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                37.27
“Then from the breast of the Krithika stars milk was produced and since they were six in number , he developed six faces to   drink milk from all of them together.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   37.28
“Just by  drinking milk for one day he became a very pretty lad  and by his own innate strength  he won over the Rakshasa army.”      37.29
“All the devas lead by the fire God  came together and  anointed him who had great luster  as the commander in chief of the devas. “37.30
“Oh Rama, Now I have told you in great detail    the story of Ganga  and also told you   about  the birth of the divine  and honored  lad.” 37.31
“Oh Rama the devotees among  human beings of earth of this Karthikeya  would live long, have sons and grandsons  and in the end would go to the world of Skanda.”

This is the end of the thirty seventh  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga (Chapter) 38: The story of king Sagara

(King Sagara oF Ayodhya has two wives Kesini and Sumathi. After  penance Kesini gets one son called   Asamanja  and Sumathi gets  sixty  thousand sons called Sagaras. ASamanja was very mischievous and is banished from the coutry.King Sagara decided to to do Aswamedha yaga)
After relating  that story to Rama, the son of Khusika , again spoke these words to the son of Kakustha.                                                              38.1
“ In earlier times , There was a great valorous king called Sagara in Ayodhya . He was a soul of Dharma and desired to have children.”      38.2
“Oh Rama Kesini the princess of Vidarbha  who was a fol,loer of truth and Dharma was his eldest wife.”                                                            38.3
“Sumathi , whose prettiness no one excelled in earth   who  the daughter of King  Arishtanemi  was his second wife.”                                     38.4
“ The king accompanied by these two wives reached Brugu prasravana of Himalayas and started doing great penance .”                                38.5
“When hundred years were over, pleased with his penance , sage Bhrugu who has taken up truth as a penance   gave him a boon. “          38.6
“Oh king without any blemishes , you would get great progeny and  oh best among men, you would also acquire   great fame .”               38.7
“One of your wife would beget  one son to perpetuate your race and the other wife would give birth to sixty thousand sons. “                     38.8
“These words of the sage made those two queens very happy   and they said to the sage after saluting him  in a pleasing voice.”                  38.9
“Oh Brahman , which was will get one son and which many sons, we would like to know. Let your words  become the truth.                          38.10
“Sage BHruygu , who was a great follower of Dharma , after  hearing their words told, “In this matter , you please use your free will.”         38.11
“Would you like one son who perpetuates the race or many sons    who are greatly valorous , very famous  and have great enthusiasm?”   38.12
“Oh Rama, Oh son of Raghu clan,  having heard the words of that great sage , Kesini , in front of the king chose to have one son who will  perpetuate  their clan.”                                                                                                                                                                                                               38.13
“Then the sister of Garuda  named as Sumathi accepted sixty thousand sons   having great valour, fame and enthusiasm.                               38.14
“After going round the sage and bowing their head to him and saluting  him with folded hands , they  went back to their city , Oh Rama.”   38.15
“after passage of time Kesini the wife of Sagara gave  birth to a famous son called as ASamanja.”                                                                            38.16
“Oh tiger among men, then Sumathi gave birth to a gourds like egg which when Broken gave birth to sixty thousand sons.”                             38.17
“The maids placed them in pots filled with ghee (clarified butter)  and made them grow. They attained youth after a long time.”                    38.19
“Oh best man, Oh  son of Raghu clan, Asamanja the son of Sagara , every day got hold of other children, dipped them in the river Sarayu,  threw them in the waters of the river and rejoiced   while they were crying. “                                                                                                                           38.20
“When this evil one started tormenting his citizens  and  delighted in causing them hurt, this son was banished from that town.”                   38.21
“Asamanja had a valiant son called Amsuman  and he was courteous in speaking and was beloved of all the world.”                                          38.22
“After great passage of time , the thought of conducting a Yagna came in the mind of Sagara and he  decided  for doing it.”                              38.23
“Oh Rama  then king Sagara who was expert in Vedas  consulted high priests  regarding the rituals of the Yagna  and commenced  performing that Yagna. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            38.24

This is the end of the thirty eighth  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) :39  The search for the stolen horse   and digging of earth
(The horse is left and Amsuman, the son of Asamanja  goes behind it. Indra steals the horse and hides it. The sixty thousand sagaras are asked to dig the earth and search for the horse. The earth and devas complain about it o Lord Brahma)
Having heard the Viswamithra , the very pleased Rama told like  this to  the sage who was like a burning fire.                                                        39.1
“Oh Brahmin , I am very desirous  of listening to this story in detail  oh how my ancestor arranged for the sacrifice, please be safe.”                39.2
Sage Viswamithra with a smile  addressed Rama and said, “Oh Rama , be pleased to hear  the story of the magnanimous king in detail.”        39.3
“The father in law of Lord Shiva who was the mountain called Himalayas and the impossible mountain Vindhya  looked at each other.”         39.4
“Oh best among the men the yagna took place in the area between these great mountains and Oh tiger among men, that area  between these mountains is extremely    suitable  for conducting this type of sacrifice.”                                                                                                                  39.5
“Oh Child, of son of Kakustha dynasty, as per the wishes of king Sagara  , his son Anshuman who was a great charioteer   and  having a strong bow followed the sacrificial horse , so that he can protect it.”                                                                                                                                                 39.6
“ Then  on a full moon  day  , Indra assuming the form of a Rakshasa stole the sacrificial  horse of king Sagara , when he was performing the Yagna   as the Yajamana(Kartha) .”                                                                                                                                                                                                              39.7
“Oh son of Kakustha   clan , when the sacrificial  horse of the great king Sagara was stolen , all the priests conducting the sacrifice told the king who was  the doer of the sacrifice.”                                                                                                                                                                                               39.8
“Oh Sagara who is  a Kakustha, On this auspicious day   the sacrificial horse  has been taken away forcibly  and so quickly  kill the thief  and bring back the horse. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                39.9
“This hole like flaw in the sacrifice  will be inauspicious    for all of us  and so Oh king , do all that is necessary to conduct this Yagna    without   any  flaw.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  39.10
“Hearing the words of the officiating priests  in the hall  of the Yagna , he spoke   to his sixty thousand sons as follows.”                                     39.11
“Oh best among men, Oh sons, I do not see any possibility of this done by Rakshasas as this great  Yagna is being presided by eminent priests and is protected by Manthras.”                                                                                                                                                                                                             39.12
“Oh sons  , so you please go safely and search for the horse all over the world surrounded  by the sea.”                                                                  39.13
“Oh Sons , you may  go mile after mile  throughout the earth in search of the thief of the horse ,. Excavate the earth till the horse is found. This is my order .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          39.14
“Having entered in to the penance of performing this Yagna , I along with my grand son and the group of priests  would  stay here till  the horse is found. May you be safe.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                39.15
“When spoken to thus by their father , with happy hearts , those very strong princes  went all over the great earth , to fulfill the orders  of their father.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                39.16
“Oh tiger among men, each of them broke one yojana(2 miles)  of the entire length of the earth by their nails as tough as diamonds.”             39.17
“Oh Rama that earth broken systematically by  lances similar to thunderbolts  and ploughs which were dreadful  gave out dreadful sounds.” 
“Oh Rama , when they were digging the earth , the sound of serpents, asuras , Rakshasas and other  beings were heard from there.”             39.19
“Oh son of the Raghu clan , by excavating   the sixty thousand Yojanas(1,20000 miles) , eventually they reached the  matchless  Rasathala.”   39.20
“Oh tiger among men , those sons of the king digging this way roamed all around Jambu dweepa along   with its mountains.”                            39.21
“Afterwards Devas, asuras, Gandharwas and serpents  , with  extremely disturbed mind   went and met Lord Brahma.”                                      39.22
“They who were highly agitated , with very sad faces propitiated the magnanimous  Lord Brahma  and spoke thus.”                                              39.23
“Oh God, the entire earth is being dug by the sons of Sagara  and many great people living  the worlds below are being killed.”                           39.24
“Those sons of Sagara are  pointing out to various people and saying “This one is the thief”  and are killing them.”                                                  39.25

