Ayodhya kand Valmiki

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This is second in series, Valmiki Ayodhya kand, following the earlier published Bal Kand

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VALMIKI

RAMAYAN

Condensed

Ayodhyakand

SRIKRISHNAPRAPNNACHARI

Srimad Valmiki Ramayan condensed

Contents :

Ayodhyakand

Srimate Ramanujay namah

Preface Ramayan is a Sanskrit word and its literal meaning can be understood in several ways. Some of the relevant ones are: (i) the scripture which is abode of Lord Ram, (ii) the scripture as store house of glory of Lord Ram, (iii) the scripture which describes the movement of Lord Ram. The submission now is the second one following the first one of Baal kaand. This covers the condensed glory described by the sage Valmiki in Ayodhyaa kaand. The description mainly covers the movement of Ram in forest to honour the words of his father. His father, king Dasarath had given two boons to one of his queens Kaikeyi when she had extended courageous assistance to the king in the battle field of demons versus gods. When Dasarath made preparations for crowning the eldest son Ram as successor prince, Kaikeyi claimed1 her unrealized boons, and she wanted (i) her son Bharat to be crowned, and (ii) Ram to be exiled in forest for fourteen years. With heavy heart the king had to honour the claims, and Ram happily cooperated with his father in accepting forest life. Accordingly Ram left for forest joined by his wife Sita ,and brother Lakshaman. Bharat was totally unaware of his mothers claims, and he was away to his maternal uncles place. The king didnt bear the shock of separation of Ram, and he departed to heavenly abode in absence of all his four sons. When Bharat came back to Ayodhya, having rejected the mothers proposal, and after performing the last rites of his father, he left for forest to pursue Ram to come back to Ayodhya as king. Ram didnt oblige him, and maintaining his firm resolve he stayed in forest. Ayodhyaa kaand thus initially describes in detail total developments taken place leading to banishment of Ram. The later part in major portion covers the details of developments taking place during his maiden movement to forest. Someone can prefer to call this part as nirvaasan kaand (banishment section) but as christened by Valmiki, all subsequent celebrated authors of Ramayan have retained the Valmikis title, of Ayodhyaa kaand. This kaand is second of six / seven kaand of Ramayan and has 119 chapters (sarg). The following condensed version is retained in the same sequence followed by the sage Valmiki. The first digit in parentheses is the number of shlok in a given sarg, and the second digit is the cumulative summation of shlok including the given sarg. Baal kand had total 77 sarg containing 2266 shlok, whereas Ayodhyaa kaand has 119 sarg with total shlok 4310. Total cumulative shlok of Baalkaand and Ayodhyaa kaand is 6576. The spelling of Baal kaand and Ayodhyaa kaand in the preface is to facilitate correct prevalent pronunciation. However, in the following text simple spelling retaining only singe a instead of double aa has been maintained.Srimann Narayan Charnau Sharnam Prapaddye. (EaImannaarayaNa

carNaaO SarNama\ p`p_o )

Submission: Srikrishna Prapnnachari Dhanurmas, January 11, 2010

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In sarg 107 shlok 3, Ram also revealed that besides two boons, Dasarath had married Kaikeyi pledging the kingdom to her son.

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Contents 2-1 Dasarath invited elite (50 / 50) 2-2 Ram to be successor prince (54 / 104) 2-3 Direction for coronation arrangements (49 / 153) 2-4 Ram at his mother Kauslyas palace (45 / 198) 2-5 Vashishath initiated Ram to resolve for fast (26 /224) 2-6 Festivity until dawn (26 / 250) 2-7 Manthras move (36 / 286) 2-8 Cunning kubja (39 / 325) 2-9 Kaikeyi in catch (66 / 391) 2-10 King with Kaikeyi (40 / 431) 2-11 Kaikeyi claimed boons (29 / 460) 2-12 Dasarath in dilemma (114 / 574) 2-13 Lamenting king (26 / 600) 2-14 Knotty Kaikeyi (68 / 668) 2-15 Ceremonial scene (49 / 717) 2-16 Ram on call to Dasarath (47 / 764) 2-17 Ram passed through crowd (22 / 786) 2-18 Kaikeyi acquainted Ram with her claims (41 / 827) 2-19 Ram honoured the claims ( 40 / 867) 2-20 Kauslya shocked ( 55 / 922) 2-21 Ram pacified Lakshaman and consoled Kauslya (63 / 985) 2-22 Destiny prevailed (30 / 1015) 2-23 Lakshaman rejected destiny (41 / 1056) 2-24 Kauslya relented (38 / 1094) 2-25 Kauslya invoked blessings (47 / 1141) 2-26 Ram reached Sita (38 / 1179) 2-27 Sita submitted to accompany Ram (23 / 1202) 2-28 Ram counted forest constraints (26 / 1228) 2-29 Sita firm for forest ( 24 / 1252) 2-30 Ram relented and Sita to accompany ( 47 / 1299) 2-31 Adamant Lakshaman (35 / 1334) 2-32 Ram gifted precious charity (44 / 1378) 2-33 Ram moved to see Dasarath (on way to forest) (31 / 1409) 2-34 Ram met Dasarath ( 61 / 1470) 2-35 Kaikeyi didnt oblige Sumantra ( 37 / 1507) 2-36 Kaikeyi rejected transferring treasury and army (33 / 1540) 2-37 Kaikeyi gave them ascetics dress ( 37 / 1577 ) 2-38 Dasarath to protect Kauslya ( 18 / 1595) 2-39 Chariot for Ram, and Kauslya counseled Sita (41 / 1636) 2- 40 Ram left the palace (51 / 1687) 2-41 Mourning on departure (21 / 1708) 2-42 Dasarth came lamenting to Kauslyas palace (34 / 1742) 2-43 Kausalya complained to king (21 / 1763) 2-44 Sumitra assuaged Kausalyas agony (31 / 1794) 2-45 Ram arrived at Tamasa river ( 33 / 1827) 2-46 Ram quit secretly ( 34 / 1861) 2- 47 Accompanying crowd came back (19/ 1880) ii page 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 8 9 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 20 20 20 21 21