This is the end of the thirty ninth   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)40: Digging of earth  till Rasathala and burning of Sagaras by sage Kapila.
(Lord Brahma consoles them and tells that the sagaras would be killed by sage Kapila. When they were not able to find the horse , they return to king Sagara who asks them to did further. After   digging up to Rasathala in  all four directions , they start digging in the north east. There they see their horse near  Kapila.  Enraged when they start hurting  the sage, he  burns them all.)

The greatly adorable Lord Brahma having heard the devas, saw that they had lost their strength   and deprived of their activity   and were extremely frightened, replied to them.                                                                                                                                                                                           40.1
“This whole earth belongs to the great God Vasudeva. Assuming the form of sage Kapila he is taking care of the world. And the sons of Sagara would be burnt to ashes by his great anger.”                                                                                                                                                                               40.2
“It has been decided in primeval times that the earth will be excavated and  that the sons of  king Sagara  would have a short life.”                    40.3
“Hearing the words of Lord Brahma , oh killer of enemies , the thirty three devas became exceedingly happy  , and returned  back by the way that they had come.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 40.4
“When the great sons were digging the earth further ,  they had a thunder like sound emanating from there.”                                                        40.5
“After digging the earth and going round it completely , all the sons of Sagara together   addressed their father and told.”                                   40.6
“We have gone round the world Devas , asuras, Rakshasas, ghosts , serpents and Kinnaras who were mighty were killed  but we were not able to the one who took away   our horse. What should we do? Safety to you . Please think over this and tell us what we should do.”                 407-40.8
“Oh son of Raghu clan, That great king who heard these words of his sons flew in to great rage  and told these words:-“                                     40.9
“Dig and excavate the  surface of the earth again and return only after you capture the one who has stolen the horse. Safety to you.”             40.10
“They after hearing the words  of their father, the great Sagara , all the sixty thousand of them rushed towards Rasathala.”                                40.11
“After digging further they saw an elephant of direction ,  named Viroopaksha   who was similar to a mountain, supporting the earth.”             40.12
“Oh son of the Raghu clan, that Viroopaksha was holding  on its head the earth , with its forests and mountains.”                                                 40.13
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, on certain days when the elephant for taking rest , shakes its head, there is earth quake in the earth.”                      40.14
“They went round that great elephant honoured him and after further digging reached Rasathalam”                                                                         40.15
“After digging the eastern direction completely , they went to the southern direction and started digging there and there they saw a very great elephant named Mahapadma which resembled a mighty mountain  carrying the earth on its head and they were astonished.”               40.16-40.17
“There  after going round that elephant , the great sons of Sagara  went to the west and started digging there.”                                                     40.18
“They who were very strong saw on the western direction also   an elephant  Samanasa resembling the mountain.”                                              40.19
“After going round him and honouring   him , they went to the North and started digging there.”                                                                                 40.20
“Oh great one of Raghu clan, the northern side they saw an elephant named  Bhadra   who was  as white as snow holding this earth.”           40.21
“Afterwards all those sixty thousand  sons went round him touched his feet and started  digging the earth.”                                                           40.22
“Then those sons of Sagara went towards the celebrated north eastern corner and started digging there.”                                                              40.23
“All those great ones who were greatly mighty and had great speed , saw there, the sage Kapila , who was eternal and Lord Vishnu himself  and not far away from there they saw their horse grazing  and all of them experienced unparalleled joy.”                                                            40.24-40.25
“Once they recognized their horse their eyed turned red due to extreme anger  and armed with spades , pickaxes, ploughs and all type of trees and stones they rushed towards  sage Kapila  saying “Stay, stay.”                                                                                                                            40.26-40.27
“Oh wicked one you have stolen our  sacrificial horse  and you please know that we who have come here are the sons of Sagara.”                 40.28
“Oh son of Raghu clan, hearing their words sage Kapila  enraged greatly , uttered the sound “Hum”                                                                        40.29
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, That great Kapila who possessed  power beyond our imagination , reduced all the sons of Sagara in to ash.”         40.30

This is the end of the fortieth   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)  41: Anshuman gets back the horse and Yagna is completed.
(King Sagara asks Amsuman to search for the horse as well as his fathers. He locates both of them. Realizing that he had toi perform obsequies  to the departed souls, when he starts to do  it,   Garuda , the uncle of Sagaras comes there and tells him   that if he wants his fathers to go to heaven, he has to perform the ceremonies with water of Ganges who is in heaven. Amsuman realizing ing it is not possible goes back to Sagara  with the horse and the Yagna is properly completed.)

“Oh son of the Raghu clan, the king Sagara realizing that his sons had gone  very long back  addressed Amshuman, his grandson who shined by his own luster. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      41.1
“Oh valorous one who has acquired knowledge in all fiends and who is equal in luster  to his ancestors, go and find out about the path taken by your fathers as well the thief who took away the horse.”                                                                                                                                                      41.2
“The beings that live below the earth  are greatly valorous and mighty  and so go there armed with mighty weapons and bows.”                     41.3
“You honour those who deserve to be honoured, kill those who create obstacles and you come back after completing  your objective  so that  the Yagna can be completed properly.”                                                                                                                                                                                            41.4
“After being completely instructed by the great Sagara , Amshuman left carrying a sword and bow in long strides.”                                             41.5
“Oh great man, he followed the path that   his  great fathers have taken as directed by king Sagara  and went in to the depths of the earth.”  41.6
“The greatly valorous Amshuman  saw the Elephant of directions being worshipped by devas, asuras Rakshasa, Ghosts, serpents “              41.7
“After going round him and after enquiring about his  welfare he enquired about  the whereabouts  of his fathers as well as person who has stolen   the sacrificial horse.”                                                                                                                                                                                                     41.8
“Having listened to the words of Amshuman, that elephant of direction told , “Oh Amshuman, the son of Asamanjas, as soon as you complete  your mission , you should go back along with the horse.”                                                                                                                                                   41.9
“After listening well to the words of the elephant , Anshuman  enquired from the elephant about the positioning of other elephants of direction.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
“That honoured  guardian of the direction , who was an expert in use of words and proficient in their usage , treated him very kindly and told him,  “I am directed to say that you will go back with the horse.”                                                                                                                                  41.11
“Hearing the words of the elephant that valorous one started  going in quick steps and reached the place where all his fathers had been reduced to a heap  of ash.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      41.12
“And that son of Asamanja  started wailing  due to  the  great grief and great distress  caused by their destruction.”                                       41.13
“Though possessed with great grief , Amshuman, the tiger among men saw   the  sacrificial horse  nearby  .”                                                   41.14
“Having decided to offer death rites and water oblation to those dead souls sought for water but could not see any collection of water anywhere.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   41.15
“Extending his intelligent sight , he would see Garuda  the king of birds , who was the uncle of his fathers and who was as swift as wind.” 41.16
“These words were spoken by the very strong son of Vinutha “Oh tiger among men, do not grieve for this  killing was done for the sake of  the welfare  of the three worlds.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  41.17
“They have been burnt by sage Kapila  with unmatched power and of wise one , ordinary water would not be sufficient  for performing their traditional rites.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                         41.18
“Oh greatly valorous one, you have to perform the death rites of your fathers with water from Ganga who is the elder daughter  of the Himalayas.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  41.19
“Ganga, the purifier  of the world  will sanctify  your fathers who have been reduced to this heap  of ashes. These heaps  if   inundated  by the waters of  Ganga  who is the  beloved of the world , will take their  sixty  thousand  souls  to heaven. “                                                              41.20
“Oh great one, oh best among men, take back that horse. Oh valorous one  you deserve to complete  the Yagna of your grandfather.”    41.21
“Hearing the words of Garuda , the valorous and very famous  Amsuman, taking hold of the horse reached back  quickly.”                         41.22
“Oh son of Raghu clan,  he having reached the king under penance for doing the Yagna,  truthfully told what was  told to him by Garuda.” 41.23
“Hearing the horrifying news from Amsuman , the king completed the Yagna   as per the rules.”                                                                       41.24
“Oh auspicious one , the king having completed the Yagna reached back his town, and could not arrive at any decision for bringing  Ganga down  to earth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   41.25
“Without taking any further decision, The king Sagara ruled for thirty thousand long years  and then ascended to heaven.”                      41.26

This is the end of the forty first   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter )42:Bhagiratha’s penance to Lord Brahma
(Amsuman became the king and later his son became the king. Both were  not able to take any action regaring bringing of Ganga.  Bhageeratha was    the son of Dilipa.  After he became king, he started doing great penance addressed to Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma was pleased and told that Ganga can come to earth omly if Lord Shiva agrees to receive her on his heads.)
“Oh Rama,  When king Sagara  did the penance of time(death) , his subjects  accepted  the very virtuous Anshuman  as their king.”                    42.1
“ Oh son of Raghu clan, That king Amsuman was very great , he begot the great Dilipa who was greatly famous as his son.”                                  42.2
 “Oh son of Raghu clan, he after vesting his kingdom on Dilipa , performed very strict penance on the peak of Himalayas.”                                    42.3
“Having lived for thirty two thousand years that very famous Amshuman , having reached the forest of penance , became one with wealth of penance and  attained the heaven.”                                                                                                                                                                                               42.4
“King Dilipa with great luster having heard about  the killing of his grandfathers  became burdened with sorrow  but   in spite of  great thought could not reach to any conclusion.”                                                                                                                                                                                                 42.5
“He was always thinking as to how Ganga can  be brought down and  how she can be used for the ablation of his grand fathers so that they can be helped to go to heaven , but he could not arrive at any conclusion.”                                                                                                                                 42.6
“He being blessed with the virtue of Dharma daily thought  about it and at that time a very virtuous   son named Bhagiratha  was born to him.”                        
‘Dilipa who had great luster was interested in performing many Yagnas  and ruled as king,   for thirty thousand years.”                                            42.8
“Oh tiger among men, Oh Rama. That king Dilipa not able to arrive about doing action towards the salvation of his grand fathers , became sick  and  attained his penance with time.”                                                                                                                                                                                             42.9
“That king went to the land of Indra as a result of good deeds done by him, after giving the kingdom to his son Bhagiratha.”                               42.10
“Oh son of Raghu clan,  Bhagiratha was a royal sage ,  great follower of Dharma  and a person with great luster but  as he did not have any children, he was desirous of having one.”                                                                                                                                                                                   42.11
“Oh son of Raghu clan,  being interested in bringing down the Ganges, Bhagiratha   entrusted   his kingdom to his ministers and started, penance  , with all his senses controlled ,  at Gokarna, with both arms held high, surrounded on all four sides by fire and standing under the sun and taking only food once in a month. He continued  this for a long number of years. “                                                                                                                     42.12
“Oh very strong one, thousands of years passed away when he was doing this rigid austerities and God Brahma  who was the lord of all men was highly pleased by the  illustrious king.”                                                                                                                                                                               42.13-42.14
“Then Lord Brahma came in front of him with various Devas and spoke to the great Bhagiratha engaged in penance.”                                         42.15
“Oh valorous one, Oh Bhagiratha , oh lord of  all people , I am very much pleased  by your penance done with discipline  and your great austerities. Please ask for boons that you want.”                                                                                                                                                                     42.16
“That greatly lustrous one and the very strong Bhagiratha  told the grandfather   of all the world, after approaching and saluting him.”          42.17
“Oh God, if you are pleased with my penance and if they are worthy of giving a boon, please make me do the funeral rites with ablations of water to the sons of king Sagara.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           42.18
“Let the ashes of those auspicious  grandfathers of my father,  may be immersed by the waters of Ganga  , so that ultimately they may go to heaven.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            42.19
“Oh god bless the clan of Ikshuvaku  with  children  so that  the  clan is not terminated with me and this is the other boon asked by me.”      42.20
“Hearing these  very apt words, the grandfather of all the  world   gave an auspicious reply   with sweet letters and words.”                             42.21
“Oh great charioteer , your wish of the mind that the Ikshuvaku clan should continue to grow would be fulfilled. You be safe“                         42.22                                     
“If the golden river Ganga who is the daughter of Himalayas were to fall on earth, only Lord Shiva would be capable of receiving her. So you may make entreaties to him.”                                                                                                                                                                                                              42.23
“The earth will not able to tolerate the fall of Ganga, and  oh king,  , I am not finding anyone other than Lord Shiva capable to receive her.” 42.24
“Having told like this , that God of the world talked also with Ganga  and went to heavens along with the three devas and Maruth ganas.”    42.25