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2-48 Lamenting women of Ayodhya (37 / 1917) 2-49 Ram crossed several rivers ( 18 / 1935) 2-50 Ram met his fond friend Guh (51 / 1986) 2-51 Night vigil by Lakshaman and Guh ( 27 / 2013) 2-52 Ram crossed the Ganga ( 102 / 2115) 2-53 Ram lamented at third night (35 / 2150) 2-54 Ram at the hermitage of Bhardwaj (43 / 2193) 2-55 On way to Chitrakoot (34 / 2227) 2-56 Chitrakoot (38 / 2265) 2-57 Sumantr reported to the King ( 34 / 2299) 2-58 Dasarath again called Sumantr for report ( 37 / 2336) 2-59 Frequent fits to Dasarath ( 34 / 2370) 2-60 Sumantra consoled Kauslya ( 23 / 2403) 2-61 Kauslya complained her helplessness ( 27 / 2430) 2-62 Dasarath sought favor from Kauslya ( 21 / 2451) 2-63 Dasarath recalled killing an unseen target ( 56 / 2507) 2-64 Dasarath completed the story ( 79 / 2586) 2-65 Dasarath passed away ( 29 / 2615) 2-66 Lamenting family (29 / 2644) 2-67 Sages apprehend sufferings ( 38 / 2682) 2-68 The messengers to Bharat ( 22 / 2704 ) 2-69 Bharat had horrible dream (21 / 2725) 2-70 Bharat departed for Ayodhya (30 / 2755) 2-71 Bharat on way to Ayodhya ( 47 / 2802) 2-72 Kaikeyi broke the news of death of the king ( 54 / 2856) 2-73 Bharat rejected the crown ( 28 / 2884) 2-74 Bharat denounced his mother ( 36 / 2920) 2-75 Bharat met Kausalya (65 / 2985) 2-76 Bharat performed the last rites (23 / 3008) 2-77 Twelfth and thirteenth day of rites ( 26 / 3034) 2-78 Shatrughn reflected on Lakshaman (26 / 3060) 2-79 Bharat was offered throne ( 17 / 3077) 2-80 Highways cleared ( 22 / 3099) 2-81 Assembly hall (16 / 3115) 2-82 Bharat pledged to bring back Ram (32 / 3147) 2-83 Bharat on move ( 26 / 3173) 2-84 Guh got scared ( 18 / 3191) 2-85 Guh assured help ( 22 / 3213) 2-86 Guh narrated about Rams stay (25/ 3238) 2-87 Guh continued on Rams stay ( 24 / 3262) 2-88 Bharat vowed an ascetic life style (30 / 3292) 2-89 Bharat crossed the Ganga ( 23 / 3315) 2-90 Bharat at Bhardwaj ashram ( 24 / 3339) 2-91 Bhardwaj hospitality (84 / 3423) 2-92 Bharat took leave of Bhardwaj ( 39 / 3462) 2-93 Bharat in search of Rams ashram (27 / 3489) 2-94 Ram and Sita engaged in watching Chitrakoot (27 / 3516) 2-95 Ram described the scene of Mandakini to Sita (19 / 3535) 2-96 Bharats troops caught Rams attention ( 30 / 3565) iii

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2-97 Lakshaman brought to reasons ( 31 / 3596) 2-98 Anxious Bharat (13 / 3609) 2-99 Union of brothers (42 / 3651) 2-100 Enquiry about the state (76 / 3727) 2-101 Bharat wished to crown Ram (26 / 3753) 2-102 Bharat repeated his request ( 9 / 3762) 2-103 Mourning for father ( 49 / 3811) 2-104 Mothers at the hermitage (32 / 3843) 2-105Bharat prayed Ram again (46 / 3889) 2-106 Bharat pleaded in vain ( 35 / 3924) 2-107 Rams firmness ( 19 / 3943) 2-108 Jabali pleaded for crown (18 / 3961) 2-109 Ram refuted Jabali (39 / 4000) 2-110 Vashishaths advice ( 36 / 4036) 2-111 Ram firm on forest life (32 / 4068) 2-112 Bharat left with paduka ( 31 / 4099) 2-113 Salutations to Bhardwaj ( 24 / 4123) 2-114 Desolate Ayodhya ( 29 / 4152) 2-115 Bharat at Nandigram (27 / 4179) 2-116 Sages alarmed Ram ( 26 / 4205) 2-117 Arrival at Atris ashram (29 / 4234) 2-118 Ansuya blessed Sita (54 / 4288) 2-119 Ram moved forward in forest ( 22 / 4310)

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Srimate Ramanjujay namah

Ayodhyaa kaand (119 sarg) 2-1 Dasarath invited elite (50 / 50) Bharat and Shatrughn were conspicuous by their absence in Ayodhya. Although they were enjoying the warmth of stay at his maternal uncles place (Kekayadesh), sometimes they used to miss the elderly father, the king Dasarath. While reflecting upon the four sons, the king also felt isolated for he thought Bharat and Shatrughn to be like mighty gods Indra and Varun, and there were away from home. His source of enjoyment used to whirl around the eldest son Ram, and the impression he carried about him is, He is impeccable, valorous and gem among the human beings . He is never found to be angry with any person he interacts. His words are always balanced and soft a