This is the end of the forty second   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 43. Bhagiratha  brings down and does obsequies to his fathers.
(Bhagiratha does penance to lord Shiva who agrees  to hold the falling Ganga on his head. Ganga wanted to drag him along with her to Rasathala.  Lord Shiva imprisoned her in his matted hair. Bhagiratha again did penance and Shiva left her drop by drop. She divided herself in to seven streams. One river followed Bhagiratha to the ocean, In the way she destroyed the Yagna of sage Jahnu , who drank her completely. As per the request of devas, he released her through his ear. Ganga reached the ocean. Bhagiratha did obsequies with her water. His fathers  reached heaven.)
“Oh Rama , after the god of gods has gone back, pressing the earth with his great toe , He meditated   on Lord shiva for one year.”                43.1
“After one year was over , That consort of Uma who was saluted by all the world  told the following to the great king.”                                      43.2
“Oh best among men, I am pleased with you and I shall fulfill your desire and I would hold by my head the daughter  of the mountain.”       43.3
“Then the elder daughter who was golden , who was saluted by all the worlds , took a very great form , fell down  from the  sky on the auspicious  head of Lord Shiva   with unbearable   speed.                                                                                                                                                                          43.4
“That goddess extremely difficult to contain , thought within herself , that she would seize Lord shiva and with him enter the nether worlds.”43.5
“Knowing her intentions the three eyed God Lord Shiva became very angry , made up his mind to send her back to heavens.”                          43.6
“That sacred river fell on the  head of Lord Shiva , which looked like a cave made of his matted hair  on his head  which looked like  Himalaya  mountain.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        43.7
“The river enveloped in the matted hair of Lord shiva  , was not able  to come out  of the matted hair  in spite of all her efforts  and  was not able   to reach the earth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                43.8
“Ganga  went round and round in side that matted hair and was not able to come out and Bhagiratha adopted again austerities for several years   since he was not able to see her.”                                                                                                                                                                                               43.9
“Oh Son of Raghu clan, Lord Parameshwara was immensely pleased by his great penance  and released Ganga , drop by drop , they making a lake called Bindusara.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          43.10
“When Ganga was released , it formed itself  in to seven streams capable of conferring prosperity  and  Hladhini, Pavani, Nalini  were the three holy streams of Ganga which travelled east ward.”                                                                                                                                                              43.11-43.12
“Suchakshu, Sita   and the great  river  called Sindhu,  travelled towards    the west.”                                                                                                    43.13
“Among them the seventh  followed king Bhagiratha  and the most brilliant royal sage  Bhagiratha travelling on a divine chariot  marched forward.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          43.14
“Falling from the sky on the head of Lord Shiva and from there falling on earth , That water which was flowing   made intense sound.”         43.15
“With fishes, turtles and other several type of water  animals , that river which had fallen on earth shined.”                                                         43.16
“Then the devas, sages , Gandharwas , yakshas, host of Sidhas  with great astonishment looked at Ganga which was falling from the sky  on to the earth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               43.17 
Then the devas in the chariots as large as great cities drawn by excellent restless horses  as well as on elephants were staying there.”           43.18
“To see the matchless  descent of Ganga, devas and beings with  great luster   arrived on earth.”                                                                             43.19  
“That sky devoid of  any clouds , shined   as if there were hundred suns there ,due to the shine of ornaments of those speedily descending devas”
“Due to sky being filled with several sea animals and serpents  which were not stable but kept on moving , The sky appeared to be filled with streak of lightning.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                      43.21
“With thousands like of splashes of water foams , it looked  as if it was filled with flocks of swans  or white  autumnal clouds.”                     43.22
“Ganga was at some places flowing very rapidly and in some other places flowing in a curved fashion  and in some places the river was wide and in some places , it was going down , rising high in some other places and in some other places flowing very slowly.”                                        43.23
“In some places water was dashing with water repeatedly and water was rising up  and was coming down .”                                                     43.24
“The water which was thrown down from head of lord shiva , which fell on earth, freed it from all impurities   and looked splendid.”         43.25
“The devas , sages and Gandharwas as well as those who lived on earth , touched the water which fell from the head of Shiva , as it was sacred.”
“Those who have fallen down on earth due to curse , being anointed with water  of Ganga were freed from their curse.”                             43.27
“They with great luster due to water which cleansed their sins , again rose to the sky and entered  their own celestial worlds.”                   43.28
“People greatly rejoiced on seeing the shining water of Ganga   and got rid of their tiredness by taking bath in her  waters.”                        43.29
“That royal sage Bhagiratha with a great luster  mounting the divine chariot and rode forward  and the river Ganga followed behind him.” 43.30
“Oh Rama, when Ganga was following behind the chariot of  Bhagiratha  groups of saints, devas , all asuras, Rakshasas , Kinnaras , serpents ,Foremost among  the Gandharwas and Yakshas  all Apasaras  also followed the chariot of Bhagiratha , besides  water animals   travelling    in the water.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  43.31-43.32
“ Ganga   , the very famous and greatest among rivers , which could destroy the sins  of all beings , flowed forward in the same direction in which Bhagiratha drove.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   43.33
“later , while flowing , it inundated the sacrificial ground of sage Jahnu, the performer of many Yagnas “                                                         43.34
“Oh Rama , that sage who was performing a Yagna seeing  the pride and fury of that river , flew  in to great rage   and surprisingly drank all the waters of that river.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                43.35
“Then devas and sages along with Gandharwas  were greatly surprised seeing that, and worshipped that great soul  sage Jahnu  and best among men,  and also worshipped Ganga and requested her to be the daughter of this sage .”                                                                               43.36-43.37
“Then the  sage Jahnu with great luster was greatly pleased , and released the waters of Ganga through his ears  and there for  Ganga is also called Jahnavi.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                          43.38
“Ganga, the best among  the rivers  following the chariot of Bhagiratha  reached the ocean  and also entered the Rasathala  to fulfill the desires  of Bhagiratha.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              43.39
“That great royal sage after having brought the Ganga with his great efforts , with a great  sorrow   saw the heaps of ashes of his grandfathers.”
“Oh Rama , thereafter  that excellent waters of Ganga inundated those heaps of ashes and freed , purged their sins and send them to heaven.” 

This is the end of the forty third    chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)  44: Lord Brahma blesses King Bhagiratha.
(Lord Brahma blessed Bhagiratha for doing a great job. The entire earth was   indebted to him for bringing Ganga to earth. The Ganga was also called Bhagirathi and Tripathaga because she flows , in heaven , earth and nether worlds)

“The king followed by Ganga   reached the ocean , and then entered the lower regions of the world where, the sons of Sagara were made in to ashes.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        44.1
“After the ashes were inundated by the sacred waters of Ganga , the Lord of all the worlds Brahma   addressed the king.”                         44.2
“Oh tiger  among men, the sixty thousand sons of the great king Sagara , who were liberated ,  went  to heaven like the devas.”               44.3
“Oh king Bhagiratha , as long as the waters of the ocean are   there , for such time , the sons of king Sagara    will stay in heaven.”           44.4                        
“This Ganga will become like your eldest daughter  and will be known in this world by your name, Bhagirathi.”                                              44.5
“Ok king the divine  Ganga will be known as Tripathaga as well as Bhagirathi , flowing and purifying all the three   worlds .”                        44.6
“”Oh lord of men, oh king, you perform your rituals to ancestors with this water and  fulfill your vows.”                                                          44.7
“Oh king, even by  your ancestor who was  highly renowned , who was the  follower of Dharma  and who was the greatest among your clan
, this  desire  was not fulfilled.”                                                                                                                                                                                             44.8
“Oh Son, similarly  even Anshuman  having matchless power in this world , the  vow to bring Ganga   was not completed.”                        44.9
“Oh sinless one ,  oh blessed one , even your father  king Dilipa , who was a royal saint,  who was greatly virtuous, who has the luster of a sage , who is equal to me in austerities  and who abided strictly by the tenets of dharma of a king , was not able to request Ganga    and bring her to this earth.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                           44.10-44.11
“Oh best among men, the vow has  been  fulfilled  by you  and you have obtained special fame in this world and    would be highly revered.”
“Oh destroyer of enemies , by your act of bringing the  Ganga to this earth, you have secured the greatest place in Dharma.”                 44.13
“Oh best among men, Oh tiger among men, it is befitting that you purify yourself by taking   bath  in these sacred   waters, and acquire the  result for your blessed deed.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       44.14
“Oh king perform ablations to all your forefathers with this water ,I wish you safety. I am going back, you also please go back to your place.  “
“The highly renowned God , the lord of all devas and the  grandfather  of all the world , lord Brahma after speaking like this  went back to the world of gods , by the same way that has come.”                                                                                                                                                          44.16
“ Oh Rama, The highly famous royal saint Bhagiratha , as per the normal way  and as per  the principles of justice, performed the  highest ablations  with water  to the sons of Sagara , became purified  and entered his own city after fulfilling his desire and ruled over it.  “
“Oh Rama , the world became happy in getting Bhagiratha    as their king and after fulfilling his desire  was freed from all worries  and got all his sorrows mitigated.”                                                                                                                                                                                                               44.19
“Oh Rama , this story of Ganga has been told  by me to you in great detail . The evening time is nearing   and you would attain prosperity.” 44.20
“This sacred story of bringing Ganga from heaven  would confer prosperity, fame longevity and progeny , to those Brahmins, Kshatriyas and others who recite it .Their forefathers would also be extremely pleased. “                                                                                                                  44.21
“Oh son of the  Kakustha clan, this sacred story relating to the descent of Ganga , if heard with concentration  by someone, he will  get all  his sins destroyed  and his fame and longevity will increase.”                                                                                                                                              44.22-44.23

This is the end of the forty fourth    chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 45. Reaching of town of Vaishali   and story of the churning of ocean of milk.
 (Rama and Lakshmana  cross Ganges and reach the town of Vaishali , There   Viswamithra tells the  story of Churning of the ocean by   sons of Dithi and Adithi. He tells the story in great detail.)

Rama and Lakshmana after hearing the story were greatly surprised and Rama told to Viswamithra.                                                                          45.1   
“ Oh Godly sage, The blessed and divine story of the descent of Ganga and her filling up of the   sea is extremely wonderful “                              45.2
That night along with Lakshmana , they kept on thinking  about the story narrated by Viswamithra , and the night came to an end.                    45.3
Rama  who is destroyer of the enemies  in the clear morning after completing the rituals of the morning  told sage Viswamithra .                       45.4
“Oh sage of great penance, having heard the great story, fit to be listened  to , the glorious night has passed. Thinking and rethinking over  the complete story, both of us  felt as if the night was just a very short time.”                                                                                                                            45.5
“Let us all cross this sacred river Ganga which is the  best among rivers  and which flows in all the three worlds . The boat which is furnished well would come  quickly here , hearing that we all have come  and the sages can easily cross the river by that.”                                                      45.6-45.7
Hearing the words of the great Rama , arrangements were made to cross the river  for  Rama and Lakshmana along with the sages.                   45.8
After reaching the northern bank of the river  , the sages paid homage  to river Ganga and camped there. From there , they were able to see  the city of Vaishali.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     45.9
Then the great sage along with Rama went speedily in to the city which was broad, pretty and heaven like.                                                             45.10
Then the greatly knowledgeable Rama with folded hands asked the great saint   about the city of Vaishali.                                                              45.11
“Oh great sage ,may you be safe,  I have great desire and curiosity   to know which king’s clan is ruling over this very broad city of Vaishali.”  45.12
That great sage after hearing the words of Rama started telling about the old  city of Vaishali .                                                                                    45.13
“Oh Rama, please hear the auspicious story  of Indra , which I am going to tell you. I will also tell you about what   happened to this city.”     45.14
“Oh  great Rama , in the earlier Krutha Yuga , the sons of Dithi were strong and those of Adithi were valorous followers of Dharma.”              45.15
“Oh great man, a thought came in their mind as to how , they all could get rid of old age   as   well as death and disease.”                                  45.16
“Oh Rama, When they were   thinking about this matter , a thought stuck to the minds   of  some of   the  great among them that, “we can obtain the nectar for immortality by  churning the ocean of milk.”                                                                                                                                                   45.17
“Then those people with great luster  after deciding to churn the ocean of milk  , made Mandhara mountain as the churning rod and the snake Vasuki as the churning rope  and started churning the ocean of milk.”                                                                                                                              45.18
“After one thousand years of churning Vasuki the serpent rope started biting stones and its hood   spit out poison.”                                          45.19
“That Halahala poison which was resembling fire , which was produced by the snake started burning  the entire world consisting of devas  , asuras and human beings.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                       45.20
“Then the devas went and surrendered themselves to the great God Sankara , The lord of all being and requested him, “Please save us, save us.” 
“ There upon Lord Vishnu who was the God of Gods  , to whom they have spoken   and entreated appeared there  holding the conch and the discuss  .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           45.22
“God Hari with a smile approached  the God who was holding the trident  and spoke, “Oh chief of   the devas, since you were born the earliest among devas , The first thing that is produced by the churning   of the ocean, by right becomes yours. We consider this venom     as the offering that we received and so kindly take it.”                                                                                                                                                                           45.23-45.24
“After saying this  Lord Vishnu, the deva noble  vanished from there . Lord Shiva seeing the fear of the devas  and having heard the words of Lord Vishnu  received that Halahala poison as if it is nectar.”                                                                                                                                                          45.25
“Then Shiva , the Lord of Devas went back to his home and the devas and asuras resumed the churning.”                                                               45.26
“Oh blemish less one, the Mandhara mountain which was used as the churning rod sank in to the Patala  and there upon the devas  and Gandharwas   praised  Vishnu, the killer of Madhu .”                                                                                                                                                               45.27
“Oh great one you are the only support to all beings especially the devas so protect us and lift this mountain which has sunk.”                           45.28
“That Hari who is the great Hrishikesa having heard these words assumed the form of a tortoise  , went inside the ocean and supported the Mandhara mountain on his back.”                                                                                                                                                                                                 45.29
“The soul of the world, the greatest Purusha , that Kesava standing aloft ,  with his  hand started churning the mountain also.”                          45.30
“After another thousand years , first an Apsara called Dhanvanthari holding  a staff and water  pot came out of the ocean.”                               45.31
“Oh great human being ,  a great lady  came out of the ocean which was being churned and because of that she was called Apsara.”                45.32
“Like this sixty crores of such Apsaras were produced and they had countless   attendants.”                                                                                          45.33
“None of the devas and asuras accepted them in marriage , and as they were unmarried, all of them were regarded as belonging to all.”        45.34
“Oh Rama, the son of Raghu clan, Vaaruni the daughter of Varuna came out searching for a consort.”                                                                       45.35
“Oh Rama that daughter of Varuna was not accepted by the sons of Dithi  and that blemish less one was accepted by the sons of Adithi.”       45.36
“Because of that the sons of Dithi became asuras (One without Sura, which was produced by Varuni)  and the sons of Adithi because they accepted Varuni became Suras  and Varuni became happy.”                                                                                                                                                  45.37
“Oh great human being, Uchaisravas, the best  of horses , Kausthubha  the best among jewels  and the very beneficial Amrutha(nectar ) then arose from there.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                            45.38
“Oh Rama there after the great war for destroying the clans took place  and sons of Adithi killed the sons of Dithi(daithyas) .”                           45.39
“Oh valorous one , all the Rakshasas joined along with the asuras on one side   and a dreadful   war took place , putting all the three worlds in to confusion.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         45.40
“When everything was about to perish , endowed with great power, Lord Vishnu took the form of  a charming woman called Mohini (enchantress)  using his power of illusion  and stole the pot of nectar.”                                                                                                                             45.41
“That deathless great Purusha Vishnu   started war  with those in front of him and they were all crushed by  the capable Vishnu.”                   45.42
“ In the great battle between the sons of Dithi and the sons of Adithi , the later killed the former.”                                                                            45.43
“Then Indra got the celestial kindom after killing the sons of Dithi  and happily ruled the world  with the sages and the charanas.”                   45.44

This is the end of the forty fifth   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)46 . Dithi wants a son to kill Indra and Indra cuts that son  into seven pieces.
(Dithi seeing her sons were defeated    requests her husband Kashyapa to bless her with a son who will kill Indra. He requests her to lead  a life of  penance. When she  is almost about to complete her penance , Indra enters her womb and cuts that foetus to seven pieces.)
“When all her sons were killed Dithi became very sad and spoke these words to her husband Kashyapa, the son of Maricha,”                             46.1
“Oh God like person my sons were all killed by your other very strong sons  and therefore  I desire to have  a mighty son, capable of killing Indra , by  great penance.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                            46.2
“ I will practice great penance  and it is only proper for you  to give me a son who is capable of killing Indra .Give me your consent and give me an embryo to fulfill my purpose.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       46.3
“Then the greatly lustrous Kashyapa who was the son of Maricha , having heard the words of Dithi , who was very sad replied.”                      46.4
“Oh lady with wealth of penance “let it happen that way, may you become prosperous  and pure and you will give birth to a son who will kill Indra in battle.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           46.5
“If you remain  pure and clean, after one thousand years you will give birth to a son through me , who will be the lord of three worlds.”       46.6
“Sage Kashyapa with great  luster , after speaking like this  touched her body with his palm and gently patted it  and saying , “May God be with you”  went away to do his penances.”                                                                                                                                                                                         46.7
“Oh great man, after he had gone, Dithi who was greatly joyous  reached a sacred spot called Kushaplavanam and started practicing mortifying penances.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        46.8
“oh great man Rama, When she was doing her penances, the thousand eyed   Indra  started doing service to her  with great reverence. “     46.9
“Devendra provided her  fire. Kusha grass, sticks for lighting up fire, fruits , roots and  all things that she wanted  as per her needs.”               46.10
“”Devendra massaged her stiff limbs  and all times attended on her so that her tiredness is  removed.”                                                                   46.11
“Oh son of Raghu clan, nine hundred  and ninety years passed this way and Dithi was greatly pleased with Indra and told him.”                       46.12
“Oh great deva, as per my desire your great  father granted a boon of a son to me after  one thousand years.”                                                      46.13
“If I do strict penance for ten more years  which are remaining, you will see a brother of yours. You please be safe.”                                           46.14
“I shall  give him the pleasure of victory over you and later unite him with you , so that  you can achieve victory over the three worlds along with him  and relieved of your sorrow, you would enjoy this life.”                                                                                                                                               46.15
“That lady Dithi after having spoken like this to Indra was overpowered by sleep that noon and slept with her feet on the place where her head should be.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       46.16
“Indra seeing her bad posture of feet where her head should be and also with aher untied hair falling on all sides became happy and laughed.”
“OH Rama , that Indra entered in to her womb  and severed her valorous embryo in to seven pieces.”                                                                    46.18
“The embryo being severed by the hundred edged Vajrayudha  cried loudly and Dithi woke up due to that.”                                                         46.19
“Indra telling the embryo “do not cry”, “do not cry “  and that highly powerful one was cutting it even though it was crying.”                            46.20
“Dithi  shouted “It should not be killed”, “It  should not be killed”  and Indra  obeying the words of his mother came  out.”                               46.21
“Armed with Vajrayudha and with folded hands Indra told Dithi, “ You had slept with your hair falling over your feet  and have become impure.”
“I used this opportunity  and severed him who would have killed Indra in to seven pieces in a war. Oh Devi, I merit a pardon from you.”    46.23

This is the end of the forty sixth    chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter)47:  Dithis  sons are made Maruths and the story  of Vishala
(  Dithi requests Indra to make the seven parts in to seven Maruths who would be given a honoured place.Viswamithra tells Rama that   Dithi did her penance in this place . Then he lists all the great kings who ruled over Visala. The  King Sumathi who was ruling at that time  came and honoured Viswamithra as well as Rama and Lakshmana.)

“Once she knew that what she had conceived has been cut in to seven pieces, Dithi became very sad,  and  she told the thousand eyed on these affectionate words  to her which were  invincible.”                                                                                                                                                                    47.1
“Oh slayer of Balasura, Oh Indra, due to my fault this embryo has been cut in to seven pieces and made useless  and in this   and in this matter you have not committed any fault.”                                                                                                                                                                                               47.2 
“Though the embryo had this misfortune I wanted to do something  good for them from you. Let these seven pieces become  the guardians of the seven wind regions. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                        47.3
“Oh son , let these seven of my sons  poses celestial beauty and become presiding deities of regions of the wind and let they may be named as Maruths and wander in the sky.”                                                                                                                                                                                                   47.4
“Let one of them move about in Brahma  Loka, another in Indra Loka and another to become famous  as Vayu move about in this earth.”      47.5
“Oh greatest deva, let the remaining four of my sons, become celestial beings under your command and move about in four directions. Let them all bear the name Maruth derived from what you have told them in my womb(Ma rudha)                                                                                           47.6
“The thousand eyed one, the slayer Of Bala  that Indra  hearing her words , with folded arms told her.”                                                                  47.7
“All this will happen as per your wish and your sons shall wander about as devas. May you be safe.”                                                                      47.8
”Oh  Rama, it is heard that  , that mother and sons  having arrived at this agreement in this forest of meditation ascended to heaven”            47.9
“Oh son of Kakustha clan, this was the country inhabited by  Indra where he attended to the comforts of Dithi  who succeeded to become a great ascetic.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            47.10
“Oh tiger among men, the king Ikshuvaku got a  famous  son named Vishala   ,  who was a great follower of Dharma was born in Alambusha  in this place and he built this town of  Vishala.”                                                                                                                                                                     47.11-47.12
“The son of Vishala was the very strong Hemachandra  and his successor   was the famous Suchandra.”                                                               47.13
“Dhoomraswa was the famous son of Suchandra and his son was known as Sanjaya .”                                                                                             47.14
“Prosperous and Powerful Sahadeva was the son of Sanjaya  and his son was Kusaswa who was a great follower of dharma.”                       47.15
“The very famous and lustrous Somadatha was born as son of Kuswaswa and it is well known  that Kakustha was the  son of Somadatha.” 47.16
“And his son  Sumathi who has great luster  and is equal  to Gods is ruling this city.”                                                                                                    47.17
“By the blessing of Ikshuvaku  , all the kings of Vaisali  were great , long lived , valorous and followers of Dharma.”                                             47.18
“Oh Rama we would stay here happily for this night..Oh great man, do you think it is all right that we see Janaka tomorrow.”                          47.19
The most brilliant , great man , Sumathi who was very famous having heard of the arrival of Viswamithra went forward to   receive him.       47.20
After doing proper worship along with his relatives as well as priests, he enquired about welfare of Viswamithra  and spoke to him.              47.21
“Oh sage, I  consider myself blessed  that  you visited me and my country and blessed us  and I consider that no one is more blessed than me.”

This is the end of the forty sixth    chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(chapter)  48: The Story of Ahalya,
(After leaving Vishala when they are about to  reach Mithila , they a deserted hermitage , When Rama asks about it  Viswamithra tells the story of  Ahalya and her husband Gauthama. Indra falling in love wth Ahalya  takes the form of sage Gauthama and enters the hermitage when he is not there.  Ahalya recognized him and they make illicit love. Gauthama catches them and curses both of them.    Indra loses his testicles and Ahalya is cursed to become invisible and do penance   without food and sleep. She will regain her form when Rama , the son of Dasaratha sees her.)

After the mutual meeting  and after Sumathi enquired about their welfare  , at the end, Sumathi asked thus to the great sage.                             48.1
“Oh sage Viswamithra be safe. Who are these two youths, who are as valorous as devas, who have the gait of an elephant or a lion,  appearing similar to the tiger or bull, who have broad eyes like the lotus petal, who armed with sword and quiver full of arrows , who have the prettiness of Aswini Kumaras, who have just attained the youth and  who seem to have come   to earth by their own free will from the  land of devas? Whose sons are they?  Have they come on foot to this place? And for what purpose have they come here?                                                                     48.2-48.4
“Oh great saint , they resemble  each other in their personality , expression and movements. They are decorating this country like moon and sun decorates the sky. Holding blessed weapons these heroes have come through a path that is difficult to walk. I would like to know why they have come here?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   48.5-48.6
Having listened  to his  words , the sage told him  about their stay in Sidhasarama and how they killed the Rakshasas.                                            48.7
King Sumathi after listening to Viswamithra  became extremely happy   and extended great hospitality  to the higly valorous sons of King Dasaratha  according to tradition.                                                                                                                                                                                                  48.8
After Rama and Lakshmana enjoyed the great hospitality  from king Sumathi , stayed there for one night and departed to Mithila after that.   48.9
All sages after seeing the auspicious  city of Janaka , they admired it saying , “Great , great” and worshipped it.                                                       48.10
After Rama saw  an  old, uninhabited  and pretty grove near the city of Mithila , saw there  a deserted hermitage and asked Viswamithra.      48.11
“Oh God like sage, What is this  divine place which looks like a  hermitage deserted by ascetics ? It  belonged to whom earlier?  I am interested  in knowing it? “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        48.12
That expert in language , listened to words of Rama carefully and that great sage Viswamithra replied.                                                                      48.13
“Oh Rama, please listen. I shall tell you  truthfully , how a great one cursed   this hermitage,”                                                                                       48.14
“Oh great man, this great hermitage, looking like a holiday home of devas ,  belonged  once  to the great sage Gauthama , who was honoured  by the devas.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           48.15
“Oh famous prince , for several years he practiced penance here in the company of Ahalya here.”                                                                              48.16
“Indra , the husband of sachi , having found an opportunity, assumed the guise of that sage Gauthama  addressed Ahalya  saying.”                 48.17
“Oh well made up one , the passionate seekers do not wait for the menstruation to end. Oh lady with the thin middle , I desire to make love to you.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      48.18
“Oh son of Raghu clan, The evil intentioned  Ahalya who knew that it was Indra in sage’s guise , inclined towards the king of devas consented.”
“Oh great man, after having been satisfied  right in to her inner soul, she told, “Oh chief of devas ,I am  completely satisfied  quickly go away from here  . Oh king of Devas yourselves and also me from sage  Gauthama.”                                                                                                                  48.20-48.21
Indra laughed and spoke the following words to Ahalya , “Oh lade with pretty lips, I am greatly satisfied  and I shall  go back by the way  that I have come.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        48.22
“Oh Rama, having made love to her , out of great fear for the sage Gauthama , he came out of  that leaf thatched hut.”                                       48.23
“Then Indra saw The great saint, who is blessed by the power of penance , who cannot be opposed by Devas and asuras,  who was drenched in the sacred  waters  and who shined like the flaming fire , carrying sticks for the homa and the kusa grass,  entering  the hermitage covered with leaves .”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    48.24-48.25
“Seeing the shivering king of devas   with a pale face , that sage who was greatly cultured  spoke with  a very angry  tone , to the very much ill behaved  thousand    eyed  one.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  48.26
“Oh bad brained one, assuming my form you have done a forbidden act .For that reason , you will become without a scrotum.”                      48.27
“Due to  the wrathful words , which were uttered by the great Gauthama , the testicles of Indra fell down  on earth immediately.”                  48.28
“Having cursed Indra in this manner, he also  cursed Ahalya this way, “You would be living in this place only eating air but without any food , lying on the ashes and doing penance , invisible to the people of the hermitage.”                                                                                                          48.29-48.30
“When Rama , the son of Dasaratha who cannot be opposed enters this dreadful forest ,  you would be purified.”                                                48.31
“Oh lady with a bad behaviour, by offering a joyful hospitality   without miserliness  and without   passion, you will regain your body and live with me in my proximity.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                        48.32
“That Gauthama who had great luster and wealth of penance after speaking this way to the lady with bad behaviour , left this hermitage  and went to the peak of Himalayas and did penance there served by Sidhas and Charanas.”                                                                                     48.33-48.34

This is the end of the forty eighth  chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.

Sarga(Chapter) 49: Ahalya gets free of her curse
(Indra requesting Piuthrudevathas fixes rthe testicles of a ram on him. Rama enters the place where Ahalya  is there.  She gets freedom from the curse. Sage Gauthama comes and joins  his wife.)
“After that Indra who was deprived of his testicles , with a frightened face addressed a group of sages, charanas   and devas lead  by agni(the fire God) . “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   49.1
“I created obstacles to penance of sage Gauthama, while I was doing the work of devas and generated  his great  anger.”                                      49.2
“Due to his anger I have been deprived of my testicles  and she was deserted by him and due to this course all the power that he had earned  has been destroyed. “                                                                                                                                                                                                                                49.3
“Because of the fact that I have done my action for your benefit,  Oh   groups of sages, charanas and  excellent devas, it is your duty   to restore my testicles.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         49.4
“Hearing the words of Indra, the performer of hundred fire sacrifice  , the devas along with Maruths and lead by the fire God approached  the Pithrudevathas  and said.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                 49.5
“This sacrificial ram has testicles and Indra   has  been rendered without testicles, and so you please take the testicle of this Ram and immediately graft it to Indra.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  49.6
“This Ram which will be made without testicles would offer  you  great joy  and those men who offer such rams to you will get  great merits.”  49.7
“The assembled Pithru devathas after hearing the words of Agni , extracted the testicle  of the Ram and grafted it on Indra.”                                49.8
“Oh  son of Kakustha clan, from then onwards, The pithrudevathas accept the  Rams without testicles as offering , as they have fitted it to Indra.”
“Oh Rama by the great power of the penance  of the sage Gauthama, then onwards Indra had only  the testicle  of a ram.”                                49.10
“Oh person of great luster , therefore enter the hermitage of the  pious one  and liberate Ahalya with a divine look .”                                            49.11
Hearing the words of sage Viswamithra, Rama and Lakshmana , keeping Viswamithra ahead of them, entered that hermitage.                           49.12
There Rama saw that great lady  shining  with the power of her penance though she  was not visible to all men including devas and Asuras.It appeared as if Lord Brahma struggled to create her form of illusion. Though she was like the moon covered by mist and clouds , to Rama  saw her with the shine of a Sun.                                                                                                                                                                                                         49.13-49.14
Due to the curse of Gauthama , she was not visible  to any one of three worlds till  Rama sees her.                                                                             49.15
When the end of the curse approached , she was visible  and  Rama and Lakshmana  touched her feet.                                                                    49.16
She who recalled the words of sage Gauthama showered them with hospitality  with a concentrated mind , offered them water to wash their feet as also water for drinking  and treated them as guests as per tradition  and son of Kakustha accepted all that.                                             49.17-49.18
With the accompaniment of the playing of divine drums,  there was a rain of flowers  and a great assembly took place in which Gandharwas and Apsaras participated .                                                                                                                                                                                                                      49.19
Devas saying “Great , great”, worshipped her , whose body has been got purified by penance and who was under the control of Gauthama.”
The great Gauthama who has done great penance   and who was extremely happy accompanied by Ahalya , worshipped Rama as per tradition and also performed austerities.                                                                                                                                                                                                     49.21
Rama after receiving the worship of the sage  Gauthama according to tradition , started towards Mithila.”                                                               49.22

This is the end of the forty ninth   chapter  Of Balakanda   of the holy Ramayana   composed by Valmiki  as the first epic.


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